In terms of major new contributions to anime/manga studies, the highlight of 2007 was easily Susan Napier’s monograph From impressionism to anime: Japan as fantasy and fan cult in the mind of the West. Napier, the author of 2001’s Anime From Akira to Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation, the first book-length academic study of Japanese animation to be published in English had more right than anyone to be called “the anime professor”, and with this volume she built up on her reputation and added to it. One reviewer called it “theoretically sophisticated, but eminently readable and respectful of fan culture”; another’s appraisal is “a wide-ranging but very accessible book [that is] a good introduction to a variety of historical Japan fads, and a helpful call to see them in relation to one another.”
2007’s list of of new chapters on anime/manga in edited essay collections consists of a total of 21 individual titles, including five in a collection specifically on animation, two in a book on “superhero” characters in literary and visual traditions around the world, and a particularly interesting study of Hayao Miyazaki’s work as not only a director, but as a master of adapting works from other media into the medium of animation.
There were 56 articles on anime/manga published throughout 2007 in a total of 46 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and other academic periodicals, including 5 in a special focus issue of the journal Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. Only two other journals: International Journal of Comic Art (with five articles) and Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal (with 3) had more than one article – together, these three journals (7%) accounted for 23% of all articles. The remaining 43 journals had one anime/manga article each.
The breakdown of academic articles on anime/manga published in 2007 by subject of the journal they appeared in is:
Animation studies: 4 articles
Comics studies: 6 articles
Asian/East Asian/Japanese Studies: 7 articles
Film studies: 5 articles
Language/Literature/Humanities: 1 article
Other subjects: 33 articles
As always, the following list will be permanently archived in the Bibliographies section of this site. If I identify any new publications, they will be added to the permanent list only, not to this post.
Brenner, Robin. Understanding manga and anime. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.
Cavallaro, Dani. Anime intersections: Tradition and innovation in theme and technique. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Koyama-Richard, Brigitte. 1000 years of manga. Paris: Flammarion
Napier, Susan. From impressionism to anime: Japan as fantasy and fan culture in the mind of the West. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Ota, Carol. The relay of gazes: Representations of culture in the Japanese televisual and cinematic experience. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Schodt, Frederik. The Astro Boy essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the manga/anime revolution. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press.
Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and Fan Arts is a unique ongoing “monographic series” of essay collections. Every year’s volume is based around a specific theme, and includes original peer-reviewed essays as well as non-scholarly content such as interviews, comics, and photography. Many (though not all) volumes also feature translations of materials originally published in Japanese, both stand-alone articles, and excepts from longer works.
Brophy, Philip. Sonic-atomic-neumonic: Apocalyptic echoes in anime. In Alan Cholodenko (Ed.), The illusion of life II: More essays on animation (pp. 191-208). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
Denison, Rayna. The global markets for anime: Miyazaki Hayao’s Spirited Away (2001). In Alastair Phillips & Julian Stringer (Eds.), Japanese cinema: Texts and contexts (pp. 308-321). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Goodall, Jane. Hybridity and the end of innocence. In Alan Cholodenko (Ed.), The illusion of life II: More essays on animation (pp. 152-171). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ito, Mizuko. Technologies of the childhood imagination: Yu-Gi-Oh!, media mixes, and everyday cultural production. In Joe Karaganis (Ed.), Structures of participation in digital culture (pp. 88-110). New York: Social Science Research Council.
McHarry, Mark. Identity unmoored: Yaoi in the West. In Thomas Peele (Ed.), Queer popular culture: Literature, film, media, and television (pp. 183-196). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kimmich, Matt. Animating the fantastic: Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle. In Leslie Stratyner & James R. Keller (Eds.), Fantasy fiction into film: Essays (pp. 124-139). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Ma, Sheng-mei. Anime’s atom dialectic: From trauma to manna. In Sheng-mei Ma, East-West montage: Reflections on Asian bodies in diaspora (pp. 97-112). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
Malone, Paul M. My own private apocalypse: Shinji Ikari as Schreberian paranoid superhero in Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. In Wendy Haslem, Angela Ndalianis, & Chris Makie (Eds.), Super/heroes: From Hercules to Superman (pp. 111-126). Washington, DC: New Academia.
Manifold, Marjorie. Culture convergence or divergence? Spontaneous art-making and participatory expression in the private and collective lives of youth. In J. A. Park (Ed.), Art education as critical cultural inquiry. Seoul, Korea: MijiNSA.
Milstein, Dana. Case study: Anime music videos. In Jamie Sexton (Ed.), Music, sound and multimedia: From the live to the virtual (pp. 29-50). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Moore, Pauline. When velvet gloves meet iron fists: Cuteness in Japanese animation. In Alan Cholodenko (Ed.), The illusion of life II: More essays on animation (pp. 119-150). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
Norris, Craig. Girl power: The female cyborg in Japanese anime. In Wendy Haslem, Angela Ndalianis, & Chris Makie (Eds.), Super/heroes: From Hercules to Superman (pp. 347-362). Washington, DC: New Academia.
