Synopses & Reviews
What makes Japanese animation Japanese? What are the top, not-to-be-missed films? Who’s got the anime goods? What’s it all mean anyway? Answering just about every question a fan (or curious parent) has, Anime Essentials is an easy-to-read and fun-to-look-at overview of the pop culture phenomenon sweeping America. It discusses the major players, where to get your anime fix, otaku (devoted fan) etiquette, how to run an anime club (and get pre-release screenings!), how to "talk" anime to outsiders, and lots more of interest both to veterans and newcomers.
One of the New York Public Libary's 2001 Books for the the Teen Age List.
"Overall, this book opens its welcoming arms wide to newcomers, so that more people can enjoy anime's story qualities, human element and cinematic, artistic effects. A valuable book!" -- Protocultue Addicts
"For the anime beginner, this is a great place to start." -- Dreamwatch
From the author of the bestselling "Anime Companion" comes this overview of the pop culture phenomenon sweeping America. Illustrations.
The prequel to the incredibly successful Anime Companion.
About the Author
Gilles Poitras is a California librarian who first discovered anime in 1977. As a fan of films he was attracted by the use of cinematic efffects in ways that he had never seen in animation. He has been interviewed in several documentaries on anime and writes a monthly column on anime for Newtype USA magazine. He is also author of Anime Essentials.
Table of Contents
HOW ANIME IS RELEASED: Theatrical Release/ Terebi (TV)/ OVA/OAV/ Video formats/ ERAS OF ANIME: 1917-1962 The early pre-TV era/ The 60's and the birth of modern anime/ The 70's and the junior high through college years/ The 80's and anime matures/ The 90's and the explosion of diversity, the worldwide spread of anime/ The growth of English-language fandom/ ANIME GENRES: Science fiction and the roots of modern anime/ Fantasy/ Horror/ Comedy/ Crime/ Romance/ Girls' shows/ Boys' shows/ Crossover shows/ Sports/ Adult shows/ Gay themes/ Hentai/ Press coverage of sex and anime/ WHAT MAKES ANIME UNIQUE: Historical differences/ Story qualities/ The human element/ Japanese culture in anime/ Cinematic effects/ Visual conventions/ Japlish/ Violence/ Nudity/ Sexual Content/ ANIME CONNECTIONS: The manga connection/ Manga in magazines/ Tankobon/ Dojinshi/ Manga in the West/ Pseudo-manga/ Non-Japanese fanzines/ The live-action connection/ HOW TO BE A FAN: Group activities/ Starting an anime club/ Conventions/ Cosplay/ Fan fiction/ ANIME CONTROVERSIES: The sub/dub wars/ Translation accuracy/ Fifteening/ Dubtitling/ Cutting/ Benefits of Controvery/ ANIME STUFF: Music/ Trading Cards/ Phone cards/ Stationery/ Jigsaw puzzles/ Toys/ Games/ I want it NOW: where to get the goods!/ RECOMMENDED TITLES/ ANIME RESOURCES: Books/ Magazines/ Internet Resources/ Subject Index