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The Anime Encyclopedia


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The Anime Encyclopedia

3rd Revised Edition: A Century of Japanese Animation

Updated and expanded! 1,000,000+ words on films, artists, studios, themes, and Japan's animation culture, with key data and advisories.

This 3rd edition of The Anime Encyclopedia brings the landmark reference work up to date with six additional years of information on Japanese animation, its practitioners and products, as well as incisive thematic entries on anime history and culture. 

More than just generic listings, these reviews have snark, intelligence, and a discerning point of view. Data-obsessed fans will relish the extensive credits, online links, and cross-references, and parents and librarians will appreciate the content advisories.

10 out of 10 " even mightier tome than ever before, retaining its status as an absolutely required reference work on a subject too often discussed solely in guesswork and rumor."


"Invaluable to English-speaking scholars, fans and writers, serving as reliably exhaustive and often highly entertaining guides to a world that can seem as massive as it does impenetrable."

The Japan Times

"Full of interesting behind-the-scenes information on anime ranging from the famous to the forgotten; and the essays give an insightful look at anime history and culture."


"Your new go-to source for Anime information"


"Undeniably the definitive English language text about anime."


"The third edition of the Anime Encyclopedia is the best yet, and remains the definitive book on Japanese animation in English. Highly Recommended.

Animation For Adults

"A useful resource for parents and librarians."


"Anyone interested in animation should have a copy of “The Anime Encyclopedia” to refer to regularly."


"Packed with information on every major topic and series under the sun, and filled to the brim with personality that encourages you to explore its pages and learn while you're being entertained as a result."

UK Anime Network

"Definitely something any pop culture and Japanese anime fan should have at their fingertips."

Forces of Geek


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About the Author(s)

Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy

The former editor of Anime UK and Manga Mania magazines and the author of several books. A winner of the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture, McCarthy regularly curates films at the Barbican in London.

Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements

Former editor of Manga Max magazine and the translator of dozens of anime, including Samurai Gold, Slow Step, and Plastic Little. A winner of the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture, Clements regularly appears at events worldwide.

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