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

ISBN-10: 1880656728
ISBN-13: 9781880656723
Edition: 2002
Authors: Patrick Drazen
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Stone Bridge Press
Publication date: 10/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

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. Patrick Drazen holds a Master of Arts degree and lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he writes and lectures on Japanese pop culture.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Interpreting Anime
A Page Right Out of History
Conventions versus Cliches
The Social Web and the Lone Wolf
Mukashi Mukashi: From Folktales to Anime
The Naked Truth
Rated H: Hardcore Anime
"A Very Pure Thing": Gay and Pseudo-Gay Themes in Anime
Bushido: The Way of the Warrior
Shojodo: The Way of the Teenage Girl
Enter the Mamagon: The Japanese Mother
Faith-Based: Christianity, Shinto, and Other Religions in Anime
Who Ya Gonna Call?: The Spirit World in Anime
The Starmaker Machinery: Anime and Idol
It's Not Easy Being Green: Nature in Anime
War Is Stupid: War and Anti-War Themes in Anime
Birth and Death and Rebirth: Reincarnation in Anime
Films and Directors
Windaria
Wings of Honneamise: Tora-san in Space
Utena: Giri/Ninjo and the Triumph of Conservatism in Pop Culture
Giant Robo: Anime as Wagnerian Opera
Flying with Ghibli: The Animation of Hayao Miyazaki and Company
The Sailor Moon Phenomenon: Love! Valor! Compassion! Middie Blouses!
Escaflowne
Evangelion
Please Save My Earth
The Big Pokemon Scare
Plastic Little: Not What You Think
The Old and New Testaments of Masamune Shirow
Key the Metal Idol
Afterword: The Future of Anime
Bibliography
Index of Names and Titles

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