- Published: Berkeley, California : Stone Bridge Press, 
- Year Published: 2014
- Edition: Revised and updated ed.
- Description: 387 p. ; 23 cm
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- 9781611720136 (pbk.)
- 1611720133 (pbk.)
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Anime explosion! : the what? why? and wow! of Japanese animation
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Part 1. Interpreting anime. A page right out of history ; Conventions versus clichés ; The social web and the lone wolf ; Mukashi mukashi : from folktales to anime ; The naked truth ; Rated H : hardcore anime ; "A very pure thing" : gay and pseudo-gay themes in anime ; Bushido : the way of the warrior ; Shojodo : the way of the teenage girl ; Enter the mamagon : the Japanese mother ; Faith-based : Christianity, Shinto, and other religions in anime ; Who you gonna call? : the spirit world in anime ; The starmaker machinery : anime and idol ; It's not easy being green : nature in anime ; War is stupid : war and anti-war themes in anime ; Birth and death and rebirth : reincarnation in anime -- Part 2. Films and directors. Windaria ; Wings of Honnêamise : Tora-san in space ; Utena: Giri/Ninjo and the triumph of conservatism in pop culture ; Giant Robo : anime as Wagnerian opera ; Flying with Ghibli : the animation of Hayao Miyazaki and company ; The Sailor Moon Phenomenon: Love! Valor! Compassion! Middie Blouses! ; The vision of Escaflowne ; Neon Genesis Evangelion ; Please save my Earth ; The big Pokémon scare ; Plastic little : not what you think ; The old and new testaments of Masamune Shirow ; The man in the mirror: Satoshi Kon ; CLAMP: Women unexpected ; The Fullmetal alchemist phenomenon ; Key the metal idol.
"For fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this expanded and updated edition of Patrick Drazen's now-classic guide offers an engaging tour of the world of Japanese animation, from older artistic traditions to the works of modern creators like Miyazaki, Otomo, Kon, and CLAMP. Examined are all of anime's major themes, styles, and conventions, plus the familiar tropes of giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love. Concluding are essays on favorite films, including Evangelion, Escaflowne, Sailor Moon, Patlabor, and Fullmetal Alchemist."--Page 4 of cover.
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