As with all editions of the Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies, it is likely that this list is not complete. Recommendations or suggestions for additional entries to add are always welcome!

Books  —  Reference GuidesEssay CollectionsBook ChaptersJournal Articles


Cavallaro, Dani. Art in anime: The creative quest as theme and metaphor. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Cavallaro, Dani. CLAMP in context: A critical study of the manga and anime. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Cavallaro, Dani. Kyoto Animation: A critical study and filmography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.

Shamoon, Deborah. Passionate friendship: The aesthetics of girl’s culture in Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Steinberg, Marc. Anime’s media mix: Franchising toys and characters in Japan. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Thomas, Jolyon Baraka. Drawing on tradition: Manga, anime, and religion in contemporary Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Reference Guides

Beaty, Bart H. and Stephen Weiner (Eds.). Critical survey of graphic novels: Manga. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press.

Kalen, Elisabeth.  Mostly manga: A reference guide to manga, manhwa, manhua, and anime. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited

Essay Collections

Mechademia, Volume 7: Lines of Sight.

Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and Fan Arts is a unique ongoing “monographic series” of essay collections. Every year’s volume has an individual subtitle, is based around a specific theme, and features a selection of original essays, translations of materials that have already been published in Japanese, and non-academic content such as manga, photography, and other creative works.

Berndt, Jaqueline (Ed.), Intercultural crossovers, transcultural flows: Manga/comics. Kyoto: International Manga Research Center.

Ito, Mizuko, Okabe, Daisuke, & Tsuji, Izumi (Eds.). Fandom unbound: Otaku culture in a connected world. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Book Chapters

Archer, Arlene, & Huang, Cheng-Wen. Uncovering the multimodal literacy practices in reading manga and the implications for pedagogy. New media literacies and participatory popular culture across borders (pp. 44-60). New York, NY: Routledge.

Berndt, Jaqueline. Manga x museum in contemporary Japan. In Jaqueline Berndt (Ed.), Manhwa, manga, manhua: East Asian comics studies (pp. 141-150). Leipzig: Universitatsverlag.

Birk, Hanne. Pink cats and dancing daisies: A narratological approach to anime and film versions of The Secret Garden. A hundred years of The Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic revisited (pp. 105-124). Goettinger, Germany: V&R Unipress GmbH.

Bouissou, Jean-Marie. Popular culture as a tool for Japanese ‘soft power’: Myth or reality? Manga in four European countries. Popular culture and the state in East and Southeast Asia (pp. 46-64). New York: Routledge.

Bramlett, Frank. Linguistic codes and character identity in Afro Samurai. Linguistics and the study of comics (pp. 183-209). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bryce, Mio, Barber, Christie, & Plumb, Amy. Manga and anime: Fluidity and hybridity in global imagery (revised). In Timothy Iles & Peter Matanle (Eds.), Researching Twenty-First Century Japan: New directions and approaches for the electronic age (pp. 323-342). Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Cantrell, Rachel. Manga and its impact on the graphic novel. In Bart H. Beatty & Steven Weiner (Eds.), Critical survey of graphic novels: History, theme and technique (pp. 194-197). Ipswich, MA: Salem Press.

Choo, Kukhee, Nationalizing ‘cool’: Japan’s government global policy toward the content industry. Popular culture and the state in East and Southeast Asia (pp. 85-105). New York: Routledge.

Cohn, Neil. Framing attention in American and Japanese Comics. In Naomi Miyake, David Peebles, & Richard P. Cooper (Eds.). Building bridges across cognitive sciences around the world: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Sciences Society (pp. 240-245), Austin, TX: Cognitive Sciences Society.

deWinter, Jennifer. Neo-bushido: Neomedieval anime and Japanese essence. Neomedievalism in the media: Essays on film, television, and electronic games (pp. 83-102). Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Ellis, Bill. Fairy tales as metacommentary in manga and anime. Marvelous transformations: An anthology of fairy tales and contemporary critical perspectives (pp. 503-508). Peterborough, Canada: Broadview Press.

Ellis, Bill. Love and war and anime art: An ethnographic look at a virtual community of collectors. In Trevor J. Blank (Ed.), Folk culture in the digital age: The emergent dynamics of human interaction (pp. 166-211). Boulder, CO: Utah State University Press.

Endo, Yukihide. A semiotic morphology, anime body disproportion, and storytelling. Semiotics 2012: Semiotics and new media (pp. 119-123).

Fujii, Hisashi. Is ‘poverty’ or ‘affluence’ the reality?: Towards consideration of ‘living in the regions’. Pop culture and the everyday in Japan: Sociological perspectives (pp. 218-246). Victoria, Australia: Trans Pacific Press.

