This Bibliography is updated continuously/on a rolling basis. Suggestions for additional items to include are always very much welcome!

Updated: May 18, 2022.


Exner, Eike. Comics and the Origins of Manga: A Revisionist History. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Ichikohji, Takeyasu. A Development Strategy for Hybrid Products: The Case of the Japanese Animation Industry. Singapore: Spinger Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Scally, Deborah. Miyazaki and the Hero’s Journey. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

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Stewart, Ronald & Suzuki, Shige. Manga: A Critical Guide. New York: Bloomsbury (forthcoming).

Essay Collections

Christian Cotton & Andrew M. Winters (eds.). Neon Genesis Evangelion and Philosophy: That Syncing Feeling. Peru, IL: Carus Books.

Marco Pellitteri & Heung-Wah Wong (eds.). Japanese Animation in Asia: Transnational Industry, Audiences, and Success. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Bunyavejchewin, Poowin. The queer if limited effects of Boys Love manga fandom in Thailand.
In James Welker (ed.). Queer transfigurations: Boys Love media in Asia (pp. 181-193). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Cornyetz, Nina. Queer time in Summer Vacation 1999.
In David Desser (ed). A companion to Japanese cinema (pp. 369-381). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

van der Does, Luli. The sense of belonging created by In This Corner of the World.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 100-105). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Freedman, Alisa. Down in the dumps: Tokyo wastelands and marginalized groups in Japanese film and anime.
In Jennifer Coates & Eyal Ben-Ari (eds.). Japanese visual media: Politicizing the screen (pp. 97-117). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Tokyo Godfathers]

Fukuura, Atsuko, & Be-Ari, Eyal. The Japanese self-defense forces and cinematic production: Resonance and reverberation in he normalization of organized state violence.
In Jennifer Coates & Eyal Ben-Ari (eds.). Japanese visual media: Politicizing the screen (pp. 161-179). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Galbraith, Patrick W. The Evangelion boom: On the explosion of fan markets and lifestyles in Heisei Japan.
In Noriko Murai, Jeff Kingston, & Tina Burrett (eds.). Japan in the Heisei Era (1989-2019): Multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 234-244). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Gere, Charlie. Cute, otaku, and posthuman aesthetics.
In Stefan Herbrechter, et al. (eds.). Palgrave handbook of critical posthumanism. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gomes, Miguel Ramalhete. Comics, manga and graphic novels.
In Peter Marks, Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor, & Fatima Vieira (eds.). The Palgrave handbook of utopian and dystopian literatures (pp. 243-254). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gough, Simon. Japan’s Joan of Arc: Deterritorializing the Maid of Orleans through manga.
In Dorian Alexander, Michael Goodrum, & Philip Smith (eds.). Drawing the past, Volume II: Comics and the historical imagination in the world (pp. 280-296). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Gutiérrez, Camila. Boys Love in Latin America: The migration of aesthetics in contemporary graphic narrative.
In James Hodapp (ed.). Graphic novels and comics as world literature (pp. 75-96). New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Hirano, Kyoko. Cinema’s uneasy social critique: The Heisei Era onscreen.
In Noriko Murai, Jeff Kingston, & Tina Burrett (eds.). Japan in the Heisei Era (1989-2019): Multidisciplinary perspectives (pp. 272-284). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[In This Corner of the World]

Jang, Kyungjae. Kantai Collection and enternmentization of the Second World War.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 125-129). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Jang, Kyungjae. The Mongol invasions of Japan and Tsushima tourism.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan  (pp. 27-31). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Angolmois: Record of Mongol Invasion]

Koarai, Ryo, & Yamamura, Takayoshi. Fantasy wars and their real-life inspirations: Tourism and international conflicts caused by Attack on Titan.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 140-144). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Koarai, Ryo. Hokkaido as imperial acquisition and the Ainu in popular culture and tourism.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 73-77). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Golden Kamuy]

Leskosky, Richard J. Shapeshifting in anime: Form and meaning.
In David Desser (ed). A companion to Japanese cinema (pp. 247-268). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Montero-Plata, Laura, & Pruvost-Delaspre, Marie. Shaping the anime industry: Second generation pioneers and the emergence of the studio system.
In David Desser (ed). A companion to Japanese cinema (pp. 215-246). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Peer, Ayelet. Adam the Alien, Eve the Robot: The reinterpretation of Adam, Eve, Prometheus and Pandora in Japanese manga and anime.
In Lisa Maurice & Tovi Bibring (eds.). Gender, creation, myths and their reception in Western civilization: Prometheus, Pandora, Adam and Eve (pp. 207-218). London: Bloomsbury. 

