While Japanese manga and anime began to make inroads in Western culture about three decades ago, these art forms remained a subcultural phenomenon until the mid-1990s, when the increased distribution of translated manga and anime brought them into the mainstream. In 2007, U.S. sales of manga reached $210 million—evidence of a voracious and enthusiastic fan base.
Fascinating insights on what Japanese manga and anime mean to artists, audiences, and fans in the United States and elsewhere, covering topics that range from fantasy to sex to politics.
Within the last decade, anime and manga have become extremely popular in the United States. Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World provides a sophisticated anthology of varied commentary from authors well versed in both formats. These essays provide insights unavailable on the Internet, giving the interested general reader in-depth information well beyond the basic, "Japanese Comics 101" level, and providing those who teach and write about manga and anime valuable knowledge to further expand their expertise.
The topics addressed range widely across various artists and art styles, media methodology and theory, reception of manga and anime in different cultural markets, and fan behavior. Specific subjects covered include sexually explicit manga drawn and read by women; the roots of manga in Japanese and world film; the complexity of fan activities, including "cosplay," fan-drawn manga, and fans' highly specific predilections; right-wing manga; and manga about Hiroshima and despair following World War II. The book closes with an examination of the international appeal of manga and anime.
• Contributions from knowledgeable commentators about manga and anime from the United States, Canada, and Europe
• Photographs and illustrations
• Reference lists within the individual chapters and the introduction
• Two glossaries define terms specific to Japanese manga genres
• Collects seriously written, analytical essays by more than a dozen world-renowned experts in manga and anime, providing information and analyses not found elsewhere
• Examines the future of popular culture, graphic narrative, the popular media, and the story
• Covers manga and anime from the early post-World War II era through the 21st century
• Provides a scholarly examination of the various issues and aspects of manga and anime that is highly appropriate for library collections