The largest and most prominent contribution that I make to anime and manga studies is compiling and editing the Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies – a continuously expanding record of scholarly publications on Japanese animation and comics, anime fans, the industry, and related topics. The public version of the Bibliography is currently on hiatus, but I continue to maintain a searchable database of publications that I plan to use as the heart of a new and redesigned Online Bibliography.

In the meanwhile, though, the database allows me to survey the overall landscape of publication in anime and manga, to locate publications with specific titles, on specific subjects, written by specific authors and appearing in particular specific journals and other sources. I draw on it the to promote “anime and manga studies” as an established area of study and to assist colleagues in their own work. And, I can use the database to generate stable, persistent lists of publications in anime and manga studies that may be of interest for anybody who is interested in this topic.

Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies, 2013 Ed.



Essay Collections

Book Chapters

Journal Special/Theme Issues

Journal Articles


Purpose: The Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies is a comprehensive listing of academic publications (books, book chapters, and journal articles) on Japanese animation, comics, and related topics that were published in English in 2013. It serves as a general overview of the “state” of academic publishing in anime/manga studies over the year, and brings together materials from many different publications. While many of the individual items that are listed in the Bibliography can be located in other more broad and general information sources, the Bibliography is a comprehensive finding aid designed and developed specifically to support the needs of an academic area that is inherently inter-disciplinary, that brings together many different methods, approaches, traditions, and ways of asking questions.

Scope: The Bibliography covers scholarly books, chapters in edited collections, and articles in peer-reviewed journals that were published in English anywhere in the world in 2013. It specifically does not include dissertations and theses, papers presented at academic conferences, blog posts, personal essays, articles in newspapers and magazines, and book/film reviews.

Methodology: The Bibliography was assembled using several methods:

  • Searches for specific terms, such as ‘anime’, ‘manga’, ‘Japanese animation’ and ‘Japanese comics’ in a number of general and subject-specific academic indexing/abstracting and full-text databases. Some of the databases used include the Bibliography of Asian Studies Online, EBSCO Academic Search Premier, Film & Television Literature Index, Gale Academic One File, HeinOnline, International Index to the Performing Arts, JSTOR, the MLA International Bibliography, and Project Muse.
  • Searches in Google Scholar (in particular for access to book chapters and newer journals that are not covered by the subscription databases)
  • Searches for appropriate subject terms and Library of Congress subject headings (Animated films-Japan; Animated television programs-Japan; Comic books, strips, etc.-Japan).
  • Whenever possible, review of Works Cited/bibliography/notes sections of already included papers.
  • After a preliminary version of the Bibliography was distributed on the Anime and Manga Research Circle mailing list, several publications were contributed directly by authors

Organization: The Bibliography is divided into five section:

  • Books/monographs
  • Essay collections on anime/manga
  • Individual chapters in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary essay collections
  • Special/theme issues of journals
  • Individual journal articles

Annotation: Each entry is listed in a “reduced” APA format, with some, but not all of the elements of a standard APA citation. As much as possible, the Bibliography provides links from individual titles to online book stores, records on publishers’ websites, or, for articles are available online in open access, to the actual articles.

And in general, I am sure the Bibliography is not 100% complete. No matter how comprehensive my searches were, it’s always possible that there are journals out there that were not covered by the databases I used, or articles on anime/manga that did not actually include any of the keywords in my searches. This is likely even more true of book chapters in edited collections. What that means is that if you do know of additional titles that I should including, by all means, please let me know!

This Bibliography is also available as a separate page. All updates to the Bibliography are reflected on the separate page only, not in this post.


Cavallaro, Dani. Japanese Aesthetics and Anime: The Influence of Tradition. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Clements, Jonathan. Anime: A History. London, UK: British Film Institute.

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

Essay Collections

Mechademia, Volume 8: Tezuka’s manga life.

Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and Fan Arts is a unique ongoing “monographic series” of essay collections. Every year’s volume has an individual subtitle, is based around a specific theme, and features a selection of original essays, translations of materials that have already been published in Japanese, and non-academic content such as manga, photography, and other creative works.

Beasi, Melinda (Ed.). Manga: Introduction, challenges, and best practices. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse Books.

Berndt, Jaqueline and Kummerling-Meibauer, Bettina (Eds.). Manga’s cultural crossroads. New York: Routledge.

Yokota, Masao and Hu, Tze-Yue G. (Eds.). Japanese animation: East Asian perspectives. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi

Book Chapters

Ahn, Jiwon. Samurai Champloo: Transnational viewing. How to Watch Television (pp. 364-372).

