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Anime essentials : every thing a fan needs to know
Poitras, Gilles.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
127 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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NC1766.J3 P655 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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What makes Japanese animation Japanese? What are the top, not-to-be-missed films? Who's got the anime goods? What's it all mean anyway? Answering just about every question a fan (or curious parent) has, Anime Essentials is an easy-to-read and fun-to-look-at overview of the pop culture phenomenon sweeping America. It discusses the major players, where to get your anime fix, otaku (devoted fan) etiquette, how to run an anime club (and get pre-release screenings!), how to "talk" anime to outsiders, and lots more of interest both to veterans and newcomers.

One of the New York Public Libary's 2001 Books for the the Teen Age List.

"Overall, this book opens its welcoming arms wide to newcomers, so that more people can enjoy anime's story qualities, human element and cinematic, artistic effects. A valuable book!" -- Protocultue Addicts

"For the anime beginner, this is a great place to start." -- Dreamwatch

Author Notes

Gilles Poitras is a California librarian who first discovered anime in 1977. As a fan of films he was attracted by the use of cinematic efffects in ways that he had never seen in animation. He has been interviewed in several documentaries on anime and writes a monthly column on anime for Newtype USA magazine. He is also author of Anime Essentials.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
1 How Anime is Releasedp. 13
Theatrical releasep. 13
Terebi (television)p. 13
OVA/OAVp. 14
Video formatsp. 14
2 Eras of Animep. 16
1917-62: the early, pre-TV erap. 16
The 60s: the birth of modern animep. 17
The 70s: the junior high through college yearsp. 20
The 80s: anime maturesp. 22
The 90s: the explosion of diversity, the worldwide spread of animep. 25
The growth of English-language fandomp. 30
3 Anime Genresp. 34
Science fiction: the roots of modern animep. 34
Fantasyp. 37
Horrorp. 40
Comedyp. 41
Crimep. 42
Romancep. 43
Girls' showsp. 44
Boys' showsp. 46
Crossover showsp. 47
Sportsp. 47
Adult showsp. 48
Gay themesp. 49
Hentaip. 50
Press coverage of sex and animep. 52
4 What Makes Anime Unique?p. 53
Historical differencesp. 53
Story qualitiesp. 54
The human elementp. 55
Japanese culture in animep. 56
Cinematic effectsp. 57
Visual conventionsp. 59
Japlishp. 63
Violencep. 63
Nudityp. 63
Sexual contentp. 64
5 Anime Connectionsp. 65
The manga connectionp. 65
Manga in magazinesp. 66
Thankobonp. 66
Dojinship. 67
Manga in the Westp. 69
Pseudo-mangap. 70
Non-Japanese fanzinesp. 71
The liveaction connectionp. 71
6 How to Be a Fanp. 72
Group activitiesp. 72
Starting an anime clubp. 74
Conventionsp. 78
Cosplay/costume playp. 81
Fan fictionp. 82
7 Anime Controversiesp. 83
The sub/dub warsp. 83
Translation accuracyp. 84
Fifteeningp. 85
Dubtitlingp. 85
Cuttingp. 86
The Benefits of Controversyp. 87
8 Anime Stuffp. 88
Musicp. 88
Trading cardsp. 91
Phone cardsp. 91
Stationeryp. 91
Jigsaw puzzlesp. 91
Toysp. 92
Gamesp. 95
I want it now: where to get the goodsp. 96
9 41 Recommended Titlesp. 100
10 Anime Resourcesp. 116
Booksp. 116
Magazinesp. 120
Internet resourcesp. 121
Subject Indexp. 126