(Last updated: March 24, 2019)

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Regardless of my editorial efforts, it is also very likely that the Bibliography does not cover the entire range of scholarship on anime/manga that was published in 2013. It is inherently impossible to achieve a 100% recall rate in bibliographic searching without knowing beforehand the full universe of relevant results, and I’m certain that the resources, search terms, and other methods that I used did not retrieve some results that should be included. Accordingly, as the editor, I always welcome corrections or additions to this list.


Cavallaro, Dani. Japanese aesthetics and anime: The influence of tradition. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

Clements, Jonathan. Anime: A history. London, UK: British Film Institute.

Condry, Ian. The soul of anime: Collaborative creativity and Japan’s media success story. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Odell, Colin & Le Blanc, Michelle. Anime. Harpenden, UK: Kamera Books.

Suan, Stevie. The Anime paradox: Patterns and practices through the lens of traditional Japanese theater. Leiden, The Netherlands: Global Oriental.

Essay Collections

Mechademia, Volume 8: Tezuka’s manga life

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.

Beasi, Melinda (Ed.). Manga: Introduction, challenges, and best practices. Milwaukee, OR: Dark Horse Books.

Berndt, Jacqueline and Kummerling-Meibauer, Bettina (Eds.). Manga’s cultural crossroads. New York: Routledge.

Rosenbaum, Roman (Ed.). Manga and the representation of Japanese history. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Yokota, Masao and Hu, Tze-Yue G. (Eds.). Japanese animation: East Asian perspectives. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi

Book Chapters

Ahn, Jiwon. Samurai Champloo: Transnational viewing. How to Watch Television (pp. 364-372).

Allison, Anne. Pocket capitalism and virtual intimacy: Pokémon as symptom of postindustrial youth culture. Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)Continuity (pp. 197-212).

Berndt, Jacqueline. Ghostly: ‘Asian Graphic Narratives,’ nonnonba, and manga. From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative (pp. 363-384).

Brienza, Casey. Objects of otaku affection: Animism, anime fandom, and the gods of…consumerism? The Handbook of Contemporary Animism (pp. 479-490).

Bryce, Mio. All is relative, nothing is reliable: Inuyasha and Japanese subjectivities. Subjectivity in Asian Children’s Literature and Film: Global Theories and Implications (pp. 163-180).

Choo, Kukhee. Playing the global game: Japan brand and globalization. Asian Popular Culture: The Global (Dis)continuity (pp. 213-230).

Curti, Giorgio Hadi. “This is my town” – Exploring the affective life of urban transformation and change via Taiyo Matsumoto’s and Michael Arias’ Tekkonkinkreet. The Fight to Stay Put: Social Lessons through Media Imaginings of Urban Transformation and Change (pp. 19-56).

Darmawan, Hikmat. A mindscape like no other? Bits and pieces on the globalization of manga subculture and visual identity. In Culture, power and practices: The globalization of culture and its implications for Asian regional transformations – the work of 2010/2011 API Fellows (pp. 100-108). Bangkok: Institute for Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University.

Dolle-Weinkauf, Bernd. Types of violence in sequential art: The mise en scene of violent action in comics, graphic novels and manga. Films, Graphic Novels & Visuals: Developing Multiliteracies in Foreign Language Education – An Interdisciplinary Approach (pp. 87-104).

Gelder, Ken. Citational vampires: Transnational techniques of circulation in Irma Vep, Blood: The Last Vampire, and Thirst. In Tabish Khair & Johan Hoglund (Eds.), Transnational and Postcolonial Vampires: Dark Blood (pp. 81-105). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gibson, Mel. Comics, manga and graphic novels – developing, selecting and promoting a core collection for teenagers and young people. In Carolynn Rankin & Avril Brock (Eds.), Library services for children and young people: Challenges and opportunities in the digital age (pp. 119-128). London: Facet Publishing.

Jones, Hattie. Manga girls: Sex, love, comedy and crime in recent boys’ anime and manga.
In Brigitte Steger & Angelica Koch (Eds.), Manga girl seeks herbivore boy: Studying Japanese culture at Cambridge (pp. 23-82). Zurich: Lit Verlag.

Kim, Joon Yang. The East Asian post-human prometheus: Animating mechanical ‘others’.
In Suzanne Buchan (Ed.), Pervasive animation (pp. 172-194). New York: Routledge.