Allison, Anne. Pocket capitalism and virtual intimacy: Pokémon as symptom of postindustrial youth culture. Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)Continuity (pp. 197-212).

Berndt, Jacqueline. Ghostly: ‘Asian Graphic Narratives,’ nonnonba, and manga. From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative (pp. 363-384).

Bethel, Christina. Princess Robot Bubblegum” critiques “Cool Japan“: An illustration of the Impact of Japan’s Soft Power movement through a cross-cultural, cross-media response. In Official Conference Proceedings, The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2013 (pp. 326-336). Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Brienza, Casey. Objects of otaku affection: Animism, anime fandom, and the gods of…consumerism? The Handbook of Contemporary Animism (pp. 479-490).

Bryce, Mio. All is relative, nothing is reliable: Inuyasha and Japanese subjectivities. Subjectivity in Asian Children’s Literature and Film: Global Theories and Implications (pp. 163-180).

Cavcic, Antonija. From dashing to delicious: The gastronomic aesthetics of contemporary BL manga. In Official Conference Proceedings, The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2013 (pp. 278-287). Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Choo, Kukhee. Playing the global game: Japan brand and globalization. Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)continuity (pp. 213-230).

Curti, Giorgio Hadi. “This Is my town” – Exploring the affective life of urban transformation and change via Taiyo Matsumoto’s and Michael Arias’ Tekkonkinkreet. The Fight to Stay Put: Social Lessons through Media Imaginings of Urban Transformation and Change (pp. 19-56).

Dolle-Weinkauf, Bernd. Types of violence in sequential art: The mise en scene of violent action in comics, graphic novels and manga. Films, Graphic Novels & Visuals: Developing Multiliteracies in Foreign Language Education – An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 87-104).

Inaba, Miho. What is the role of “language classes” in autonomous learning?: The implications from Japanese learners’ L2 activities outside the classroom. In Official Conference Proceedings, The European Conference on Language Learning 2013 (pp. 220-234). Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Jones, Hattie. Manga girls: Sex, love, comedy and crime in recent boys’ anime and manga. Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Culture at Cambridge (pp. 23-82).

Kovacic, Mateja. The many faces of popular culture and contemporary processes: Questioning identity, humanity and culture through Japanese anime. In Official Conference Proceedings, The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2013 (pp. 575-593). Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Miller, Laura. Elevator girls moving in and out of the box. Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility and Labor in Japan (pp. 41-66).

Ricketts, Jeremy. Manga, the atomic bomb and the challenges of teaching historical atrocity: Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen. Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art (pp. 174-183).

Russworm, TreAndrea. The hype man as racial stereotype: Parody and ghost in Afro Samurai. Game On, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema (pp. 169-182).

Somers, Emily. An no shinjo [Anne’s feelings]: Politeness and passion as anime paradox in Takahata’s Akage no An. Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (pp. 155-174).

Stein, Daniel. Of transcreations and Transpacific adaptations: Investigating manga versions of Spider-Man. Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads (pp. 145-162).

Whitley, David. Contested spaces. Reconfiguring narratives of origin and identity in Pocahontas and Princess Mononoke. Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (pp. 7-20).

Journal Special/Theme Issues

Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies (Volume 13, Issue 2)

Conference: Teaching Japanese Popular Culture

Fruhstuck, Sabine. The uses of popular culture for sex and violence.

McLelland, Mark. Ethical and legal issues in teaching about Japanese popular culture to undergraduate students in Australia.

Tsutsui, William M. Teaching history and/of/or Japanese popular culture.

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Volume 4, Issue 1)

Special Section: Boys’ Love Manga (Yaoi)

Pagliassotti, Dru, Nagaike, Kazumi, and McHarry, Mark. Introduction: Boys’ Love manga special section (pp. 1-8)

Chao, Tien-Yi. Features of hybridization in In These Worlds (pp. 7-20).

Wood, Andrea. Boys’ Love anime and queer desires in convergence culture: Transnational fandom, censorship and resistance (pp. 44-63).

Meyer, Uli. Drawing from the body – the self, the gaze, and the other in Boys’ Love manga (pp. 64-81).

Regionines Studijos (Issue 7)

Representation of Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture in Europe

Barancovaite-Skindaraviciene, Kristina. Construction of gender images in Japanese pornographic anime (pp. 9-29).

Otmagzin, Nissim. Meta-narratives of Japanese popular culture and of Japan in different regional contexts: Perspectives from East Asia, Western Europe, and the Middle East (pp. 73-84)

Sabre, Clothilde. New images of Japan in France: A survey to Japan Expo (pp. 95-122).

