Bibliographies of Anime and Manga Studies: 1970’s – 1980’s

This list covers the few English-language books, book chapters, and journal articles on anime/manga that were published in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Although it is always possible that there are other such publications that I am not aware of or have not located yet, I don’t think that is very likely. In any case, as with all editions of the Annual Bibliography of Anime and Manga Studies, recommendations or suggestions for additional entries to add are always welcome.

Total published: 2


Schodt, Frederk L. Inside the Robot Kingdom: Japan, mechatronics, and the coming robotopia. Tokyo: Kodansha International.


Schodt, Frederik L. Manga! Manga!: The world of Japanese comics. Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Manga! Manga! was the first English-language book on Japanese comics. Since its original publication, it has been reprinted in 1986 and 1998, and once again, in 2013, with slight changes in each one, primarily in the introductions. The core of the book, including over 90 pages of excepts from four major manga works (Phoenix, Ghost Warrior, Rose of Versailles, and Barefoot Gen) has remained unchanged over these.

Book Chapters


Aoyama, Tomoko. Male homosexuality as treated by Japanese women writers. In Gawan McCormack & Yoshio Sugimoto (Eds.), The Japanese trajectory: Modernization and beyond (pp. 186-204). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Total published: 7


Port, Kenneth L. Copyright protection of fictional characters in Japan. Wisconsin International Law Journal, 7(1), 205-229.

This article, in a legal journal, analyzed the “first case in Japan to extend copy-right protection to fictional characters independent of their original work”. The case, decided by the Tokyo District Court in 1976, involved a tour bus company that used images of characters from the manga Sazae-san on its buses without authorization from the manga’s creator. The decision found it liable for copyright infringement, and awarded Sazae-san’s creator damages in the amount of 18,244,099 yen.


Ledden, Sean, & Fejes, Fred. Female gender role patterns in Japanese comic magazines. The Journal of Popular Culture, 21(1), 155-176.

Otsuka, Eiji. Comic-book formula for success. Japan Quarterly, 35(3), 287-291.


Schodt, Frederik L. Reading the comics. The Wilson Quarterly, 9(3), 57-66.


Loveday, Leo, & Chiba, Satomi. At the crossroads: The folk ideology of femininity in the Japanese comic. Communications: The European Journal of Communication Research, 7(2-3), 135-150.
[In 1983, this article was also published in Fabula: Journal of Folktale Studies, 24(3-4), 246-263.]


Skinner, Kenneth A. Salaryman comics in Japan: Images of self-perception. The Journal of Popular Culture, 13(1), 141-151.


Sanches, Mary. Contemporary Japanese youth: Mass media communication. Youth & Society, 8(4), 389-416.
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