Japanese Animation: Time out of Mind
While visiting Japan, animation writer Chris Robinson gets lost. As he drifts through Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto he happens upon a number of mysterious figures including Bob Dylan, Haruki Murakami, Sumo wrestlers, Big Bird and, by good chance, many famous Japanese animators – living and dead. Each of these characters takes Robinson into a deep, dark, mysterious world of Japanese animation that doesn't include Godzilla, Akira, Anime, Manga or Hasao Miyazaki.
Written almost as a novel, this book is decidedly surreal and unique portrait of independent animators in Japan.