Nihon Animēshon no Chikara: 85-nen no Rekishi o Tsuranuku Futatsu no Jiku
A new work by an energetic scholar that explores how Japanese anime built its current status and was embraced by the world. The author analyzes 85 years of Japanese anime history along two axes symbolized by the “Tezuka vs. Miyazaki” conflict.
This history of Japanese animation unfolds with two great masters, Osamu Tezuka and Hayao Miyazaki, each working from his own axis. The text’s most important contribution is its telling of history as if from one perspective. Other individual animation creators are mentioned as well, but that part of the book is weaker.