Patrick Drazen

Author of the 2003 Anime Explosion: The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation, Patrick Drazen has presented at the 2004 Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits, at Yaoi-Con in 2002, at the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and for several years at Anime Central in his hometown of Chicago. He's written on anime for Animation magazine and SFX, on manga for Time Out New York, sits on the Editorial Board for Mechademia Journal, and has participated in a panel discussion in 2006 with Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino as part of the Chicago International Film Festival.


  • "A readable, informative introduction to the many faces of Japanese animation. The ideal gift for the fan who thinks he knows it all, or perhaps the parent who knows nothing. The world of Japanese animation is laden with so-called beginner's guides, but in my opinion, this is the first that has been truly worth picking up. Go on, reading books won't kill you."
    UK Sci-Fi Channel
  • "This book is useful not only as a reference to Anime, but also as a rewarding guide to some aspects of contemporary Japanese culture."
    Niagara University Library: Monthly Book Spotlight
  • "An excellent reference work on the subject"
    Library Journal