Lamarre, Thomas. Coming to life: Cartoon animals and natural philosophy.
In Suzanne Buchan (Ed.), Pervasive animation (pp. 117-142). New York: Routledge.

Miller, Laura. Elevator girls moving in and out of the box.
In Alisa Freedman, Laura Miller, & Christine R. Yano (Eds.), Modern girls on the go: Gender, mobility and labor in Japan (pp. 41-66). Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Nakagaki, Kotaro. The Atomic Holocaust from the perspective of shōjo: From Sanpei Shirato’s A Vanishing Girl to Fumiyo Kōno’s In a Corner of This World.
In Jonathan E. Evans & Thomas Giddens (eds.).Cultural excavation and formal expression in the graphic novel (pp. 117-125). Freeland, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Pena, Norman Melchor Robles Jr. Violence and values in the Japanese manga Naruto. In Phillip Drummond (Ed.), The London media and film reader 1: Essays from Film and Media 2011: The First Annual London Film and Media Conference (pp. 406-417).

Ricketts, Jeremy. Manga, the atomic bomb and the challenges of teaching historical atrocity: Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen.
In Graphic novels and comics in the classroom: Essays on the educational power of sequential art (pp. 174-183).

Russworm, TreAndrea. The hype man as racial stereotype: Parody and ghost in Afro Samurai. Game On, Hollywood! Essays on the Intersection of Video Games and Cinema (pp. 169-182).

Ruddell, Caroline. Cutting edge: Violence and body horror in anime. In Feona Attwood, et al. (Eds.), Controversial Images: Media Representations on the Edge (pp. 157-169). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Saito, Kumiko. Regionalism in the era of neo-nationalism: Japanese landscape in the background art of games and anime from the late-1990’s to the present.
In John A. Lent & Lorna Fitzsimmons (Eds.), Asian popular culture: New, hybrid, and alternate media (pp. 59-78). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.

Schaub, Joseph Christopher. Otaku evolution: Changing views of the fan-boy in Kon Satoshi’s Perfect Blue and Paprika.
In John A. Lent & Lorna Fitzsimmons (Eds.), Asian popular culture: New, hybrid, and alternate media (pp. 35-58). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.

Somers, Emily. An no shinjo [Anne’s feelings]: Politeness and passion as anime paradox in Takahata’s Akage no An. Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (pp. 155-174).

Stein, Daniel. Of transcreations and Transpacific adaptations: Investigating manga versions of Spider-Man. Transnational Perspectives on Graphic Narratives: Comics at the Crossroads (pp. 145-162).

Vasan, Sonia. The paradox of Miracle Train: Anime and Japanese constructions of masculinity.
In We build our bridges together: 2013 monograph series (pp. 1887-1997). Scarborough, ME: NAAAS & Affiliates.

Wert, Michael. Reaching beyond the manga: A Samurai to the Ends of the World and the formation of national identity.
In John A. Lent & Lorna Fitzsimmons (Eds.), Asian popular culture: New, hybrid, and alternate media (pp. 145-158). Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books.

Whitley, David. Contested spaces. Reconfiguring narratives of origin and identity in Pocahontas and Princess Mononoke. Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations (pp. 7-20).

de Zwart, Melissa. Cosplay, creativity,  and immaterial labours of love.
In Dan Hunter, et al. (Eds.), Amateur media: Social, cultural and legal perspectives (pp. 170-177). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Journal Special/Theme Issues

Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies (Volume 13, Issue 2)

Conference: Teaching Japanese Popular Culture

Fruhstuck, Sabine. The uses of popular culture for sex and violence.

McLelland, Mark. Ethical and legal issues in teaching about Japanese popular culture to undergraduate students in Australia.

Tsutsui, William M. Teaching history and/of/or Japanese popular culture.

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Volume 4, Issue 1)

Special Section: Boys’ Love Manga (Yaoi)

Pagliassotti, Dru, Nagaike, Kazumi, and McHarry, Mark. Introduction: Boys’ Love manga special section (pp. 1-8)

Chao, Tien-Yi. Features of hybridization in In These Words (pp. 9-20).

Wood, Andrea. Boys’ Love anime and queer desires in convergence culture: Transnational fandom, censorship and resistance (pp. 44-63).

Meyer, Uli. Drawing from the body – the self, the gaze, and the other in Boys’ Love manga (pp. 64-81).

