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Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. Hardcover – 26 Jan 2007
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'Kelts's energetic survey covers the films of Miyazaki, Pokemon trading cards and anime action figures, as well as such exotic sub-genres as 'tentacle porn.' Japanamerica is entertaining and often enlightening.' - The Guardian
'Even if you think you've read it all already, you'll be surprised at how much has been left out of anime's story in the West. Fascinating, vital and surprising, this is one of the most essential texts to be written for the intelligent anime fan in years.' - Neomag
'From exploring the Japanese attitude toward pornography to a meeting with the creator of Pac-Man, Japanamerica is a fascinating ride.' - Bookforum
'As a study of the global manga-anime-cosplay phenomenon, Japanamerica offers a unique insiders' view. - Metropolis
[T]he personal stories [and] acute observations make this work precious ... a personal record of enlightening research on both sides of the Pacific, told with loving detail and complemented by the opinions of 'insiders'.' - Mariko Kato, The Japan Times
'An entertaining treatment . Kelts has a sharp grasp of his subject and is on sure ground. - Publisher's Weekly
Japanamerica is a broad primer; if you're seeking investment opportunities, it's practically a prospectus.' - R.C. Baker, The Village Voice, USA
'As a study of the global manga-anime-cosplay phenomenon, Japanamerica offers a unique insiders' view.' - Metropolis
'An entertaining treatment . Kelts has a sharp grasp of his subject and is on sure ground.' - Publisher's Weekly
'Japanamerica is the book I have been waiting for. It tells the incredible story of the way the colorful and eccentric world of Japanese entertainment and popular art has enriched our lives in the West. Roland Kelts, part American, part Japanese, brings real insight to the way this union of hearts and souls through entertainment will continue to grow and draw two very different worlds together.' - Pete Townshend, The Who
'Japanamerica is a broad primer; if you're seeking investment opportunities, it's practically a prospectus.' - R.C. Baker, The Village Voice, USA
'...Kelts book is unique in the sense that it successfully transmits a lot of useful knowledge to the reader whilst simultaneously being highly entertaining, informative, an easy read and immensely interesting for everybody who want to investigate the intricate backgrounds of Japanese popular culture.' - Kulturkapellet
Tells the incredible story of the way Japanese entertainment and popular art continue to grow and draw two very different worlds together. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.See all Product description
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It's everything I could have hoped for and more. It goes through everything from cosplay to Pokemon to how Japanese manga publishers see the outside world. A Japanese view on their pop culture spreading worldwide is really very interesting and difficult to find.
Japanamerica is an entertaining and enjoyable read, but not one without it's faults. It covers such a broad range of topics, I felt some various details had been skimped on - but this is to be expected. Take this book as a primer for Japanese pop culture, not a bible on it.
Even still, 5/5, ten out of ten. One of the most up-to-date books on the subject, and not as historical and dry as Schodt in the 80's.
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book about anime. You are not going to find much in here about your favorite series or genre. Indeed,
only a few are actually given mention, to emphasize Kelts' narrative on the development of anime or
the supposed psychology behind that. It isn't that this is a poorly done work. Kelts' monologue reads
easily and is well constructed. As perhaps a necessary intro, he does provide a basic history of the
emergence of the medium in the post-war era, and the key figures involved in that. There's a good bit
of theorizing on the effect on the Japanese psyche of the atomic bombings and the American occupation.
Kelts also provides a look into the workings of the Japanese animation industry and its relations with
US business. He also engages in a somewhat involved look at the hentai(porn) market, in part to
illustrate his emphasis on the sort of dual-nature lives Japanese live, with each individual keeping up
an outer/public image that is detached from the inner/personal self. This idea forms one of the
mainstays of Kelts' narrative, but somehow I doubt that every Japanese is perfectly comfortable
with the often gruesome imaginings expressed in manga/anime porn.
The irony here(and supposedly the western sense of irony is a handicap) is that this book was published in
2006, the year now regarded by many as the high-point of anime popularity in the US, after which the
medium began to suffer a steady loss of the mainstream acceptance it had been attracting.
Especially indicative of this are Kelts' mention of upcoming Hollywood "blockbuster" adaptations of
various anime properties, none of which ever actually materialized.
It was interesting, but due to the nature of pop culture, it is a little out of date already. The internet obsoletes pop culture fast than sushi in a gas station on Miami.
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