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Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know Paperback – December 1, 2000
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As an otaku, I still found plenty of new information in this book, as well as a fresh new perspective on several anime titles. Of the 41 recommended titles, I have seen all but five, which I suppose marks my "status" as an otaku. Poitras' insights into the famous Otaku no video were especially interesting, and can teach even diehard anime otaku more about this great series.
This is a great book for parents, teachers, and anyone else who deals with children who regularly watch CardCaptors, Sailor Moon, Pokémon, and other anime what anime is really about, and this information will be especially useful as these children grow and move on to more "sophisticated" anime. (If only this book had been available when I first discovered anime.....)
And the content? I didn't find much new in this book, which was another disappointment; I was hoping to discover some great insider information and maybe a few fan secrets. Admittedly, this book isn't written for fans like me. Rather, this is a fairly painless entry into the world of Japanese animation, and with that in mind it serves its purpose very well. Still, it should have been titled "A Basic Primer" rather than "Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know."
The author includes recomendations in the different anime styles and makes parental recomendations as well.
Elements of Japanese culture are woven into the descriptions making this an all around good read and reference book.
There is also a video animation called "Otaku no Video" which complements this book and has a similar cover.
If you want to learn more about anime or are a fan pick both of these titles!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't cover recurring themes in anime as I'd hoped. Do Japanese school girls really where their uniforms not only after school but also on the weekends? Read morePublished 1 day ago by nsc
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 on June 24, 2013 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