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Yokai Attack!: The Japanese Monster Survival Guide Paperback – August 10, 2012
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"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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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!Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
I am not sure why, but I expected this book to be a little larger. Its about the size of a manga. Good to travel with but I like guides to be larger because most of the time I am reading at home.
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This was a fantastic work of Japanese legend! The author and illustrator truly bring out the fascinating nature of the Yokai in this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so informative but also very hilarious commentary. I also understand a lot more about Japanese culture from the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nina Amore
I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I finally managed to get my hands on it. The info, the comics, the personal interjections made this an enjoyable read while going into... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andy Loosli