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Sekai Animēshon Eigashi

This book is a revised collection of serial works, such as “The History of Animation,” which ran in Tokuma Shoten’s Animage magazine from its first issue in July, 1978, right up till the issue in August, 1981, and ANIDO’s periodical FILM 1/24. Highly acclaimed as the first Japanese publication to give an abundantly illustrated overview of animation’s history in countries around the world, it now sits on public and private library shelves everywhere as a staple film history reference.

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Watanabe, Yasushi

This is a major revision of a series of articles, entitled “Sekai no Anime Shi” [A World History of Animation], which appeared in the monthly journal “Animage,” published by Tokuma Shoten Publishing as written by an animation historian, Tomono and Late Mochizuki. The history of animation around the globe, which was recently added, remains of great academic value.

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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.

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).

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