Ono, Kosei. The long flight of manga and anime: The history of comics and animation in Japan. In Alan Cholodenko (Ed.), The illusion of life II: More essays on animation (pp. 99-118). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
Patten, Fred. Simba versus Kimba: The pride of lions. In Alan Cholodenko (Ed.), The illusion of life II: More essays on animation (pp. 275-313). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Pesimo, Rudyard C. “Asianizing” animation in Asia: Digital content identity construction within the animation landscapes of Japan and Thailand. In Reflections on the human condition: Change, conflict and modernity – The work of the 2005/2005 API Fellows (pp. 121-160). Tokyo: The Nippon Foundation.
Routt, William D. De anime. In Alan Cholodenko (Ed.), The illusion of life II: More of life II: More essays on animation (pp. 172-190). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
Sakamoto, Rumi. ‘Will you go to war? Or will you stop being Japanese?’: Nationalism and history in Kobayashi Yoshinori’s Sensoron. In Michael Heazle & Nick Night (Eds.), China-Japan relations in the twenty-first century: Creating a future past? (pp. 75-92). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Schologlmann, Sebastian. Japan. Manga! Religion?: The new myths of the Japanese Ninth Art. In Stefanie Knauss & Alexander D. Ornella (Eds.), Reconfigurations: Interdisciplinary perspectives on religion in a post-secular society.(pp. 143-153. Vienna: Lit Verlag.
Suter, Rebecca. Kawaii/kowai: Manga in the United States. In Donatella Izzo, Giorgio Mariani, & Paola Zaccaria (Eds.), American solitudes: Individual, national, transnational (pp. 436-441). Rome: Carocci.
Sweeney, Kathleen. Supernatural girls: Witches, warriors, and anime. In Kathleen Sweeney, Maiden USA: Girl icons come of age (pp. 155-174). New York: Peter Lang.
Wells, Paul. Case study: Hayao Miyazaki. In Jill Nelmes (Ed.), Introduction to film studies, Fourth Ed. (pp. 209-120). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
Perspectives: Studies in Translatology
Volume 14, Issue 4
O’Hagan, Minako. Manga, anime and video games: Globalizing Japanese cultural production (pp. 242-247).
Jungst, Heike. Manga in Germany: From translation to simulacrum (pp. 248-259).
Gonzelez, Luis Perez. Fansubbing anime: Insights into the ‘butterfly effect’ of globalization on audiovisual translation (pp. 260-277).
Ortabasi, Melek. Indexing the past: Visual language and translatability in Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress (pp. 278-291).
Howell, Peter. Character voice in anime subtitles (pp. 292-305).
Benesh-Liu, Patrick R. Anime cosplay in America: A fantastic regalia. Ornament: The Art & Craft of Personal Adornment, 31(1), 44-49.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Black, Rebecca W. Fanfiction writing and the construction of space. E-Learning and Digital Media, 4(4), 384-397.
Berndt, Jaqueline. Traditions of contemporary manga (1): Relating comics to premodern art. SIGNs: Studies in Graphical Narratives, 1(1), 33-47.
Bryce, Mio. Ayashi no Ceres: Mythological past and present in manga and anime. Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 39/40, 78-95.
Chen, Jin-Shiow. A study of fan culture: Adolescent experiences with anime/manga doujinshi and cosplay in Taiwan. Visual Arts Research, 33(1), 17-24.
Chen, Jin-Shiow. A vision of multiple genders: Cross-cultural learning in Asian countries from images of Kuan Yin and “bishonen”. Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 25, 91-103.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Condry, Ian. Youth, intimacy, and blood: Media and nationalism in contemporary Japan. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Curti, Giorgio Hadi. Animatedly animated: Undoing the body and assembling the real through media/geography. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography, 1, 13-15.
Exner, Nina. Basic reader’s advisory for manga: Select popular titles and similar works. Young Adult Library Services, 5(3), 13-21.
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Fondevilla, Herbeth L. Contemplating the identity of manga in the Philippines. International Journal of Comic Art, 9(2), 441-453.
Gan, Sheuo Hui. A reevaluation of the importance of Mushi Pro’s three adult-oriented films in the development of Japanese animation. Cinema Studies, 2, 63-90.
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Gibson, Mel. Manga and younger readers in Britain: Some initial observations. IBBYLink.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Goto-Jones, Christopher. Anime, thought experiments, and the limits of the human. Asiascape Occasional Papers, 1, 1-11.
Hall, Alice. The social implications of enjoyment of different types of music, movies, and television programming. Western Journal of Communication, 71(4), 259-271.
Hamada, Masako. Teaching Japanese culture through anime: A case study. Asian Cinema, 18(2), 197-219.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Harrell, Megan. Slightly out of character: Shounen epics, doujinshi, and Japanese concepts of masculinity. Virginia Review of Asian Studies, 10, 205-224.
