Books and Periodicals on Anime and Manga.

This page is intended to supplement my Librarian's Guide to Anime and Manga and Teacher's Companion to the Anime Companion.
 
For items about anime and manga. I am listing all titles in English for fans and researchers, a listing for one of these titles does not mean a recommendation. Some of these works are out of stock or out of print, others may be available only in import editions. When The Right stuf carries the item I will link to their entry for it.
 
For books I have found useful about Japan see the bibliography in the Anime Companion Supplement web pages.

Note on buying items:

If you are interested in buying items I strongly urge you to check local dealers first. This supports your local source and encourages them to stock more books on anime and manga.
 
If you are unable to get items from a local dealer you can use the links on this page. When a title is available in the U.S I will link to The Right Stuf entry for it if they stock that title.

Books on Anime in General Anthology Art Books Books About Anime, Manga And Japanese Popular Culture
Books on Specific Series Books on Drawing Techniques
Books of Art by Specific Artists Books on Manga Periodicals
Books on Specific Persons, arraigned by their name -

Books on Anime in General:

Anime Poster Art
Images for over 160 different anime related movie and advertising posters.

Baricordi, Andrea; Massimiliano De Giovanni, Andrea Pietroni,Barbara Rossi, and Sabrina Tunesi
Anime a Guide to Japanese Animation
Montreal, Protoculture 2000

Brophy, Philip
100 Anime (BFI Screen Guides)
London: British Film Institute, 2005

Brown, Steven T. editor
Cinema Anime
New York, Palgrave MacMillan 2006

Brown, Steven T.
Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Camp, Brian & Julia Davis.
Anime Classics Zettai!: 100 Must-See Japanese Animation Masterpieces.
Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press 2007

Cavallaro, Dani
Anime And Memory: Aesthetic, Cultural and Thematic Perspectives
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009

Cavallaro, Dani
Anime And The Art of Adaptation
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2010

Cavallaro, Dani
Anime And The Visual Novel: Narrative Structure, Design and Play at the Crossroads of Animation and Computer Games
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2010

Cavallaro, Dani
The Anime Art of Studio Gainax
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009

Cavallaro, Dani
Anime Intersections: Tradition and Innovation in Theme and Technique
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2007

Cavallaro, Dani
Magic as Metaphor in Anime
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2010

Clements, Jonathan and Helen McCarthy
The Anime Encyclopedia
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2001

Clements, Jonathan and Helen McCarthy
The Anime Encyclopedia: Expanded and Revised Edition
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2006

Clements, Jonathan and Helen McCarthy
Anime Encyclopedia, The: A Century of Japanese Animation 3rd Revised Ed.
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2015
The book is also available as an e-book on iTunes, Amazon etc.

Condry, Ian
The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story
Durham: Duke University Press, 2013

Drazen, Patrick
Anime Explosion
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2002

Gresh, Lois H. and Robert Weinberg
The Science of Anime : Mecha-Noids and AI-Super-Bots
New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 2005

Hu, Tze-yue G.
Frames of anime: culture and image-building
Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010

Ladd, Fred with Harvey Deneroff
Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas
Jefferson, North Caroline: McFarland, 2009

Lamarre, Thomas
The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2009

Ledoux, Trish editor
Anime Interviews: The First Five Years of Animerica Anime and Manga Monthly (1992-97)
San Francisco, Cadence Books 1997

Ledoux, Trish and Doug Ranney
The Complete Anime Guide
2nd edition Issaquah, WA Tiger Mountain Press 1997

Lent, John A. editor
Animation in Asia and the Pacific
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001

Lent, John A.
Themes and Issues in Asian Cartooning
Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1999

Levi, Antonia
Samurai From Outer Space
Chicago, Open Court 1996

Macias, Patrick
Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 1999

McCarthy, Helen
500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide
New York: Collins Design, 2008

McCarthy, Helen
Anime A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Animation
London: Titan Books 1993

McCarthy, Helen
Anime Movie Guide
London, Titan Books 1996
Overlook Press 1997

McCarthy, Helen and Jonathan Clements
Erotic Anime Movie Guide
London, Titan Books 1998
Overlook Press 1999

Napier, Susan
Anime: From Akira to Princess Mononoke
New York, Palgrave 2001

Napier, Susan
Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle, Updated Edition
New York, Palgrave MacMillan 2005

