Jonathan Clements’ Schoolgirl Milky Crisis blog offers a list of books that ought to be on every fan’s shelf. A couple of them are his and mine, but that’s more an indictment of the state of the market than any kind of personal bias. There are more good anime books in English than there were ten years ago – but still nowhere near enough.
As English-language anime scholarship increasingly focusses on our own reactions to our own interpretations of the material, rather than the the medium and its makers, we run the risk of being so entranced with our own interiors that we vanish inside them. I know class is over (at least for this year) but you owe it to yourselves to carry on reading intelligent critical writing on anime and its history. Why settle for pointless consumption of pap when you can handle mind-expanding substances?