What are the best books for studying anime and manga?

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    #1Anime: 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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    Nathan Hawkins
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "As far as books on the history of Anime this is one of the best. There's a lot of things that are normally not covered, there's lots of first person accounts, and it still manages to stay objective. To say it's comprehensive would be an understatement, the small typeface should give away just how dense this book is."
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    #2Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder

    Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder
    Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder is a non-fiction philosophy book edited by Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin. Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder was published on March 30, 2010 by Open Court.
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    Mark Taylor
    Written on May 12, 2018
    " Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder was quite interesting. One thing I do have to say is that the writer was not professional, but the book will easily capture your attention. "
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    #3The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation since 1917

    The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation since 1917

    The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation since 1917 is a non-fiction book about anime. The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation since 1917 was written by Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy.

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    Huang Dong
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Of course with so many anime titles to list, no book or website has them all, but this book is the closest to all of them. Every now and then you find one that is not there but this book is almost guaranteed to answer all your questions about anime. Great read!"
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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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    Brandon Daniels
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "There is the original "Steamboat Willy" where Mickey Mouse made his debut in a film made from individually hand-drawn images, and then there are the Pixar films. ANimation is very diverse, and this one tells how Anime and Manga differ. Interesting read."
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    #5Cinema 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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    Jane Jackson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I have enjoyed anime and manga for many years, so it was great to read Cinema Anime since it covers the history in such splendid detail. I like that it is split up into three distinct different sections, and it covers several of my favorite anime characters as well. It's not a light read, but it is a great one nonetheless. "
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    #6Adult 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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    Kathleen Hunter
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I just finished reading Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society and was extremely happy with the book. I've always been interested in Manga and there is so much information in this book that I was in Heaven. "
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    #7Robot 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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    Sandra Stephens
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I have been interested in anime for years but only recently became interested in its history. Someone recommended this book as a great place to start. I am glad they did. It is thorough and truly fascinating. I have found that I have an even great appreciation of anime now."
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    #8Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke

    Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke

    Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke is a non-fiction book written by Susan J. Napier. Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke was published on May 2nd 2003 by Palgrave MacMillan.

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    Robert Coleman
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "My son wants to learn how to draw anime and manga. His birthday is coming up and I thought it would be a good idea to get him a fun book with anime in mind. I did a search for the best books for studying anime and manga and came across "Anime form Akira to Princess Mononoke" . After seeing the book for myself, I decided to get it for him. He has been using it for a few weeks now and is definitely impressed and extremely happy that I got it for him."
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    #9Straight 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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    Laura Alvarado
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I really like this book because it really highlights all the unique things anime has done with our understanding of how various culture things work in relation to the self. The exploration of gender in particular is fantastic."
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    #10The 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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    Donna Miller
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story (Experimental Futures) was not for me personally, but would be great for someone studying manga and anime. "
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