What are the best academic books about manga and anime?

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    #1Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shojo Manga

    Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shojo Manga

    Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shojo Manga is a non-fiction book by Jennifer S. Prough. First published in 2010, it focuses on the manga industry and its influence on other media.

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    Agustina Zepeda
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Interesting take on how Manga and Anime mirror or influence culture toward gender and intimacy in modern times. Authentic and shows great feeling."
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    #2Adult Manga : Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society (Consumasian Book Series)

    Adult Manga : Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society (Consumasian Book Series)

    Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society is a non-fiction book by Sharon Kinsella. First published in 2000 by University of Hawaii Press, it focuses on the history of the manga industry.

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    Judith Bryant
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is an incredibly detailed look at the industry of manga and comic book making in Japan. It would probably only be interesting to those with a specific interest in Japanese manga history, but to those few people, this is a very informative book."
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    #3The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story (Experimental Futures)

    The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story (Experimental Futures)

    The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story is a non-fiction book by Ian Condry. First published in 2013 by Duke University Press Books, it focuses on the multi-media success of manga.

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    Joyce Barnett
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I think this is a great book for my history collection. There is so much to learn and so much I can find out now about manga. I think it is something that can be used for years."
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    #4The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation

    The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation

    The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation is a non-fiction book by Alexei Maxim Russel. It proposes a new theory about Japanese animation and argues that anime is fundamentally different when compared with other visual media.

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    Larry Hayes
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is a good book that details the anime industry and its history. I would read this book myself."
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    #5Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

    Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime

    Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime is a non-fiction book by Christopher Bolton and Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr. Originally published in 2007, it tackles the origins of anime.

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    Joy Wang
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Anime has been one of my favorite genres ever since I was little. To provide excellent historical context of its origin this academic book definitely does so in a fun and innovative manner "
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    #6The Japanophile's Handbook

    The Japanophile's Handbook

    The Japanophile's Handbook is a non-fiction book by Alexei Maxim Russel. First published in by 2015 by Why Not-World Dot Com, it is regarded as the Otaku's official handbook.

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    Christopher Ruiz
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The genre of manga and anime is very good. I like to read these types of stories and the comics too. This book The Japanophile's Handbook is very good and exciting to read!"
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    #7Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation

    Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation

    Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation is a non-fiction book edited by Steven T. Brown. Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation was published on April 2, 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan.

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    Megan Nguyen
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book will take you through all you need to know about Japanese Animation. I think this book may be a little outdated. I would imagine some changes have been made in 12 years. "
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    #8Understanding Manga and Anime

    Understanding Manga and Anime

    Understanding Manga and Anime is a non-fiction book by Robin E. Brenner. First published in 2007 by Libraries Unlimited, it provides a brief background information about anime and manga.

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    Tiffany Yu
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I LOVE anime and manga. I've been watching and reading it since I was a young lad. I needed to find the best academic books about manga and anime since I love to study it. I'm also taking a class about it in college. I found Understanding Manga and Anime. It's by Robin E. Brenner. It talks all about anime and manga and how it's shaped the world. Check it out if you love anime and manga!"
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    #9Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives

    Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives

    Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is a non-fiction book by Toni Johnson-Woods. First published in 2010 by Bloomsbury Academic, it discusses the growth and influence of manga.

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    John Schneider
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book was a nice informative look into Japanese comics, also known as Manga. The book really highlights the growth of popularity of manga and gives a great look into the industry. I thought it was a very nice read and I learned a lot from it."
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    #10Anime: A History

    Anime: A History

    Anime: A History is a non-fiction book by Jonathan Clemens. First published in 2013 by the British Film Institute, it provides a comprehensive history of Japanese animations.

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    Zachary Watson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "If you're really interested in the history and more academic writing on anime, this is a great place to start. It's comprehensive, telling all about the genre. It's a really good reference to have."
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    #11Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

    Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

    Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels is a non-fiction book by Scott McCloud. Originally published in 2006 by William Morrow Paperbacks, it provides an analysis of the art of drawing.

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    Brandon Scott
    Written on May 7, 2018
    " Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels is a book about manga and anime and the art of comic creation. I really enjoyed this book as I have always been a fan of comics and anime. Even if you are not a fan, just the being exposed to the beauty of the creation is reason enough to love this book."
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