So far, my workflow for building a freely accessible (and more importantly, close to comprehensive) directory of published English-language academic writing on Japanese animation and Japanese comics has consisted of compiling and posting annual lists of such publications – like the ones that are now available in the Bibliographies section. Needless to say, preparing a list that frequently contains more than 150 individual publications – verifying the titles and the names of the authors, confirming that the books are still in print and that individual articles are still available online, whether in open access or at least through a publisher’s website, correcting any spelling or punctuation errors in my original notes – takes a lot of time. So, In the interests of speeding up this process, I will try a new approach – of spreading these lists over several posts. Of course, once each annual list is complete, it will be added to the Bibliographies section for permanent archiving as well.

English-language academic publications on anime and manga: 2008, Part 1 – Journal articles


The list of academic articles on Japanese animation (anime) and manga (comics) published in English in 2008 consists of 71 items. These range widely, from straightforward studies of particular aspects of Japanese culture or society as depicted in anime/manga (“Girls return home: Portrayal of femininity in popular Japanese girls’ manga and anime texts during the 1990s in Hana yori Dango and Fruits Basket“; “‘In the way of the samurai:’ Difference and connection in Samurai Champloo“; “Men under pressure: Representations of the ‘salaryman’ and his organization in Japanese manga”),  to studies on the use of anime in educational settings, to discussions of how audiences around the world engage with and respond to anime/manga. Although the majority of them were published in peer-reviewed/scholarly journals, I have also chosen to include a few that were written by academic authors, but appeared in newsletters or specialized publications aimed at both scholars and professionals. In addition, several of the articles on this list are in languages other than English, but have an official English title, and an English-language abstract.


These 71 articles appeared across 53 different academic publications. 10 journals published more than one article (for a total of 26 articles, 37% of the total), and the top 2 journals published 9 articles (13% of the total).

International Journal of Comic Art: 5
Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal: 4
Animation Studies: 3
ASIFA Magazine: 3
Critique Internationale: 3
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus: 2
Education About Asia: 2
International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations: 2
International Journal of the Humanities: 2
Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique: 2

45 other journals published only one article each.

By subject, 13 articles (18%) of the total appeared in Asian/East Asian/Japanese Studies journals, 11 (15%) in animation studies journals, 5 (7%) in comics studies journals, 2 (3%) in film studies journals, 7 (10%) in journals on the humanities broadly defined, including languages and literatures, and 32 (45%) in journals in other subject fields and interdisciplinary journals.

At least 29 articles (41%) are currently available in open access, whether as part of a journal that does not charge access/subscription fees, or through an institutional repository.

[Note – these numbers do not include 4 articles published in the Women and Cartooning: A Global Symposium special section of the International Journal of Comic Art, 10(2)]


Adams, Jeff. The pedagogy of the image text: Nakazawa, Sebald and Spiegelman recount social traumas. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 29(1), 35-49.
[Barefoot Gen]

Allen, Kate, & Ingulsrud, John. Strategies used by children when reading manga. The Journal of Kanda University of International Studies, 20, 23-41.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Allison, Anne. J-cool and the global imagination. Critique Internationale, 38, 19-35.
[article in French, abstract in English]

Ando, Satoshi. Regaining continuity with the past: Spirited Away and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 46(1), 23-29.

Asai, Motofume. Barefoot Gen, Japan, and I: The Hiroshima legacy: An Interview with Nakazawa Keiji. International Journal of Comic Art, 10(2), 308-327.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ashby, Madeleine. Ownership, authority, and the body: Does antifanfic sentiment reflect posthuman anxiety? Transformative Works and Cultures, 1.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Bouissou, Jean-Marie. Why has manga become a global cultural product? Eurozine.
[originally published in French in Esprit, 246, 42-55, as Pourquoi le manga est-il devenu un produit culturel global?]

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Brockmann, Madalina. Metamorphosis and identity: Psychoanalytical notes to Miyazaki’s Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Media Observations.

Bryant, Mark. Banzai! Cartoons of the Great East Asia War. History Today, 58(1), 60-61.

Bryce, Mio. White wings and black wings: ambiguous dichotomy in manga and anime. The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, 7(6), 295-302.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Bryce, Mio, Davis, Jason, & Barber, Christie. The cultural biographies and social lives of manga: Lessons from the mangaverseSCAN: Journal of Media Arts Culture5(2).

Caffrey, Colm. Viewer perception of visual nonverbal cues in subtitled TV anime. European Journal of English Studies, 12(2), 163-178.

