New Book on Anime in August (Updated)

posted on by Andrew Osmond
By authors of Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

Update - Despite the release date being given in the press release as August 28, the book is already on sale in some bookshops.

A new book on Anime will be published on August 28. The writers are Michelle le Blanc and Colin Odell, who have written numerous previous film books, including Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata in 2009. Both the Anime and Studio Ghibli books are published by Kamera. Anime will have 160 pages, plus 8 in colour, and cost £16.99.

According to the press release, the book "offers an overview of the art form, looking at its development in Japan and its export to other cultures. It includes a history of Japanese animation from early examples to the relaunch of animation as a viable commercial entity and its enormous rise in popularity after WWII. Anime explains the difference between manga and anime, offering a brief history of manga including its development from traditional art form (woodblock prints) to massive commercial success with millions of readers in Japan and worldwide.

"Odell and Le Blanc also consider anime style and genres, its market and importance in Japanese culture, and its perception in the West including controversy, such as criticisms of sex and violence in anime that affect other national markets, including the UK (notably Urotsukidoji) and the USA, where it is considered a ‘kids only’ market."

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