Quick Guide to Anime and Manga Reviews

Quick Guide to Anime and Manga: ISBN 978-1-6782-0092-3/ eBook: 978-1-6782-0093-0
School Library Journal, February 1, 2022

Gr 6 Up—This book discusses how manga, which originated in 11th-century Japan, evolved into an enormous industry that is loved all over the world. Readers will learn how manga (“whimsical pictures”) uses cinematic techniques to increase dramatic effects, how these comics appeal to different ages and genders, and how artists use visual cues to express personality in their characters. The deep dive into the history of these formats includes a discussion of how Japanese and American cultures influenced each other (such as how the cute Japanese characters with big eyes were influenced by Disney animated films). This book introduces readers to a wide scope of stories they can discover, from groundbreaking films like Akira and My Neighbor Totoro to more modern stories like That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. It also includes information about the more controversial aspects of manga and anime, like fan service, whitewashing, overwork and low pay for Japanese animators, and “Netflix jail.” What readers may find especially valuable is the exploration of why manga and anime are so appealing–they provide escapism, stories about gender identity, and stories that provoke strong emotions. This volume includes enough colorful pictures to keep tweens engaged and a thorough index that will help them find their favorite topics quickly. VERDICT A good introduction to manga and anime, this book also contains trivia and recommendations that even the most devoted otaku will love. —Andrea Lipinski

Quick Guide to Anime and Manga: ISBN 978-1-6782-0092-3/ eBook: 978-1-6782-0093-0
Kirkus Reviews, July 22, 2021

A thorough primer on history and trends in these storytelling formats.
If anyone is looking to understand the basics of anime and manga—Japanese animated films and comics—or needs more convincing about their tremendous popularity and importance in terms of art, story, and culture, this short read will be of help. Henderson's overview begins by covering their historical roots and goes through to their global reach and future. Core vocabulary and jargon such as waifu and isekai are explained clearly and are backed by key examples which may be of use to readers as new reading or watching recommendations. The author not only highlights creators, studios, and titles, but takes the time to explore why audiences are drawn to this material through the lenses of identity, escapism, visuals, and storylines. Current events, from recent triumphs at the box office, plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the strain of the Covid-19 pandemic, are also briefly touched upon. Even as it highlights the positives, the book does not shy away from discussing the dark side of the industry, including the poor working conditions that creators and artists endure, from a demanding and strict work culture to a profit structure badly in need of reform.
Though trends in genre and vocabulary continue to evolve, the base knowledge offered here is a valuable starting point. (picture credits, source notes, further research, index) (Nonfiction. 13-18)