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The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised & Expanded Edition: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917

The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised & Expanded Edition: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Clements , Helen McCarthy
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"Destined to become the definitive book on Japanese Animation for years to come...You need this book. Buy it." - Starlog "Impressive, exhaustive, labyrinthine, and obsessive - The Anime Encyclopedia is an astonishing piece of work." - Neil Gaiman"

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Bigger and better! Our first edition rocked the anime world with its in-depth entries on anime famous and obscure and its superb index/film finder. Now this fantastic book is 40 percent larger—with all-new entries on hundreds of anime released after 2001, updates on older entries, and over fifty thousand words on anime creators (like Tezuka and Otomo) and genres (“Early Anime,” “Science Fiction and Robots,” etc.). An absolute must-have for every anime shelf!

"If I only had space on my overcrowded shelf for one book on anime, this would be it. If I had no space on my shelf I'd select two books at random and drop them into the bin, just to make room-- it's that indispensable."-- Paul Jacques, Anime on DVD

"While you may not agree with their opinons on a given anime, they are informative and entertaining, especially when skewering a really bad anime." -- Frames Per Second

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3874 KB
  • Print Length: 823 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933330104
  • Publisher: Stone Bridge Press; Revised and Expanded edition (6 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6D5U9W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 18 Mar 2003
An incredibly detailed, exhaustive survey of a medium dating back to 1917, packed with production gossip, contentious reviews, and criticism that pulls no punches. An excellent book by two award-winning authors, and the biggest work on the subject in any language, including Japanese. But be warned, if you're looking for a colouring book or something full of pretty pictures, this is an *encyclopaedia* designed for reference, and not a shallow curio.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead handy 3 July 2002
I've saved a lot of time and money by following this book (it's easily paid for itself), since I seem to have similar taste to the authors. There is a lot of bad anime out there, and this has helped me avoid it, but it's also helped me discover many good things I otherwise wouldn't have done (the work of Miyazaki for one.)
It's well written (if sometimes too concise) with both insight and a passion for the subject.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
As a keen anime fan, I have long searched for an easy to use and fun reference for information on the great variety of animations that Japan has produced. This book covers that requirement and then some.
While they were unable to cover every single anime title that had ever been, mainly due to the limitations of the printed word, the range of this book is a treat for anyone.
There are over 10 years of work behind this book, and Clements and McCarthy are to be congratulated for creating such a first rate work.
Beware of one thing though, once you start reading it you may never stop until you have read it from cover to cover. If you have the slightest interest in anime get this book, it is an excellend guidebook to one of the best art forms around today.
I can only hope that more works of this standard will come.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, for now :) 17 July 2007
I have only purchased this book today and so should probably take time to consider its usefulness, but at first glances it seems to deliver exceedingly well on expectations.
I have been a fan of anime since 2003 now so I have had some time to familiarise myself with quite a few titles, from fairly well known ones like Ghibli's to lesser knowns I've stumbled across from friends or random showings at conventions. This book's listed all the one's I can think of, and plenty more besides. Not all get pages and pages of text, but hey, you can't expect the authors to have watched and deeply analysed EVERYTHING, and there's a lot of interesting and enlightening stuff here.
There's a slight review in many of the descriptions, usually enough to serve as a warning or reccomendation. Personally I'm really enjoying the commentary, I think it's quite funny in parts... but then if you've watched much anime you'll know it can be quite hard to do a significant number of descriptions seriously, and when you include more adult anime - well, it was surreal enough already.
There's also some commentry on themes of anime and other stuff, which is probably really interesting and useful for people properly interested, but I've spent most of my time looking up anime I've watched so far. I did read a bit about ratings of anime (as in people tuned in, or however it's measured these days). That was very illuminating, I'd always assumed anime must be highly rated in Japan, and also I completely bought that GTO (live action) was the highest rated series in Japan. Surprise!
But really, this is a very good book, and VERY UP TO DATE considering others I've read. It's up to sometime in 2006: 1917 to 2006 doesn't seem a bad span to me!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pure brilliance 27 Nov 2003
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Never in my time have i experienced a more cost effective book, this encyclopedia documents over 2000 anime from as far back as 1917. This book is 500+ pages long and each anime has a review, cast (director, animator etc.) it also contains a rating to warn the viewer if there is sensitive material, V = violence N =nudity L = language.
This book also acts as quite a hands door stop and coffe table.
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