From Akira to HowlIf, as I already noted, “2006 marked the point when the academic study of Japanese animation and Japanese comics could really be thought of as a discreet academic field or area”, 2005 was the concluding year of the period during which anime/manga studies developed into a field (this period, in turn, began in 2001, with the publication by Palgrave Macmillan of Susan J. Napier’s Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation, the first English-language academic monograph on Japanese animation). In fact, it was during 2005 that Napier updated her book to respond to developments such as the 2003 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar going to Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, and the explosive growth of the American anime and manga industries.

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Napier, Susan J. Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing contemporary Japanese animation, Updated edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters
(Total published: 16)

Bolton, Christopher. Anime horror and its audience: 3×3 Eyes and Vampire Princess Miyu. In Jay McRoy (Ed.), Japanese horror cinema (pp. 66-76). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Bryce, Mio. ‘School’ in Japanese children’s lives as depicted in manga. In AARE 2004 Conference Papers. Melbourne: Australia: Australian Association for Research in Education.

Cheu, Hoi F. Imported girl fighters: Ripeness and leakage in Sailor Moon. In Claudia Mitchell & Jacqueline Reid-Walsh (Eds.), Seven going on seventeen: Tween studies in the culture of girlhood (pp. 294-310). New York: Peter Lang.

Gregson, Kimberly S. What if the lead character looks like me? Girl fans of shoujo anime and their web sites. In Sharon R. Mazzarella (Ed.), Girl wide web: Girls, the Internet, and the negotiation of identity (pp. 121-140). New York: Peter Lang.

Ito, Mizuko. Intertextual enterprises: Writing alternative places and meanings in the mixed media networks of Yugioh. In Deborah Battaglia (Ed.), E.T. culture: Anthropology in outerspaces (pp. 180-199). Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Ito, Mizuko. Otaku media literacy. In A global imperative: The report of the 21st Century Media Literacy Summit (p. 10). Austin, TX: The New Media Consortium.

Jones, Gretchen I. Bad girls like to watch: Writing and reading ladies’ comics. In Laura Miller & Jan Bardsley (Eds.), Bad girls of Japan (pp. 97-110). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Mikhailova, Yulia, & Torchinov, Evgenii. Images at an impasse: Anime and manga in contemporary Russia. In Yulia Mikhailova & M. William Steele (Eds.), Japan and Russia: Three centuries of mutual images (pp. 175-191). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Murakami, Takashi. Earth in my window. In Takashi Murakami (Ed.), Little boy: The arts of Japan’s exploding subculture (pp. 98-148). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Nakazawa, Jun. Development of manga (comic book) literacy in children. In David Shwalb, Jun Nakazawa, & Barbara J. Shwalb (Eds.), Applied developmental psychology: Theory, practice, and research from Japan (pp. 23-42). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Orbaugh, Sharalyn. The genealogy of the cyborg in Japanese popular culture (pp. 55-72). In Wong Kin Yuen, Gary Westfahl, & Amy Kit-sze Chan (Eds.), World weavers: Globalization, science fiction, and the cybernetic revolution (pp. 55-71). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Penney, Matthew. Rising Sun, Iron Cross: Military Germany in Japanese popular culture. In Annette Schad-Seifert & Gabriele Vogt (Eds.), Deutschland in Japan (pp. 165-187). Munich: Iudicum Verlag.

Riley, Yoko. Difference in the “starting point” in Japanese manga. In Joseph F. Kess & Helen Lansdowne (Eds.), Why Japan matters! (pp. 370-375). Victoria, Canada: Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives.

Sanders, Leonard. Virtual ephemeralities: Idoru and Evangelion, popular visual cultures in Japan. In Martin Heusser, Michele Hannoosh, Eric Haskell, Leo Hoek, David Scott, & Peter de Voogd (Eds.), On verbal/visual representation (pp. 137-149). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Wright, Lucy. Transcendental style in ‘Ghost in the Shell’. In Papers from the Trans-Tasman Research Symposium, ‘Emerging Research in Media, Religion and Culture’ (pp. 100-106). Melbourne, Australia: RMIT Publishing.

Yoshida, Kaori. Blooming female anime heroes on North American soil: The role of Japan’s soft power in culture globalization. In Joseph F. Kess & Helen Lansdowne (Eds.), Why Japan matters! (pp. 376-390). Victoria, Canada: Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives.