Chappuis, Romain. Japaneseness according to Joan of Arc: Western myths and narratives in manga and anime. Critique Internationale, 38, 55-72.
[article in French, abstract in English]

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Choo, Kukhee. Girls return home: Portrayal of femininity in popular Japanese girls’ manga and anime texts during the 1990s in Hana yori Dango and Fruits Basket. Women: A Cultural Review, 19(3), 275-296.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Cubbison, Laurie. Not just for children’s television: Anime and the changing editing practices of American television networks. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 8(2).

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Curti, Giorgio Hadi. The ghost in the city and a landscape of life: A reading of difference in Shirow and Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 26(1), 87-106.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Daniels, Joshua M. “Lost in translation”: Anime, moral rights, and market failureBoston University Law Review88(3), 709-744.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Davis, Jason, & Bryce, Mio. I love you as you are: Marriages between different kinds. The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, 7(6), 201-210.

Dennison, Rayna. Star-spangled Ghibli: Star voices in the American versions of Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(2), 129-146.

Doi, Nobuaki. A trembling and shivering world: Koji Yamamura’s Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor. ASIFA Magazine, 21(2), 22-23.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Donovan, Maureen. Analyzing the appeal of manga: Teaching information literacy skills through Japanese popular culture. Education About Asia, 13(3), 62-68.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Fitzgerald, Amy. “In the way of the samurai:” Difference and connection in Samurai Champloo. Virgnia Review of Asian Studies, 10, 171-184.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Gan, Sheuo Hui. The newly developed form of ganime and its relation to selective animation for adults in Japan. Animation Studies, 3, 6-17.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Goto-Jones, Christopher. From science-fictional Japan to Japanese science fiction. IIAS Newsletter, 47, 14-15.

Hanabusa, Miyuki. Reading dual meanings of power on young women’s bodies: The representation of cosmetic surgery in Japanese manga. International Research in Children’s Literature, 1(1), 82-98.

Holmberg, Ryan. Let we go: An interview with Hiroki Otsuka. International Journal of Comic Art, 10(1), 200-217.

Ito, Kinko, & Musgrove, Charles. China in Japanese manga: A not so funny controversy? Japan Studies Review, 12, 37-50.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ivins-Hulley, Laura. The ontology of performance in stop animation: Kawamoto’s House of Flame and Švankmajer’s The Fall of the House of Usher. Animation Studies, 3, 60-66.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Iwabuchi, Koichi. Leaving aside “Cool Japan”…Things we’ve got to discuss about media and cultural globalization. Critique Internationale, 38, 37-53.
[article in French, abstract in English]

Iwasaki, Minoru, & Richter, Steffi. The topology of post-1990s historical revisionismPositions: East Asia Cultures Critique16(3), 507-538.

Kamrowska, Agnieszka. Children of the apocalypse: The atom bomb trauma as a theme in Japanese anime. Kwartalnik Filmowy, 61, 112-122.
[article in Polish, abstract in English]
[Barefoot Gen, Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade]

Khattab, Umi, & Tong, Gin Chee. Anime in Asia: Why not Japanese?: Rethinking the local-global cultural nexus. Mass Communicator: International Journal of Communication Studies, 2(4), 4-13.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Kim, Eunjung, & Jarman, Michelle. Modernity’s rescue mission: Postcolonial transactions of disability and sexuality. Canadian Journal of Film Studies,17(1), 52-68.
[Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke]

Knobel, Michele, & Lankshear, Colin. Remix: The art and craft of endless hybridization. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(1), 22-33.

Lamarre, Thomas. Animation studies. The Semiotic Review of Books, 17(3), 1-6.

Lamarre, Thomas. Born of struggle: Akira and postcapitalist modes of destruction. Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 16(1), 131-156.

Lent, John. Asian animation and its search for national identity and global markets 1995-2007: 1. ASIFA Magazine, 21(1), 31-41.

Lent, John. Asian animation and its search for national identity and global markets 1995-2007: 2. ASIFA Magazine, 21(2), 34-40.

Litten, Freddy. The animation market in Japan. Japan Actuell – Journal of Current Japanese Affairs, 17(4), 87-103.
[article in German, abstract in English]

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Lorenzo Hernandez, Maria. Visions of a future past: Ulysses 31, a televised re-interpretation of Homer’s classic myth. Animation Studies, 3, 33-41.

Lu, Amy Shirong. The many faces of internationalization in Japanese anime. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(2), 169-187.

