The history of manga films in Japan fits into the broader history of films. The films described by Tanaka, Shinbi Iida, and others—who were active film critics from before World War II—were probably the first. Nihon eiga hattatsushi (History of the Development of Japanese Films) also describes the history of manga films, but this work offers more detail.
My book, Nihon no animēshon wa ika ni shite seiritsu shita no ka (How Japanese Animation Was Created), covers a period of almost 100 years, starting with the Meiji era when foreign animation was first screened in Japan. I focus on animation located at peripheries and boundaries, and I examine how the concept of animation was created and developed in Japan. I wish to provide a list of books, perhaps arbitrarily, that, I believe, can be used as references in terms of the history of animation in Japan; I combined with my own book.
- Yoshiyama, Kyokko. The Origin of Things in the Japanese Film Industry, Shinema To Engeisha, 1933.
- Yanai, Yoshio. The Protection and Control of Moving Pictures, Yuhikaku, 1929.
- Imamura, Taihei. Manga eiga ron, Daiichi Genbunsha, 1941.
- Tanaka, Junichiro. History of the Development of Japanese Educational Films, Kagyusha, 1979.
- Mori, Takuya. Animēshon Nyūmon, Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, 1966.
- Yamamoto, Eiichi. Mushi puro koubouki – animeita no seishun, SHINCHOSHA Publishing Co., Ltd., 1989.
- Yamaguchi, Katsunoti and Watanabe, Yasushi. History of Japanese Animation, Yubunsha, 1977.
- Ōtsuka Yasuo. Sakuga ase mamire [Revised and updated]), Bungeishunju, 2013.
- Japan Animation Association. Ways to Make Animated Films by 12 Authors, SHUFU TO SEIKATSU SHA CO.,LTD., 1980.
- Tsugata, Nobuyuki. Nihon Animēshon no Chikara: 85-nen no Rekishi o Tsuranuku Futatsu no Jiku, NTT Publishing Co.,Ltd., 2004.