Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies – 2018

This Bibliography is updated continuously/on a rolling basis. Suggestions for additional items to include are always welcome!

(Last updated: November 19, 2018)

New additions:

Gottesman, Zachary Samuel. The rotoscopic uncanny: Aku no Hana and the aesthetic of Japanese postmodernity.


Bolton, Christopher. Interpreting anime. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Greenberg, Raz. Hayao Miyazaki: Exploring the early work of Japan’s greatest animator. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Lamarre, Thomas. The anime ecology: A genealogy of television, animation, and game media. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Napier, Susan. Miyazakiworld: A life in art. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Novielli, Maria Roberta. Floating worlds: A short history of Japanese animation. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Essay Collections

Denison, Rayna (Ed.) Princess Mononoke: Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Pearson, Ashley, Giddens, Thomas, & Tranter, Kieran (Eds.), Law and justice in Japanese popular culture: From crime fighting robots to duelling Pocket Monsters. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Book Chapters

Beaty, Bart. Jiro Taniguji: France’s mangaka.
In Frederick Luis Aldama (ed)., Comics studies here and now (pp. 144-160). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Chan, Leo Tak-Hung. Transgenderism in Japanese manga as radical translation: The Journey to the West goes to Japan.
In Brian James Baer & Klaus Kaindl (eds.), Queering translation, translating the queer: Theory, practice, activism (pp. 96-111). New York: Routledge.

Dean, Zachary Michael Lewis. Only a chilling elegy: An examination of white bodies, colonialism, fascism, genocide, and racism in Dragon Ball.
In Frederick Luis Aldama (ed)., Comics studies here and now (pp. 267-280). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Denison, Rayna. Anime’s distribution worlds: Formal and informal distribution in the analogue and digital eras.
In Fabienne Darling-Wolf (ed.), Routledge handbook of Japanese media (pp. 403-418). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Ellis, Bill. Anime and manga: (“You love your father, don’t you”?”: the influence of Tale Type 510B on Japanese manga/anime).
In Pauline Greenhill, Jill Terry Rudy, Naomi Hamer, & Lauren Bosc (eds.), The Routledge companion to media and fairy-tale cultures (pp. 391-397). New York: Routledge.

Grennan, Simon. The influence of manga on the graphic novel.
In Jan Baetens, Hugo Frey, & Stephen E. Tabachnik (Eds.), The Cambridge history of the graphic novel (pp. 320-336). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Groo, Gerry. Cool Japan versus the China threat: Does Japan’s popular culture success mean more soft power?
In Kaoko Hashimoto (ed.), Japanese language and soft power in Asia (pp. 15-42). Singapore: Springer Nature.

Hadl, Gabriele. Nature, media and the future: Unnatural disaster, animist anime, and eco-media activism in Japan.
In Fabienne Darling-Wolf (ed.), Routledge handbook of Japanese media (pp. 336-362). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
[Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind; My Neighbor Totoro; Princess Mononoke]

Hashimoto, Kayoko. Cool Japan and the Japanese language: Why does Japan need “Japan fans”? In Kayoko Hashimoto (ed.), Japanese language and soft power in Asia (pp. 43-62). Singapore: Springer Nature.

Kiernan, Patrick. Multimodality identity in manga: Yowamushi Pedal and the semiotics of Japanese comics.
In Language, identity and cycling in the new media age: Exploring interpersonal semiotics in multimodal media and online texts (pp. 91-210). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Knighton, Mary A. Invasive species: Manga’s insect-human worlds.
In David Hernan (ed.), Animal comics: multispecies storyworlds in graphic narratives (pp. 139-158). London: Bloomsbury Academic.
[Terra Formars]

