Anime Explosion!: The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Stone Bridge Press
Suddenly anime is . . . exploding. But where did Japanese animation come from, and what does it all mean? Written for fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this is an engaging tour of the anime megaverse, from older arts and manga traditions to the works of modern directors like Miyazaki and Otomo. Read about anime standbys like giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love—even war and reincarnation, plus all of anime’s major themes, styles, and conventions. At the end of the book are essays on 15 of fandom’s favorite anime, including Evangelion, Esca-flowne, Sailor Moon, and Patlabor.
"A good resource and guide to the foundation, historical development and overall themes in Japanese animation and serves as an excellent reference source whether you are an established fan or a person who wants to learn about the cultural aspects of this specific and increasingly popular genre. It is an easy yet thorough read on the myriad of societal aspects and cultural references Japanese animation holds." -- Active Anime
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
No seriously, it did. Suddenly, rather than just reading manga and watching anime just for fun, I'm asking myself 'what did that mean?', 'what did that stand for', 'how does this fit into what I know of Japanese culture', and other such questions, as well as saying 'Yeah, that makes perfect sense', 'I don't like it, but I can see why that happened'. Watching Revolutionary Girl Utena (three seasons in five days... Wow!) after reading this was really quite amazing with all the added insight, just as reading Naruto has been. I can't wait 'til vol. 2 of this book comes out (I assume there will be one, considering the fact that the title says it's vol. 1), and I certainly plan on re-reading this.
I really enjoyed this book. I've watched anime most of my life, not really thinking of it as anime. But in the last few recent years, it has become more of a cultural phenomenon, so I decided to learn more about Japan and their customs and find out what I was missing in the shows. This books gives a lot of good information and has a nice recommendation list of essential anime shows and movies to see (most of which I've seen). It debugs some of the customs we would otherwise consider non sequitur. I really enjoyed it and plan on reading it again.