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The Rough Guide to Anime 1 (Rough Guide Reference) Paperback – June 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Rough Guide Reference
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858282055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858282053
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School—In Richmond's capable hands, the world of anime becomes highly accessible and engaging. The author covers a set of canonical films; popular anime television series; creator and director mini-bios; technical terms described accessibly and with reference to the 50 canonical titles; and includes many two-tone stills from adventure, romance, children's interest, suspense, and historical anime productions. Sidebars are used generously and to good effect to amplify brief information in entries that may be worthy of further investigation. Teens who love anime will find this guide validates their interests, and library staff can turn to it as a reliable way to learn the vocabulary, icons, and plots of a good variety of examples of the popular art.—Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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About the Author

Author Simon Richmond lives in Japan, is an anime expert and co-authors the award-winning Rough Guide to Japan

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book contains an introduction, acknowledgements, seven chapters, a glossary, and an index. The introduction covers some of the very basics of anime. In the course of seven chapters, the author covers the history of anime, fifty "must-see" anime, the history of the anime studios, biographies for individuals involved in anime production in Japan (directors, animators, and voice actors), the connection between manga and anime, biographies of some manga creators whose works have served as source material for anime, the various genres represeted in anime, how anime has helped influece some anime series, the European influences on anime, merchandising tie-ins, anime's influence on popular culture, various ways to watch anime, recommendations (for anime books, periodicals, and websites), information on anime conventions, and places of interest to anime fans in Japan.

Overall, I thought this book was very well-done, and is very informative. It's also one of the more recent books I have read on anime, so it's more up-to-date that many of the other books I have seen. There's a lot of information, but it is written in such a way that it is accessible to the reader, regardless of whether the reader is already knowledgeable about anime, or is learning about anime for the first time. The Rough Guide to Anime should really be in the reference library of any anime fan.

In order to write this review, I checked out a copy of this book through the King County Library System.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sentient1 on September 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
A great book to develop an understanding of what Anime is and where it came from. A very readable text. Unfortunately the illustrations are black and white.
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