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Updated – September 12, 2023


Clements, Jonathan. Anime: A History, 2nd Edition. London: Bloomsbury.

Denison, Rayna. Studio Ghibli: An Industrial History. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Détrez, Christine, & Vanhée, Olivier. Mangaddicts: French Teenagers and Manga Reading. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Kennell, Amanda. Alice in Japanese Wonderlands: Translation, Adaptation, Mediation. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

Okabe, Mimi. Manga, Murder and Mystery: The Boy Detectives of Japan’s Lost Generation. New York: Bloomsbury.

Pinon, Matthieu, & Lefebvre, Laurent. A History of Modern Manga (1952-2022). San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

Rudes, Jillian. Manga in Libraries: A Guide for Teen Librarians. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

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

Essay Collections

Freedman, Alisa (ed.). Introducing Japanese Popular Culture, 2nd Edition. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Aditia, P., et al. Legends come alive: Preserving the visual idiom based on Osamu Tezuka’s Paidon.
In B. Aulia, et al. (eds.). Embracing the future: Creative industries for environment and Advanced Society 5.0 in a post-pandemic era (pp. 225-229). Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.

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Ahmed, Mohammad Jawed. Analysing usages of conversational Japanese discourse marker ‘tte’: From the perspective of Hindi translation.
In Mohammad Mainuddin & Eijiro Doyama (eds). International exchange in the Age of Society 5.0 (pp. 41-49). Osaka, Japan: International Affairs Office, School of Letters/Graduate School of Humanities, Osaka University.

Baudinette, Thomas. Investigating the activist potentials of “gay manga” in Japan and the Philippines.
In Amy Barrow & Sara Fuller (eds.). Activism and authoritarian governance in Asia (pp. 198-210). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chan, Ko On. From fantasy to trauma: Sound and sex in School Days.
In Lisa Scoggin & Dana Plank (eds.). The intersection of animation, video games, and music: making movement (pp. 120-132). New York: Routledge.

Dabbs, Thomas, Matsuyama, Kyoko, & Enda, Reno. Playing with Shakespeare in Japan.
In Brandon Chua & Elizabeth Ho (eds.). The Routledge companion to global literary adaptation in the twenty-first century (pp. 125-141). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Douglass, Jason Cody, & Denison, Rayna. Looking forward, turning back: Ni no Kuni as a renegotiation of the animēshon concept.
In Lisa Scoggin & Dana Plank (eds.). The intersection of animation, video games, and music: making movement (pp. 188-202). New York: Routledge.

Fuyama, Taruto. The meaning of animating in the digital era: Animation education practice in Japan.
In Aaron D. Knochel & Osamu Sahara (eds.). Global media arts education: Mapping global perspectives of media arts in education (pp. 323-338). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Ghosh, Sambhabi. The grace in failings: Reading failure as success in SKY Castle and Assasination Classroom.
In Shih-Wen Sue Chen & Sin Wen Lau (eds.). Representations of children and success in Asia: Dream chasers (pp. 19-35). Abington, UK. Routledge.

Glasspool, Lucy. Engagements with gender, sexuality, and authenticity in cosplay.
In Sirpa Salenius (ed). Gender in Japanese popular culture (pp. 209-240). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

González, Alba Torrents, & Santanaca, Andreu Ballús. Anime’s thoughts on artificial minds and gendered bodies: From transhumanism to transindividuality.
In Jordi Vallverdú (Ed.). Gender in AI and robotics: The gender challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective (pp. 139-157). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 

Hasimoto, Akiko. Telling stories of war trauma: Japan’s popular manga.
In Tina Burrett & Jeff Kingston (eds). Routledge handbook of trauma in East Asia (pp. 88-97). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Herlands, Jason. Oishinbo and Japanese food cultures.
In Alex Bates (ed.). Teaching postwar Japanese literature (pp. 291-303). New York: Modern Languages Association

Holt, John Patrick. Type five and beyond: Tools to teach manga in the college classroom.
In Jason D. DeHart (ed.). Exploring comics and graphic novels in the classroom (pp. 46-63). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Izumi, Katsuya. Saviours of the world: Impersonality and success in Shinkai Makoto’s animated films.
In Shih-Wen Sue Chen & Sin Wen Lau (eds.). Representations of children and success in Asia: Dream chasers (pp. 202-211). Abington, UK. Routledge.