Articles in Academic Journals and Other Periodicals

There were a total of 48 articles on anime/manga and related topics published in a total of 42 academic and specialized journals in 2005. Only 2 journals (6%) of the total had more than one article – the International Journal of Comic Art, with 6 (13%) and The Japan Journal, with 2 (4%). 40 journals published only a single article.

The 6 International Journal of Comic Art articles also represented the single greatest concentration of articles by subject. 5 articles appeared in film/video/television studies journals (including Film Criticism, Film Quarterly, Sight & Sound: The International Film Magazine, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, and The Velvet Light Trap), 4 in journals on Asian/East Asian/Japanese Studies, 2 in journals on languages, literature and the humanities broadly defined, and one in an animation studies journal. The remaining 30 articles were published in journals in other disciplines/fields/subjects – although several of these could also be potentially grouped into several discrete areas, including education, law, and religion.

9 articles (19%) appeared in journals published by major commercial/for-profit publishers: Taylor & Francis (3), Wiley (2), and BMJ, Common Ground, Elsevier, and Sage (1 each).

18 articles (38%) are currently available in open access, either through direct publication in OA journals, or through institutional repositories.

Allen, Kate, & Ingulsrud, John E. Reading manga: Patterns of personal literacies among adolescents. Language and Education, 19(4), 265-280.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Allison, Brent. Fans, copyright, and subcultural change: A review of Sean Leonard’s “Progress against the law”. Synoptique, 10.

Balnaves, Mark, & Tomlinson-Baillie, Kim. ‘They are simply not worth it’: The global games market, media liminality, and the manga revolution. Australian Journal of Communication, 32(3), 63-75.

Birenz, Jerry. Ruminations on the state of copyright. Communications Lawyer: The Journal of Media, Information and Communications Law, 23(2), 2, 18-20.

Black, Rebecca W. Access and affiliation: The literacy and composition practices of English-language learners in an online fanfiction community. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 49(2), 118-128.

Black, Rebecca W. Online fanfiction: What technology and culture can teach us about writing and literacy instruction. New Horizons for Learning Online Journal11(2).

Bukram, Anita L. Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. The Horn Book Magazine, 81(5), 553-557.

Calazans, Flavio Mario de Alcantra. From the “Cricket” (Grillo) to the Cockroach “Barata”: Visual poetics in the Brazilian comics (European BD + Japanese manga and USA underground comix). International Journal of Comic Art, 7(2), 321-339.

Condry, Ian. Must-download TV and “Cool Japan”. Anthropology News, 46(1), 53.

Cornog, Martha, & Perper, Timothy. Non-Western sexuality comes to the U.S.: A crash course in manga and anime for sexologists. Contemporary Sexuality: The International Resource for Educators, Researchers & Therapists39(3), 1, 4-6.

Cortez, Marisol. Environmentalism without guarantees: The spectral and scatological politics of displacement in Miyazaki Hayao’s Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi. Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism, 6(1), 39-49.

Cubbison, Laurie. Anime fans, DVDs, and the authentic text. The Velvet Light Trap, 56, 45-57.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Denison, Rayna. Disembodied stars and the cultural meanings of Princess Mononoke‘s soundscape. Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, 3.

Dunscomb, Paul. Dogs, demons, and Dai-Guard: Protecting the peace of Tokyo in 2030. East West Connections: Review of Asian Studies, 5(1), 15-25.

Filiciak, Miroslaw. Katsuhiro Omoto’s Akira – Japanese animation, global animation. Film Quarterly, 51, 167-181.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Fletcher-Spear, Kristin, Jenson-Benjamin, Merideth, & Copeland, Teresa. The truth about graphic novels: A format, not a genre. The ALAN Review32(2), 37-44.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Fletcher-Spear, Kristin, & Kan, Kat. The anime-ted library. Voice of Youth Advocates, 28(1). Web 1-Web 7.

Fung, Anthony. Hong Kong as the Asian and Chinese distributor of Pokemon. International Journal of Comic Art, 7(1), 432-448.

Greene, David. The need for expert testimony to prove lack of serious artistic value in obscenity cases. Nexus: A Journal of Opinion, 10, 171-178.

