Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
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The main focus here is Kurosawa, and Nogami humanizes him like no one has so far managed to do in a book in the English language. An artist who has come to be seen as monumental and monolithic could not wish for a greater favour. For any fan of Japanese cinema, and not just those of Kurosawa, Nogami's delightful memoirs are a genuine treasure trove.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Macias on The Anime Encyclopedia:
Like its predecessor, it is destined to become the sort of book fans like myself will wind up in a long and drawn-out relationship with....The strength of the Anime Encyclopedia is a lot like the strength of anime itself--the sheer overwhelming diversity of the subject matter it explores. One way or another, it's all here...
(read the whole review)
Hornyak on The Astro Boy Essays:
Meticulously researched....Using one of Tezuka's most famous characters as a prism to view the man, this is a unique, engaging work that no one else could have written, peppered with anecdotes....Schodt, despite being a fan of Tezuka the philosopher, is remarkably objective in analyzing his work.
(read the whole review)
Friday, August 17, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Anime UK News has weighed in on The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition, by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy, and results are fantastic! Their own summary of the review:
Treasure trove of information for the dyed-in-the-wool otaku, useful for anime pub quizzes, essential for hard-pressed reviewers desperate for an elusive fact or two, or just simply a fun read for anime fans? The Anime Encyclopedia is all these things and more. Highly recommended.
Friday, August 10, 2007
China Fever by Frank S. Fang
The Honorable Visitors by Donald Richie
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Protoculture Addicts gives the book 4/5 stars (!), noting that this vastly updated edition includes "over 250 biographical notices and studio entries....This type of information is really helpful, since the Anime Encyclopedia is the first English-language anime reference to include it. Whether you are simply curious or heavily involved in anime, this book is a must!"
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The August 2007 issue of Skyward, Japan Airlines' in-flight magazine, includes an entire page devoted to "The Modern Silver Screen," David Cozy's review of The Anime Encyclopedia, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, by Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements, and The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film, by Tom Mes and Jasper Sharp. The story isn't available online, so in case you don't happen to be flying JAL this month, here are a few quotes:
On the Anime Encyclopedia:
The Anime Encyclopedia will not disappoint those seeking information about some obscure item: it is bound to be here.
On the Midnight Eye Guide:
With all the best criticism, one is naturally impelled to go beyond it and seek out the work that it takes as its subject. By this criterion, Mes and Sharp's guide succeeds brilliantly: it is hard to imagine anyone reading the book and not going off in search of new Japanese film.
In the Nichi Bei Times, Ben Hamamoto writes:
"The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution" is a rare sort of book that can appeal to both a very specific and a very broad audience. For die-hard fans of Astro Boy and his creator Osamu Tezuka, there is plenty of new and exclusive content, but for those who don’t know anything about Astro Boy, and maybe never thought they wanted to, it can serve as an introduction to a medium that is vastly underappreciated in the United States.
With this book, Frederik Schodt does an excellent job explaining what Tezuka and Astro Boy mean to Japan and how they made the manga and anime industries what they are today.
Here's the full Book News annotation:
Japanese artist Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), perhaps best known for his Tetsuwan Atomu (Mighty Atom) stories about an android longing to be more human (published in the US as Astro Boy), had such a cultural impact on Japanese comics and animation that he became known to some as the "God of Manga." In this volume his longtime friend and translator describes the origins and developments of the Mighty Atom series, its reception in Japan, and the stories behind its translation and presentation to Western audiences. (Annotation ©2007 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Fred Patten, the legendary anime critic and fan, whose writings are collected in Watching Anime, Reading Manga (Stone Bridge Press, 2004), is back reviewing books for Animation World Magazine. Patten recently took on the new edition of The Anime Encyclopedia (read the entire review online). In his conclusion, Patten notes the Encyclopedia's overall success:
The Anime Encyclopedia is designed for all readers; laymen and experts (fans and academicians) alike. It is meant to be the first reference book to which anyone who has any questions about anime should turn. It succeeds in this goal excellently.
Friday, August 03, 2007
On Waiting on the Weather by Teruyo Nogami
"...Almost 300 pages of insightful observation and production revelations....an absolute must-have for any fan of cinema."
On Stone Bridge Press in general:
"...The remarkable Stone Bridge Press...specializes in revealing the astonishing nooks and crannies of Japanese entertainment."
On The Dorama Encyclopedia by Jonathan Clements and Motoko Tamamuro:
"...An incredible labor-of-love-and-effort..."
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Fans and librarians take note: Scott Green of Ain't It Cool News just posted an excellent review of The Astro Boy Essays as a part of a survey of anime-related print resources. Green calls the book "a compelling and bittersweet story of a fascinating genius."