McNeill, David. Back to the future: Contested wartime trauma in Japanese popular culture.
In Tina Burrett & Jeff Kingston (eds). Routledge handbook of trauma in East Asia (pp. 98-109). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Jocoy, Stacey. Rurouni Kenshin: Anime-driven nostalgia in gaming soundscapes.
In Lisa Scoggin & Dana Plank (eds.). The intersection of animation, video games, and music: making movement (pp. 175-187). New York: Routledge.

King, Emerald L. Creating the body beautiful cosplay: Crossdressing, cosplay, and hyper femininity/hyper masculinity.
In Sirpa Salenius (ed). Gender in Japanese popular culture (pp. 209-240). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

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MacWilliams, Mark W. Manga pilgrimages: Visualizing the sacred / sacralizing the visual in Japanese junrei
In Kees de Groot (ed.). Comics, culture and religion: Faith reimagined. London: Bloomsbury Academic (forthcoming).

Noh, Susan. Crunchyroll: Contested authenticity in the creation of niche brand communities.
In Derek Johnson (ed.). From networks to Netflix: A guide to changing channels, 2nd ed. (pp. 291-300). New York, NY: Routledge.

Nozawa, Emiko. Boys’ Love, transmedia storytelling, and LGBT awareness in contemporary Japan.
In Sirpa Salenius (ed). Gender in Japanese popular culture (pp. 175-207). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Reichert, James. Teaching Boys Love comics.
In Alex Bates (ed.). Teaching postwar Japanese literature (pp. 87-98). New York: Modern Language Association.

Santiago, Jose Andres. Journey to adulthood: Visual representation of a morphing identity in Inio Asano’s Goodnight Punpun.
In María Porras Sánchez & Gerardo Vilches (eds.). Precarious youth in contemporary graphic narratives: Young lives in crisis (pp. 45-59). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. 

Santos, Kristine Michelle L. Independent and safe panels for youths: Queer comics in a time of Southeast Asian populism.
In Shawna Tang & Hendri Yulius Wijaya (eds). Queer Southeast Asia (pp. 161-179). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Smith, Andrew. Horror transformed: Tanabe Gou’s manga adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft.
In John Darowski & Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns (eds.). Critical approaches to horror comic books: Red ink in the gutter (pp. 156-166). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Taylor, Tosha R. Gendered violence and the abject body in in Junji Ito’s Tomie.
In John Darowski & Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns (eds.). Critical approaches to horror comic books: Red ink in the gutter (pp. 78-88). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Ueno, Toshiya. Akira vs Tetsuo: Postmedia chaos as reserve of potentials in Guattarian ecosophy.
In Joff P.N. Bradley, Alex Taek-Gwang Lee, & Manoj N.Y. (eds.). Deleuze, Guattari, and the schizoanalysis of postmedia (pp. 218-234). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Van Engen, Dagmar. Trans/Pacific entanglements: Japanese tentacle porn in American Internet culture.
In Lisa Yaszek, et al., (eds.), The Routledge companion to gender and science fiction (pp. 283-291). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Wald, Anna. Whitewashing and the meme-ability of Scarlett Johansson: Online controversy surrounding the Ghost in the Shell remake.
In Tonny Krijnen, Paul G. Nixon, Michelle D. Ravenscroft  & Cosimo Marco Scarcelli (eds.). Identities and intimacies on social media: Transnational perspectives (pp. 17-31). Abingdon, UK: Routledge .

Wilson, Candice, & Wilson-Bates, Tobias. Gendering through time in Japanese anime: The time-traveling girl.
In Lisa Yaszek, et al., (eds.), The Routledge companion to gender and science fiction (pp. 292-298). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Puella Magi Madoka Magica]

Woodard, Sean. “But illusions don’t kill”: An examination of giallo tropes and gender in Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue.
In Matthew Edwards & Frances Gabriel Pagnoni Berns (eds.). Bloodstained narratives: The giallo film in Italy and abroad (pp. 164-181). Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Yoshioka, Hiroshi. A cultural approach to sex-related disgust: Rethinking shuga and other “perversions” in the 21st century.
In Max Ryynänen, Heidi S. Kosonen, and Susanne C. Ylönen (eds.). 
Cultural approaches to disgust and the visceral (pp. 218-225). New York: Routledge.

