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The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition [Paperback]

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Item description for The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Revised and Expanded Edition by Jonathan Clements & Helen McCarthy...

Covering more than eighty years of anime history and over three thousand titles, the authors show how the anime universe has influenced creative cultures far beyond its native Japanese shores.

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This completely revised, expanded, and updated guide includes over 1,000 new entries on anime titles, studios, creators, and history, and hundreds of all-new critical reviews. Covering almost a century of industry history with authority and wit, Clements and McCarthy reveal both the milestones and the minutiae of the expansive and influential art of anime.

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Pages   867
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   3.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Stone Bridge Press
ISBN  1933330104  
ISBN13  9781933330105  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jonathan Clements has written the weekly "Getting Going" column in "The Wall Street Journal" since 1994. He also writes a weekly column for "The Wall Street Journal Sunday," a supplement appearing in seventy-seven newspapers across the nation.

Jonathan Clements currently resides in the state of New York. Jonathan Clements was born in 1971.

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Worth Reading (good)  Jun 5, 2008
This is one of the most efficiant and organized books I have ever recieved and is definitely worth reading. 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.
Only as good as the latest edition  May 14, 2007
There haven't been any major format changes or content revisions since the prior edition. More content has simply been added, which is fine, I suppose.

It's a fun encyclopedia for browsing and perhaps stumbling across an anime you'd never heard of before. However, due to the haphazard and inconsistent amount of detail provided on each entry I wouldn't really recommend this as a serious research tool.
Bought it as a gift.  Mar 20, 2007
The friend I bought this book for has not put it done since.

I recommend this book especially if you are buying it as a gift and know nothing about Anime.

You cannot go wrong.
Good idea, bad execution  Aug 12, 2006
The idea of a book like this was a great one, and the fact is you are able to find out about a lot of anime in this book that are completely overlooked, not just by companies in the US, but fansubbers as well. The book sure is epic, and covers an absurd amount of stuff.

That said, this is a severly flawed book. First off, the amount of errors in this book is absurd. Its obvious that the authors are completely unfamiliar with many of the animes in this book, and have not seen many of them. Take just one example, Space Runaway Ideon, which contains by my count, 5 errors:
1)The book claims it has 38 episodes, it actually has 39.
2)The book claims the second movie recaps episodes 35 to 38, it actually recaps the final episode and then features all new footage
3)The book describes a character as a pilot when they are not one
4)The book states that multiple adults are children
5)The book claims one of the characters pilots the Ideon when they don't

Or how about Angel's Egg, which the book states is 101 minutes when its actually only 71 minutes? And the book states one of the characters kills themself when the character is shown clearly still alive at the end of the film.

As has been mentioned in other reviews, the book lumps entire franchises together, not giving them enough space. The various Gundam series for example are barely given a sentence since they're all grouped into one section.

The author's bias at times is absurd. For example, the labelling of every single mecha show after 1995 as an Eva ripoff, no matter how different the show is from Eva. They bash many shows with little to back up their argument.

I have a tough time recommending this one. Use the internet instead, you'll get more objective and factual help.
the seventh wonder of the anime world  Nov 5, 2004
if the first wonder of the anime world is astro boy

osamu tezuka the second

akira the third

hayao miyazaki the fourth

ninja scroll the fifth

ghost in the shell the sixth

then this book is the seventh.

full of useful and really appreciated information about the diverse and colorful world of anime. you'll get mostly everything you want to know about your favourite anime. from writer to director to animator to studios to the english and japanese titles and date of the enjoyable and amazing information of the cross-references. every few pages you turn in this book you discover an anime you saw ,heard about or looking for.which makes reading this book a long and very enjoyable read.

written by jonathan clements. a former editor of manga max magazine and contributing editor to the online edition of newtype.

and helen mccarthy .a founding editor of anime uk/fx magzine and subsequently editor of manga mania. she is also the author of anime! a beginners guide.which was the first english language book on the medium.

both authors won the japan festival award for outstanding contribution to the understanding of japanese culture.

the writers deserve more credit than the half page about the authors ,in the last page of this book.

this book is a cherished property no anime fan can resist owning.

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