Learning More

Each week the class has a specific list for further information and background reading. This page collects all the books listed so far and adds others you may find helpful. It also lists useful articles on the web with direct weblinks. There are some more useful links in the right hand sidebar.

This extra reading is not required for the course, but if you want to learn more, it will be very useful.

Don’t forget you can ask your local public library to get these and other books for you through the inter-library loan system – for very expensive or hard-to-get volumes this may be helpful.

If you find a helpful book, article or weblink, please add it to the page so that other class members can use it!


Camp, Brian, and Davis, Julie, Anime Classics Zettai!, 2007, Stone Bridge Press

Clements, Jonathan Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade, 2009, Titan Books

Clements, Jonathan & McCarthy, Helen, The Anime Encyclopedia: Japanese Animation Since 1917 , 2006, Stone Bridge Press.

Please note the sections on Early Anime and Wartime Anime, plus individual entries on titles and personnel.

Dym, Jeffrey A, The Benshi: Japanese Silent Film Narrators and their Forgotten Art of Setsumei,  2003, Edwin Mellen Press

Friends of Silent Film Narration & Matsuda Film Productions, The Benshi: Japanese Silent Film Narrators, 2001, Urban Connections

Kelts, Roland, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded The US, 2008, Palgrave MacMillan

McCarthy, Helen The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, 2009, Ilex Press

McCarthy, Helen 500 Essential Anime Movies, 2008, Ilex Press

McCarthy, Helen Hayao Miyazaki – Master of Japanese Animation, 1997, Stone Bridge Press

Napier, Susan, Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle, 2006, Palgrave MacMillan

Nash, Eric P. Manga Kamishibai, 2009, Harry N. Abrams Inc.

Osmond, Andrew Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, 2009, Stone Bridge Press

Patten, Fred Watching Anime, Reading Manga, 2004, Stone Bridge Press

Schodt, Frederik L. The Astro Boy Essays, Stone Bridge Press

Schodt, Frederik L. Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics, Kodansha International

Takeda, Yasuhiro, The Notenki Memoirs: Studio Gainax and the Men who Created Evangelion, 2005, ADV Manga


Japanese Anime and the Animated Cartoon, Michael Arnold, online at Midnight Eye,

Pioneers of Japanese Animation, Jasper Sharp, online at Midnight Eye

NTT DoCoMo celphone anime service starts: http://www.animenation.net/blog/2009/04/01/docomo-to-distro-new-cel-phone-anime/

Association of Japanese Animation (English language site)  Japan’s main industry body http://www.aja.gr.jp/

Beck, Jerry, Anime: Hollywood’s Invisible Animation Genre, article on the roots of the US anime industry, in Anime  World Network’s magazine section, online at http://www.awn.com/mag/issue1.5/articles/beck1.5.html

Captain Japan, Sake-Drenched Postcards: articles on the anime business http://www.bigempire.com/sake/toei_animation.html

Eng, Lawrence, Pre-Web Anime Fandom, information on BBS, forums and early Net activity, online at http://www.cjas.org/~leng/lainspotting/2006/03/pre-web-anime-fandom-out-of-archives-4.html

Japanator – interesting and usually reliable info/review site  http://www.japanator.com/

Mitchell, Tom, Anime Stuff (US newsletter 1987-1994) excellent background on restricted availability of materials and contact between fans, online at http://www.nt2099.com/OSA/PUBLICATIONS/anime-stuff/

Rucka, Nicholas, interview with Mamoru Oshii on Midnight Eye  http://www.midnighteye.com/interviews/mamoru_oshii.shtml

Weekes, Jonathan, UK Anime FAQ, dates and facts about the UK’s anime scene in the 1990s,including a list of 15 companies which released anime in the UK in the 90s and their releases. Last updated 2003. Online at http://www.animejin.org.uk/ukfaq.txt

Wikipedia, Anime UK Magazine, short article online at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anime_UK


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