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Manga eiga ron

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Daiichi Genbunsha
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Watanabe, Yasushi

Published for the first time in Japan, this is of high academic value as a study on animation. As an enthusiastic film fan, Imamura regularly visited a news film theatre established in Tokyo, analyzing and evaluating short Disney Fleischer animation films. He should be rightfully acknowledged as the first person to focus on animations.

Nishimura, Tomohiro

This exemplary work needs no introduction. Imamura, who approached manga films with an interest in film music, discusses animation from a unique perspective different from all other commentators’ at the time. Eiga geijutsu no keishiki (Forms of Film Art), from his first collection of critiques, is also important.

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Before World War II, Taihei Imamura’s Manga Eigaron [A Study of Comics and Films] was the only literature on animation. In recent years, there is much literature to read. I recommend literature based on my impressions while reading them, rather than as general source materials. Other than those 10 books I chose, L. Martin’s Of Mice and Magic and Takuya Mori’s Teihon Animation no Gyagu Sekai [General Reader: World of gags in Animation] were two memorable literature sources. It might be presumptuous for me to recommend my coauthored book, Nihon Animation Eiga Shi [A History of Japanese Animation Films], but I am proud to say that the Library of Congress in the United States has purchased it.

Recently it has become easier to research animation history due to theavailability of prewar and wartime animation online. But even so, there has notyet been sufficient research into the several decades between the beginning ofdomestic animation in 1917 through the establishment of Toei Doga in 1956.This list focuses on the period before Toei Doga’s establishment and presentsmemoirs and critical biographies about animation producers, as well as booksthat offer clues for a deeper understanding of their work.

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