The second essential book for understanding Japanese anime history.
The detailed records in Yamaguchi’s pre-war volume and Watanabe’s post-war volume, followed by the reference volume, earned this work a solid reputation as a reference book. There is little about TV animation, which was growing in importance, perhaps because of the focus on “film history,” but this work is essential for researching Japanese animation history.
This text is a monumental contribution to Japanese animation history. It is impossible to talk about the history of Japanese animation without having read this book. New facts have been revealed, one after another, since the book’s publication; supplementing the contents of this fundamental book is the role of later researchers.