Over the more than 10 years now that I have been tracking the development of anime/manga studies as an academic area in general, and new academic publications on anime/manga more specifically, I have presented my work in several different formats. A single fixed list or table was adequate when there were only a few dozen books, book chapters, and journal articles to highlight. But it would not be able an adequate way to present several hundred records. For a while, I was able to add new items to a database presented online using the DabbleDB platform. Since it was discontinued four years ago, I have compiled annual lists of new publications on anime/manga, and announced them at the end of each year. These lists for the years from 2010 to 2014 are now archived in the Bibliographies section of this site, and I plan to continue this work and present similar lists for the years prior to 2010 as well – in fact, the one for 2009 will be up in the next few days. At the same time, this blog now also makes it possible for me to maintain a running list of new publications on anime/manga – so, rather than assembling the list continuously but only releasing it in December or even next year, I can instead make the list of academic publications on anime/manga published this year available to the public right now, and update it continuously as new materials are published.

Annual Bibliography of Anime/Manga Studies, 2015 Ed.

As with all other annual lists in this project, the Annual Bibliography of Anime/Manga Studies, 2015 Ed. is also available as a separate page. All further updates will be reflected on that page only.



The goal of each Annual Bibliography of Anime/Manga Studies and the overall Bibliography of Anime/Manga Studies project is to provide a comprehensive and permanent record of academic publications on Japanese animation, Japanese comics, and related topics. First of all, it informs scholars, educators, students, and all others who are interested in academic approaches to anime/manga, and to anime/manga studies as a discreet academic area, about the current state of this practice. The Bibliography can serve as a guide to sources and research materials, and can potentially be useful as a source of data on publishing patterns in anime/manga studies.


The scope of the Bibliography is limited to English-language academic publications on anime/Japanese animation and manga/Japanese comics, and topics related to the production, distribution, reception, and popular response/reaction to them worldwide. It encompasses books, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed/scholarly journals; it specifically does not cover book reviews, articles in newspapers, general-interest/enthusiast/trade magazines, or “personal” essays published directly by an author without undergoing peer or editorial review. The chronological scope is limited to books with a 2015 copyright date and journals with a 2015 cover date.


The Bibliography is assembled primarily using keyword searches for various relevant terms and combinations of terms (such as “anime”, “manga”, “Japanese animation” “Japanese comics”, (animation AND japan!), (comics AND Japan!) in major general and subject-specific academic databases. These include:

    • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature
    • Arts and Humanities Citation Index
    • Bibliography of Asian Studies
    • EBSCO Academic Search Premier
    • EBSCO Business Source Premier
    • EBSCO MasterFILE Premier
    • Film and Television Literature Index Online
    • Film Index International
    • Gale Academic OneFile/General OneFile
    • International Index to Film Periodicals Plus
    • International Index to Performing Arts
    • HeinOnline
    • Library Literature & Information Science Full Text
    • MLA International Bibliography
    • ProQuest Research Library
    • ProQuest Sociological Abstracts

In addition, I utilize Google Scholar for access to books, book chapters, and articles in journals that are not indexed by the databases. Whenever possible, I try to review the sources that are cited in any document that I have already identified for inclusion to identify any others that may be relevant. Finally, I always welcome direct contributions from authors, scholars, librarians, and readers, as long as these contributions fit under the general scope of the Bibliography.


The list is organized by publication type – books, essay collections with a specific focus on anime/manga, chapters in individual edited essay collections, theme/special issues of academic journals, articles in individual general issues of academic journals.


Each entry is presented in an “expanded” APA style, with some additional elements. For books, links are provided to the book’s Amazon page; for individual book chapters or journal articles, to the specific page for that chapter/article, whenever possible, via its DIO (Digital Object Identifier).

*** OPEN ACCESS *** notes that a document is available in open access, either as published in an open access journal, or through an institutional repository. Some items that are included in this list may be available elsewhere online, such as from their authors’ websites; however, my policy is not to link directly to any document.

If this is not clear from the title of a particular document, I will make an attempt to note the anime/manga titles that it actually discusses.



Clements, Jonathan, & McCarthy, Helen. The anime encyclopedia: A century of Japanese animation, Third Revised Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press.


Brienza, Casey. Manga in America: Transnational book publishing and the domestication of Japanese comics. London: Bloomsbury.

Davis, Northrop. Manga and anime go to Hollywood. London: Bloomsbury.

Essay Collections

McLelland, Mark, & Nagaike, Kazumi (Eds.). Boys love manga and beyond: History, culture and community in Japan. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.


Brienza, Casey (Ed.). Global manga: ‘Japanese’ comics without Japan? Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Toku, Masami (Ed.). International perspectives on shojo and shojo manga: The influence of girl culture. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Geraghty, Lincoln. An evolutionary journey: Pokemon, mythic quests and the culture of challenge. In Karin Beeler and Stan Beeler (Eds.), Children’s film in the Digital Age: Essays on audience, adaptation and consumer culture (pp. 78-88). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Journal Special / Theme Issues

Japan Forum (Volume 27, Issue 1)

Special Issue: Japanese Popular Culture and Contents Tourism

Seaton, Philip, & Yamamura, Takayoshi. Japanese popular culture and contents tourism – introduction (pp. 1-11)

Okamoto, Takeshi. Otaku tourism and the anime pilgrimage phenomenon in Japan (pp. 12-36).

Sugawa-Shimada, Akiko. Rekijo, pilgrimage, and ‘pop spiritualism’: Pop-culture-induced heritage tourism of/for young women (pp. 37-58).

Yamamura, Takayoshi. Contents tourism and local community response: Lucky Star and collaborative anime-induced tourism in Washimiya (pp. 59-81).


Armour, William S., & Iida, Sumiko. Are Australian fans of anime and manga motivated to learn Japanese language? Asia Pacific Journal of Education, FORTHCOMING.

Furukawa, Hiroko, & Denison, Rayna. Disaster and relief: The 3.11 Tohoku and Fukushima disasters and Japan’s media industries. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 18(2), 225-247

Lamarre, Thomas. Regional TV: Affective media geographies. Asiascape: Digital Asia, 2(1-2), 93-126.
[Hana Yori Dango]

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Lamerichs, Nicolle. The remediation of the fan convention: Understanding the emerging genre of cosplay music videos. Transformative Works and Cultures, 18.

Morrow, Phillip R. Directives in Japanese: Evidence from signs. World Englishes, 34(1), 78-87.

Starr, Rebecca L. Sweet voice: The role of voice quality in a Japanese feminine style. Language in Society, 44(1), 1-34.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Tanaka, Hiromi & Ishida, Saori. Enjoying manga as fujoshi. Exploring its innovation and potential for social change from a gender perspective. International Journal of Behavioral Science, 10(1), 77-85.

Unser-Schutz, Giancarla. What text can tell us about male and female characters in shojo- and shonen-manga. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, 1(1), 133-152.

Yasumoto, Seiko. Cultural harmonization in East Asia: Adaptation of Hana yori dango / Boys Over Flowers. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, 1(1), 113-132

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