Regionines Studijos (Issue 7)

Representation of Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture in Europe

Barancovaite-Skindaraviciene, Kristina. Construction of gender images in Japanese pornographic anime (pp. 9-29).

Otmagzin, Nissim. Meta-narratives of Japanese popular culture and of Japan in different regional contexts: Perspectives from East Asia, Western Europe, and the Middle East (pp. 73-84)

Sabre, Clothilde. New images of Japan in France: A survey to Japan Expo (pp. 95-122).

Transformative Works and Cultures (Volume 12)

Transnational boys’ love fan studies

Nagaike, Kazumi and Suganuma, Katsuhiko. Transnational boys’ love fan studies.

Glasspool, Lucy. Simulation and database society in Japanese role-playing game fandoms: Reading boys’ love dōjinshi online.

Kamm, Bjorn-Ole. Rotten use patterns: What entertainment theories can do for the study of boys’ love.

Malone, Paul M. Transplanted boys’ love conventions and anti-“shota” polemics in a German manga: Fahr Sindram’s “Losing Neverland”.

Miyake, Toshio. Doing Occidentalism in contemporary Japan: Nation anthropomorphism and sexualized parody in “Axis Powers Hetalia”.

Journal Articles

*** OPEN ACCESS ***Akimoto, Daisuke. Miyazaki’s new animated film and its antiwar pacifism: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu). Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 32, 165-167.

Antononoka, Olga. Blonde is the new Japanese: Transcending race in shōjo manga. Invene, 1.

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

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ashbaugh, William and Mizushima, Shintarou. “Peace through understanding”: How science-fiction anime Mobile Suit Gundam 00 criticizes US aggression and Japanese passivity. Asia Journal of Global Studies, 5(2), 108-118.

*** OPEN ACCESS*** Birmingham, Elizabeth. Girls’ fantasies, freedom, and brotherly love: Incest narratives in shojo anime. Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, 5,

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Birmingham, Elizabeth. Bringing smexy back: Fangirl production, AMVs, and transgressive sexuality. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 146-174.

Brenner, Robin. Paper folding, bento, and tea parties: Programs with a manga and anime twist. Knowledge Quest: Journal of the American Association of School Librarians, 41(3), 42-49.

Brienza, Casey. Remembering the future: Cartooning alternative life courses in Up and Future Lovers. Journal of Popular Culture, 46(2), 299-314.

Bryce, Mio and Otani, Kentaro. Reincarnation in manga. International Journal of the Humanities, 9(12), 73-82.

Bye, Susan. Two worlds colliding: Restoring balance in Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘Ponyo’. Screen Education, 71, 102-107.

Chang, Yen-Jung. Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress: A feminine journey with dream-like qualities. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(1), 85-97.

Chao, Tien-Yi. Transmutation of worlds: Adaptation and transformation in Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. Studies in Comics, 4(1), 159-170.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Chin, Bertha, & Hitchcock Morimoto, Lori. Towards a theory of transcultural fandom. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 7(1), 92-108.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Correa, Marie Deanne Therese. Ghost in the Shell: A cyborg-feminist review of Mamoru Oshii’s animated film. Plaridel: A Philippine Journal of Communication, Media, and Society, 10(2). 115-119.

Duggan, Anne. The revolutionary undoing of the maiden warrior in Riyoko Ikeda’s Rose of Versailles and Jacques Demy’s Lady Oscar. Marvels & Tales, 27(1), 34-51.

Fennell, Dana, Fujino, Yuko, Hayden, Bridget, and Liberato, Ana S.Q. Consuming anime. Television & New Media, 14(5), 440-456.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Fermin, Tricia Abigail Santos. Appropriating yaoi and boys love in the Philippines: Conflict, resistance and imaginations through and beyond Japan. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 13(3).

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Friedman, Erica. It’s a woman’s world. Labrys – Etudes Feministes/Estudos Feministas, 23.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Furuhata-Turner, Hamako. Use of comics manga as a learning tool to teach translation of Japanese. The Journal of Language Teaching and Learning, 3(2), 72-83.

*** OPEN ACCESS *** Fu, Jennifer. For love and money: Professionalism and community in anime and manga artists’ alleys. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(2), 155-192.

Garcia, Jennifer Ann. The rise in popularity of Japanese culture with American youth: Causes of the “Cool Japan” phenomenon. Japan Studies Review, 17, 121-141.