Larsen, Miranda Ruth. Fandom and otaku.
In Paul Booth (ed.), A companion to media fandom and fan studies (pp. 277-288). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Madill, Anna. Erotic manga: Boys’ Love, shonen-ai, yaoi, and (MxM) shotacon.
In Clarissa Smith, Feona Attwood, & Brian McNair (eds.), The Routledge companion to media, sex and sexuality (pp. 130-140). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Martinez, Dolores P. Anime goddesses and their Hollywood transformations.
In Lorenzo J. Torres-Hortelano (ed.), Dialectics of the goddess in Japanese audiovisual culture (pp. 51-72). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Miller, Mara. On Kawabata, Kishida, and Barefoot Gen: Agency, identity, and aesthetic experience in post-atomic Japanese narrative.
In A. Minh Nguyen (ed.), New essays in Japanese aesthetics (pp. 269-284). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Montero, Laura. The humanization of the goddess: Takahata Isao’s Princess Kaguya.
In Lorenzo J. Torres-Hortelano (Ed.), Dialectics of the goddess in Japanese audiovisual culture (pp. 91-110). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Napier, Susan. Anorexic in Miyazaki’s Land of Cockaigne: Excess and abnegation in Spirited Away.
In Nancy K. Stalker (ed.), Devouring Japan: Global perspectives on Japanese culinary identity (pp. 273-286). New York: Oxford University Press.

Shamoon, Deborah. Fire! Mizuno Hideko and the development of 1960’s shojo manga.
In Fabienne Darling-Wolf (ed.), Routledge handbook of Japanese media (pp. 69-85). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Steinberg, Marc, & dit Alban, Edmond Ernest. Otaku pedestrians.
In Paul Booth (ed.), A companion to media fandom and fan studies (pp. 289-309). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Tanaka, Hiromi, & Ishida, Saori. Doing manga as leisure and its meaning and purpose: The case of Japanese female manga fans called fujoshi.
In Anju Beniwal, Rashmi Jain, & Karl Spracklen (eds.). Global leisure and the struggle for a better world (pp. 201-218). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Special/Theme Issues
Total published: 3 issues, 20 articles


Special Issue: Japanese Media Cultures in Japan and Abroad: Transnational Consumption of Manga, Anime, and Video Games

Pellitteri, Marco. Kawaii aesthetics from Japan to Europe: Theory of the Japanese “cute” and transcultural adoption of its styles in Italian and French comics production and commodified culture goods (article 24).

Kacsuk, Zoltan. Re-Examining the “what is manga” problematic: The tension and interrelationship between the “style” versus “made in Japan” positions (article 26).

Suan, Stevia. Consuming production: Anime’s layers of transnationality and dispersal of agency as seen in Shirobako and sakuga-fan practices (article 27).

Torrents, Alba. Technological specificity, transduction, and identity in media mix (article 29).

Hernandez Hernandez, Alvaro David. The anime industry, networks of participation, and environments for the management of content in Japan (article 42).

Yoshioka, Shiro. The essence of 2.5-dimensional musicals? Sakura Wars and theater adaptations of anime (article 52).

Berndt, Jaqueline. Anime in academia: Representative object, media form, and Japanese studies (article 56).

Santiago Iglesias, Jose Andres. The anime connection. Early Euro-Japanese co-productions and the animesque: Form, rhythm, design (article 59).

East Asian Journal of Popular Culture

Volume 4, Issue 2

Armour, William S. & Iida, Sumiko. Editorial: Contextualizing Japanese popular culture in and out of the Japanese-language classroom (pp. 147-152).

Iida, Sumiko & Takeyama, Yuki. A brief history of Japanese popular culture in Japanese language education: Using ‘manga’ in the classroom (pp. 153-170).

Imura, Taeko. A portrait of Japanese popular culture fans who study Japanese at an Australian university: Motivations and activities beyond the classroom (pp. 171-188).

Northwood, Barbara M. The influence of Japanese popular culture on learning Japanese (pp. 189-204).

Armour, William S. & Iida, Sumiko. Using the revised Bloom’s taxonomy to reflect on the teaching of the Japanese language through ‘manga’ and anime (pp. 205-220).

Volume 4, Issue 1

Rendell, James, & Denison, Rayna. Introducing Studio Ghibli (pp. 5-14).

