Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke : Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation
I would be lying if I said the first thing that attract me to this book was not the cover. Motoko Kusanagi herself on the cover is so Japanese as Jane Excalibur to the English. Perhaps I am exaggerating, but Kusanagi in Japanese means a great sword. Well this is not a manga, there is no picture be it colored or not, except for the middle pages where certain cut scenes from some anime, even from The Legend of the Overfiend or known as Urutsokidoji to some others.
This is probably an analysis on all the great anime ever done, from the days of Astro Boy to maybe to the all hyped Naruto, which is broken up in a few categories:
The sub genres in Anime itself such as post-apocalyptic (Akira), the fantasy/magical (Urutsei Yagura, Video Girl Ai, mecha/cyberpunk (Ghost in The Shell) and more.
The graphic violence and graphic pornography in it and how it effect people.
The anti-stereotyping casting of female lead role.
Post-Hiroshima animation like Barefoot Gen and the Grave of the Fireflies.
Transgender and metamorphosis element in anime.
The infliction of Shinto religion in it's production
Basically it is about telling people or non-otaku like me that anime is not as simple as Disney characters. Messages were interwoven all around an anime. Hell what do I know, just play the DVD.