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Anime Explosion!


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Anime Explosion!

The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation, Revised and Updated Edition

A fascinating guide to themes and films in the expanding Japanese megaverse.

For fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this expanded edition offers an engaging tour of the anime megaverse, from older artistic traditions to the works of modern creators like Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Satoshi Kon, and CLAMP. 

Examined are all of anime's major themes, styles, and conventions, plus the familiar tropes of giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love. Concluding are fifteen essays on favorite anime, including EvangelionEscaflowneSailor MoonPatlabor, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

"An excellent reference work on the subject. . . . Recommended for Japanese pop culture collections as well as public and academic library film collections."

Library Journal (starred review)

"Mr. Drazen, like others of the Stone Bridge Press club, does his homework in spades."

"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."

UK Sci-Fi Channel

"An essential reference for understanding the landmarks, themes, and history contained in this intriguing form of popular culture."

John F. Barber, School of Arts and Humanities, The University of Texas at Dallas, Leonardo Journal

"This book is useful not only as a reference to Anime, but also as a rewarding guide to some aspects of contemporary Japanese culture."

University Library: Monthly Book Spotlight, June 2003

"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."

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About the Author(s)

Patrick Drazen

Patrick Drazen

Lectured on Japanese popular culture at the University of Chicago and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he earned a Masters of Arts degree and worked as an announcer for WSIU-FM. He has been published in Channels of Communication and the Journal of Popular Culture

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