Yoshioka, Shiro. Toshio’s movie castle: A historical overview of Studio Ghibli’s collaboration and promotional strategies (pp. 15-30).

Denison, Rayna. Before Ghibli was Ghibli: Analysing the historical discourses surrounding Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky (1986) (pp. 31-46).

Carter, Laz. Marketing anime to a global audience: A paratextual analysis of promotional materials from Spirited Away (pp. 47-60).

Pizzuto, Daniela. Can faithfulness to the original text betray the target public? The adaptations of Mononokehime (Princess Mononoke) in Italy (pp. 61-76).

Morimoto, Lori. The ‘Totoro Meme’ and the politics of transfandom pleasure (pp. 77-92).

Rendell, James. Bridge builders, world makers: Transcultural Studio Ghibli fan crafting (pp. 93-110).

Journal Articles
Total published: 66

Abdolmaleki, Saleh Delforouz, Tavakoli, Mansoor, & Ketabi, Saeed. Agency in non-professional manga translation in Iran. Translation & Interpreting, 10(1), 92-110.

Akbas, Ibrahim. A “cool” approach to foreign policy: Linking anime to international relations. Perceptions: Journal of International Affairs, 23(1), 95-120.

Al-Ghazzi, Omar. Grendizer leaves for Sweden: Japanese anime nostalgia on Syrian social media. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 11(1), 52-71.

Bauer, Thomas. When an energy drink exalts a table tennis hero: Brand placement and subvertising in the manga Ping-Pong Dash!! by Honda Shingo. Society and Leisure, 41(2), 233-249.

Boyd, Nolan. The altered shall inherit the Earth: Biopower and the disabled body in Tehxnolyze. Science Fiction Studies, 45(1), 91-110.

Bridges, Will. The past tense and the Future Perfect: The postmodern play of Watanabe Shin’ichiro and the possibility of the coming communityThe Journal of Popular Culture51(3), 776-801.

Brienza, Casey. Domesticating manga? Japanese comics and transnational publishing. International Journal of Comic Art, 20(1), 81-97.

Brown, Janice. Becoming imperceptible: but not exactly: HP Lovecraft, the Weird Body, and the posthuman in Japanese popular culture. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 18(1).

Butler, Catherine. Shoujo versus seinen? Address and reception in Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011). Children’s Literature in Education (forthcoming).

Chaudhuri, Ritu Sen. Kiki and the ‘girl’: A moment of reading between Deleuze and feminism. Deleuze and Guattari Studies, 12(4), 486-504.
[Kiki’s Delivery Service]

Cho, Hyerim, Disher, Thomas, Lee, Wan-Chen, Keating, Stephen A., & Lee, Jin Han. Facet analysis of anime genres: The challenges of defining genre information for popular culture objects. Knowledge Organization, 45(6), 484-499.

Cho, Hyerim, Schmalz, Marc L., Keating, Stephen A., & Lee, Jin Ha. Analyzing anime users’ online forum queries for recommendation using content analysis. Journal of Documentation, 74(5), 918-935.

Choo, Kukhee. Cool governance: Japan’s ubiquitous society, surveillance, and creative industries. Culture, Theory and Critique, 59(2), 94-118.
[Den-noh Coil]

Clark, Daniel D. Manga’s Christian other in Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys and Suu Minazuki’s Judas. International Journal of Comic Art, 20(1), 598-614.

Clarke, M.J. Fluidity of figure and space in Osamu Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 9(1), 23-48.

Clopton, Kay K. Ha-fuun and other sounds of enjoyment: How giongo and gitaigo shift from entertainment to lived experience in Insufficient Direction. International Journal of Comic Art, 20(1), 563-574.

Cohn, Neil, et al. The cultural pages of comics: Cross-cultural variation in page layouts. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (forthcoming).

Dahlberg-Dodd, Hannah E. Voices of the hero: Dominant masculine ideologies through the speech of Japanese shonen protagonists. Gender and Language, 12(3), 346-371.

