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Manga eiga (animēshon) no kokorozashi ―`yabu nirami no bōkun' to `ō to tori'

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Iwanami Shoten
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Watanabe, Yasushi

Late Takahata released many books. In 1955, he was moved by a French animation called La bergère et le ramoneur and was employed as a producer by Toei Douga (Current Toei Animation Co., Ltd). This is the only literature source where he gave a detailed analysis of La bergère et le ramoneur, which provided impetus for his becoming an animation director and its remade version, Le Roi et l'Oiseau.

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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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