The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 Paperback – 1 Oct 2001
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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" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
JONATHAN CLEMENTS was formerly the editor of Manga Max magazine and contributing editor to the online edition of Newtype. He has worked as a voice actor, dubbing director, or translator on dozens of anime productions. HELEN MCCARTHY was the founding editor of Anime UK/FX magazine and subsequently editor of Manga Mania. She is the author of several books on Japanese animation, including Anime!: A Beginner's Guide and The Erotic Anime Movie Guide --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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It's well written (if sometimes too concise) with both insight and a passion for the subject.
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.
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!Read more ›
This book also acts as quite a hands door stop and coffe table.
This is great reference material if your doing some sort of research and need to know rough bits of trivia on animé. But as a coffee table book is offers no apeal whatsoever. I havn't touched it since I got it as it offers no pick-up-and-look-at type appeal. Very boring. More for scholars.
I give it three stars because for what its meant to be, its very good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WOW, literally wow. the minute i receved this book, it was extremely hard to put down. every type of anime covered. plus also good descriptions of the shows. Read morePublished on 15 Sept. 2010 by ILoveAnime!
Does what it says on the tin. Although, the 'Thematic Entries' are somewhat impressionistic and lacking in scholarly detail. Read morePublished on 17 July 2010 by animescholar
Decent as an encyclopedia, and basic information. Not great for the important details and opinions of experts, Roland Kelts, Susan J, Napier recommended for that purpose.Published on 22 May 2010 by Stefan Ravnanger
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