It is necessary to expand one’s viewpoint to include experimental film in regards to the relationship with cinema and short films, auteurism, and the issue of commercial vs. non-commercial works, and this was the first authentic book on experimental film. It is weak in terms of theory, but it is valuable as a reference work and though provoking in terms of establishing the concept of animation.
Initially I was thinking about “10 References That Shaped Japanese Animation Studies,” but I revised this list to references from early animation studies through the early 1980s. I’ve grouped the list into five parts: (1) Works in the early 1960s including translations that were the “classics” of their time; (2) Works in line with the legendary F&FF circle that are as a fundamental references for animation proper; (3) Experimental cinema, experimental animation, and original works; (4) Film history and animation history, and (5) Film and visual studies, which are fundamental to this area of research (+x are listed as titles only).
- 1-1. Taihei Imamura, Manga eigaron (Manga Film Theory), First published by Daiichi Geibunsha, 1941; reissued by Shinzenbisha, 1948; Otowashobo, 1965; Yumanishobo, 1992; Iwanami Shoten, 1992; Tokuma Shoten, 2005
- 1-2. Roger Manvell, John Halas, Technique of Film Animation, Focal Press, 1959
- 1+x. Semen Sergeevich Ginzburg, Douga eigaron: Eiga geijutsu no houhou to ninshiki (Cinema Theory: The Method and Recognition of Cinema Art), translated by Shinichiro Kawagishi, Rironsha, 1960
- 2-1. Takuya Mori, Animeeshon nyuumon (Introduction to Animation), Bijutsu Shuppansha, 1966
- 2-2. Katsunori Yamaguchi, Yasushi Watanabe, Nihon animeeshon eigashi (Japanese Animation Film History), Edited by Planet, Yubunsha, 1978
- 2+x. Chikuji kankoubutsu (Sequential Publication), FILM 1/24, Anidou, May 1978 (New edition Vol. 8) – July 1984 (New edition Vol. 32)
- 3-1. Sheldon Renan, An Introduction to the American Underground Film, Dutton, 1967 published in Japanese, Tetsuro Hatano translation, Sanichi Shobo, 1969
- 3-2. Robert Russett, Cecile Starr, Experimental Animation: an Illustrated Anthology, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976 / Reprint edition: Experimental Animation: Origins of a New Art, Da Capo Press, 1988
- 3+x. Kit Laybourne, The Animation Book: a Complete Guide to Animated Filmmaking from Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons, Crown Publishers, 1979 / Rev Sub ed.,; The Animation Book: A Complete Guide to Animated Filmmaking -- From Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons to 3- D Animation, Three Rivers Press, 1998
- 4-1. Georges Sadoul, Histoire du cinéma mondial, des origines à nos jours 9e éd., Flammarion, 1972, published in Japanese as Sekai eigashi, translated by Sadamu Marusho, Misuzu Shobo, 1964 and Sekai eigashi 1, 1980
- 4-2. Takashi Tomono and Nobuo Mochizuki, Sekai animeeshon eigashi (History of World Animation), supervised by Takuya Mori, edited by Takashi Namiki, Parupu, 1986
- 4+x. C. W. Ceram, Eine Archäologie des Kinos, Rowohlt, 1965, published in Japanese, translated by Yoshio Tsukio, Film Art Sha, 1977
- 5-1. Keiji Asanuma, Eigagaku Sono kihonteki na mondaiten (Film Studies: Fundamental Issues) Kinokuniya Shinsho A-17, 1965, republished: Kinokuniya Shoten, 1981; Seisen Fukkoku Kinokuniya Shoten, 1994
- 5-2. Shin eiga jiten (New Film Dictionary), edited by Keiji Asanuma, Bijutsu Shuppansha, 1980.
- 5+x. Eiga riron shuusei (Film Theory Compilation), edited by Kenji Iwamoto and Tetsuro Hatano, Film Art Sha, 1982