The work that I do to promote anime and manga studies as an academic field and facilitate its growth and development includes several different projects – this site, the Anime and Manga Research Circle Mailing List, convention panels, of course, the Academic Program at Anime Expo. But, the one project that I focus on the most is a comprehensive bibliography of English-language academic publications on anime/manga – the Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies. Currently, it exists in the form of a set of lists covering such publications going back to 1977 – the year the first article on Japanese comics that I am aware of appeared in an English-language academic journal. My eventual goal is to use these lists to develop a searchable database that would be similar, at least conceptually, to the Bibliography of Asian Studies and the Bonn Online Bibliography for Comics Research – even if significantly more narrow in its scope. But for now, as every new year starts, I begin the process of compiling that year’s annual list.
The tools and techniques that I use remain fairly consistent over the years. On a regular basis, I search general academic databases – Academic One File (Gale), Academic Search Premier (EBSCO), and the ProQuest Research Library, and more specialized ones (some of these include: Bibliography of Asian Studies – already mentioned above, FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals, Film & Television Literature Index, MLA International Bibliography, Performing Arts Periodicals Database, Screen Studies Collection), as well as Google Scholar/Microsoft Academic. I also review the tables of contents of new issues of journals that are likely to publish academic papers on anime/manga, and, not infrequently, have authors alert me to new work that they have published. And, just a few weeks into 2017, I am already able to present this year’s edition of the Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies – certainly a work in progress, but a start!
English-language books, book chapters, academic journal articles on anime/manga – 2017
[As I mentioned, the entries in this list are limited to academic publications – books, book chapters and journal articles, on anime/manga and related topics. I specifically do not include blog posts or newspaper/magazine pieces. And of course, the decision whether or not a particular publication qualifies for inclusion is subjective. Finally, the date that “counts” for inclusion is the copyright date that actually appears in a book or the cover date of a particular journal issue, not the actual date when the book or issue became available.
This list will be permanently archived in the Bibliographies section of this site, and I will continue to add new items to it as become aware of them.]
Freedman, Alisa, & Slade, Toby (Eds.), Introducing Japanese popular culture. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
McLelland, Mark (Ed.). The end of Cool Japan: Ethical, legal, and cultural challenges to Japanese popular culture. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Buljan, Katharine. Spirituality-struck: Anime and religiou-spiritual devotional practices.
In Carole M. Cusack & Pavol Kosnac, Fiction, invention and hyper-reality: From popular culture to religion (pp. 101-118). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Hayashi, Naoto, & Yamada, Masashi. A perceptual study of robot design in the Japanese robot anime series, “Mobile Suit Gundam”.
In WongJoo Chun & Cliff Sungsoo Shin (Eds.), Advances in affective and pleasurable design (pp. 139-145). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.
Kern, Adam L. East Asian comix: Intermingling Japanese manga and Euro-American comics.
In Frank Bramlett, Roy T. Cook, & Aaron Meskin (Eds.), The Routledge companion to comics (pp. 106-115). New York: Routledge.
Nakamura, Konoyu. Archetypal images in Japanese anime: Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers).
In Elizabeth Brodersen & Michael Glock (Eds.), Jungian perspectives on rebirth and renewal: Phoenix rising (pp. 207-218). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Oosawa, Shizuka, & Yamada, Masashi. Impression of characters in the Japanese magical girl metaseries “Pretty Cure”.
In WongJoo Chun & Cliff Sungsoo Shin (Eds.), Advances in affective and pleasurable design (pp. 165-170). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.
Yagi, Chiemi, & Pierce, Philip L. Imagination, anime, and Japanese tourism abroad.
In Philip L. Pearce & Mao-Ying Wu (Eds.) The world meets Asian tourists (pp. 267-286). Bingley, UK: Emerald.
Hills, Matt. Transnational cult and/as neoliberalism: The liminal economies of anime fansubbers. Transnational Cinemas, 8(1), 80-94.
Ishigami, Akiko, et al. Delivering knowledge of stroke to parents through their children using a manga for stroke education in elementary school. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 26(2), 431-437.
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Lefevre, Pascal. What if the Japanese could alter WW2? – A case study of Kawaguchi’s manga series Zipang. Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art, 3(1), 3-27.
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Li, Carl K. How does the radiation make you feel? The emotional criticism of nuclear power in the science fiction manga Coppelion. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 8(1), 33-45.
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Wang, Shujen. The cloud, online piracy, and global copyright governance. International Journal of Cultural Studies (forthcoming).