In my work documenting anime and manga studies as a discreet academic area by compiling an enumerative bibliography of scholarship on Japanese comics and animation – a project I started (I think) in the spring of my freshman year of college (2000) – my actual practices have changed very little over the years. Locate a new “item”, add it to an ever-growing list, next. For a long time, the “list” was literally just that, a plaint-text file. For several years, I also maintained a basic database using DabbleDB, and when that application was shut down, worked with a developer to create a custom one. That is also currently on hiatus as I prepare for re-launching it on a dedicated website, However, at the end of every year, I would also create an “annual” list of books, book chapters, and journal articles on anime and manga that were published throughout that year, and distribute it on the Anime and Manga Research Circle Mailing List, and to anyone else who was interested.

Now, however, I realize that there is really no need for me to wait until the end of a year to have this kind of list. Accordingly, I am now able to present the 2014 Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies. Note that this is (and will continue to be) a work in progress. Today, it is a record of scholarship and commentary on Japanese comics/animation that has been published this year so far as of today; as I locate new items to add, or as new items are published, this list will continue to grow. But, right now, it is probably the most complete and comprehensive record of the publishing activities of anime and manga scholars around the world this year to date.

The Bibliography is also available as a separate page. Any items published after the date of this post (August 22, 2014) will be added to the separate page only.



Drazen, Patrick. Anime Explosion: The What? Why? & Wow! of Japanese Animation, Revised and Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press.

Galbraith, Patrick. The Moe Manifesto: An Insider’s Look at the Words of Manga, Anime, and Gaming. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing.

Patten, Fred. Funny Animals and More: From Anime to zoomorphics. Olyphant, PA: Theme Park Press.

Ruh, Brian. Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii, Second Edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Yamamoto, Kenta. The Agglomeration of the Animation Industry in East Asia. Tokyo: Springer.

Book Chapters

Close, Samatha. Popular culture through the eyes, ears, and fingertips of fans: Vidders, anime music video editors, and their sources. In David Lederman & Lauren Westrup (Eds.), Sampling Media (pp. 119-211). New York: Oxford University Press.

Haguchi, Hideko. The interaction between music and visuals in animated movies: A case study of Akira. In Toru Mitsui (Ed.), Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (pp. 174-190). New York: Routledge.

Kyle, Catherine. Her story, too: Final Fantasy X, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and the feminist hero’s journey. In Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter & Bob Batchelor (Eds.), Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture (pp. 131-146). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Missiou, Marianna. Retelling “Hansel and Gretel” in comic book and manga narration: The case of Philip Petit and Mizuno Junko. In Vanessa Joosen & Gillian Lathey (Eds.), Grimms’ Tales Around the Globe: The Dynamics of Their International Reception (pp. 254-274). Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press.

Ng, Carman. The heroic villain: Anime in moral education and English language learning. In Christina DeCoursey (Ed.), Language Arts in Asia 2: English and Chinese Through Literature, Drama and Popular Culture (pp. 70-89). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Shen, Lien Fan. The dark, twisted magical girls: Shōjo heroines in Puella Magi Madoka Magica. In Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter & Bob Batchelor (Eds.), Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture (pp. 177-188). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Suter, Rebecca. The March 2011 Tohoku disaster in Japanese science fiction. In Simon Butt, Hitoshi Nagu & Luke Nottage (Eds.), Asia-Pacific Disaster Management: Comparative and Socio-Legal Pspectives (pp. `53-164). Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.

Yamasaki, Aki. The emergence of singing voice actors/actresses: The crossover point of the music industry and the animation industry. In Toru Mitsui (Ed.), Made in Japan: Studies in Popular Music (pp. 191-208). New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Akimoto, Daisuke. Learning peace and coexistence with nature through animation: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 33.

Akimoto, Daisuke. Peace education through the animated film “Grave of the Fireflies“: Physical, psychological, and structural violence of war. Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 33.

