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Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation Revised and Updated Edition

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About Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation Revised and Updated Edition

Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation, Revised and Updated Edition is written by Patrick Drazen.

For fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this expanded edition offers a tour of the anime megaverse, from older artistic traditions to the works of modern creators like Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Satoshi Kon, and CLAMP. Examined are all of anime's major themes, styles, and conventions, plus the familiar tropes of giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love. Concluding are fifteen essays on favorite anime, including Evangelion, Escaflowne, Sailor Moon, Patlabor, and Fullmetal Alchemist.


  • Media: Specialty Books and Magazines
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Page Count: 388
  • Dimensional Weight: 1.22

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Patrick Drazen is the Gilles Poitras of the Midwest

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This is a fantastic book that provides great information to help you take your fandom to the next level. It has given me a much deeper understanding of anime, manga, and Japanese culture that makes the viewing and reading experience more enjoyable and rewarding. Mr. Drazen covers various shows and explains why they are significant. The writing is not only informative but thoroughly entertaining. I read the first edition of this book in the early '00s. I later bought this updated revision and re-read it. I still go back and re-read and reference various sections and have book markers throughout indicating my favorite parts.
I met the author at a con several years ago when he was promoting his book "A Gathering of Spirits: Japan's Ghost Story Tradition" (another excellent book). He was kind enough to autograph my copy. His con panel that day was on magical girls. It was very interesting. Patrick Drazen is the Gilles Poitras of the Midwest. I highly recommend his con panels and books.