Reviews - What do customers think about How To Draw Manga Volume 26: Making Anime (How to Draw Manga)?
Lacks some details Apr 5, 2008
The sections covered are well described and illustrated. Even small test-your-understanding quizzes. Composition and camera angle to create mood and feeling are well done. However for a book on anime I feel there are gaps. I would liked to have seen a section on lip synching, and also something on software animation tools and techniques.
Another reference than how to book Jun 13, 2007
This book has lovely art and references in the production of a Japanese cartoon. I however believe this book is more of a supplemental read and reference than anything else. I deducted two stars from the overall rating based on the fact that this book is lacking instruction in animation. People don't use cells and cameras anymore. Animation is done on the computer for the most part.
Recording and repeatedly watching a Japanese Cartoon would provide far more instruction than this book could offer with it's less than 200 pages of instruction and I use the term instruction rather loosely. This book provides an explanation for those quirky techniques in Japanese animation and that is what I mean by instruction.
If you are a fan of Japanese Animation but have no ambition towards pursuing a career in animation this book is a wonderful collector's item. I however recommend for the animation student the Osamu Tezuka Animation books instead. It's about as instructive as a book on Japanese animation ever will be. Also avoid the Anime Mania book by Christopher Hart I loved most of the books in his Manga Mania series but the Anime Mania is more of a keepsake than instruction on the Production of an Anime style cartoon.
I must conclude that watching Pokemon or Anime on Adult Swim would be more instructive than this book. Those Japanese cartoons would show you how to animate those comical motions in Japanese animation.
Really Informative and Interesting! Mar 22, 2007
This is book is Excelent! I love it! It tells you alot about the process of making anime in Japan. It gives you a informative run down of the perspective of screen shots, coloring the animation, the background images, the tools and equipment used and the movement of the charcters. I found it very interesting. I think that anyone could use this and pick up the basics of anime and try and create their own. I recomend this to those who have a passion to become a animator (like me) or just love anime and want to know how it is made!
Very good concise reference Jan 24, 2005
This book is definitely for someone with a bit of knowledge in animation and manga in general.
Personally, I love concise texts (like this one) because they go straight to the point and only really say stuff that needs to be said.
This book introduces you to the world of Manga animation (i.e. Anime) in the quickest way possible, and it does touch on a bit of everything: how coloring is done in cel animation, what frame rates are normally used, how you could improve your artwork, how to achieve particular special effects, and how to do backgrounds.
The only thing missing from this book, which in my view is a pretty important thing, is the digital animation process - i.e. coloring anime digitally, and digitally animate drawings.
Other than that, this book is excellent as a quick reference - especially if you already have some knowledge in animation and you are thinking of making your very own anime, in which case this book will serve as an excellent quick reference. However, if you are looking for something that will walk you through every single step of the animation process, this book is probably not for you. Actually, if that is what you are after, you should be taking a course in animation instead of reading a book anyway.
A terrible book Jan 7, 2005
I don't recommend this book for beginners or serious animators. It has pretty illustrations and fluff. If you're a huge anime fan who just wants to know how anime is made rather than how to make anime or cartoons then this is definitely for you. It shows a few important aspects to Japanese cartoons such as the coloring techniques and background painting techniques. Those cute ghost effects but other than that it fails to instruct in anyway.
I recommend Christopher Hart's How to Draw Animation over this one or Preston Blair's Cartoon Animation.