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Japan Edge: The Insider's Guide to Japanese Pop Subculture Paperback – July 6, 1999
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Coming to the book, my main quest was to better understand Japanese 'anime': where did it come from, what subtype genres were there, and maybe even where it's likely to go next. Instead of giving me the sorts of answers one might work into an SAT essay, this book let me FEEL the something of the spirit of anime. And realizing my questions were in fact far too "dry" and were part of the problem rather than part of the solution was invaluable.
One of the contributors, Carl Horn, gives insight into his genre (anime) made me want to give it a second look. I've seen a few films, Akira and such, and of course the classic anime series like Star Blazers and Speed Racer, but Mr. Horn gives a great perspective on the genre. I was particularly charmed by the story of discovering anime in Iran, where he apparently grew up.
This is not just a genre love-piece. I didn't feel that I was being somehow excluded or that I was supposed to know something about anime (or the other Japanese subcultures covered in the book) before reading this book.
An excellent introduction to an interesting cultural pheonm.