Narged, Sid
Anything I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned From Anime
Sid Narged, 2008

Odell, Colin & Michelle Le Blanc
Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Mizayaki and Isao Takahata
Harpenden: Kamera Books 2009

Omega, Ryan
<Anime Trivia Quizbook 1
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2000

Omega, Ryan
Anime Trivia Quizbook 2
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2000

Papp, Zília
Anime and its Roots in Early Japanese Monster Art
Kent: Global Oriental, 2010

Papp, Zília
Traditional Monster Imagery in Manga, Anime and Japanese Cinema
Kent: Global Oriental, 2011

Poitras, Gilles
Anime Companion
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 1998

Poitras, Gilles
Anime Companion Volume 2
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2005

Poitras, Gilles
Anime Essentials
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2000

Richmond, Simon
The Rough Guide to Anime: Japan's finest from Ghibli to Gankutsuō
New York: Rough Guides, 2009

Saitō Tamaki
Beautiful Fighting Girl
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011

Steiff, Josef and Tristan D. Tamplin, eds.
Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder
Chicago: Open Court 2009

Steinberg, Marc
Anime's Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012

Thomas, Jolyon Baraka
Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime and Religion in Contemporary Japan
Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2012

Books on Specific Series - Organized by series name

Akira Club Artbook (104 pgs)
2007 Milwaukie OR, Dark Horse

Art of Armitage III (96 pgs)
2002, IDW

Art of Cardcaptor Sakura v.1 (120 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of Cardcaptor Sakura v.2 (120 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of Cardcaptor Sakura v.3 (128 pgs)
Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of Ceres, Celestial Legend (120 pgs)
2002 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Cowboy Bebop Anime Guide v.1 (184 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Cowboy Bebop Anime Guide v.2 (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Cowboy Bebop Anime Guide v.3 (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Cowboy Bebop Anime Guide v.4 (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Cowboy Bebop Anime Guide v.5 (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Cowboy Bebop Anime Guide v.6 (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Dragon Ball Z Legend: The Quest Continues
Cocoro Books

Evangelion Chronicle Illustrations
Richmond Hill: Udon Entertainment Corp, 2012

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Unofficial Guide
Cocoro Books

Arakawa Hiromu
The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist
2005 San Francisco, Viz

Arakawa Hiromu
The Art of Fullmetal Alchemist 2
2007 San Francisco, Viz

Arakawa Hiromu
Fullmetal Alchemist Profiles
2006 San Francisco, Viz

Full Metal Panic
2003 ADV Manga

Gundam Explorer: Wing, First, G, Seed, and More! by Kazuhisa Fujie & Martin Foster
Cocoro Books

Gundam Official Guide (128 pgs)
2002 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Gundam The 08th MS Team Technical Manual (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Gundam 0083: Stardust Memories Technical Manual (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Gundam Char's Counter Attack (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Gundam G-Gundam (92 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of Gundam Wing (96 pgs)
2001 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Gundam Wing Technical Manual (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of Howl's Moving Castle
2005 San Francisco, Viz

Art of Inu-Yasha (80 pgs)
2002 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Art of Inu-Yasha 2nd Edition
2005 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Art of Magic Knight Rayearth v.1
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of Magic Knight Rayearth v.2 (100 pgs)
2002 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Art of My Neighbor Totoro
2005 San Francisco, Viz

One Piece Color Walk 1
2005 San Francisco, Viz

One Piece Color Walk 2
2012 San Francisco, Viz

Peach Girl: Miwa Ueda Illustrations (100 pgs)
2003 Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Please (Onegai) Teacher Official Fan Book (180)
by Studio Orphee
2003 Fremont,, Comics One

Art of Porco Rosso
2005 San Francisco, Viz

Princess Mononoke The Art and Making of Japan's Most Popular Film of All Time
1999 Hyperion

RahXephon Bible Film Book (100 pgs)
2003 Houston AD Vision

Art of Ranma 1/2 (128 pgs)
2001 San Francisco, VIZ Media

R.O.D. Official Archive
2012 Richmond Hill, Udon Entertainment

Rurouni Kenshin Profiles (200 pgs)
2006 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Samurai Champloo Roman Album (104 pgs)
2006 Milwaukie OR, Dark Horse

Summer Wars Material Book
2009 Richmond Hill: Udon Entertainment

Yoshitoshi Abe Lain Illustrations Book (144 pgs)
2006 Gardenia CA, DMD

Serial Experiments Lain: Ultimate Fan Guide (128 pgs)
2002 Guelph, Guardians Of Order

Navok, Jay and Sushil K. Rudranath
Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon
North Charleston, South Carolina: BookSurge Publishing, 2005
http://www.warriorsoflegend.com/

Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away
2002 San Francisco, Viz

Carle, Chris
Street Fighter: The Complete History.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010

Yu Yu Hakusho: The Complete Guide
Cocoro Books

Books of Art by Specific Artists
- See also Books on Specific Series for books on single series by specific artists.

