Understanding Manga and Anime

ISBN-10: 1591583322
ISBN-13: 9781591583325
Edition: 2007
Authors: Robin E. Brenner
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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 manga and anime, particularly for their teen collections. But in order to build a collection, it is important to understand the media and its cultural nuances. Many librarians have been left adrift, trying to understand this unique medium while trying to meet patron demands as well as protests. Chocked full of checklists and sidebars highlighting key points, 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. Topics include: 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.

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

Short History of Manga and Anime
Manga and Anime Vocabulary
Culture Clash: East Meets West
Adventures with Ninjas and Schoolgirls: Humor and Realism
Samurai and Shogun: Action, War, and Historical Fiction
Giant Robots and Nature Spirits: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Legends
Understanding Fans and Fan Culture
Draw in a Crowd: Promotion and Programs
Collection Development
Vocabulary
Frequently Asked Questions
Bibliography: Recommended Further Reading
Creator and Title Index
Subject Index

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