Transformative Works and Cultures (Volume 12)

Transnational boys’ love fan studies

Nagaike, Kazumi and Suganuma, Katsuhiko. Transnational boys’ love fan studies.

Glasspool, Lucy. Simulation and database society in Japanese role-playing game fandoms: Reading boys’ love dōjinshi online.

Kamm, Bjorn-Ole. Rotten use patterns: What entertainment theories can do for the study of boys’ love.

Malone, Paul M. Transplanted boys’ love conventions and anti-“shota” polemics in a German manga: Fahr Sindram’s “Losing Neverland”.

Miyake, Toshio. Doing Occidentalism in contemporary Japan: Nation anthropomorphism and sexualized parody in “Axis Powers Hetalia”.

Journal Articles

Antononoka, Olga. Blonde is the new Japanese: Transcending race in shōjo manga. Invene, 1.

Ashbaugh, William and Mizushima, Shintarou. “Peace through understanding”: How science-fiction anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00 criticizes US aggression and Japanese passivity. Asia Journal of Global Studies, 5(2), 108-118.

Birmingham, Elizabeth. Bringing smexy back: Fangirl production, AMVs, and transgressive sexuality. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 146-174.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Birmingham, Elizabeth. Girls’ fantasies, freedom, and brotherly love: Incest narratives in shojo anime. Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, 5.

Brenner, Robin. Paper folding, bento, and tea parties: Programs with a manga and anime twist. Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, 41(3), 42-49.

Brienza, Casey. Remembering the future: Cartooning alternative life courses in Up and Future Lovers. Journal of Popular Culture, 46(2), 299-314.

Bryce, Mio and Otani, Kentaro. Reincarnation in manga. International Journal of the Humanities, 9(12), 73-82.

Chang, Yen-Jung. Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress: A feminine journey with dream-like qualities. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(1), 85-97.

Chao, Tien-Yi. Transmutation of worlds: Adaptation and transformation in Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. Studies in Comics, 4(1), 159-170.

Correa, Marie Deanne Therese. Ghost in the Shell: A cyborg-feminist review of Mamoru Oshii’s animated film. Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society, 10(2). 115-119.

Duggan, Anne. The revolutionary undoing of the maiden warrior in Riyoko Ikeda’s Rose of Versailles and Jacques Demy’s Lady Oscar. Marvels & Tales, 27(1), 34-51.

Fennell, Dana, Fujino, Yuko, Hayden, Bridget, and Liberato, Ana S.Q. Consuming anime. Television & New Media, 14(5), 440-456.

Fermin, Tricia Abigail Santos. Appropriating yaoi and boys love in the Philippines: Conflict, resistance and imaginations through and beyond Japan. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 13(3).

Friedman, Erica. It’s a woman’s world. Labrys – Etudes Feministes/Estudos Feministas, 23.

Fu, Jennifer. For love and money: Professionalism and community in anime and manga artists’ alleys. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(2), 155-192.

Garcia, Jennifer Ann. The rise in popularity of Japanese culture with American youth: Causes of the “Cool Japan” phenomenon. Japan Studies Review, 17, 121-141.

Greenhill, Pauline and Kohm, Steven. Hoodwinked! and Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade: Animated “Little Red Riding Hood” films and the Rashomon Effect. Marvels & Tales, 27(1), 89-108.

Gwynne, Joel. Japan, postfeminism and the consumption of sexual(ised) schoolgirls in male-authored contemporary manga. Feminist Theory, 14(3), 325-343.

Haig, Edward and Portes, Gustavo Pereira. Seeking a methodology for the analysis of the influence of anime on Brazilian youth – a post-Jungian approach. MATRIZes: Revista do Programa de Post-Graduacao em Ciencias de Comunicacao da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 7(1), 247-262.

Heinrich, Karen. Cosplay: A transnational fan community? The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(2), 121-140.

Hiramoto, Mie. Hey, you’re a girl? Gendered expressions in the popular anime, Cowboy Bebop. Multilingua, 32(1), 51-78.

Ho, Elizabeth. Victorian maids and neo-Victorian labour in Kaoru Mori’s Emma: A Victorian Romance. Neo-Victorian Studies, 6(2), 40-63

Jacobs, Katrien. Impersonating and performing queer sexuality in the Cosplay zone. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 10(2), 22-45.

Jones, Anna Maria. The Victorian childhood of manga: Toward a queer theory of the child in Tosubo Yana’s Kuroshitsuji. Criticism, 55(1), 1-41.

