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Mechademia 1: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga Paperback – 22 Dec 2006
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Each of the papers within the book was of a length that you could get through them in one sitting, all well referenced so you could go and find out more for yourself on the ideas of interest.
The paper quality of the book was o.k. - I had hoped for something of slightly higher quality but it wouldn't detract from me buying more in the series - in fact I have bought the first three volumes.
All in all it was a great way to become exposed to ideas behind anime and manga that I have seen or heard about. I think it has given me a greater appreciation for titles I have seen since reading it (though I accept that if you look for meaning or something deep you'll find it even when none was intended) It was also a great way to find writers and i have gone on to get some of their books :0)
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Every article here is of value, although some are more enjoyable reads than others: my personal favorites were Allison's discussion of the increasing popularity of Japanese products in the United States, Wendy Siuyi Wong's treatment of the history of Japanese manga in other regions of Asia and its future in the United States, and Thomas Looser's exploration of the Japanese aesthetic of 'superflat,' one of my favorite areas of aesthetic inquiry. None of the pieces veer into the territory of the unreadable or the excessively dry (always a pitfall of academic writing) and are uniformly interesting. Though occasionally articles may be excessively short (such as Tatsumi's piece), overall I highly recommend this, and the other Mechademia volumes, for their consistently enjoyable writing and unexpected insights into our self-consciously postmodern condition.