The author is a school counselor working on mental issues. He explains that he was able to use his understanding of the depths of anime to comprehend the feelings of children going through puberty, whom he met while counseling. This perceived connection made it easier for him to approach them.
Animation has various psychological effects on the people who view it. Receptivity to animation depends on the viewer’s developmental stage, and animation can play a supportive role for people who have mental issues. On the other hand, an animator’s psychological developmental themes can have demonstrable effects on the animation, and this aspect can be explained in psychological terms. Moreover, animation can be understood as a clue for deciphering the mental issues of the modern age.
- Yokota, Masao. The Clinical Psychology of Animation, Seishin Shobo, 2006.
- Yokota, Masao. Psychology of Animation and Lifecycles, Rinsen Book, 2008.
- Yokota, Masao. Nikkan Animēshon no Shinri Bunseki: Deai, Majiwari, Tojikomori, RINSEN BOOK CO., 2009.
- Yokota, Masao and Hu, Tze-yue G. Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspective, University Press of Mississippi, 2013.
- Saburi, Xushino. What Animation Teaches Us So We Can Live Through Today, Gakugei Miraisha, 2018.
- Yokota, Masao. Dai hitto anime de kataru shinri gaku: `kanjō no tani' kara tokiakasu nihon anime no tokushitsu [Psychology as Relayed by Major Hit Anime: The Characteristics of Japanese Anime That Resolve the “Emotional Valley”], Shin'yōsha, 2017.
- Nishimura, Noriaki. Anime and Feelings in Puberty, Sogensha, 2004.
- Iwamiya, Keiko. There is a Reason for Liking It: Miyazaki Anime and Feelings in Puberty, Chikuma Shobo, 2013.
- Koyama, Masahiro and Sugawa-Shimada, Akiko. Study of Animation [Application]: 11 Tricks for Mastering Animation, Gendai Shokan, 2018.
- Yokota, Masao. Clinical Psychology as Read in the Media: Loving Manga and Anime and Nurturing Healthy Minds, Saiensusha, 2016.