CLAMP North Side Artbook (176 pgs)
Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

CLAMP South Side Artbook (208 pgs)
Los Angeles, TOKYOPOP

Der Mond - Sadamoto Yoshiyuki (120 pgs)
2000 Tokyo, Kadokawa Shoten
2001 San Francisco, VIZ Media

Intron Depot v. 1 - Shirow Masamune
1992 Milwaukie, OR Dark Horse Comics

Intron Depot v. 2: Blades - Shirow Masamune
1998 Milwaukie, OR Dark Horse Comics

Intron Depot v. 3: Ballistics - Shirow Masamune
2003 Milwaukie, OR Dark Horse Comics

Intron Depot v. 4: Bullets - Shirow Masamune
2004 Milwaukie, OR Dark Horse Comics

Books on Specific Persons, arraigned by their name.

Inoue Takehiko:

Inoue Takehiko
Pepita: Inoue Meets Gaudí
San Francisco: Viz Media 2013

Kon Satoshi:

Osmond, Andrew
Satoshi Kon The Illusionist
Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press 2009

Miyazaki Hayao:

Cavallaro, Dani
The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2006

McCarthy, Helen
Hayao Miyazaki Master of Japanese Animation
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 1999

Miyazaki Hayao
Starting Point 1979-1996
Viz Media, 2009

Nakazawa Keiji

Nakazawa Keiji
Hiroshima The Autobiography of Barefoot Gen
Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010

Oshii Mamoru:

Cavallaro, Dani
Cinema of Mamoru Oshii: Fantasy, Technology and Politics
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2006

Ruh, Brian
Stray Dog of Anime: The films of Mamoru Oshii
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004

Takeda Yasuhiro:

Takeda Yasuhiro
Notenki Memoirs: Studio Gainax and the Men Who Created Evangelion
2005 Huston ADV Manga

Tezuka Osamu:

McCarthy, Helen
The Art of Osamu Tezuka God of Manga
New York: Abrams 2009

Power, Natsu Onoda
God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. 2009

Schodt, Frederik L.
Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution
Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press 2007

Books on Manga:

Allison, Anne
Permitted and Prohibited Desires
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006

Amano Masanao
Manga Design
Köln: Taschen, 2004

Gravett, Paul
Manga : 60 Years of Japanese Comics
New York: Harper Design International, 2005

Groensteen, Thierry
L'Univers Des Mangas: Une Introduction à la Bande Dessinée Japonaise
Casterman, 1991

Ingulsrud, John E.
Reading Japan Cool: Patterns of Manga Literacy and Discourse
Lanham: Lexington Books 2009

Japanese Comickers: Draw Anime and Manga Like Japan's Hottest Artists
New York: Collins Design, 2003

Japanese Comickers 2: Draw Anime and Manga Like Japan's Hottest Artists
New York: Collins Design, 2006

Johnson-Woods, Toni
Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives
New York: Continuum 2010

Kanemitsu, Daniel
Doujinshi: The Alternative Publishing Medium of Japan
Storm Front Journal #0
Minneapolis: Studio Revolution USA, 1998

Kern, Adam L.
Manga From the Floating World
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center 2006

Kinsella, Sharon
Adult Manga
University of Hawaii Press

Koyama-Richard, Brigitte
One Thousand Years of Manga
Paris: Flammarion, 2007

Lehmann, Timothy
Manga: Masters of the Art
New York: Collins Design, 2005

Levi, Antonia and Mark McHarry and Dru Pagliassotti
Boy's Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre
Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2010

Li Yannan
Japanese Boy-Love Manga and the Global Fandom: A Case Study of Chinese Female Readers
[MA thesis]
Indianapolis, Indiana University, 2009