Journal Special / Theme Issues

Mechademia: Second Arc

Volume 15, Number 2 (Spring 2023) – 2.5D Culture
Volume 16, Number 1 (Fall 2023) – Media Mix

Journal Articles

Ambrosetti, Nadia. Fighting with rotating blades, boomerangs, and crushing punches: A history of mecha from a robotics point of viewFoundations of Science (forthcoming).

Ameri, Mina, Honka, Elisabeth, & Xie, Ying. From strangers to friends: Tie formations and online activities in an emerging social network. Journal of Marketing Research60(2), 329-354.

Aoyama, Reijiro, & Ng, Royce. Artificial flavors: Nostalgia and the shifting landscapes of production in Sino-Japanese animationCultural Studies (forthcoming).
[Flavors of Youth]

Bates, Alex. Outsiders in disasters: Racism, rumours, and fiction in post-3.11 JapanJapanese Studies43(2), 133-151.
[Japan Sinks 2020]

Biri, Ylva. Affective stance as positioning in an English-speaking online fan communityJournal of Pragmatics215, 70-83.

Breeze, Duncan. From sequel to series: The effects of ‘medium-jumping’ on narrative in Umizaru (2004–2012). Japan Forum, 35(1), 76-97.

Brienza, Casey. The masturbation article affair: Japanese manga, scholarly publishing, and the twenty-first century politics of censorshipPublishing Research Quarterly, 39(2), 132-146.

Bussoletti, Ariana. “Tumblr is dominated by America:” a study of linguistic and cultural differences in Tumblr transnational fandom. The Communication Review, 26(1), 24-41.

Cederblom, Michael L. Attack on antitrust: Preventing a grim future for anime streaming. Hastings Business Law Journal19(1), 59-70.

Cervelli, Filippo. Mindless happiness: Presentism, utopia, and dystopian suspension of thought in Psycho-PassJapan Forum (forthcoming).

Chew, Matthew Mik-tak. Non-digital fan networking: How Japanese animation and comics disseminated in China despite authoritarian deterrenceInternational Journal of Cultural Studies, 26(1), 34-51.

Chow, Yean Fun. A social semiotic analysis of ateji translation in mangaSocial Semiotics, 33(4), 787-807.

Christopher, Stephen, & Laumonier, Gabrielle. The eroticization of Tibetan monks in shōnen-ai and yaoi manga. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture9(1), 83-102.

Cohn, Neil, Hacımusaoğlu, Irmak, & Kloberg, Ben. The framing of subjectivity: Point-of-view in a cross-cultural analysis of comicsJournal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 14(3), 336-350.

Denison, Rayna. Gekijōban (theatrical version) anime as feature films in anime franchising. Japan Forum, 35(1), 98-119.

Dines, Gail, & Sanchez, Mandy. Hentai and the pornification of childhood: How the porn industry just made the case for regulation. Dignity: A Journal of Analysis of Exploitation and Violence, 8(1), article 3.

Finan, Dorothy. Idols you can make: The player as auteur in Japan’s media mix. New Media & Society, 25(5), 881-897.
[Love Live!]

Galbraith, Patrick W. The ethics of imaginary violence, Part 3: Early animated pornography in Japan. Porn Studies (forthcoming).

Hack, Brett. Working worlds in neoliberal Japan: Precarity, imagination, and the “other-world” trope. Positions: Asia Critique, 31(1), 171-202.

Hashimoto, Atsuko, Telfer, David J., & Telfer, Kyoko. Eurocentric cultural theme parks in Japan: domestic tourists’ perspectives on place brandingJournal of Tourism & Cultural Change, 21(3), 344-363.

Kim, Ann Y. Understanding postmodern identity among US young adults through an investigation of globalized interestCulture & Psychology29(2), 300-319.