Ho, J.D. Gender alchemy: The transformative power of manga. The Horn Book Magazine, 83(5), 505-512.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Johnson, Rebecca. Kawaii and kirei: Navigating the identities of women in Laputa: Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki and Ghost in the Shell by Mamoru Oshii. Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 14.
Lam, Peng Er. Japan’s quest for “soft power”: Attraction and limitation. East Asia: An International Quarterly, 24(4), 349-363.
Lamarre, Thomas. Platonic sex: Perversion and shojo anime (Part two). Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2(1), 9-25.
Larsson, Donald F. Comic? book? or, of Maus and manga: Visualizing reading, reading the visual in graphic novels. International Journal of the Book, 4(1), 43-50.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Lee, Jeth. The Odex saga: A Pandora’s box? Juris Illuminae, 4(2), 7.
Lent, John. Comic books and comic strips: A bibliography of the scholarly literature. Choice, 44(11), 1855-1867.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Matsumoto, Miki, Yamauchi, Kanako, Tanaka, Misa, & Kato, Tadahiro. Role-play therapy as treatment for anorexia nervosa using the script from the Hayao Miyazaki Animated Movie Kiki’s Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyuubin). School Health: Official Journal of Japanese Association of School Health, 3, 1-6
McLelland, Mark, & Yoo, Seunghyun. The international yaoi boys’ love fandom and the regulation of virtual child pornography: The implications of current legislation. Journal of Sexuality Research & Social Policy, 4(1), 93-104.
Moist, Kevin M., & Barthalow, Michael. When pigs fly: Anime, auteurism, and Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso. Anime: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2(1), 27-42.
Nakashima, Yusuke. Manga: Expanding spheres of influence. Highlighting Japan, October, 30-32.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Niskanen, Eija. Untouched nature, mediated animals in Japanese anime. WiderScreen, 2007/1.
Notaro, Anna. “Innocence Is Life”: Searching for the post-human soul in Ghost in the Shell 2. International Journal of Comic Art, 9(1), 610-624.
O’Hagan, Minako. Impact of DVD on translation: Language options as an essential add-on feature. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 13(2), 157-158.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Olivier, Marco. Nihilism in Japanese anime. South African Journal of Art History, 22(3), 55-69.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ortabasi, Melek. Teaching modern Japanese history with animation: Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress. Education About Asia, 12(1), 62-65.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Otmazgin, Nissim Kadosh. Japanese popular culture in East and Southeast Asia: Time for a regional paradigm? Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, 8-9.
Parsons, Elizabeth. Animating grandma: The indices of age and agency in contemporary children’s films. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts: Official Journal of the Gerontological Society of America, 1(3-4), 221-229.
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Pellitteri, Marco. Pornography and sinaesthesia in manga: Multi-sensorial reception of Eros in Japanese comics. International Journal of Comic Art, 9(2), 425-440.
Penney, Matthew. ‘War fantasy’ and reality – ‘War as entertainment’ and counter-narratives in Japanese popular culture. Japanese Studies, 27(1), 35-52.
Phar, Kim Beng. Long list of Japanese soft power: But who deserves the credit? Asian Analysis.
Petersen, Robert S. The acoustics of manga: Narrative erotics and the visual presence of sound. International Journal of Comic Art, 9(1), 578-590.
Redmond, Dennis. Anime and East Asian culture: Neon Genesis Evangelion. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 24(2), 183-188.
Rosenbaum, Roman. Motomiya Hiroshi’s The Country Is Burning. International Journal of Comic Art, 9(1), 591-609.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Ruddell, Caroline. Breaking boundaries: The representation of split identity in anime. Animation Studies, 2, 17-23.
Sharp, Jasper. Forgotten roots of Japanimation: Master of puppets. Film International, 5(1), 58-71.
Stibbe, Arran. Zen and the art of environmental education in the Japanese animated film Tonari no Totoro. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 1(4).
Szasz, Ferenc M., & Takechi, Issei. Atomic heroes and atomic monsters: American and Japanese cartoonists confront the onset of the nuclear age, 1945-1980. The Historian, 69(4), 728-752.
Takeuchi, Kayo. ‘Yaoi’ as parody: Proliferating cross-medias in the manga Death Note and beyond. F-GENS Journal, 8, 87-98.
Thomas, Jolyon Baraka. Shukyo asobi and Miyazaki Hayao’s anime. Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, 10(3), 73-95.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Trombley, Sarah. Visions and revisions: Fanvids and fair use. Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, 25(2), 647-685.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Uchida, Mariko. The content business and its externalities: A ripple effect model. Keio Communication Review, 29, 133-153.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Van Staden, Cobus. Loudmouth: Global capitalism, local culture and Kureyon Shin-chan. Multicultural Studies, 7, 15-33.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Wong, Wendy Siuyi. The presence of manga in Europe and North America. Media Digest.
*** OPEN ACCESS *** Condry, Ian. The shift from ratings to relevance: Intimacy, youth media, and nationalism in contemporary Japan. USJP Occasional Paper 07-04. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Program on U.S.-Japan Relations.