Anime Explosion!: The What? Why? & Wow! of Japanese Animation

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Stone Bridge Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 369 pages
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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

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Review: Anime Explosion! The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation

User Review  - Ta0paipai - Goodreads

Anime Explosion offers an in depth look at the world of animation. It examines themes and then specific studio's works. I particularly enjoyed parts about Gainax and Clamp, the latter of which I knew ... Read full review

Review: Anime Explosion! The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation

User Review  - Glen Engel-Cox - Goodreads

The growth of small presses that focus on specific subject matters like TwoMorrows Publishing for comics and Stone Bridge Press for anime is plenty cause for blogging. Large publishers want the ... Read full review

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Patrick holds a Master of Arts degree.

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