Klaehn, Jeffery. Talking manga: Bringing Japanese pop culture to the North American mainstream. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 14(1), 119-133.

Kosciesza, Aiden James, & Darling-Wolf, Fabienne. What’s So great about GTO?: Evolving discourses of Japanese masculinity in Great Teacher OnizukaTelevision & New Media (forthcoming).

Mertens, Jacob. Abridged anime and the distance in fan-dubbing: Interpreting culture through parody and fan appropriation. International Journal of Cultural Studies26(2), 182-199.

Mihailova, Mihaela. “An extraordinary piece of engineering”: The artificial woman as digital effect. The Velvet Light Trap91, 27-38.
[Ghost in the Shell; Alita: Battle Angel]

Miyamoto, Junji, Shimizu, Akira, Hayashi, Junya, & Cheah, Isaac. Revisiting “Cool Japan” in country-of-origin research: A commentary and future research directions. Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics (forthcoming).

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

Muir, Emily Wati. To face the world alone or together: Jus ad bellum and the lives of child soldiers in Neon Genesis EvangelionLaw, Technology and Humans, 5(1), 40-57.

Nagaike, Kazumi. Queer seduction in Japanese essay manga: An analysis of manga physicality and gay, lesbian and fujoshi eroticism. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 14(5), 718-734.

Papastavros, Vanessa. Miyazaki’s monstrous mother: A study of Yubaba in Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. Feminist Media Studies, 23(3), 1157-1172.

Perry, Melissa Shamini, Raihanah, M. M., & Lazim, Zalina Mohd. Intercultural dialogue in manga: Building friendships, sharing spaces and valuesEast Asian Journal of Popular Culture9(1), 65-82

Pizziconi, Barbara, & Iwasaki, Noriko. Friends as mediators in study abroad contexts in Japan: negotiating stereotypical discourses about Japanese culture. The Language Learning Journal (forthcoming).

Ramírez-Gutiérrez, Diolinda. Re-imagining museums through the ninth art: Five comic books as case studies. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics14(3), 453-471.
[Guardians of the Louvre; Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure]

Ropers, Erik. Narrating against dominance: Women and organized crime in Japanese discourse and popular cultureContemporary Japan (forthcoming).

Sato, Yuri, Mineshima, Koji, & Ueda, Kazuhiro. Can negation be depicted? Comparing human and machine understanding of visual representations. Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 47(3), e13258.

Sedlackova, Jana. The Kumamoto dialect in selected mangasThe Gakushuin Journal of International Studies9, 17-23.

She, Yasheng. A cure for woundless pain: Consumption of innocence in Japanese idol cultureJournal of Asian Pacific Communication33(1), 87-102.
[Perfect Blue]

Stanislaus, Warren A. From Cool Japan to Cold Japan: Grime cyborgs in Black BritainJapan Forum35(3), 271-294.

Thelen, Timo, & Kim, Sangkyun. Understanding fan tourists at a non-commodified fan pilgrimage site: An application of fan capital theory. Current Issues in Tourism, 26(1), 12-17.
[Attack on Titan]

Thomas-Parr, Georgia. Anime girls embodied: an introduction to British maid cosplay. Feminist Media Studies (forthcoming).

Tong, Donna T. Oriental ornaments: Yellowface and painful object(ification)s in Sanders’s Ghost in the ShellScience Fiction Studies50(1), 66-79.

Treglia, Laura. Star, Scorpion, and the Snowblood: Kaji Meiko’s multiplicities and the Japanese culture industry. Japan Forum, 35(1), 32-53.

Wada, Yuichi. Consistency and stability of gaze behavior when reading manga. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 37(3), 542-557.


Macias, Patrick & Satin, Stephen (eds). The Essential Anime Guide: 50 Iconic Films, Standout Series, and Cult Masterpieces. Philadelphia: Running Press.

Natsume, Fusanosuke. Pig Gourd: The meaning of Tezuka’s playing around with formJournal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 14(5), 648-662.
[Translated with commentary by Jon Holt and Teppei Fukuda. Originally, Chapter 5 in Tezuka Osamu wa doko ni iru. Tokyo: Chikuma Shobō.]