The Australian looks at 100 Anime

posted on 2006-08-16 18:58 EDT
A review of the Australian written and recently published "100 Anime" (by Phillip Brophy) is in The Australian [avaliable online here].

Of particular interest is Brophy's opnion on dubbing of anime:

"Everything gets lost in translation," he says. "Those who claim to make it easier for any audience to understand anything generate the most patronising and ineffectual material. The globalised world has never been dumber (thanks to) preconditioned, pre-digested information."

The review in question is fairly honest, citing the book's major faults as Phillip Brophy's attitude towards the westernisation of anime and his dialogue with the reader, which remove accessibility. But the reviewer was happy at the book's mention of more interesting titles and claims, "100 Anime is a fascinating, if challenging, tour through a looking glass world where the familiar is imbued with a beguiling strangeness. If you find your way out, like Chihiro, the plucky heroine of Spirited Away, you may experience a shift in perception."

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