Galbraith, Patrick W. Moe: Exploring virtual potential in post-millennial Japan (revised). In Timothy Iles & Peter Matanle (Eds.), Researching Twenty-First Century Japan: New directions and approaches for the electronic age (pp. 343-375). Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Kijima, Yoshimasa. Why make e-moe-tional attachments to fictional characters?: The cultural sociology of the post-modern. Pop culture and the everyday in Japan: Sociological perspectives (pp. 149-170). Victoria, Australia: Trans Pacific Press.

Lefevre, Pascal. Mise en scene and framing: Visual storytelling in Lone Wolf and Cub. In Matthew J. Smith & Randy Duncan (Eds.), Critical approaches to comics: Theories and methods (pp. 71-83). New York: Routledge.

Lightburn, Jane A. Magical transformation in the film of Hayao Miyazaki. In Official Conference Proceedings, The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2012 (pp. 24-35). Nagoya, Japan: The International Academic Forum.

Lopez, Antonio. A new perspective on the first Japanese animation.
In Proceedings, CONFIA: International Conference on Illustration and Animation (pp. 579-586). Barcelos, Portugal: Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave.

MacWilliams, Mark. Religion and manga. Handbook of contemporary Japanese religions (pp. 595-628). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Mihara, Tetsuya, et al. A metadata-centric approach to a production and browsing platform of manga. The Outreach of digital libraries: A globalized resource network (pp. 87-96). Heldelberg, Germany: Springer.

Pirkle, Michelle. Deja vu all over again? Cowboy Bebop’s transformation to the big screen. Science fiction film, television, and adaptation: Across the screens (pp. 164-175). New York: Routledge

Rosenbaum, Roman. The gekiga tradition: Towards a graphic rendition of history. In Richard Iadonisi (Ed.), Graphic history: Essays on graphic novels and/as history (pp. 260-284). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Suter, Rebecca. Human and superhuman in contemporary Japanese girls’ manga. What is the human?: Australian voices from the humanities (pp. 82-100). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Wells, Paul. Case study: Hayao Miyazaki. In Jill Nelmes (Ed.), Introduction to film studies, Fifth Edition (pp. 248-249). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Yoo, Soo-Kyung. On differences between Japanese and Korean comics for female readers: Comparing “Boys Over Flowers” to “Goong”. In Jaqueline Berndt (Ed.), Manhwa, manga, manhua: East Asian comics studies (pp. 43-64). Leipzig: Universitatsverlag.

Journal Articles

Abdul-Wahab, Juliana, & Anuar, Mustaffa. Global media product and construction of “Japanese identity”: A case study of anime on Malaysian television. Jurnal Komunikasi, Malaysian Journal of Communication, 28(2), 1-19.

Ahmad, Hafid Aziz, Koyama, Shinichi, & Hibino, Haruo. Shaping behavior through perception: How do visuals of manga affect readers? Bulletin of Japanese Society for the Study of Design, 59(1), 83-90.

Aoyama, Tomoko. BL (Boys’ Love) literacy: Subversion, resuscitation, and transformation of the (father’s) text. U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal, 43, 63-84.

April, Keisha. Cartoons aren’t real people, too: Does the regulation of virtual child pornography violate the First Amendment and criminalize subversive thought? Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, 19(1), 241-272.

Bailey, Catherine E. Prince Charming by day, superheroine by night? Subversive sexualities and gender fluidity in Revolutionary Girl Utena and Sailor MoonColloquy: Text, Theory, Critique24, 207-222.

Bainbridge, Jason, & Norris, Craig. Madman Entertainment: A case study in ‘by fans for fans’ media distribution. Media International Australia, 142, 5-15.

Bellano, Marco. From albums to images: Studio Ghibli’s image albums and their impact on audiovisual strategies. Trans – Transcultural Music Review, 16.

Berndt, Jaqueline. Facing the nuclear issue in a “mangaesque” way: The Barefoot Gen anime. Cinergie: Il Cinema e le Altri Arti, 2, 148-161.

Bird, Lawrence. Dialectical imaginaries: Forms of life, forms of fascism in the Metropolis of film, manga and anime. Critical Planning: UCLA Urban Planning Journal, 19, 38-55.

Briel, Holger. The drawn-out diaspora: Manga on the shores of the Other. International Journal of Comic Art, 14(2), 368-384.

Brown, Morris, & Rankin-Brown, Maria. From samurai to manga: The function of manga to shape and reflect Japanese ideology. Japan Studies Review, 16, 75-92.

Bryce, Mio. Images of a Greek goddess in anime: Athena and Nausicaa in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Modern Greek Studies (Australia and New Zealand): A Journal for Greek Letters, Special Issue – Thinking Diversely: Hellenism and the Challenge of Globalisation, 379-393.

Bryce, Mio. Outside stories: Manga on the margins. Metro: Australia‘s Film & Media Magazine, 171, 132-135.

