The author’s area of expertise is fine arts and the history of motion picture. The book discusses the history of Japanese animation by comparing it from its inception in 1917 to today’s prosperity with foreign animations that have been imported and released in Japan. It considers not only box-office hits but also avant-garde and experimental works.
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.
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