I'm not an Otaku. I'm not some obssesed drooling anime fangirl. But I AM an anime fan AND an artist who takes their work seriously. I don't know what all those other people are talking about with this book. It's very well done.
No it doesn't take you through complete anime stylings. In fact Christopher Hart seems very biased in this book. Especially towards the end in the section where he compares anime and western stle comicking. He PURPOSELY draws western style anime like [stuff]. It's kinda funny.
But in all seriousness. No this is not a book for those who want to be complete anime artist. BUT he does make some good points in this book. He gives a good explaination of the genres that exist (although not good drawing samples)and will help you with your ideas if you plan on starting you own little comic.
That's why this book is worth it. IF YOUR STARTING YOUR ANIME BASED COMIC! It'll get you on the right track I think. It helped me. Then again my style IS American and Japanese art combined. I love both styles equally.
Don't knock this book. If your just starting out in anime it's the book that's REALLY help shape you into a manga artist. From there STOP with his little mania series. After that they aren't worth SPIT. Go into the "How to draw Manga" series after this title. It makes an awesome primer!