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Rouse, Lauren. Voltron: Legendary Defender and compulsory able-bodiedness.
In Micky Lee, Frank Rudy Cooper, & Patricia Reeve (eds.). Dis/ability in media, law, and history: Intersectional, embodied, and socially constructed? (pp. 150-161) 

Santos, Kristine Michelle. Glocalization of Boys Love dojinshi in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Australia.
In James Welker (ed.). Queer transfigurations: Boys Love media in Asia (pp. 227-242). Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. 

Sugawa-Shimada, Akiko. History girls and women’s war-related contents tourism.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 37-41). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Mirage of Blaze; Sengoku Basara]

Sugawa-Shimada, Akiko. Theatre (contents) tourism and war as a backdrop to romance.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 88-92). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Haikara-san ga Tooru; Rurouni Kenshin]

Tajima, Norio, et al. Cultural events and Japanese pop culture in Europe: The case of the Japan Expo in France.
In Elisa Salvador & Jesper Standgaard Pedersend (eds). Managing cultural festivals: Tradition and innovation in Europe (pp. 232-249). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Thomas, Tracey. The fate of Artoria: Contextually exploring gender, character, and conflict in Fate/Zero.
In Susan L. Austin (ed.). Arthurian legend in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (pp. 35-52). Wilmington, DE: Vernon Press.

Walley, Glynne. Grass booklets and the roots of manga: Comic books in the Tokugawa period.
In Gary P. Leupp & De-Min Tao (eds.). The Tokugawa world (pp. 705-729). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Wang, Qiaodan, & Seaton, Philip. The war metaphors underpinning Mizuki Shigeru’s yokai tourism.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 130-134). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Yamamura, Takayoshi. Travelling Grave of the Fireflies: The gap between creators’ intentions and audiences’/tourists’ interpretations.
In Takayoshi Yamamura & Philip Seaton (eds.). War as entertainment and contents tourism in Japan (pp. 106-110). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Zeng, Chengyan. Living in a virtual reality: Anime and manga fandom.
In  Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (ed.). Research anthology on fandoms, online social communities, and pop culture (pp. 101-110). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Journal Special / Theme Issues

Mechademia: Second Arc

Volume 14, Number 2 (Spring 2022) – New Formulations of the Otaku

Journal Articles

Abulí Federico, Ivette. Beyond witches, mothers or wives: On the power of feminist narratives and historical memory in mangaCompas d’Amalgalma, 5, 27-33.
[In This Corner of the World]

Afanasov, Nikolai B. Cyberfeminism as science fiction. Drawn in Japan. Galactaca Media: Journal of Media Studies, 4(1). 71-95.
[article in Russian, abstract in English – Akira; Ghost in the Shell; Serial Experiments Lain]

dit Alban, Edmond Ernest. I also eat the straights: Male heterosexual fandoms writing LGBTQ+ media history in Japan. Transformative Works & Cultures, 37.

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Allen, Matthew. Robots, kamikaze and war memory: How a children’s comic can help us rethink postmemory in postwar JapanThe Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus20(10), article 7.

Andersson, Karl. I am not alone – we are all alone: Using masturbation as an ethnographic method in research on shota subculture in Japan. Qualitative Research (forthcoming).

Andrews, Dale K. To be seen, not just read: Script use on the votive prayer tablets of anime, manga, and game fansJapanese Studies, 42(1), 81-102.

Arivett, Erika. Year of the cat: Abuse, healing, and intergenerational trauma in Natsuki Takaya’s Fruits BasketThe Journal of Popular Culture, 55(2), 476-497.

Bai, Meijiadai. Regulation of pornography and criminalization of BL readers and authors in contemporary China (2010-2019). Cultural Studies, 36(2), 279-310.

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Barratt-Peacock, Ruth. Aspirational cosmopolitanism in classical music anime: Adapting Romantic legacies in Forest of PianoEast Asian Journal of Popular Culture8(1), 9-26.

Brett, Noel. Why do we only get anime girl avatars? Collective white heteronormative avatar design in livestreamsTelevision & New Media (forthcoming).

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Brummer, Matthew, & Oren, Eitan. “We must protect this peace with our hands”: Strategic culture and Japan’s use of force in international disputes as depicted in Ministry of Defense manga promotional materialsJournal of Advanced Military Studies, 13, 88-111.

Chow, Yean Fun. A social semiotic analysis of ateji translation in mangaSocial Semiotics (forthcoming).

Dalton, Emma. Women as helpmates: The Japanese Self-Defense Forces and gender. Critical Military Studies8(1), 39-59.

Furuhata, Yukiro. Weathering with You: Mythical time and the paradox of the anthropoceneRepresentations157(1), 68-89.