Feil, Franca. Kawaii Snow White and an umbrella called “Dornroschen”: Manga adaptations of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. International Journal of Comic Art, 20(1), 98-117.

Fink, Moritz. Of Maus and Gen: Author avatars in nonfiction comics. International Journal of Comic Art, 20(1), 267-296.
[Barefoot Gen]

Flis, Daniel. Straddling the line: How female authors are pushing the boundaries of of gender representation in Japanese shonen manga. New Voices in Japanese Studies, 10, 76-97.
[Noragami] [Akame ga KILL!]

Fraser, Lucy. Dogs, gods, and monsters: The animal-human connection in Bakin’s Hakkenden, folktales and legends, and two contemporary retellingsJapanese Studies, 38(1), 103-123.
[Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress]

Gava, Priscila. Translating sound into image: A comparison between American comic and Japanese manga onomatopoeia. The International Journal of the Image, 9(3), 1-21.

*** NEW ***
Gottesman, Zachary Samuel. The rotoscopic uncanny: Aku no Hana and the aesthetic of Japanese postmodernity. Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 13(3), 192-206.
[Flowers of Evil]

Grady, William. Reflections on yaoi space and yaoi time: East and West, yesterday and tomorrow – an introduction. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (forthcoming).

Greene, Barbara. Moyashimon and agrarian nationalism: The transition from policy to pop culture. Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 18(2).

Hermenau, Sierra. Manga as a cultural national brand. Japan Spotlight, 221, 62-65.

de la Iglesia, Martin. Has Akira always been a cyberpunk comic? Arts, 7(3), article 32.

Jaworowics-Zimny, Aleksandra. Kando conservatism: “Moving” war narratives in Japanese online fan videos. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 16(15), article 5.

Johansson, Anna. ISIS-chan – the meanings of the Manga girl in image warfare against the Islamic State. Critical Studies in Terrorism, 11(1), 1-25.

Johnson, Ryan. In one blow: The futility of Nietzsche in One-Punch Man. The Phoenix Papers, 4(1), 143-157.

Jones, Anna Maria. Transnational Neo-Victorian Studies: Notes on the possibilities and limitations of a discipline. Literature Compass, 15(7).
[Black Butler]

Kusamaki, Mieko, et al. Presenting safety topics using a graphic novel, manga, to effectively teach chemical safety to students in Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Journal of Chemical Education (forthcoming).

Lee, Kelvin K. H. “Watashi-tachi wa ningen-da”! A corpus-assisted analysis of a non-human character in the anime ‘From the New World’. New Voices in Japanese Studies, 10, 52-75.

Leshner, Colin,  et al. “My group is discriminated against, but I’m not”: Denial of personal discrimination in furry, brony, anime, and general interest fan groups. The Phoenix Papers, 4(1), 130-142.

Lewis, Diane Wei. Shiage and women’s flexible labor in the Japanese animation industryFeminist Media Histories4(1), 115-141.

Lo, Bradley, et al. Librarians’ perceptions of educational values of comic books: A comparative study between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (forthcoming).

Lorenzo, Ronald. My Hero Academia and Durkheim: A case study of blood and hair as “sacred” objects in a Japanese anime television series. The Phoenix Papers, 4(1), 93-101.

Marshall, Robert C. Explaining Doraemon’s perduring popularity: Structural analysis, specious technology and mother’s indulgent affection. Contemporary Japan (forthcoming).

Martin, Paul. The contradictions of pop nationalism in the manga Gate: Thus the JSDF fought there! Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (forthcoming).

Maslovskiy, Mikhail, Maiboroda, Alina, & Garifzianova, Albina. Multiple cultural encounters of urban youth in Russia’s Muslim regions. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 39(5), 557-569.

Mihara, Ryotaro. Involution: A perspective for understanding Japanese animation’s domestic business in a global context. Japan Forum (forthcoming).

Mumcu, Sema, & Yilmaz, Serap. Anime landscapes as a tool for analyzing the human-environmental relationship: Hayao Miyazaki’s films. Arts, 7(2), article 16.

