Anime: A History

Authors: Clements, Jonathan

  • A comprehensive and detailed history of Anime.
  • Provides new perspectives on widely held conceptions, while drawing attention to previously overlooked aspects of Anime's development.
  • Richly Illustrated.
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About this book

This comprehensive history of Japanese animation draws on Japanese primary sources and testimony from industry professionals to explore the production and reception of anime, from its early faltering steps, to the international successes of Spirited Away and Pokémon.

About the authors

Jonathan Clements is an anime historian. He is co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, former editor of Manga Max magazine, and has been a translator, voice director or voice actor on over 70 anime productions.

Reviews

Clements writes in his introduction, 'There is... no full-length history of Japanese animation available in English—an omission that this book seeks to remedy, articulating 'anime' as a succession of conceptual systems that form and change throughout the latter half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first...' And he does exactly what he promises, going into great detail about the history of anime, and also bringing up questions about the meaning and definition of anime that can even cause major otaku to scratch their heads. This book is definitely a must for fans who want a scholarly look into the history of their favorite medium.' - Otaku USA Magazine

'[A] scholarly yet engaging history...it adopts a much more rigourous, fact-based approach to previous studies, drawn from primary sources such as industry almanacs, studio histories and autobiographical accounts from key practitioners, in order to chart the evolution of Japan's animation industry as a whole.' - Sight & Sound

'This study is authoritative and detailed, and will be essential reading for anime fans and scholars alike.' - P.D. Smith, The Guardian 

'Anime: A History provides a comprehensive background of the medium, from the early years of the 20th Century to the contemporary landscape of 3D digital animation, online streaming and fansubs...we highly recommend.' - MyMyMy

'Historian Jonathan Clements traces the evolution of anime by exploring the history of its production and reception over the past 100 years, identifying periods in which cultural and technological developments ushered in new ways of thinking about the basic concept of 'moving pictures.'' - The Japan Times

'...a fascinating read.' - The New York Times

'Anime: A History questions the stories we think we know of anime's rises and falls, its heroes and breakthroughs.' - Manga UK

'One of the most important and comprehensive books on anime ever written for the western market.' - Neo Magazine

'Anime: A History is a magisterial effort and will undoubtedly prove invaluable for scholars, particularly in the social sciences, who are interested in the political economy of anime production. Indeed, while Clements may profess to be skeptical of history as a narrative project, his book may well shape the discourse on the subject for years, if not decades, to come.' - LSE Review of Books

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eBook $29.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-884-9
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $30.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-390-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Online orders shipping within 2-3 days.

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anime: A History
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-884-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-390-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
256
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