Amano, Ikuho. From mourning to allegory: Post-3.11 Space Battleship Yamato in motion. Japan Forum, 26(3), 325-339.

Anan, Nobuko. The Rose of Versailles: Women and revolution in girls’ manga and the Socialist movement in Japan. The Journal of Popular Culture, 47(1), 41-63.

Annett, Sandra. The nostalgic remediation of cinema in Hugo and Paprika. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 7(2), 169-180.

Arai, Yasuhiro & Kinukawa, Shinya. Copyright infringement as user innovation. Journal of Cultural Economics, 38(2), 131-144.

Brienza, Casey. Did manga conquer America? Implications for the cultural policy of ‘Cool Japan’. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 20(4), 383-398

Brienza, Casey. Does manga’s transnational cool benefit Japan? Discovery Society, 6.

Brienza, Casey. Sociological perspectives on Japanese manga in America. Sociology Compass, 8(5), 468-477.

Daliot-Bul, Michal. Reframing and reconsidering the cultural innovation of the anime boom on US television. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17(1), 75-91

Ebihara, Isao. Critical study of Japanese mythology & folklore behind the anime/manga culture worldwide. Transactions: Journal of the Society of Scholars, Spring 2014, 27-34.

Heise, Ursula. Plasmatic nature: Environmentalism and animated film. Public Culture, 26(2), 301-318.

Heinze, Ulrich & Thomas, Penelope. Self and salvation: Visions of hikikomori in Japanese manga. Contemporary Japan: Journal of the German Institute for Japanese Studies Tokyo, 26(1), 151-169.

Hong, Soo Jung. Three adaptations of the Japanese comic book Boys Over Flowers in the Asian cultural community: Analyzing fidelity and modification from the perspective of globalization and glocalization. The Qualitative Report, 19, Article 2.

Ito, Kinko & Crutcher, Paul. Popular mass entertainment in Japan: Manga, pachinko and cosplay. Society51(1), 44-48.

Minguez-Lopez , Xavier. Folktales and other references in Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 9(1), 27-46.

Monden, Masafumi. Layers of the ethereal: A cultural investigation of beauty, girlhood, and ballet in Japanese shojo manga. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 18(3), 251-296.

Ogonoski, Matthew. Cosplaying the media mix: Examining Japan’s media environment, its static forms, and its influence on cosplay. Transformative Works and Cultures, 16.

Otmazgin, Nissim. Anime in the US: The entrepreneurial dimensions of globalized culture. Pacific Affairs: An International Review of Asia and the Pacific, 87(1), 53-69.

Pope Robbins, Laura. Bringing anime to academic libraries: A recommended core collection. Collection Building, 33(2), 46-52.

Ruh, Brian. The comfort and disquiet of transmedia horror in Higurashi: When They Cry (Higurashi no naku koro ni). Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 23.

Saito, Kumiko. Magic, shojo, and metamorphosis: Magical girl anime and the challenges of changing gender identities in Japanese society. Journal of Asian Studies, 73(1), 143-164.

Skabelund, Aaron. Leading dogs and children to war. Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, 7(1), 5-13.

Stephens, Bradley. Animating animality through Dumas, d’Artagnan, and Dogtanian. Dix-Neuf: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes, 18(2), 193-210.

Tanaka, Mokoto. Trends of fiction in 2000s Japanese pop culture. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 14(2).

Toh, Weimin. A multimodal framework for tracking Sesshomaru’s character development in an anime movie – Inuyasha: Swords of an Honourable Ruler – an appraisal and gestural perspective. Social Semiotics, 24(1), 124-151.

van Staden, Cobus. Moomin/Mumin/Moemin: Apartheid-era dubbing and Japanese animation. Critical Arts: South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 28(1), 1-18.

Yamada, Marc. Trauma and historical referentiality in post-Aum manga. Japanese Studies, 34(2), 153-168.

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