Bryce, Mio, & Plumb, Amy. Mushishi: Post modern representation of otherness in and outside human bodies. International Journal of the Humanities, 9(11), 111-120.

Bukh, Alexander, Reception of the revisionist historical manga in Japan: A case study of university students. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 13(4), 623-638.

Bye, Susan. Spirits of times past: Fantasy, tradition and identity in “Spirited Away”. Screen Education, 67, 121-128.

Chambers, Samantha Nicole Inez. Anime: From cult following to pop culture phenomenon. Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, 3(2), 94-101.

Chow, Kenny. Toward holistic animacy: Digital animated phenomena echoing East Asian thoughts. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(2), 175-187.

Clements, Jonathan, & Ip, Barry. The Shadow Staff: Japanese animators in the Tōhō Aviation Education Materials Production Office 1939-–1945. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 7(2), 189-204.

Cohn, Neil, Taylor-Weiner, Amaro, & Grossman, Suzanne. Framing attention in Japanese and American comics: Cross-cultural differences in attentional structure. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology, 3, Article 349.

Cooper-Chen, Anne. Cartoon planet: The cross-cultural acceptance of Japanese animation. Asian Journal of Communication, 22(1), 44-57.

De Domenico, Michela. Japanese city in manga. Angulo Recto: A Journal of Studies on the City as a Plural Space, 4(2), 43-58.
[Jiro Tanigunichi, Katsuhiro Otomo, Tsutomi Nihei, Akira, Blame]

Doerr, Zephra. Abridged series and fandom remix culture. Transformative Works and Cultures, 9.

Ehrlich, Linda. Ningyō: An homage to the films of Kawamoto Kihachirō. Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 3(2), 117-138.

Evans, Jonathan. The repetition of Haruhi Suzumiya. The Comics Grid.

Exner, Nina. Anime-zing in North Carolina: Library views of anime fans. North Carolina Libraries, 70(1), 28-34.

Frohlich, Dennis. Evil must be punished: Apocalyptic religion in the television series Death Note. Journal of Media and Religion, 11(3), 141-155.

Gibbs, Christy. In the eye of the beholder: Bishounen as fantasy and reality. Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 20.

Gibson, Alicia. Atomic pop! Astro Boy, the dialectic of enlightenment, and machinic modes of being. Cultural Critique, 80, 183-204.

Gill, Tom. “Chiko,” “A View of the Seaside,” and “Mister Ben of the Igloo”: Visual and verbal narrative technique in three classic manga by Yoshiharu Tsuge. International Journal of Comic Art, 14(2), 169-190.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Gill, Tom. The incident at Nishibeta Village: A classic manga by Tsuge Yoshiharu from the Garo years (revised and expanded). The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 10(35).

Grajdian, Maria. Rōjin Z: The poetics and politics of aging as cool endeavor. Annals of “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University, Linguistics, Literature and Methodology of Teaching, 11(2), 34-57.

Greenberg, Marc. Comics, courts & controversy: A case study of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, 32(2), 121-186.

Greenberg, Raz. Giri and Ninjo: The roots of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro in animated adaptations of classic children’s literature. Literature/Film Quarterly, 40(2), 96-108

Heinze, Ulrich. Time travel topoi in Japanese manga. Japan Forum, 24(2), 163-184.

Horbinski, Andrea, & Leavitt, Alex. Even a monkey can understand fan activism: Political speech, artistic expression, and a public for the Japanese dôjin community. Transformative Works and Cultures, 10.

Hori, Hikari. Views from elsewhere: Female shoguns in Yoshinaga Fumi’s Ooku and their precursors in Japanese popular culture. Japanese Studies, 32(1), 77-95.

Inouye, Yasuyo. Manga and libraries in Japan. FAIFE Spotlight.

Ito, Yu, Murata, Mariko, Yamanaka, Chie, & Tanigawa, Ryuchi. Visitor survey at the Hiroshima City Manga Library. Journal of Kyoto Seika University, 41, 112-127.

Jackson Jr., Earl. Borrowing trouble: Oldboy as adaptation and intervention. Transnational Cinemas, 3(1), 53-65.

Jackson, Paul. NoitaminA: Animation through the looking glass. Metro: Australia’s Film & Media Magazine, 171, 128-131.

Kasai, Yozo, & Hsu, Yin-Chiech. Cartoon animation involvement and destination image. Journal of Information and Optimization Sciences, 33(2-3), 427-446.

Katsumata, Hiro. Japanese popular culture in East Asia: A new insight into regional community building. International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 12(1), 133-160.

Kihachiro, Kawamoto. A puppet’s life. International Journal of Comic Art, 14(1), 525-529.

Kizior, Matthew. Ameritaku: How Goku beat Superman. Forbes & Fifth, 2.

