Anime Filmography released by Protoculture

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Excerpts from the Press Release:

Protoculture is pleased to announce the release of Anime: A Guide to Japanese Animation (1958-1988), a 320-page filmography covering the first thirty years of anime, from Astroboy to Akira. After being delayed for over a year, this most essential anime reference is now available directly from Protoculture or from most comic book stores and a selection of online anime specialty stores.

This comprehensive volume covers all the anime produced in Japan during the Sixties, the Seventies and most of the Eighties - including not only the movies and OAVs, but also the TV series and not only those that were popular or translated in English, but even the most obscure anime! It offers over 300 pages of information and lists chronologically over 1,200 titles! Each notice gives the original title, its literal translation, production company, category (adventure, comedy, sci-fi, etc.), duration or number of episodes, release or airing date, distribution company, as well as a short description and commentary. The notice is preceded by an identification number (to facilitate research in the indexes) and its type (Series, Movie, OVA, Special). Each year is introduced, highlighting the themes or titles that marked that particular year. The book also has several indexes to make any research easy. If you are looking for any information about the early years of anime (Who animated Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro? When was Mazinger produced? How many episode Marine Boy had? etc.), you will most probably find it in this book. There is no other English-language reference work detailing how animation started in Japan!

"As a fan of Japanese animation and as someone who professionally writes about anime", says Publisher Claude J. Pelletier, "I have always felt that there was a lack of good references about the subject. However, as soon as we discovered this Italian book, we felt compelled to translate it and make available to all people, fans and scholars alike, its enormous amount of information". Mr. Pelletier also compares the Anime Guide to Frederik L. Schodt's Manga! Manga!, saying that it is its anime counterpart. "By placing each anime title in its chronological context, we want to help people understand the anime phenomenon," he continues. "What we have seen here in North America is only a very small fraction of the anime production and, since the anime releasers select the titles they import, it is not representative of what anime really is". He concludes: "However, if essential, this book is far from perfect and not exhaustive. We don't intend it as an end to anime studies, but, in the contrary, we see it as a new beginning and we hope it will contribute to generate more researches and publications on anime".

Anime: A Guide To Japanese Animation (1958-1988). Montreal, Protoculture, 2000. Written by Andrea Baricordi, Massimiliano De Giovanni, Andrea Pietroni, Barbara Rossi, and Sabrina Tunesi; translated from the Italian by Adeline D'Opera and presented by Claude J. Pelletier. SC, 320 pages, B&W, ISBN 2-9805759-0-9. $25.00 US/Can.

Available from Protoculture on December 7, 2000.
Available from stores in mid-December 2000.

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Protoculture is also the publisher of Protoculture Addicts, the longest running anime & manga magazine on the market. Protoculture also distributes French translations of Manga in the Quebec area.

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