When Jonathan Clements’ Anime: A History was released in 2013, it felt like a breath of fresh air to the field of anime studies. For years, existing literature on anime – both populist and academic – had invariably focused on either the ‘contents’ of the medium, the fans viewing it, or both. We were told time and again of anime’s capacity for storytelling and visual spectacle, and why it meant so much to fans on the other side of the world from its country of origin – Japan. Clements’ study did something different [...]
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