Landa, Amanda. Mechanized bodies of adolescence: Weaponized children, national allegory, and Japanese anime. Red Feather Journal: An International Journal of Children’s Visual Culture, 3(2), 16-33.

Lee, Hye-Kyung. Cultural consumers as “new cultural intermediaries”: Manga scanlators. Arts Marketing: An International Journal, 2(2), 131-143.

Lunning, Frenchy. The kyara, the shôjo, and the strange trace. International Journal of Comic Art, 14(2), 225-238.

Madeley, June. Transnational transformations: A gender analysis of Japanese manga featuring unexpected bodily transformations. Journal of Popular Culture, 45(4), 789-806.

Mamat, Roslina, Yamato, Eriko, Hussin, Sanimah, & Tajuddin, Farah. Anime viewing among secondary school students in Malaysia. Global Media Journal – Malaysia Edition, 2(1), 40-60.

Martin, Fran. Girls who love boys’ love: Japanese homoerotic manga as trans-national Taiwan culture. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 13(3), 365-383.

Maxey, Trent. Jipangu: Re-imagining defeat in 21st-century Japan. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 10(25).

Murata, Mariko, Yamanaka, Chie, Ito, Yu, & Tanigawa, Ryuchi. Visitor survey at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum: Do manga museums really promote regional development? Bulletin of the Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University, 43(2), 95-113
[abstract in English, article in Japanese]

Nakagaki, Kotaro. Expanding female manga market: Shungiku Uchida and the emergence of the autobiographical essay. International Journal of Comic Art, 14(1), 236-250.

Napier, Susan J. The anime director, the fantasy girl and the very real tsunami. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 10(11).

Niu, Han-Jen, Chiang, Yung-Sung, & Tsai, Hsien-Tang. An exploratory study of the otaku adolescent consumer. Psychology & Marketing, 29(10), 712-725.

Norris, Craig. Perfect Blue and the negative representation of fans. Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 4(1), 69-86.

Ogawa, Tsuyoshi. Toward the internationalization of manga education: A report on overseas workshops on how to draw manga. Journal of Kyoto Seika University, 41, 86-110.
[Abstract in English, article in Japanese]

O’Malley, Rebecka, & Bryce, Mio. Fantasy can speak the truth: Focusing on the manga series, “Fruits Basket”. International Journal of Learning, 18(9), 81-90.

Ono, Kosei. Saseo Ono in his Nichiyo Hochi days. International Journal of Comic Art, 14(1), 268-282.

Parini, Ilaria. Censorship of anime in Italian distribution. Meta: Translators’ Journal, 57(2), 325-337.

Perkins, Chris. Flatness, depth, and Satoshi Kon’s ethics. Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 4(2), 119-134.

Posadas, Baryon Tensor. The Sky Crawlers and the transmediation of science fictional worlds. Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies, 78, 113-130.

Ramasubramanian, Srividya, & Kornfield, Sarah. Japanese anime heroines as role models for U.S. youth: Wishful identification, parasocial interaction, and intercultural entertainment effects. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 5(3), 189-207.

Rees, Julie. The angst of youth in contemporary art practice. The International Journal of the Humanities, 9(4), 9-20.

Roberts, Ian. Genesis of the digital anime music video scene, 1990-2001. Transformative Works and Cultures, 9.

Rustin, Michael, & Rustin, Margaret. Fantasy and reality in Miyazaki’s animated world. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 17(2), 169-184.

Serbaan, Andrea. Reinscribing sexuality: Manga versions of Romeo and Juliet. Romanian Journal of English Studies, 9(1), 335-350.

Smith, Iain Robert. Sherlock Hound and the transnational. Alluvium, 1(3).

Smith, Michelle, & Parsons, Elizabeth. Animating child activism: Environmentalism and class politics in Ghibli’s Princess Mononoke (1997) and Fox’s Fern Gully (1992). Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 26(1), 25-37.

Steinberg, Marc. Condensing the media mix: Multiple possible worlds in The Tatami Galaxy. Canadian Journal of Film Studies, 21(2), 71-92.

Suter, Rebecca. Orientalism, self-orientalism, and Occidentalism in the visual-verbal medium of Japanese girls’ comics. Literature & Aesthetics, 22(2), 230-247.

Takekawa, Shunichi. Fusing nationalisms in postwar Japan: The Battleship Yamato and popular culture. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 12(3).

Tanaka, Motoko. Apocalyptic imagination in contemporary Japan. Asia-Pacific World, 3(2), 67-82.

Thomas, Jolyon Baraka. Horrific cults and comic “religion”: Manga after Aum. Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 39(1), 121-151.

Vollmar, Rob. Dark side of the manga: Tezuka Osamu’s dark period. World Literature Today, 86(2), 14-19.

Wang, Sean. Nature or nurture: Perspectives of Japanese manga on an age-old debate. Stanford Undergraduate Research Journal, 11, 35-37.

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