McCarthy, Helen
500 Manga Heroes & Villains
Hauppauge, NY: Barron''s Educational Series 2006

Nash, Eric P.
Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater
New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2009

Poitras, Gilles
Anime Companion
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 1998

Poitras, Gilles
Anime Companion Volume 2
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2005

Prough, Jennifer S.
Straight From the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shōjo Manga
Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2011

Shamoon, Deborah
Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girl's Culture in Japan
Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2012

Schodt, Frederik L
Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga
1996 Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press

Schodt, Frederik L
Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics
1983 Tokyo, New York, London Kodansha International

Seward, Jack
Japanese Eroticism: A Language Guide to Current Comics
Houston: Yugen Press, 1993

Thompson, Jason
Manga The Complete Guide
New York: Del Rey, 2007

Tomo Masami - editor
Shojo Manga! Girl Power!
Chico: Flume Press, 2005

Yadao, Jason S.
The Rough Guide to Manga
London, Rough Guides Ltd, 2009

Books About Anime, Manga And Japanese Popular Culture:

Allison, Anne
Millennial Monsters : Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2006

Bolton, Christopher, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr, and Takayuki Tatsumi editors
Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction From Origins to Anime
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007

Brenner, Robin E.
Understanding Manga and Anime
Westport, CN : Libraries Unlimited, 2007

Clements, Jonathan
Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade
London: Titan Books, 2009

DuFault, Bobbie
Anime and Manga! The Best Websites and Factoids
Port Orchard: Lightning Rod Publishers, 2005

Galbraith, Patrick
The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan
Tokyo: Kodansha International, 2009

Galbraith, Patrick
Otaku Spaces
Seattle: Chin Music Press, 2012

Kelts, Roland
Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the U.S.
New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2006

MacWilliams, Mark W. ed.
Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime
Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 2008

Manga Impact: The World of Japanese Animation
New York: Phaidon Press, 2010

Nagaike Kazumi.
Fantasies of Cross-dressing: Japanese Women Write Male-Male Erotica
Leiden: Brill, 2012

Napier, Susan
From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Culture in the Mind of the West
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007

Otacool: Worldwide Otaku Rooms
Tokyo: Kotobukiya, 2009

Patten, Fred
Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews
Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press 2004

Pellitteri, Marco
The Dragon and the Dazzle: Models, Strategies, and Identities of Japanese Imagination — A European Perspective
Latina: Tunué, 2010

Roman, Annette (ed)
Japan Edge: The Insiders Guide to Japanese Pop Subculture
San Francisco: Cadence Books, 1999

West, Mark I.
The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki
Lanhan, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2009

Periodicals:

Magazines about anime and manga
Over the years many anime magazines have come and gone. Such magazines are often a useful source of information for those wanting to stay on top of new developments not only in the English speaking world but also in Japan. Print magazines often cover material that is very difficult to locate online and in greater depth.

Mechademia
http://www.mechademia.org/
The first English language scholarly annual of essays devoted to anime, manga and fan culture.
DISCLAIMER: I am on the editorial board and one of their 'otaku editors' who check articles for factual errors.

Otaku USA
http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/

Manga anthologies.
These are regular magazines devoted to serializing several stories each month. At times the publishers remove titles from the magazines in order to publish them in book form at a faster pace.

Shojo Beat.
Published by Viz, this is a regular anthology of tales aimed at girls.

Shonen Jump.
Viz's other manga magazine. A monthly dedicarted to boy's manga.

Periodicals no longer published:

Anime Insider

Animeco
Limelight Publishing
1513 Young St. Suite 202
Honolulu, HI 96826

Animerica: Anime and Manga Monthly
VIZ Media
P.O. Box 77010
San Francisco, CA 94107
Ceased publication as a magazine in 2005 to become a free advertising pamphlet. Each issue usually contained an interview with a major figure in anime and articles focusing on particular anime related to the person interviewed. Short reviews were in each issue for anime, manga, games, and music CDs.

LO Magazine
http://www.lomagazine.co.za/
LO Magazine was an impressive electronic magazine distributed in PDF format. A full run of back issues are available. I urge folks to download the back file while they are still available and for libraries to add them to their collections.

NewType USA
P.O. Box 631607
Houston, TX 77263

Protoculture Addicts
P.O. Box 1433
Station "B"
Montreal, Qc. CANADA H3B 3L2
http://www.protoculture.ca/


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