Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade Paperback – Feb 24 2009
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"Jonathan Clements is one of the rare commentators who writes for the English speaking anime enthusiast without resorting to supposition. .. Clements' work stands as an effective testament to the value of print commentary in anime. Personally, I couldn't be more pleased to have more of this work captured in a shelf-suitable bound edition."
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"Mixing reviews, cultural commentary, insights into classic manga and anime titles, interviews and profiles of Japan's top creators, and hilarious insider stories from the anime trade, Clements is your guide to this fascinating and often very strange world... If you’re serious about your anime and manga then this, like the Anime Encyclopedia, is a necessary purchase as it succeeds in that difficult task of being both informative and funny."
About the Author
JONATHAN CLEMENTS is the co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia and the Dorama Encyclopedia. He writes columns for NEO magazine outlining his adventures in the anime business as a sometime voice actor, dubbing director and the translator of over 70 titles. He has written comics for the Judge Dredd Megazine, and radio plays for Doctor Who. He was the editor of Manga Max magazine (1998-2000) and a Contributing Editor to Newtype USA (2002-2004). He is the recipient of a Japan Festival Award “for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture.”
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Strictly for fans of Japanese animation who are curious about how business decisions are made and how the properties are translated to the English-speaking markets. For those interested, it's an enjoyable read.
Jonathan has written a wide range of books (all of them worth reading) but here's where he finally gives us the long overdue data dump of his astoundingly wide-ranging experiences in the Asian entertainment business. Some of these stories I'd heard before, some I hadn't (and, alas, some of his best will probably never be published) but Jonathan writes with a wry wit that is uniquely his own and while I rarely laugh out loud at books, this one had me chucking more than once. Sometimes in amusement, sometimes in sympathetic pain. Yet some of the writing, such as his account of a day in the life of a voice actress, truly captures the bittersweet life these "stars" lead. Jon's writing is nothing if not versatile.
If you are a manga or anime fan with even the faintest interest in what goes on behind the curtain, you must buy this book. Just don't expect it to be all unicorns and butterflies. If you'd rather believe anime and manga are created in a sterile vacuum, untouched by the wicked ways of the world...this is, as the saying goes, not a book to be tossed aside lightly--it should be hurled with great force.
Jonathan also covers some subject areas that have had very little written about them in English. The sections on Chinese animation and Korean animation and movies come to mind.
I loved the book from cover to cover, and learned a lot. For one thing, I learned that if I ever have the chance to hear Jon give a speech, I'd better take it!
A great read, dead-accurate as far as I can confirm it, and worth every penny. I've ordered five more copies to give away to some of my friends and relatives who ask me "Yeah, but what is your job really like?" Hopefully, after they read this book they will buy me whiskey.
(P.S. I'm reliably informed "Schoolgirl Milky Crisis" will soon be in production. Rumor has it Miyazaki will produce. Or at least his son. Or someone called Miyazaki, anyway.)
That itself is worth the price of admission at $15us.
While inside the magical, maniacal mega walls of Manga...we learn that all is not what it seems. The index is not unlike a wall that reads "Rubber chickens this way", and after you go that way, you find yourself at a restaurant that serves Liptons Chicken Noodle soup. The chapters include a wide variety of comments, interviews, reviews, and humor. We can't forget the humor and the great art by Steve Kyte.
Yeah, there really is no one paragraph review that can succinctly summarize the sense and nonsense of Schoolgirl Mily Crisis. What we can say, is that a life spent in anime and manga, both on the page and behind the microphone, can truly be capsulized in a 416 page book.