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Japanese Animation - East Asian Perspectives

Japanese Animation

East Asian Perspectives

Edited by Masao Yokota & Tze-yue G. Hu
Paperback : 9781628461794, 313 pages, 30 b&w line illustrations, October 2014
Hardcover : 9781617038099, 256 pages, 30 b&w line illustrations, July 2013

East Asian critiques and discussion of a powerful Japanese export and popular art form


Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives makes available for the first time to English readership a selection of viewpoints from media practitioners, designers, educators, and scholars working in the East Asian Pacific. This collection not only engages a multidisciplinary approach in understanding the subject of Japanese animation but also shows ways to research, teach, and more fully explore this multidimensional world.

Presented in six sections, the translated essays cross-reference each other. The collection adopts a wide range of critical, historical, practical, and experimental approaches. This variety provides a creative and fascinating edge for both specialist and nonspecialist readers. Contributors' works share a common relevance, interest, and involvement despite their regional considerations and the different modes of analysis demonstrated. They form a composite of teaching and research ideas on Japanese animation.


"Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives is an important collection. It offers essays and, as the title correctly announces, different standpoints on Japanese animation by East Asian scholars and professionals of the field. . . . [A] vast, potential audience of anime fans can find in this book a way to widen their often too narrow knowledge about animated cinema made in Japan."

- Animation Studies 2.0

"A significant collection of essays by Asian writers on Asian animation, this book sheds new light on the diverse histories and influences in the development of anime. It is a much-needed contribution to animation studies."

- Dan Torre, lecturer in animation and interactive media at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

"This fascinating book balances essays from academics with the work of seasoned animation professionals, and in so doing provides a wide-ranging and accessible overview of aspects of Japanese animation often unexplored or neglected in the West. Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu have taken an adventurous approach that embraces and celebrates teaching, research, and creativity in its widest sense. This will be an invaluable addition to any anime-lover's bookshelf."

- Helen McCarthy, author The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga and co-author (with Jonathan Clements) of The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition

"Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu, both prominent scholars in the field of Japanese and East Asian animation studies, have put together an excellent anthology on Japanese animation seen in East Asian perspectives. The volume presents an overview of Japanese animation history, the politics and ideologies of animation production and consumption, as well as insights into the individual pioneers within animation and their works. A number of issues are addressed through the context of teaching Japanese animation, which makes many of the texts rich in pedagogical reflection and teaching methodology in terms of animation education. While many English-language books on Japanese animation focus on how Western cultures are influenced by Japanese popular culture, this volume provides a rare but much needed perspective on how mutual influences of animation thrive among East Asian cultures and the types of transnational exchange they foster."

- Gunhild Borggreen, associate professor in visual culture at University of Copenhagen