The History of Anime and Manga

ReferencePoint Pr. (All About Anime and Manga). Mar. 2023. 64p. Tr $31.95. ISBN 9781678202224.
Gr 8 Up–Anime and manga have exploded in popularity over the past decades. This slim yet informational book covers the basics of the history of manga and anime, basic tropes and themes within the art style, and even a chapter devoted to reboots. Series referenced throughout include classics and newer titles, such as Demon Slayer, making this a relevant addition to collections. Fandom—such as anime conventions, fan fiction, and a detailed section on the importance of cosplay—are also covered. Quotes from fans, as well as screenshots from anime and fan websites, are also included. In the introduction, readers will be delighted to see a photo of Goku, from the 2021 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, to illustrate how mainstream anime has become in our own culture. Back matter includes source notes, index, and recommended reading and website links. Anime and manga enthusiasts will enjoy learning more about their passion, and it will also be a good starting point for those who are more unfamiliar.
VERDICT While much of this information has been covered before in other books on this topic, up-to-date inclusion of popular series, full color photos, and an engaging format make this title a worthy addition to most school and public library collections.

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