Hagiwara, Takao. Globalism and localism in Hayao Miyazakis’ anime. International Journal of the Humanities, 3(9), 7-12.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Hagood, Margaret C. Bodily pleasures and/as the text. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 4(1), 20-39.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Hatcher, Jordan. S. Of otakus and fansubs: A critical look at anime online in light of current issues in copyright law. SCRIPTed: A Journal of Law, Technology & Society, 2(4), 514-542.

Hu, Tze Yue. Japanese independent animation: Fuyu no Hi and its exclusivity. International Journal of Comic Art, 7(1), 389-403.

Ito, Kinko. A history of manga in the context of Japanese culture and society. The Journal of Popular Culture38(3), 456-475.

Johnston, David. Comedy’s use as an aide for melodrama in Japanese animation. Animatrix: A Journal of the UCLA Animation Workshop, 13, 28-36.

Kaori, Shoji. Inside the world of “girl manga”. The Japan Journal, 2(4).

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Kayahara, Matthew. The digital revolution: DVD technology and the possibilities for audiovisual translation studies. JoSTrans: The Journal of Specialized Translation, 3.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Lamarre, Thomas. An introduction to otaku movement. EnterText, 4(1), 151-187.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Leonard, Sean. Celebrating two decades of unlawful progress: Fan distribution, proselytization commons, and the explosive growth of Japanese animation. UCLA Entertainment Law Review, 12(2), 189-265.

Leonard, Sean. Progress against the law: Anime and fandom, with the key to the globalization of culture. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 8(3), 281-205.

Manifold, Marjorie Cohee. Life as theater and theater as life: Art expressions of Information-Age youth. Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education23, 1-16.

Mayumi, Kozo, Solomon, Barry D., & Chang, Jason. The ecological and consumption themes of the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Ecological Economics, 54(4), 1-7.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** McLelland, Mark J. The world of yaoi: The Internet, censorship, and the global “boys’ love” fandom. The Australian Feminist Law Journal, 23, 61-77.

McNicol, Tony. Look forward in manga. The Japan Journal, 2(8), 36-37.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Nakahara, Shinji, Ichikawa, Masao, & Wakai, Sasumu. Smoking scenes in Japanese comics: A preliminary study. Tobacco Control, 14(1), 71.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Napier, Susan J. The problem of existence in Japanese animation. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 149(1), 72-79.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Napier, Susan J. World War II as trauma, memory and fantasy in Japanese animation. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Norris, Craig. Cyborg girls and shape-shifters: The discovery of difference by anime and manga fans in Australia. Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 8.

Ogi, Fusami. Katayori Mitsugu: A pioneer of manga studies in Japan before and after the War. International Journal of Comic Art, 7(2), 216-232.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Osmond, Andrew. Castles in the sky. Sight & Sound: The International Film Magazine, 15(10), 28-31.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ota, Tetsuo. On Princess Mononoke. Obirin Review of International Studies, 17, 7-21.

Park, Jane Chi Hyun. Stylistic crossings: Cyberpunk impulses in anime. World Literature Today, 79(3/4), 60-63.

Park, Jin Kyu. ‘Creating my own cultural and spiritual bubble’: Case of cultural consumption by spiritual seeker anime fans. Culture and Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 6(3), 393-413.

Reider, Noriko T. Spirited Away: Film of the fantastic and evolving Japanese folk symbols. Film Criticism, 29(3), 4-27.

Ruh, Brian. Creating “amateur” manga in the US: Pedagogy, professionalism, and authenticity. International Journal of Comic Art, 7(2), 375-398.

Wang, Qi. Troubled identities at borderland – Fantasy about the past and the future in anime. International Journal of Comic Art, 7(1), 404-421.

Wright, Lucy. Forest spirits, giant insects and world trees: The nature vision of Hayao Miyazaki. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 10.

Wright, Lucy, & Clode, Jerry. The animated worlds of Hayao Miyazaki: Filmic representation of Shinto. Metro Magazine: Media & Education Magazine, 143, 45-51.

Other Publications

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Iles, Timothy. Female voices, male words: Problems of communication, identity and gendered social construction in contemporary Japanese cinemaElectronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Discussion Paper.

McNicol, Tony. Drawing on politics: Cartoons about politics in Japan range from single-frame editorial cartoons to thousands-of-pages-long story “manga”. Japan Media Review.

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