Authored by an American anthropologist, the chapters “Power Rangers (Super Sentai)” and “Sailor Moon” deal with viewership analysis and are useful for audience research. The original English version is also a must-read title.
This is a list of 10 English-language books contributing to the discussion of fandom in Japan. Selected are both monographs and edited volumes. Most share a focus on people and their interactions with media, material and one another, or the social dimensions of fandom in Japan. Some also go beyond Japan to explore fan practices surrounding Japanese media and material culture in global circulation. In the future, this literature could be brought into more explicit and sustained dialogue with Japanese-language books on fandom, as well as fan studies as a field, in order to overcome linguistic, disciplinary and area boundaries.
- Kelly, W. William. Fanning the Flames, SUNY Press, 2004.
- Condry, Ian. The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story, Duke University Press, 2013.
- Allison, Anne. Millennial monsters : Japanese toys and the global imagination, Shincho-Sha, 2010.
- Ito, Mizuko et al. ed. Fandom Unbound, Yale University Press, 2012.
- Lunning, Frenchy. Mechademia 5: Fanthropologies, University Of Minnesota Press, 2010.
- Kinsella, Sharon. Adult Manga, Routledge, 2000.
- Napier, Susan J. From Impressionism to Anime, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
- Minamida, Katsuya and Tsuji, Izumi. Pop Culture and the Everyday in Japan, Minerva Shobo, 2012.
- Annett, Sandra. Anime Fan Communities, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Tobin, Joseph. Pikachu's Global Adventure, Duke University Press, 2004.
I’ve listed studies about cultural practices related to anime for girls (“shoujo”) and girls (“shoujo”) who watch anime.
- Akiko Sugawa, Shoujo to mahou – gaaru hiiroo wa ikani juyou saretanoka (Girls and Magic: Representations of Magical Girls and Japanese Female Viewership), NTT Shuppan, 2013
- Masahiro Koyama, Akiko Sugawa, Anime kenkyuu nyuumon – anime wo kiwameru 9 tsu no tsubo zouhoban (Introduction to Anime Studies: Nine Tips for Researching Anime Expanded Edition), Gendai Shokan, 2014
- Taiten Kawakami, Kono anime eiga wa omoshiroi (Anime Films Highly Recommended), Seikyusha, 2015
- Susan Naiper, Gendai nihon no anime – “AKIRA” kara “Sen to chihiro no kamikakushi” made (Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke), Chuko Sosha, 2002
- Anne Allison, Kiku to pokemon – gurobaaruka suru nihon no bunkaryoku (Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination), Shinchosha, 2010
- Mark Steinberg, Nihon ha naze ‘media mikkusu’ suru kuni nano ka (Anime’s Media Mix), Kadokawa Shoten, 2015
- Akira Nogami, Kodomo bunka no gendaishi: asobi, media, sabukarucha no honryuu (A Contemporary History of Kids' Culture: The Torrent of Play, Media and Subculture), Ootsuki Shoten, 2015
- R. Moseley, Hand-Made Television: Stop-Frame Animation for Children in Britain, 1961-1974, Palgrave Pivot, 2015
- Rayna Denison, Anime:A Critical Introduction, Bloomsbury, 2015