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Anime Explosion!
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"An excellent reference work on the subject.""Library Journal" (starred review)For fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this expanded edition offers an engaging tour of the anime megaverse, from older artistic traditions to the works of modern creators like Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Satoshi Kon, and CLAMP. Examined are all of anime's major themes, styles, and conventions, plus the familiar tropes of giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love. Concluding are fifteen essays on favorite anime, including "Evangelion," "Escaflowne," "Sailor Moon," "Patlabor," and "Fullmetal Alchemist."Patrick Drazen is an anime historian who lives in BloomingtonNormal, Illinois."
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Table of Contents

PREFACE INTRODUCTION TO THE 2ND EDITION (and why there probably won't be a 3rd edition) ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PART I 1. A Page Right Out of History 2. Conventions versus Cliches 3. The Social Web and the Lone Wolf 4. Mukashi Mukashi 5. The Naked Truth 6. Rated H 7. A Very Pure Thing 8. Bushido 9. Shojodo 10. Enter the Mamagon 11. Faith Based 12. Who Ya Gonna Call? 13. The Starmaker Machinery 14. It's Not Easy Being Green 15. War and Anti-War 16. Birth, Death and Rebirth PART 2 1. Windaria 2. Wings of Honneamise 3. Revolutionary Girl Utena 4. Giant Robo 5. Flying with Ghibli 6. The Sailor Moon Phenomenon 7. Escaflowne 8. Evangelion 9. Please Save My Earth (add Tokyo Tower sidebar) 10. The Big Pokemon Scare 11. Plastic Little 12. Masamune Shirow 13. Satoshi Kon 14. CLAMP (including Moe sidebar) 15. Fullmetal Alchemist 16. Key the Metal Idol AFTERWORD

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Promotion targeting anime websites and magazines review copies as pdf offered via NetGalley or similar Publicity and promotion in conjunction with the author's speaking engagements (Chicagoland)

About the Author

Patrick Drazen has presented at the 2004 Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits, at Yaoi-Con in 2002, at the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and for several years at Anime Central in Chicago. He's been at anime conventions in Columbus, Indianapolis, and Peoria, and gave a talk on anime based on western literature at his alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University for Homecoming 2012. He also gave talks about anime at Mayor Daley's Book Club, an annual literacy festival for local authors. He's written articles on anime for Animation magazine and the British magazine SFX, on manga for Time Out New York, sits on the Editorial Board for Mechademia journal, and participated in a panel discussion in 2006 with Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino as part of the Chicago International Film Festival. Drazen has an extensive anime collection, from Betamax to DVD, and his presentations have touched on Japanese folklore in modern anime, same-sex relationships, and the fluid nature of heroes and villains in anime.

Reviews

"An excellent reference work on the subject."--Library Journal (starred review) "A popular study of the Japanese genre of anime teaches a great deal about the art form and about Japanese culture in general--and how cultural themes reverberate through popular media."--Anthropology Review Database "The perfect introduction for any new to the idea of anime..."--The Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, Editor & Senior Reviewer, California Bookwatch) "An excellent reference work on the subject."--Library Journal (starred review) "A popular study of the Japanese genre of anime teaches a great deal about the art form and about Japanese culture in general--and how cultural themes reverberate through popular media."--Anthropology Review Database "The perfect introduction for any new to the idea of anime..."--The Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, Editor & Senior Reviewer, California Bookwatch) "An excellent reference work on the subject.""Library Journal" (starred review) "A popular study of the Japanese genre of anime teaches a great deal about the art form and about Japanese culture in generaland how cultural themes reverberate through popular media."Anthropology Review Database "The perfect introduction for any new to the idea of anime..."The Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, Editor & Senior Reviewer, California Bookwatch) " "An excellent reference work on the subject.""Library Journal" (starred review) "The perfect introduction for any new to the idea of anime..."The Midwest Book Review (D. Donovan, Editor & Senior Reviewer, California Bookwatch) "

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