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text 2016-11-26 20:43
Currently hooked on: Yuri on Ice

[Warning, non-book post coming up.]

 

It's all about men's figure skating, and at this point I'm hoping the writer is going for a story in which Yuri not only learns to be confident in himself as a skater, but also finally realizes he's in love with famous figure skater Victor Nikiforov, his current coach. Like, love-love, not just hero worship or professional admiration. Literally all of Yuri's performances so far (7 episodes) have been great big love letters to Victor.

 

I really wish there were a manga version I could binge-read, but alas, this appears to be an original production.

 

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review 2014-01-01 10:05
Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces - Brian Camp,Julie Davis

This book's main problems, and they're minor ones, are twofold. The book features anime that weren't available in the US as of the date the book was released, and the book features anime which have since gone out of print. The latter problem isn't the author's fault in the slightest - they can't have predicted what would or would not still be in print years down the road.

On the other hand, the shows that aren't available are a bit more of a nuisance, as in order for prospective fans of anime to check out those works, they would have, at the time, needed to rely on fansubs, which is a bit much to ask of new fans. That said, some of the offending works have since been licensed for release via streaming (particularly the Captain Harlock TV series). However, other works aren't as accessible, like Mazinger Z and Cyborg 009.

I still think the book holds up well as a good piece of reference material though. I'd say that it doesn't work as well as a reference material for new fans who are looking for material to find on their own, as much as it works as a gift to a new fan from a long time fan, who wants to give the new fan an idea of what's out there, wants to help the new fan figure out what he might like, and who knows how to get ahold of some of the harder to find works, in case those catch the new fan's attention.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/780003536
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review 2011-07-09 00:00
Anime and Its Roots in Early Japanese Monster Art
Anime and Its Roots in Early Japanese Monster Art - Zilia Papp With a title like this, and the fantastic cover art there was no way I could avoid this book.

The monsters in the title are Yōkai. These are manifestations of the concerns and worries of people which exist in the boundaries – between water and shore, light and dark, life and death, inside and out.

The first section deals with the development of the the Yōkai imagery – prior to the Muromachi period Yōkai were not visualised in art, purely existing as feelings and imaginations, this from the fear that depicting them might being brought forth. This attitude relaxed and much art exists from the Edo and Meiji periods. The one that jumped out for me was the Yōkai Tenome with eyes in the palms of the hand – the original source for the guardian in Pan's Labyrinth perhaps?

The middle section of the book is concerned with the Mizuki Shigeru manga and animé from the 1960s to the present day and the development of Yōkai from historical Edo and Meiji sources into the form we see on screen and print today. The Gegegeno Kitaro animé series are chosen for this purpose, because many of the Yōkai are taken from the historical record and used in the animé sometimes being originally envisaged in the 1960s and then these episodes remade in the 1990s – giving an ideal means of comparison.

On the border between in 'Japanese' and out 'Foreigners' Yokai have been depicted as invaders and as defenders of the Japanese. This is further discussed later in the context of live-film where actors performing roles of Yōkai are selected from the ranks of 'half' Japanese – Of Japan, but not quite.

Comparisons of historical art, manga and anime show a progression of the Yōkai from fearful monsters, to representations of evil foreigners during Japan's imperial expansion and WWII period, to a mascotisation of a Japanese Yōkai who is impotent in aftermath of second world war and domination by western powers and the cold war.

The main criticism of the book however is that it is very hard to get into. The historical descriptions need images, and the comparison of Gegegeno Kitaro Yōkai can be quite tedious. The later chapters however are very rewarding and well worth the hard work.

The cover image by-the-way is of a Ubume – a Yōkai created when a mother dies in childbirth. She carries her infant child around with her to find someone to look watch over it.
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review 2006-12-30 00:00
The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917
The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 - Jonathan Clements,Helen McCarthy I should get a more updated version, but I enjoy this.
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