Understanding Manga and Anime

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jun 30, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 356 pages
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Teens love it. Parents hate it. Librarians are confused by it; and patrons are demanding it. Libraries have begun purchasing both manga and anime, particularly for their teen collections. But the sheer number of titles available can be overwhelming, not to mention the diversity and quirky cultural conventions. In order to build a collection, it is important to understand the media and its cultural nuances. Many librarians have been left adrift, struggling to understand this unique medium while trying to meet patron demands as well as protests. This book gives the novice background information necessary to feel confident in selecting, working with, and advocating for manga and anime collections; and it offers more experienced librarians some fresh insights and ideas for programming and collections.||Teens love it. Parents hate it. Librarians are confused by it; and patrons are demanding it. Libraries have begun purchasing both manga and anime, particularly for their teen collections. But the sheer number of titles available can be overwhelming, not to mention the diversity and quirky cultural conventions. In order to build a collection, it is important to understand the media and its cultural nuances. Many librarians have been left adrift, struggling to understand this unique medium while trying to meet patron demands as well as protests. This book gives the novice background information necessary to feel confident in selecting, working with, and advocating for manga and anime collections; and it offers more experienced librarians some fresh insights and ideas for programming and collections.||In 2003 the manga (Japanese comics) market was the fastest growing area of pop culture, with 75-100% growth to an estimated market size of $100 million retail. The growth has continued with a 40-50% sales increase in bookstores in recent years. Teens especially love this highly visual, emotionally charged and action-packed media imported from Japan, and its sister media, anime (Japanese animation); and libraries have begun purchasing both. Chock full of checklists and sidebars highlighting key points, this book includes: a brief history of anime and manga in Japan and in the West; a guide to visual styles and cues; a discussion of common themes and genres unique to manga and anime; their intended audiences; cultural differences in format and content; multicultural trends that manga and anime readers embrace and represent; and programming and event ideas. It also includes genre breakdowns and annotated lists of recommended titles, with a focus on the best titles in print and readily available, particularly those appropriate to preteen and teen readers. Classic and benchmark titles are also mentioned as appropriate. A glossary and a list of frequently asked questions complete the volume.
  

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Review: Understanding Manga and Anime

User Review  - Marta Boksenbaum - Goodreads

This is an excellent resource on manga and anime. It is well written and thorough, well organized and easy to read. It opens up the wold of manga to non-readers, and helps them understand the symbols ... Read full review

Review: Understanding Manga and Anime

User Review  - Philip Burt - Goodreads

This easy-to-follow resource provides expansive coverage into manga (Japanese comics) and anime (Japanese animated films). It provides insights into topics relevant specifically to librarians, such as ... Read full review

Contents

Short History of Manga and Anime
1
Manga and Anime Vocabulary
27
Culture Clash East Meets West
77
Adventures with Ninjas and School girls Humor and Realism
107
Samurai and Shogun Action War and Historical Fiction
141
Giant Robots and Nature Spirits Science Fiction Fantasy and Legends
159
Understanding Fans and Fan Culture
193
Draw in a Crowd Promotion and Programs
217
Collection Development
251
Vocabulary
293
Frequently Asked Questions
307
Recommended Further Reading
311
Creator and Title Index
323
Subect Index
331
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2007)

Robin E. Brenner is the Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has created and leads a successful Japanese manga and anime club for teens. She is a member of the ALA/YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, a list she was chosen to help establish, and she co-authored the RUSA graphic novel reviewing guidelines and the Getting Graphic at Your Library workshop guidelines. In addition, she reviews manga for Booklist, reviews Japanese anime for Video Librarian, and she regularly speaks and conducts workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime. She also hosts a Web site on graphic novels, www.noflyingnotights.com, and two sister sites (Sidekicks, for children thru age 12 and the Lair, for adults).