There aren't many books that deal with animation from the perspective of film theory, much less Japanese animation (anime), which makes Lamarre's book all the more valuable. His approach is based largely on the specific compositional properties of animation, but he delves into issues of gender, technology, and philosophy as well. My primary interest is the work of Hayao Miyazaki and I was pleased to see his films discussed at length. The writing itself is clear and enjoyable, although it may be a little heady for casual anime fans. For those interested in animation as it relates to film studies, however, I would highly recommend it.