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Gr 8 Up-For anyone who's ever wondered how they would fare against a kappa, kitsune, or the dreaded kuchisake onna, these lively volumes are structured as handbooks for surviving encounters with Japan's legendary monsters, spirits, assassins, and spies. Ninja Attack! dispels stereotypes while filling in the real history of these infamous spies and assassins. Yokai Attack! catalogs demons and monsters, and Yurei Attack! focuses on gruesome ghost stories. Action-packed tales of vengeful spirits and shape-shifting badgers are accompanied by historical background, regional origins, and related trivia, while profiles of well-known ninja are interspersed with details of their daily lives, such as housing and food. Each book includes appendixes with recommended books, movies, and websites for further research. Gleefully gory manga-style illustrations in full color add to the creep-out factor of the texts, and eye-catching layouts with photographs and reproductions of woodblock prints make for a visually appealing reading experience. Japanese names and words are seamlessly integrated into the texts, with Japanese characters appearing alongside English translations and pronunciation guides. An engaging blend of information and entertainment, this trilogy is a fantastic reference for budding manga artists who want to incorporate Japanese legends into their own stories, or anyone who simply enjoys a good scare.-Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"The wonderful book is perfect for anyone interested in monsters, Japanese culture, or folktales (especially Japanese ones). I'm interested in all of those…so I like this book a lot!" —Tokyo Five blog

"This Halloween season, you may want to familiarize yourself with the different monsters of Japan. … With the help of Yokai Attack!, you will surely stand out among others." —Otaku Asia blog

"An invaluable resource for anyone interested in J-Horror and Japanese culture; gave me a deeper understanding of what I've been enjoying for so many years." —Don Coscarelli, Director, Phantasm Series and Bubba Ho-Tep

"Yokai Attack! is essential reading for any fan of monsters, horror and manga!" —Steve Niles, Creator, 30 Days of Night

"I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in Japan. Even if you're not a monster fan, there's a lot of Japanese culture and history there. Japan's monsters are the perfect portal to understanding the culture that made them." —Introvert Japan blog

"The guide is a compendium of the wildest, weirdest, and nastiest creatures that Japan has to offer. […] Written in lively and accessible prose, Yokai Attack! is an easy read. This is no scholarly treatise on Yokai folklore, nor does it try to be. Beautiful illustrations based on the sometimes highly variable folkloric descriptions grace every entry, along with photos of various Yokai paraphernalia including toys, and copies of images from 18th century Japanese folkloric texts. […] Overall, Yokai Attack! is an entertaining and informative read." —Japan Powered blog

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Product Details

  • Series: Attack!
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Revised edition (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 480531219X
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805312193
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Cameron McClain on August 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
When's the last time you asked yourself, "Gee, how do I keep my home safe from the Bathtub Licker?" Not recently, you say? And yet to a Japanese child, the mention of the name "Akaname" evokes the image of a large, red demonlike creature with a long tongue and glaring eyes, that hides in the bathroom at night. Aren't you glad you were warned? Then thank your lucky stars you're buying Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide.

Each of the more than 50 detailed descriptions provide everything you'll need when faced with one of these legendary Japanese monsters. The first page of each entry is the "Stats Sheet" page, containing vital information such as monster height, weight, mode of locomotion, and any special abilities, as well as a full page color image (by talented illustrator Tatsuya Morino) of the yokai in question. The pages following contain information on the type of threat each yokai represents (whether it be just a scare, or a definitely-to-be-avoided disembowelment), as well as any defensive measures that can be taken, origin stories, typical location where found, regional variants of the monster, in addition to stories, facts, and legends surrounding that creature and its habits. Truly, the amount of information contained for each yokai is substantial, and will undoubtedly prove crucial to the would-be yokai hunter (or as often as not, the "yokai hunted").

The authors have made on-the-go referencing easier as well (very important when you're not sure if you're facing a Kuchisaki Onna or a Futakuchi Onna!) by separating yokai into groupings by type, from the ferocious to the feeble. What's more, each grouping has its own tab for flip-through ease, very convenient when you're running away from a creature at close to a full-out sprint!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zack Davisson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Japan is a monster country. While other countries may have their vampires and wolfmen, their unseelie courts and ogres and giants, Japan is home to a traditional eight million different varieties of spooks and lurkers in the dark. Japanese children obsess on them and memorize them the way American children do dinosaurs, and you would be hard-pressed to find a child without at least one of the ubiquitous tomes detailing their haunting places and special attributes.

"Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide" (subtitled "A Survival Guide for Foreigners," although this is only written in Japanese), is one of the few English-language books available on this traditional aspect of Japanese culture. Emulating such books as The Zombie Survival Guide, it takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to Japan's bizarre menagerie. The book acts like a video game guide, giving statistics such as height, weight, favorite food, method of attack, surviving an encounter, etc ... A total of forty-nine yokai get the treatment, from the famous beasties like the kappa and tengu, to the lesser-knowns like the dorotabo and the hashi hime.

This is a re-issue of "Yokai Attack!" from a new publisher. There are a few new monsters added, and the book is finally in full-color. The previous edition from Kodansha USA switched to black-and-white illustrations for the final third of the book, almost as if they had run out of money for color printing (which they very may well have, considering Kodansha USA's final fate). Tuttle publishing corrects that, and it looks great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gilles Poitras on September 24, 2012
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I got my hands on the first edition of Yokai Attack as fast as I could when it came out.

Then when the second edition hit my local bookshop I popped it open saw that it had even more yokai and far more color illustrations than the first edition and bought it on the spot.

If you are interested in Japanese folklore or spooky things in general this is a candidate for your shelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tigertora on September 26, 2012
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My favorite thing about Yokai Attack! is that it's a book on a topic I would never research myself. Even though I know there are yokai all over Japan, it's just not a topic that calls to me enough to warrant my own deep study, so it's extremely convenient that Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt have done hella work for me (and you!) Face it, if you don't know what a Kappa or Kitsune is, you are just plain under-informed when it comes to Japan (yes, as a country :P) And this book goes way beyond the Tanuki (Super Mario 3 anybody?) to things you almost wish you hadn't heard of, like the Ashiarai Yashiki--I have my own feet to wash, and am not interested in obliging a huge, demanding, disembodied one that suddenly appears out of nowhere...ew. The revised edition is in full color so there is no reason to sit around reading Amazon reviews; you need this for your reference if you are into Japanese culture--that includes anime and anything else!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Penny on September 26, 2012
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I grew up in Japan and this book brings back memories of summer nights and ghost stories. Not only are the Yokai explained in great detail, but the added historical information is brilliant. I love the illustrations and the sense of humor put into this book. Highly recommended!
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