Kise, Koichi and Sun, Weihan. Detection of exact and similar partial copies for copyright protection of manga. International Journal on Documentation Analysis and Recognition, 16(4), 331-349.

Kohara, Itsutoshi and Niimi, Ryosuke. The shot length styles of Miyazaki, Oshii, and Honoda: A quantitative analysis. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2), 163-184.

LaCure, John. CLAMP, the Magic Knights, and Art Nouveau. International Journal of Comic Art, 15(1), 395-407.

Lamerichs, Nicolle. The cultural dynamic of doujinshi and cosplay: Local anime fandom in Japan, USA and Europe. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies,  10(1), 154-176.

Lee, Tiffany. Fan activities from P2P file sharing to fansubs and fan fiction: Motivations, policy concerns, and recommendations. Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, 14(2), 181-198.

Leng, Rachel. Gender, sexuality, and cosplay: A case study of male-to-female crossplay. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 89-100

Levi, Antonia. The sweet smell of Japan: Anime, manga, and Japan in North America. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 23(1), 3-18.

Li, Carl, Nakamura, Mari and Roth, Martin. Japanese science fiction in converging media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Asiascape Occasional Papers, 6, 1-15.

Lim, Tai Wei. Spirited Away: Conceptualizing a film-based case study through comparative narratives of Japanese ecological and environmental discourses. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2), 149-162.

McLeod, Ken. Afro-Samurai: Techno-Orientalism and contemporary hip hop. Popular Music, 32(2), 259-275.

Mihailova, Mihaela. The mastery machine. Digital animation and fantasies of control. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2). 131-148.

Murdock, Chelsea. “Draw a circle”: An examination of world Englishes in the Hetalia fandom. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(2), 11-26.

Nakagawa, Miho. Mamoru Oshii’s production of multilayered space in 2D anime. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(1), 65-83.

Nakamura, Koji. The representation of Miyazaki’s Whisper of the Heart – Japanese identities combined with Western individualism. Invene, 1, 59-70.

Norris, Craig. A Japanese media pilgrimage to a Tasmanian bakery. Transformative Works and Cultures, 14.

Okabe, Tsugumi. From Sherlock Holmes to “heisei” Holmes: Counter orientalism and post modern parody in Gasho Aoyama’s Detective Conan manga series. International Journal of Comic Art, 15(1), 230-250.

Ortabasi, Melek Su. (Re)animating folklore: Raccoon dogs, foxes, and other supernatural Japanese citizens in Takahata Isao’s Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko. Marvels & Tales, 27(2), 254-275.

Peirson-Smith, Anne. Fashioning the fantastical self: An examination of the cosplay dress-up phenomenon in Southeast Asia. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 17(1), 77-112.

Penney, Matthew. Miyazaki Hayao and the Asia-Pacific War. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 11(29).

Penney, Matthew. Miyazaki Hayao’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises). The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 11(30).

Piatti-Farnell, Lorna. Blood, biceps, and beautiful Eyes: Cultural representations of masculinity in Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya. The Journal of Popular Culture46(6), 1133-1155

Priest, Michael. Putting it to the fangirls and fanboys: Is Auckland Libraries’ comic book/graphic novel and manga collection meeting customer expectations? The New Zealand Library and Information Management Journal53(2).

Rich, Danielle. The institutionalization of Japanese comics in US public libraries (2000-2010). Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4(1), 134-145.

Ruh, Brian. Producing transnational cult media: Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell in circulation. Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, 5, 1-23.

Shamoon, Deborah. The yokai in the database: Supernatural creatures and folklore in manga and anime. Marvels & Tales, 27(2), 276-289.

Solanki, Hiren. Excuse me, who are you…and do you speak animese?: The distinctive language of animation. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 21-36

Suter, Rebecca. Gender bending and exoticism in Japanese girls’ comics. Asian Studies Review, 37(4), 546-558.

Tague, Andrew. Are Pokemon slaves or willing companions? The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 62-72.

Thevenin, Benjamin. Princess Mononoke and beyond: New nature narratives for children. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 4(2), 147-170.

Turner, Simon. Making friends the Japanese way: Exploring yaoi manga fan’s online practices. Invene, 1, 129-148.

Wood, Andrea. Drawing disability in Japanese manga: Visual politics, embodied masculinity, and wheelchair basketball in Inoue Takehiko’s REAL. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 37(4), 638-655.

2 Comments on 2013 Anime/Manga Studies Bibliography

  1. And what a contribution it is! I’m always thankful for it, Mikhail. The field would be quite poorer without it.

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