Tells the incredible story of the way Japanese entertainment and popular art continue to grow and draw two very different worlds together.
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'Kelts's energetic survey covers the films of Miyazaki, Pokemon trading cards and anime action figures, as well as such exotic sub-genres as 'tentacle porn.' Japanamerica is entertaining and often enlightening.' - The Guardian
'Even if you think you've read it all already, you'll be surprised at how much has been left out of anime's story in the West. Fascinating, vital and surprising, this is one of the most essential texts to be written for the intelligent anime fan in years.' - Neomag
'[JAPANAMERICA is] by far the most interesting overview I've read on Japanese pop culture and I'd highly recommend it. The book offers so many fascinating tidbits that I finished it in a single sitting. Both newbies and hardcore otaku will get something out of it.' - Animetique
'From exploring the Japanese attitude toward pornography to a meeting with the creator of Pac-Man, Japanamerica is a fascinating ride.' - Bookforum
'As a study of the global manga-anime-cosplay phenomenon, Japanamerica offers a unique insiders' view.' - Metropolis
'[T]he personal stories [and] acute observations make this work precious ... a personal record of enlightening research on both sides of the Pacific, told with loving detail and complemented by the opinions of 'insiders'. - Mariko Kato, The Japan Times
'An entertaining treatment. Kelts has a sharp grasp of his subject and is on sure ground.' - Publisher's Weekly
'Japanamerica is a broad primer; if you're seeking investment opportunities, it's practically a prospectus.' - R.C. Baker, The Village Voice, USA
'Japanamerica is the book I have been waiting for. It tells the incredible story of the way the colorful and eccentric world of Japanese entertainment and popular art has enriched our lives in the West. Roland Kelts, part American, part Japanese, brings real insight to the way this union of hearts and souls through entertainment will continue to grow and draw two very different worlds together.' - Pete Townshend, The Who
Japanamerica is the first book that directly addresses the Western experience of the Japanese pop culture craze - looking at anime, Hayao Miyazaki's epics, the burgeoning world of hentai, Haruki Murakami's fiction, and including interviews with the inventor of Pac-man and executives from TokyoPop.
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