Ohsawa, Yuki. A contemporary version of globalization: New ways of circulating and consuming Japanese anime and manga in East Asia. Josei International University Bulletin, 26(6), 19-42

Peer, Ayelet. Thermae Romae manga: Plunging into the gulf between Ancient Rome and modern Japan. New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, 12, 57-67.

Poon, Carol Man Wai. Reading Japanese philosophy through ParasyteJournal of Japanese Philosophy, 5, 57-78.

Ray, Adam, et al. “You had to be there”: Convention attendance and well-being in anime fans. The Phoenix Papers, 3(2), 20-30.

Reysen, Stephen, Plante, Courtney N., Roberts, Sharon E., & Gerbasi, Kathleen C. A brief report on differences in Big Five personality dimensions between anime fan cosplayers and non-cosplayers. The Phoenix Papers, 3(2),46-53.

Reysen, Stephen, et al. A brief report on the prevalence of self-reported mood disorders, anxiety disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in anime, brony, and furry fandoms. The Phoenix Papers, 3(2), 64-75.

Reysen, Stephen, et al. “Coming out” as an anime fan: Cosplayers in the anime fandom, fan disclosure, and well-being. The Phoenix Papers, 4(1), 1-9.

Reysen, Stephen, et al. Motivations of cosplayers to participate in the anime fandom. The Phoenix Papers, 4(1), 29-40.

Reysen, Stephen, Plante, Courtney N., Roberts, Sharon E., & Gerbasi, Kathleen C. “Who I want to be”: Self-perception and cosplayers’ identification with their favorite characters. The Phoenix Papers, 3(2), 1-7.

Robertson, Wes. Scripted voices: Script’s role in creating Japanese manga dialogue. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (forthcoming).

Shimazaki, Takashi, et al. Use of health promotion manga to encourage physical activity and healthy eating in Japanese patients with metabolic syndrome: A case study. Archives of Public Health, 76, article 26.

Sugawa-Shimada, Akiko. Playing with militarism in/with Arpeggio and Kantai Collection: Effects of shojo images in war-related contents tourism in Japan. Journal of War & Culture Studies (forthcoming)

Suvilay, Bounthavy. Dragon Ball: Body control and epic excess in manga and anime. Society and Leisure, 41(2), 250-267.

Suvilay, Bounthavy. Sports manga as a coming-of-age tale in Japan. Agora Debats/Jeunesses, 78, 125-141
[article in French, abstract in English]

Tajima, Misako. ‘Weird English from an American’? Folk engagements with language ideologies surrounding a self-help English language learning comic book published in Japan. Asian Englishes, 20(1), 65-80.

Tatsimi, Takayuki. Transpacific cyberpunk: Transgeneric interactions between prose, cinema, and manga. Arts, 7(1), article 9.

Tembo, Kwasu D. Death, innocence, and the cyborg: Theorizing the gynoid in double-bind in Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell II: Innocence. American, British and Canadian Studies, 29(1), 103-125.

Tsai, Yi-Shan. Close-ups: An emotive language in manga. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (forthcoming)

Turner, Simon David. Interdisciplinary approaches to yaoi manga: A review. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (forthcoming)

Ward, Rafael. From manga to Maus: A brief history of graphic narratives and how to use them in the classroom. Idiom, 54(1), 33-35.

Watson, Matthew. Translation studies: Shifts in domestication and foreignization in translating Japanese manga and anime (part two). Bulletin of Kagoshima Junshin Junior College, 48, 273-276.

Wood, Mark A. Algorithmic tyranny: Psycho-Pass, science fiction and the criminological imagination. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal (forthcoming).

Yamamura, Takayoshi. Cooperation between anime producers and the Japan Self-Defense Force: Creating fantasy and/or propaganda? Journal of War & Culture Studies (forthcoming)

Yamato, Eriko. Construction of discursive fandom and structural fandom through anime, comics and game fan conventions in Malaysia. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21(4), 469-485.