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)