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Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation – Review

Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation – Review

A professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin, Susan J. Napier is heralded as one of the top Japanese animation scholars in America. Her 2001 book entitled Anime From Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation contains a collection of analytical essays and commentaries on the different elements that are explored within the context of anime.

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Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide – Review

Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide – Review

Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide forever changes how Dragon Ball fans view their favorite series. “It’s Over 9,000!” reveals the inner psychology and colliding worldviews of series protagonist Goku and his rival Vegeta, showing the reader how their conflict and competition for the ultimate power is necessary for profound personal growth and character development.

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Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded The U.S. – Review

Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded The U.S. – Review

Ronald Kelts is a fiction and nonfiction writer, an editor of the literary journal A Public Space, and a lecturer at the University of Tokyo. His 2007 book Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. explores the conceptual history regarding the use of Japanese pop culture and its influence within the Western world.

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Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool – Review

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool – Review

She’s part samurai, part geisha, and is taking on the world. Whether it’s in anime and manga like Sailor Moon and Neon Genesis Evangelion or in videogames like Street Fighter, the Japanese schoolgirl has become the new icon of Japanese cool. With chapters covering everything from sailor-suited pop-idols and cult movie vixens to the power of shopping and uniform fashion, Japanese Schoolgirls Confidential discovers the secrets behind this iconic creature.

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Ninja Attack! True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws – Review

Ninja Attack! True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws – Review

Ninja. The word is loaded with connotations, most rooted in fantastic flights of pop culture. But the truth behind these shadowy assassins is more mind-blowing that any manga, more astounding than any anime, more fascinating than any martial arts flick. Ninja Attack! True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws introduces dozens of unforgettable real-life ninja straight out of the annals of Japanese history—many of whom are all but unknown outside of their home country. A product of years of research, and the result is everything you wanted to know about the ninja…but were too afraid you’d get a shuriken in the eye to ask.

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Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction From Origins to Anime – Review

Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction From Origins to Anime – Review

Consisting of a collection of essays based around Japanese science fiction, Robot Ghost and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime explores the influential and visual impact that Japanese science fiction has had throughout the world and also investigates some fundamental relations and differences between both traditional prose science fiction and science fiction animation.

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The Science of Anime: Mecha-Noids and AI-Super-Bots – Review

The Science of Anime: Mecha-Noids and AI-Super-Bots – Review

Anime, the name given to Japanese superhero animation, has swept the United States. More than two-dozen Japanese cartoon series already appear on U.S. television, with more on the way. And with the vast leaps being made in animation technology, the anime explosion shows no sign of abating. One of the main topics of anime is advanced technology and how it will affect the human race.