Greenhill, Pauline and Kohm, Steven. Hoodwinked! and Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade: Animated “Little Red Riding Hood” films and the Rashomon Effect. Marvels & Tales, 27(1), 89-108.

Gwynne, Joel. Japan, postfeminism and the consumption of sexual(ised) schoolgirls in male-authored contemporary manga. Feminist Theory, 14(3), 325-343.

Haig, Edward and Portes, Gustavo Pereira. Seeking a methodology for the analysis of the influence of anime on Brazilian youth – a post-Jungian approach. MATRIZes: Revista do Programa de Post-Graduacao em Ciencias de Comunicacao da Universidade de Sao Paulo, 7(1), 247-262.

Heinrich, Karen. Cosplay: A transnational fan community? The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(2), 121-140.

Hinton, Perry. The cultural context and social representation: The Japanese schoolgirl in British popular culture. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 31.

Hiramoto, Mie. Hey, you’re a girl? Gendered expressions in the popular anime, Cowboy Bebop. Multilingua, 32(1), 51-78.

Ho, Elizabeth. Victorian maids and neo-Victorian labour in Kaoru Mori’s Emma: A Victorian Romance. Neo-Victorian Studies, 6(2), 40-63.

Hourigan, Daniel. Ghost in the Shell 2, technicity and the subject. Film-Philosophy, 17, 51-67.

Hollis, Lachlan. Anime and the real world gendered use of sentence final particles across genres. Griffith Working Papers in Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication, 6, 20-27

Jacobs, Katrien. Impersonating and performing queer sexuality in the Cosplay zone. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 10(2), 22-45.

Johnson, Keith Leslie. Nihei Tsutomo and the poetics of space: Notes toward a cyberpunk ecology. Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 35, 190-203.

Jones, Anna Maria. The Victorian childhood of manga: Toward a queer theory of the child in Toboso Yana’s Kuroshitsuji. Criticism, 55(1), 1-41.

Kam, Thiam Huat. The common sense that makes the ‘otaku’: Rules for consuming popular culture in contemporary Japan. Japan Forum, 25(2), 151-173.

Kilincarslan, Yasemin. Pattern of the body image in La Maison en Petits Cubes on the basis of milieu and individual relationship. Cinej Cinema Journal, 3(1), 150-161.

Kise, Koichi and Sun, Weihan. Detection of exact and similar partial copies for copyright protection of manga. International Journal on Documentation Analysis and Recognition, 16(4), 331-349.

Kohara, Itsutoshi and Niimi, Ryosuke. The shot length styles of Miyazaki, Oshii, and Honoda: A quantitative analysis. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2), 163-184.

LaCure, John. CLAMP, the Magic Knights, and Art Nouveau. International Journal of Comic Art, 15(1), 395-407.

Lamarre, Thomas. Cool, creepy, moe: Otaku fictions, discourses, and policies. Diversité Urbaine, 13(1), 131-152.

Lamerichs, Nicolle. The cultural dynamic of doujinshi and cosplay: Local anime fandom in Japan, USA and Europe. Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies,  10(1), 154-176.

Lee, Tiffany. Fan activities from P2P file sharing to fansubs and fan fiction: Motivations, policy concerns, and recommendations. Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law, 14(2), 181-198.

Leng, Rachel. Gender, sexuality, and cosplay: A case study of male-to-female crossplay. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 89-100

Levi, Antonia. The sweet smell of Japan: Anime, manga, and Japan in North America. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, 23(1), 3-18.

Li, Carl, Nakamura, Mari and Roth, Martin. Japanese science fiction in converging media: Alienation and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Asiascape Occasional Papers, 6, 1-15.

Lim, Tai Wei. Spirited Away: Conceptualizing a film-based case study through comparative narratives of Japanese ecological and environmental discourses. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2), 149-162.

Manifold, Marjorie Cohee. Enchanting tales and imagic stories: The educational benefits of fanart making. Art Education66(6), 12-19.

McLeod, Ken. Afro-Samurai: Techno-Orientalism and contemporary hip hop. Popular Music, 32(2), 259-275.

Mihailova, Mihaela. The mastery machine. Digital animation and fantasies of control. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(2). 131-148.

Moreno, Judit. Cooperative interaction: Synergy between manga publishing companies and fan activity in Japan. Asiademica: Revista Universitaria de Estudios Sobre Asia Oriental, 2, 45-65.

