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Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews Paperback – September 1, 2004
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By rights, maybe this book should be four stars instead of five, but I couldn't resist because it filled in a point of interest for me I've wondered about for years. I wrote an Amazon review a few years ago on the anime classic, Spirited Away. In the review I compared the movie to a life changing animated film I had seen as a boy. I've never been able to recall the name, and because of the era, I thought it American or perhaps a Chinese production. I've always looked for it to show up on TV, or in video, hoping I'd recognize the title or the plot. I knew little more than the type of film, plot, and name of the main character.
My dad took me to the film, and I thought it must have been because he was interested in its philosophy. My dad had visited China, and India during WWII as a Cryptographer. After the war, he brought home some items from China, and a good deal of Eastern Philosophy. What I didn't realize is that the movie he took me too, was in reality one of the earliest anime shown in the United States. It was a dubbed film called Magic Boy, that was shown in a limited release in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in June of 1961.Read more ›
material presented. It is, however, like many other books of this type, dated. Also, Patten is dealing with
anime and manga in general, so specific titles/series are not dealt with except where needed to illustrate
the point being made. I guess you could label this as a history text, of sorts, dealing with the medium
during a certain time period, by way of the observations of one individual who was in a position to do so.
If you are interested in that sort of perspective, it's worthwhile.
This book doesn't have any new insights on the subject so I'll say again why bother?