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by S. Napier

Download Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation eBook
ISBN:
0312238630
Author:
S. Napier
Category:
Humanities
Language:
English
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan; 2001 edition (May 2, 2003)
Pages:
311 pages
EPUB book:
1215 kb
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1525 kb
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1343 kb
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Rating:
4.2
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913


It discusses themes of shōjo, hentai, mecha, magical girlfriend and magical girl anime using select titles. It also discusses some aspects of the English-speaking anime fandom.

While some bemoan the academic tone, such a scolarly approach is necessary for the presentation of her arguments. For anyone creating a university-level course on anime, Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke is a must-assign book, encompassing issues from technology to history to bodies.

Includes bibliographical references (p. -299) and index.

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It discusses themes of shōjo, hentai, mecha, magical girlfriend and magical girl anime using select titles.

It discusses themes of shōjo, hentai, mecha, magical girlfriend and magical girl anime using select titles.

Part one - Introduction: why anime? anime and global/local identity

Part one - Introduction: why anime? anime and global/local identity. Part two - Body, metamorphosis, identity: Akira and Ranma 1/2 - the monstrous adolescent controlling bodies - the body in pornographic anime ghosts and machines - the technological body doll parts - technology and the body in "Ghost in the Shell". Part three - Magical girls and fantasy worlds: the enchantment of estrangement - the Shojo in the world of Miyazaki Hayao carnival and conservatism in romantic comedy.

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With the popularity of Pokemon still far from waning, Japanese animation, known as anime to its fans, has a firm hold on American pop culture. However, anime is much more than children's cartoons. It runs the gamut from historical epics to sci-fi sexual thrillers. Often dismissed as fanciful entertainment, anime is actually quite adept at portraying important social and cultural issues like alienation, gender inequality, and teenage angst. This book investigates the ways that anime presents these issues in an in-depth and sophisticated manner, uncovering the identity conflicts, fears over rapid technological advancement, and other key themes present in much of Japanese animation.
  • Kelerius
I am a huge fan of anime and also of the Japanese culture and history. I figured that this book would be interesting. I heard good things about it and bad things about it but wanted to judge it myself.

First - it was first published in 2000 which means that the anime scene has already changed greatly. In fact, many of the points made in the book would have been outdated by the time it was printed.

Second - she seems to focus a lot of sex. Now that may be because much of her information, and the anime she selected to view, came from University students or stores who supplied students. The idea that pornography is a _major current_ within the world of anime is a interesting but flawed statement. Erotic anime makes up a small corner of the anime produced in Japan and it has greater sales abroad than in its homeland. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Non-Japanese would be the main target for this type of anime - which means trying to understand the Japanese male-female relationship via adult anime is also flawed. But it might tell us alot about American and European college students.

She has tons of interesting points to make but the foundations she builds to hold them up seem weak and shaky. For example, she talks about men's insecurity and their need for Mecha using sci-fi shows where most of the pilots are female. She uses sources about American Superheros to talk about Japanese characters.

Also, while she did mention a Tenchi movie, she seems to skip the Tenchi Muyo! TV shows. What about Dominion Tank Police, Gall Force, Martian Successor Nadesico, Wings of Honneamise, any of the Gundam shows or even Dirty Pair? I don't think she even once writes about CLAMP!

In other words, while she does get into detail about a few areas of anime, she is far from covering it all. So buyer beware and buy it used.

I would also suggest _The Erotic Anime Movie Guide_ by Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements for the history and true understanding of erotic anime. For understanding mainstream anime I would suggest _Anime Explosion_ by Patrick Drazen, _Samurai From Outer Space_ by Antonia Levi and _The Anime Companion_ by Gulles Poitras. ^_^
  • Marilbine
Susan Napier presents excellent insight into some of the important issues of Japanese Animation. While some [opinions] bemoan the academic tone, such a scolarly approach is necessary for the presentation of her arguments.
For anyone creating a university-level course on anime, Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke is a must-assign book, encompassing issues from technology to history to bodies. Almost all of the anime series and films used as case studies are well-known, popular, and important works in the anime canon - from Ranma 1/2 to Ghost in the Shell to Princess Mononoke to Grave of the Fireflies - which should also be included in a critical studies course on Japanese animation. The appendix focuses on Western audiences' reception of anime, which helps anime initiates to understand the appeal of anime outside Japan (specifically, in the States).
This is by far one of the best books written on anime, ranking with Helen McCarthy's Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation and Frederik L. Schodt's Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics. In fact, Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke is a great compliment to these two other books in a critical studies course on Japanese animation.
  • olgasmile
Ante la insuficiencia de textos criticos sobre animación este libro proporciona un buen panorama sobre algunos de las más importantes constantes del género "anime". Descalificarlo por no ser lo que no es me parece bastante injusto. Susan Napier no pretende ofrecer un trabajo totalizador (en efecto la parte estética del anime no está suficientemente desarrollada), sino una introducción a los temas y obsesiones de un género de la cultura popular contemporánea particularmente interesante. Un buen trabajo de teoría y crítica sin duda.
  • Alister
Aside from a great cover, this book is an extremely interesting read, taking a whole new look at anime. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this isn't a guide to anime movies, or even anime in general. Rather, it takes fairly popular titles and explores the meaning behind the movies. A very interesting look at anime through the eyes of a professional. Enhances the experience.