Gough, Simon, Gough, Noel, & Gough, Annette. Cyborg, goddess, or magical girl/heavenly woman: Rethinking gender and technology in science education via Ghost in the Shell. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (forthcoming). 

Hsu, Iju, & Chiang, Wen-Yu. ‘Seeing’ music from manga: Visualising music with embodied mechanisms of musical experienceVisual Communication (forthcoming).

Licari-Guillaume, Isabelle. Two distant soils: Colleen Doran’s authorial journey. New Readings, 18, 14-29.

Liu, Shang, Lai, Dan, & Li, Zhiyong. The identity construction of Chinese anime pilgrimsAnnals of Tourism Research (forthcoming).

Liu, Tianjian, Liu, Sijun, & Rahman, Imran. International anime tourists’ experiences: A netnography of popular Japanese anime tourism destinations. Asian Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 27(2), 135-156.

Madill, Anna, & Yao, Zhao. Are female paraphilias hiding in plain sight?: Risque male-male erotica for women in Sinophone and Anglophone regions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 51(3), 897-910.

Mastracci, Sharon, & Sementelli, Arthur J. Neutrality narratives, gender, and fear of cuckoldry in public administrationOrganization (forthcoming).
[Inuyasha; Rurouni Kenshin]

Monden, Masafumi. Midnight Cinderella: Amoral shojo (girl) and Japanese girl cultureThe Journal of Popular Culture, 55(2), 454-475.

Mori, Hiroaki. The power of anime: A new driver of volunteer tourismTourism and Hospitality3(2), 330-344.

Muguruza, Benat, & Bereziartua, Garbine. Dragon Ball on the Basque public TV: Influence on viewers’ language attitudes and practicesJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (forthcoming).

Osenton, Sara. Recasting the body: Self-production of Japanese disabled veterans’ imageAsian Studies Review (forthcoming).

Papastavros, Vanessa. Miyazaki’s monstrous mother: A study of Yubaba in Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. Feminist Media Studies (forthcoming).

Park, J.I., Blomkvist, A., & Mahmut, M.K. The differentiation between consumers of hentai pornography and human pornographySexologies (forthcoming).

Perez, Alexandria. Male and female interactions: A multimodal analysis of shonen manga. Montana English Journal, 43, article 6.

Pyun, Kyunghee. Girls in sailor suits: Constructing soft power in Japanese cultural diplomacy. Global Perspectives on Japan, 5, 21-45

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van Rensburg, Elizabeth, & Smit, Mathilda. The Alps, anime and Afrikaans: “Heidi” as transnational text and culture productTydskrif vir Letterkunde59(1), 38-51.
[article in Afrikaans, abstract in English]

Rudes, Jillian. A school librarian’s journey through manga collection development. Knowledge Quest, 50(4), 36-41.

Sanders, Lisa. Subtitling, semiotics and Spirited Away. Journal of Audiovisual Translation, 5(1), 1-21

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Seko, Yukari, & Kikuchi, Minako. Mentally ill and cute as hell: Menhera girls and portrayals of self-injury in Japanese popular cultureFrontiers in Communication, 7.

Shintaku, Kayo. Self-directed learning with anime: A case of Japanese language and cultureForeign Language Annals, 55(1), 283-308.

Sly, Cathy. Guide to a better understanding and appreciation of manga texts. Scan: The Journal for Educators, 41(1), 12-20.

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Tango, Koya, Katsurai, Marie, Maki, Hayato, & Goto, Ryosuke. Anime-to-real clothing: Cosplay costume generation via image-to-image translationMultimedia Tools & Applications (forthcoming).

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Veeramuthu, Saravanan P., & Ganapathy, Malini. An innovative teaching tool: Manga for KOMSAS’ prose comprehension. International Journal of English Language and Literature Studies, 11(1), 1-15.

Wipfi, Heather Lynn, et al. Vaping and anime: A growing area of concernTobacco Control (forthcoming).

Yoshihara, Yukari. Shakespeare in Japanese pop culture: Focusing on manga as an intercultural collaboration genre. INContext: Studies in Translation and Interculturalism, 2(1), 167-182.

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Walker, Seth. Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, canonical authority, and remix theory in the study of religionJournal of the American Academy of Religion (forthcoming).


Natsume, Fusanosuke. The power of onomatopoeia in mangaJapanese Language and Literature, 56(1), 157-184.
[Translated and with an introduction by Jon Holt and Teppei Fukuda. Originally, Chapter 8 in Manga .wa naze omoshiroi no ka: sono hyōgen to bunpō. Tokyo: NHK Press, 1997]

Yomota, Ikuhiko. The problems of onomatopoeia in manga. Multimodal Communication (forthcoming).
Translated by Jon Holt and Karen Kurtin. Originally, Chapters in Manga genron. Tokyo, 1994]