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"An excellent reference work on the subject."—Library Journal (starred review)

"A popular study of the Japanese genre of anime teaches a great deal about the art form and about Japanese culture in general—and how cultural themes reverberate through popular media."—Anthropology Review Database

"The perfect introduction for any new to the idea of anime..."—The Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, Editor & Senior Reviewer, California Bookwatch)

About the Author

Patrick Drazen has presented at the 2004 Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits, at Yaoi-Con in 2002, at the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and for several years at Anime Central in Chicago. He's been at anime conventions in Columbus, Indianapolis, and Peoria, and gave a talk on anime based on western literature at his alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University for Homecoming 2012. He also gave talks about anime at Mayor Daley's Book Club, an annual literacy festival for local authors. He's written articles on anime for Animation magazine and the British magazine SFX, on manga for Time Out New York, sits on the Editorial Board for Mechademia journal, and participated in a panel discussion in 2006 with Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. Drazen has an extensive anime collection, from Betamax to DVD, and his presentations have touched on Japanese folklore in modern anime, same-sex relationships, and the fluid nature of heroes and villains in anime.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press; Second Edition edition (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611720133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611720136
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An interest in Japanese comics and animation has led to decades as an independent scholar, author, lecturer and researcher. Appearances include MC at the 2006 Smithsonian Anime Marathon.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad Goodpaster on July 9, 2015
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Nothing really here that is surprising or different.
I suppose it is good information to somebody with no knowledge of the medium.
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