Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder Paperback – Mar 30 2010
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About the Author
Josef Steiff is the Associate Chair, Film & Video Department, Columbia College, where he teaches courses in science fiction and anime among other topics. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking, Tristan Tamplin has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is the principal designer at Verso Design Corporation.
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This wasnt my first book in the pop culture and philosophy series, so i knew somewhat what to expect. the book takes different anime series and holds some of the recurring themes that come up, alongside the theories of noted philosophers. Unfortunately some of these dissection, utilize too much jargon for the layman to completely understand.
But my chief complaint, is that sometimes a number of animes get too much exposure, while others get very little. I know, there is only so much room, and there is also "Manga and Philosophy". But I just think there is room for improvement, is all.
For all of you who want to know if they paid attention to your personal faves, here is a short list of the ones they included: Chapter 1: My Neighbour Totoro(primarily),Chapter 2: Gunslinger Girls, Chapter 3: Ghost in the Shell, Chapter 4: Akira, Chapter 5: Armitage, Chapter 6: Magnetic Rose, Chapter 7: Spirited Away, Chapter 8: Several, mostly Chrono Crusade and Neon Genesis Evangelion, Chapter 9: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Chapter 10: Mobile Suit Gundam, Chapter 11: Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, Chapter 12: One Piece, Dragon Ball, Yu Yu Hakusho, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, Bleach, Chapter 13: Fullmetal Alchemist, Chapter 14: Astro Boy, Chapter 15: Grave of the Fireflies, Chapter 16: Fullmetal Alchemist, Chapter 17: Night Shift Nurses, Cream Lemon, Chapter 18: Gunslinger Girls, Chapter 19: Ghost in the Shell, Chapter 20: Ghost in the Shell, Chapter 21: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Akira,
There were also passing references to other animes, but like I said a short list.Read more ›
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This is not a book for an anime lover who doesn't want to have some deep reading about a series. It tackles quite a few genre of anime and what said anime conveys to the public. I do recommend watching at least a few episodes of the anime discussed in the book just so a person's own philosophy can be molded.
The Kindle version is great and adds to my collection nicely. Highly recommended.
Now on the anime in question.... I felt it could have been better. There were maybe one too many essays on Ghost in the Shell and posthumanism. As an anime fan I know there's so much more material out there that could be covered, yet I get to the next chapter... and it's posthumanism again. I would also have liked to see a bit more reflections on anime itself as a medium; why draw it that way? Why is it different from other types of cartoons? What makes anime appealing to some, while repulsive to others? What is "bishounen"? Things like that... Oh, well. Maybe it's not too late to start hoping for Vol. 2?
I would recommend this to almost anyone, especially to people who think that anime is just for children. Personally I liked how this book covered the over-sexualized animated porn and hentai aspects that most people are uneducated about. I also liked that it also covered a lot of deep technological and body aspects as well. This book also helped me discover some animes I have never heard about and would seriously go watch them.