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Napier is not academic enough for serious students or anime fans and she gets too much wrong for a cursory study or for pop cultural interests.
Even in chapters not called for it, she can't seem to resist making a sexual reference or mention phallic imagery, and it does get quite tiring after a while.
Unless it's required by your curriculum (or you just want something to be angry about, as an anime lover,) you really, really shouldn't buy this book.
This book was used in my anime class. I cant believe how analitical and culturally deep those " cartoons" are. Give it a go.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by phatzilla
As far as delivery goes, it wasn't fantastic. I ordered this on the fifth of September, and it only recently arrived at my house. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dee
This book is for a university class that hasn't started yet. However, I've actually read the book and have enjoyed it immensely. Read morePublished 17 months ago by MJS
How in the world have the other reviewers seen this book? This is a fine book, with lots of original interpretation and analysis of a few key elements of several genres of anime. Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by Ajax Ascendant
My review will consist of two parts: a review of the actual content first, followed by a review of the physical product. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Patrick Austin
The problem with long-time otaku is they are fans beyond the scope of any introductory book on this topic and thus dismiss that which doesn't meet their standards for reasons that... Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by E. Bauman
"Anime: From Akira to Howl's Moving Castle" was one of my required readings for a 300 level college class, and I am horrified to say that. Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by Ellen E.
As it is still relatively uncharted territory, good academia on anime is difficult for students to find. Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by Melissa