Anime: A guide to Japanese animation, 1958-1988 Paperback – Dec 2000
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You only can call to a book of this kind in this form: a Labour of Love. Really is plenty of information, I was looking for certain obscure reference about the serie "Angel: the girl of the flowers" or the film "The treasure Island", and all was there. You have several indexes: Name in Japanese, Name in English and an Guide index for North America (very usefull all of them) and 1238 films, series & oav to search.
The entries have the following information:
1) Original Title
2) Literal Translation of the original title
3) Production House
4) Category ( adventure, comedy, sci-fi, etc.)
5) Number of episodes (tv series only)
6) Release-date (for movies and OAV), or airing date (series-Tv specials)
7) Distribution house
8) English title ( if translated and available in NorthAmerica) or French
9) Summary, facts, description
In my first appreciation of the book I don't find any mistake, but certainly I'm not a master Otaku, some entries are very basic, but others are very complete, there are more of 400 photos in b&w enough to give you an idea but nothing great, sadly many Japanese Studios doesn't gave the permission to use more. All the years from 1958 to 1988 have a summary that give us an appreciation of the action in Japan and the impact mainly in Italy (we have plenty of references to the anime in Italy but nothing very extent to worried).
I'm sure that this book is not going to disapoint you, this work deserves the congratulations and the support of all the people who love those old series and want a good place to begin a research.