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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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
This book is much better at talking about anime fan culture than anime itself. If you're interested in knowing more about the films, there are better resources such as "Anime... Read morePublished on December 1, 2005 by pdchapin
This is an excellent book about the Anime genre. It describes not only the history of anime but the various styles and elements that make anime unique. Read morePublished on August 23, 2005 by C. White
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