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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 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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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