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The Anime Encyclopedia
Revised & Expanded Edition

Authors: Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy
Titan Books
RRP: 19.99, US $29.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6500 2
ISBN-10: 1 84576 500 1
Available 27 April 2007


The world's most comprehensive book on anime just got bigger and better. 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 industrial history with authority and wit, Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy reveal both the milestones and the minutiae of the expansive and influential art of anime...

Here at Sci-fi-online Towers, we are not known for our fondness for encyclopaedias and guide books, mainly because all the information is already out there on the Internet. And as Internet pages can constantly be updated you can usually find this information on a dedicated website of some fan or other who sees it as a labour of love - rather than some poor hack being paid next to nothing to produce a book that is already out of date before it hits the shelves.

Every now and then the exception to the rule comes along - and The Anime Encyclopedia is one such book. Yes, if you trawl through the Internet for long enough I'm sure you'll be able to find more extensive information on your favourite shows, but as a guide to all things anime from 1917 to the present day, you'll be hard pressed to find a more authoritative tome on the subject.

Anyone who knows anything about anime will have heard of Jonathan Clements, so already you know you're going to be getting a book that is extremely well researched.

This is a long-awaited, fully detailed and updated guide to Japanese animation since 1917 covers more than 80 years of anime history and over 3,000 titles, the authors show how the anime universe has influenced creative cultures far beyond its native Japanese shores. The anime scene has exploded into pop culture throughout the West, coming out of the peripheral world of comic-conventions and "otaku" obsession to become a mainstream phenomenon.

As a guide to all things anime, you'll find this hard to beat.

Nick Smithson

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