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This book doesn't tell you everything you need to know, but it's a good place to start.
One of the most interesting things Poitras did in the book is to break out the "generations" of American anime fans, as to when they became aware of anime.
A wonderful resource for all anime fans, from seasoned otaku to people just getting interested in this wonderful artform!
This book is quite thin and has huge print, so it is hardly comprehensive and certainly not essential - it seems more appropriate for a late elementary school or junior high... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Berklee Boy
Just by reading the description, the author has no idea what an otaku really is. It's not a positive thing. Many Japanese words are misconstrued in America. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Ashlee
Anime Essentials has an introduction and ten chapters, all of which are framed by the anime Otaku no Video (the cover for the book is also from Otaku no Video). Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Lesley Aeschliman
I have been an anime fan now for about 6 or 7 years, and like most here in the U.S., I got my anime roots through undam Wing (I am still a HUGE Gundam fan). Read morePublished on December 15, 2006 by Peangelia Jones
I love anime! Drawing Japanese pictures is awesome. I don't have many friends, so drawing pictures keeps me entertained. Read morePublished on December 4, 2004 by mike
This book is a huge help for begging otaku or anybody who would like to find out more about the wonderful world of anime! Read morePublished on July 18, 2004 by Will Kressin
I was a big fan of the author's "Anime Companion," so I was excited when this book came out. Read morePublished on December 30, 2003 by Amazon Customer