Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

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Palgrave, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 311 pages
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With the popularity of Pokemon still far from waning, Japanese animation, known as anime to its fans, has a firm hold on American pop culture. However, anime is much more than children's cartoons. It runs the gamut from historical epics to sci-fi sexual thrillers. Often dismissed as fanciful entertainment, anime is actually quite adept at portraying important social and cultural issues such as alienation, gender inequality, and teenage angst. This book investigates the ways that anime presents these issues in an in-depth and sophisticated manner, uncovering the identity conflicts, fears over rapid technological advancement, and other key themes present in much of Japanese animation.

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Review: Anime: from Akira to Princess Mononoke, Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

User Review  - Rylan Perrott - Goodreads

Was a very enjoyable read,Some may find it dry but I found it very engaging! It is a highly informative book on anime that gave me lot of new insights. Read full review

Review: Anime: from Akira to Princess Mononoke, Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

User Review  - Kiles - Goodreads

Such an informative book! And even though it's not exactly up to date with the latest shows out there, the author gives good analyses of the different and various genres that anime provides. After ... Read full review

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Susan J. Napier is Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University. She is the author of four books including, "The Fantastic in Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity" and "Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle,

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