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What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture, or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku? Or is this something new, a product of gl What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture, or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku? Or is this something new, a product of global culture in which ethnic identities carry less weight? This book explores these issues by taking a look at anime fans and the place they occupy, both in terms of subculture in Japan and America, and in relation to Western perceptions of Japan since the late 1800s.


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What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture, or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku? Or is this something new, a product of gl What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base? Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture, like the Japonisants of fin-de-siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture, or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku? Or is this something new, a product of global culture in which ethnic identities carry less weight? This book explores these issues by taking a look at anime fans and the place they occupy, both in terms of subculture in Japan and America, and in relation to Western perceptions of Japan since the late 1800s.

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    Jacqueline Ristola

    Pretty good book exploring how the West has been fascinated with Japan, and has appreciated cultural elements such as art aesthetics for centred. Napier's book traces cultural appropriation (to use internet slang) and orientalism from the impressionists in France, to science fiction writers in the 80s and 90s, to anime fandom today. It's a solid contribution to the study of anime, Japanese culture, and transnationalism, and best of all, it's a great resource for my research project. It's greates Pretty good book exploring how the West has been fascinated with Japan, and has appreciated cultural elements such as art aesthetics for centred. Napier's book traces cultural appropriation (to use internet slang) and orientalism from the impressionists in France, to science fiction writers in the 80s and 90s, to anime fandom today. It's a solid contribution to the study of anime, Japanese culture, and transnationalism, and best of all, it's a great resource for my research project. It's greatest weaknesses actually it's cover. Worst cover ever. The intent is that it's a picture of a cosplayer with a filter on it to look like an impressionist painting. A clever idea, but it utterly fails.

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