Anime: A History


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Acknowledgments Introduction: What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Anime? 1. Kid Deko's New Picture Book: Early Cartoons in Japan 1912-21 2. The Film Factories: Animation Technique and Technology 1921-37 3. The Shadow Staff: Japanese Animation at War 1931-48 4. The Seeds of Anime: Japanese Animation Industries 1946-62 5. Dreams of Export: Toei Doga and MOM Production 1953-67 6. Warrior Business: Tezuka's Anime Revolution in Context 1961-67 7. The Brown Screen: Trended Change in Japanese Animation 1966-83 8. The Third Medium: The Transformation of Ownership and Access 1977-96 9. The Pokemon Shock: Anime Goes Global 1984-97, 1997-2006 10. The Digital Engine: New Technologies in Animation 1983-2012 11. THE GREAT FIREWALL Anime in China, 1989-2019 (new) 12. HOLY LANDS Otaku economics, 2005-2019 (new) 13. NETFLIX NATION The transformation of distribution and exhibition, 2015-2021 (new) Afterword (new) Bibliography (updated) Index

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A history of Japanese anime, from early 20th century cartoons to the present day international success of filmmakers such as Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

About the Author

Jonathan Clements is a contributing editor to the fourth edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2021). He is the author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade (2009) and co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia: A Century of Japanese Animation (2015). He was a visiting professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China from 2013–19.


This study is authoritative and detailed, and will be essential reading for anime fans and scholars alike.
*The Guardian*

Historian Jonathan Clements traces the evolution of anime by exploring the history of its production and reception over the past 100 years, identifying periods in which cultural and technological developments ushered in new ways of thinking about the basic concept of 'moving pictures.'
*The Japan Times*

…a fascinating read.
*The New York Times*

Anime: A History questions the stories we think we know of anime's rises and falls, its heroes and breakthroughs.
*Manga UK*

One of the most important and comprehensive books on anime ever written for the western market.
*Neo Magazine*

Scrupulously researched and critically clear sighted, Clements’ authoritative book provides much needed historical clarity in an area where enthusiastic (but less scrupulous) English language internet commentators have often muddied the critical waters.
*Adam Whybray, University of Suffolk, UK*

Clements’ text is full of insights, and works as both a starter guide for movies and a serious history book for anime scholars.
*The Film Stage*

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