Murdock, Chelsea. “Draw a circle”: An examination of world Englishes in the Hetalia fandom. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(2), 11-26.

Nakagawa, Miho. Mamoru Oshii’s production of multilayered space in 2D anime. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 8(1), 65-83.

Nakanishi, Hisato, Shichijo, Naohiro, Sugi, Masao, Ogata, Taiki, Hara, Tatsunori, & Ota, Jun. Modeling the process of animation production. International Journal of Automation Technology, 7(4), 439-450.

Nakamura, Koji. The representation of Miyazaki’s Whisper of the Heart – Japanese identities combined with Western individualism. Invene, 1, 59-70.

Ndalianis, Angela. Astro Boy, science-fictionality and Japanese robotics. Deletion: The Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies, 1.

Nobis, James. Exploring translation problems in a Japanese comic book. FORUM: International Journal of Interpretation and Translation, 11(1), 181-201.

Norris, Craig. A Japanese media pilgrimage to a Tasmanian bakery. Transformative Works and Cultures, 14.

Nozawa, Shunsuke. Characterization. Semiotic Review, 3.

Ogawa, Tsuyoshi, Kubo, Naoko, & Ito, Yu. Conducting manga workshops in cultural institutions: A report on activities of the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Journal of Kyoto Seika University, 42, 89-107.
[Abstract in English, article in Japanese]

Okabe, Tsugumi. From Sherlock Holmes to “heisei” Holmes: Counter orientalism and post modern parody in Gasho Aoyama’s Detective Conan manga series. International Journal of Comic Art, 15(1), 230-250.

Ortabasi, Melek Su. (Re)animating folklore: Raccoon dogs, foxes, and other supernatural Japanese citizens in Takahata Isao’s Heisei tanuki gassen pompoko. Marvels & Tales, 27(2), 254-275.

Peirson-Smith, Anne. Fashioning the fantastical self: An examination of the cosplay dress-up phenomenon in Southeast Asia. Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, 17(1), 77-112.

Penney, Matthew. Miyazaki Hayao’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises). The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 11(30).

Piatti-Farnell, Lorna. Blood, biceps, and beautiful Eyes: Cultural representations of masculinity in Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya. The Journal of Popular Culture46(6), 1133-1155

Priest, Michael. Putting it to the fangirls and fanboys: Is Auckland Libraries’ comic book/graphic novel and manga collection meeting customer expectations? The New Zealand Library and Information Management Journal53(2).

Rees, Julie. Desire: The influence of Japanese manga. The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 10(4), 81-91.

Rich, Danielle. The institutionalization of Japanese comics in US public libraries (2000-2010). Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 4(1), 134-145.

Ruh, Brian. Producing transnational cult media: Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell in circulation. Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media, 5, 1-23.

Shamoon, Deborah. The yokai in the database: Supernatural creatures and folklore in manga and anime. Marvels & Tales, 27(2), 276-289.

Shields, James Mark. Revisioning a Japanese spiritual recovery through manga: Yasukuni and the aesthetics and ideology of Kobayashi Yoshinori’s “Gomanism”. Japan Focus: The Asia-Pacific Journal, 11(47).

Solanki, Hiren. Excuse me, who are you…and do you speak animese?: The distinctive language of animation. The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 21-36

Suter, Rebecca. Gender bending and exoticism in Japanese girls’ comics. Asian Studies Review, 37(4), 546-558.

Tague, Andrew. Are Pokemon slaves or willing companions? The Phoenix Papers: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Fandom and Neomedia Studies, 1(1), 62-72.

Thevenin, Benjamin. Princess Mononoke and beyond: New nature narratives for children. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 4(2), 147-170.

Turner, Simon. Making friends the Japanese way: Exploring yaoi manga fan’s online practices. Invene, 1, 129-148.

Winter, Franz. A “Greek God” in a Japanese new religion: On Hermes in Kofuku-no-Kagaku. Numen: International Review for the History of Religions, 60(4), 420-446.

Wood, Andrea. Drawing disability in Japanese manga: Visual politics, embodied masculinity, and wheelchair basketball in Inoue Takehiko’s REAL. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 37(4), 638-655.

Yukimura, Mayumi. How was anime institutionalized? Kwansai Gakuin University School of Sociology Journal, 116, 71-81.

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