Matanle, Peter, McCann, Leo, & Ashmore, Darren. Men under pressure: Representations of the ‘salaryman’ and his organization in Japanese manga. Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society, 15(5), 639-664.

Mattar, Yasser. Perceptions and (re)presentations of familiarity and foreignness: The cultural politics of translation in the subtitling of Japanese animation by fans. Leisure/Loisir, 32(2), 353-378.

McCrea, Christian. Explosive, expulsive, extraordinary: The dimensional excess of animated bodies. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(1), 9-24.

Miller, Gerard. “To shift to a higher structure”: Desire, diembodiment, and evolution in the anime of Otomo, Ishii, and Anno. Intertexts: A Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection, 12(2), 146-166.

Miller, Laura. Japan’s Cinderella motif: Beauty industry and mass culture interpretations of a popular iconAsian Studies Review32(3), 393-409.

Miyake, Lynne K. Graphically speaking: Manga versions of The Tale of Genji. Monumenta Nipponica, 63(2), 359-392.

Munson, Todd S. Dangerous! China and xenophobic comics in contemporary Japan. International Journal of Comic Art10(1), 155-173.

Myklebost, Sven-Arne. Rebuilding Shakespeare: Manga. American, British and Canadian Studies, 11, 33-48.

Noda, Nathaniel T. When holding on means letting go: Why fair use should extend to fan-based activities. University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, 5, 64-108.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Okamoto, Takeshi. Discussion about method for investigation of pilgrims’ behavior in “Sacred place for anime fans”: Validity of “pilgrimage note analysis”. Advanced Tourism Studies, 2, 1-13.
[article in Japanese, abstract in English]

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Okayama, Emiko, & Ricatti, Francesco. Tokidoki, cute and sexy fantasies between East and West: Contemporary aesthetics for the global market. PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 5(2).

Otmazgin, Nissim Kadosh. Contesting soft power: Japanese popular culture in East and Southeast Asia. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 8(1), 73-101.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Pagliassotti, Dru. Reading Boys’ love in the West. Patricip@ations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 5(1).

Penney, Matthew. Far from oblivion: The Nanking Massacre in Japanese historical writing for children and young adults. Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 22(1), 25-48.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Penney, Matthew. War and Japan: The non-fiction manga of Mizuki Shigeru. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Penney, Mattherw, & Wakefield, Bryce. Right angles: Examining accounts of Japanese neo-nationalismPacific Affairs: An International Review of Asia and the Pacific81(4), 537-559.

Perper, Timothy, & Cornog, Martha. “Never said I was a boy”: Utena, Arita Forland, and the (non) phallic woman. International Journal of Comic Art, 10(2), 328-353.

Poitras, Gilles. What is manga? Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, 36(3), 49.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Rivera, Renato. The popularisation of geek culture, and the marginalisation of otaku culture. Journal of Kyoto Seika University, 34, 122-140.

Rosenbaum, Roman. Mizuki Shigeru’s Pacific War. International Journal of Comic Art, 10(2), 354-379.

Ruddell, Caroline. From the ‘cinematic’ to the ‘anime-ic’: Issues of movement in anime. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3(2), 113-128.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Russell, Keith. The glimpse and fan service. International Journal of the Humanities, 6(5), 105-110.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Sakamoto, Rumi. “Will you go to war? Or will you stop being Japanese?” Nationalism and history in Kobayashi Yoshinori’s Sensoron (revised version). The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

Sorensen, Lars-Martin. Animated animism – the global ways of Japan’s national spirits. Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies Yearbook, 6(1), 181-196.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Stockrocki, Mary L., & Delahunt, Michael. Empowering elementary students’ ecological thinking through discussing the anime Nausicaa and constructing super bugs. Journal for Learning through the Arts, 4(1).

Than, Thy. Nature and man reflected in animation. Animatrix: A Journal of the UCLA Animation Workshop, 16, 55-62.

Toyoshima, Noboru. Longing for Japan: The consumption of Japanese cultural products in Thailand. Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, 23(2), 252-282.

Tranter, Nicolas. Nonconventional script choice in Japan. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 192, 133-151.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Tsutsui, William M. Nerd nation: Otaku and youth subcultures in contemporary Japan. Education About Asia, 13(3), 12-18.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Yamamura, Takayoshi. Study of birth and development of “sacred place for anime fans” – Discussion of tourist promotions based on animated work “Lucky Star” focused on Washimiya, Saitama Prefecture. The Journal of International Media, Communication and Tourism Studies, 7, 145-164.
[article in Japanese, abstract in English]

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