Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies
Academic publications on anime/manga, including books, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals that were written before 2012 (along with selected fan essays and newspaper items) are listed in the Online Bibliography of Anime and Manga Research. The only portion of that site that is still being actively maintaining is the Books on Anime/Manga page. The rest of the site is no longer updated, and remains as an archive. I am also working on using the Annual Bibliography to develop a comprehensive searchable database of English-language scholarship on Japanese animation and comics.
About the Bibliography
Purpose: The Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies is a comprehensive listing of academic publications (books, book chapters, and journal articles) on Japanese animation, comics, and related topics that were published in English in a given year. It serves as a general overview of the “state” of academic publishing in anime/manga studies over the year, and brings together materials from many different publications. While many of the individual items that are listed in the Bibliography can be located in other more broad and general information sources, it is designed and developed specifically to support the needs of an academic area that is inherently inter-disciplinary, and includes many different methods, approaches, traditions, and ways of asking questions.
Scope: This bibliography includes works published in all formats (print, print and electronic, online only), but is limited to works published in English. It specifically does not cover:
- blog posts/personal essays
- papers written for class
- papers presented at academic conferences (unless actually published in Proceedings)
- articles in newspapers or popular/trade/enthusiast magazines
The focus of the bibliography is on scholarly publications, whether peer-reviewed or not, but materials written for professional audiences such as educators and librarians may be considered.
Methodology: The Bibliography is assembled using several methods:
- Searches for ‘anime’, ‘manga’, ‘Japanese animation’ and ‘Japanese comics’ and other related keywords in various general and subject-specific academic indexing/abstracting and full-text databases.
Some of the databases used include:
– Bibliography of Asian Studies Online
– EBSCO Academic Search Premier
– Film & Television Literature Index
– Gale Academic One File
– International Index to the Performing Arts
– MLA International Bibliography
– ProQuest Research Library
- Searches in Google Scholar (in particular for access to book chapters and newer journals that are not covered by established databases)
- Searches for appropriate subject terms and Library of Congress subject headings (such as ‘Animated films-Japan’; ‘Animated television programs-Japan’; ‘Comic books, strips, etc.-Japan’) in major library catalogs.
- Whenever possible, review of works cited sections of publications that were already identified for inclusion.
- Direct contributions by authors
Organization: The Bibliography includes several different types of publications
- Essay collections on anime/manga
- Individual chapters in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary essay collections
- Entries in specialized academic encyclopedias
- Articles published in special/theme issues of scholarly journals
- Articles published in general issues
Annotation: Each entry is listed in a “reduced” APA format, with some, but not all of the elements of a standard APA citation. As much as possible, the Bibliography provides links from individual titles to online book stores, records on publishers’ websites, or, for materials that are available online in open access, directly to them.
Note: Regardless of my editorial efforts, it is also very likely that each year’s Bibliography does not cover the entire range of scholarship on anime/manga that was published that year. 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.