The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised & Expanded Edition: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 Paperback – Nov 1 2006
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In this important book, Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy present an enormous amount of information about 2,000 series and features, detailing their plots and relationships to other anime properties. In these areas, the book is definitive, and readers can only wish a comparable volume existed for American animation. The authors are less sure about non-Japanese influences (Cowboy Bebop owes more to noir detective films than to Route 66), and they focus more on storylines and the business of anime than on visuals. They don't discuss the influence of American Saturday morning TV on early anime designs (Speed Racer, the component series of Robotech) or the art nouveau styling in Revolutionary Girl Utena. The editorial evaluations are much harsher than McCarthy's The Anime Movie Guide: some of the most popular anime series in America--Tenchi, Evangelion, Ranma 1/2--receive sharp criticism. The result is a book that anime fans will either love or love to argue with. --Charles Solomon --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From Library Journal
From the first examples in 1917 to today's feature-length animated masterpieces like Princess Mononoke, Japanese animation (or anime) has drawn a devoted international fan base. For quite some time, these enthusiasts have needed an all-encompassing, detail-oriented reference work. Fortunately, Clements and McCarthy, who coedited The Erotic Anime Movie Guide and have an outstanding history in anime indexing, translation, and criticism, are just the folks to carry it off. Choosing the best examples from a field that was about twice the final number of entries, the authors review and detail more than 2000 anime films and TV series. Each entry includes a short synopsis, commentary, details about key creative personnel, and evaluation of the work's significance. Over 100 illustrations representing major releases are sprinkled throughout. Other notable features include a selective bibliography, a name/studio index, and a title index that makes it easy to go right to the vital information about a particular example. The end product is a huge, exhaustive, timely, and authoritative compendium of information that will be appreciated by anime experts and neophytes alike. Recommended for all libraries and essential for film and media collections. David M. Lisa, Wayne P.L., NJ
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If one is searching for a comprehensive guide to themes in anime (say the theme of reaching maturity or of encountering alien life or of the woes of war), one will be completely disappointed. The only way to search for anime is by title or producer. If one seeks factual information about anime, like which Mangas or comic strips the animes are based on, one will be disappointed. Even basic terms, plot tools, cliches, genres, and so on are completely overlooked. Japanese culture and language are apparently never consulted by the authors. All that matters to the writers is what the title of the anime was, usually the basic plot, and who made it (and in some instances influences). And that is greatly disappointing for something called an "Encyclopedia." Also, if you seek any form of information on a spin-off or a sequel series to any anime, you are at a loss-- the only references to such follow-ups (often more important or popular than the antecedent), if at all existent, are to be found only within the entries to the original released series. As if that wasn't enough, one must also sustain insult while the author shows disdain and disregard for certain animes which may happen to be some of the most popular and loved (Evangelion comes to mind).
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The two great things about this book is if you find a title of the anime you must own, in the description of the anime it also has the companies name that owns the title. With a little research you could probably contact them or a distributor and recieve a copy of your show for an agreed upon fee.
The other feature is showing the book to the a friend and haughly pointing to the pages upon pages of anime you own or have seen and feel like a true god (or geek) of otaku.
I gave this book a three because it should be in your collection, even just for reference.
So, on the face of it, this would seem to be a crucial book, telling you what is out there. Alas, while this book does try to be informative and useful, it is filled with so many errors and embittered opinions, that I would not recommend using it as an authorative source. Whether it is a simple error of claiming that the anime classic "Otaku no Video" was created in 1985-- which was two years before the creator of this anime (Gainax) was founded; or the embittered opinions of attacking one series (Fushigi Yugi) merely on the grounds that it wasn't as good as another series (Escaflowne) there are many pieces of unreliable information. Series are given the wrong year, wrong number of episodes and frequently plot descriptions that are so distorted that one wonders how closely the authors followed the series in question.
'The Anime Encyclopedia' is the answer to need. While it really isn't encyclopedic, it provides summaries, data, and even some analysis of over 2,000 anime films. The authors confess that there are probably another 2,000 films that could have been included, and a complete failure to touch on interactive (game) animation. Nevertheless, 2,000 titles covering the period from 1917 to 2001 is a lot. While the writers are rarely excessively judgmental, there is enough information to identify both films of interest and films to be avoided.
Occasionally, the reader finds a lengthy discussion, but most of the descriptions are 100 to 200 words. One will find dates, formats, key translations, creative staff, and length listed. Some indication of the appropriate audience where needed, and indication of whether English productions are available. In short, enough to navigate one's way to the winded path of an otaku's apprenticeship. The writers have a dry, witty style that makes this more than a simple catalog, but far less than a treatise. The book does exactly what it promises to do, competently and clearly. Lacking a command of Japanese, this is the best resource available for US viewers.
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Like other reviewers have stated, this was a good catalog of anime names and a bit of description, but that's about it. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2012 by Sakura Yamato
Overall this book is a decent catalogue of Anime titles. It gives some general information such as the year the show/movie came out and what aliases it may go by. Read morePublished on May 31 2007 by Renegade
This is the only one of my college text books that I hung onto last year when it was all over. Why? Because i love it so much. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004 by Ken High
How did this one pass me by for so long? I'm used to tiny thin books on anime that call themselves "The Complete..." or "The Series Bible of... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Blakeslee
A great job in information on anime shows, but it does give the author's opinions on the shows (like when a movie critic gives their opinion on a movie, they are not always to a... Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2003
I do belive that the other reviews of this book only looked through it a little bit, it took me a few months but i read every single entry. Read morePublished on April 14 2003 by Martin A. Samocha
This is the book I've been waiting for. It's more than just an encyclopaedia of Japanese animation, because it links Japanese animation to films, books and comics, demonstrating... Read morePublished on April 12 2003 by Jane Feuer
Opinions are often sadly lacking in an anime fandom reared on the saccharine hype of feckless distributors, and the toothless puffery of Newtype and Animerica. Read morePublished on April 7 2003 by MargaretC
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