While visiting Japan, animation writer Chris Robinson gets lost. As he drifts through Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Kyoto he happens upon a number of mysterious figures including Bob Dylan, Haruki Murakami, Sumo wrestlers, Big Bird and, by good chance, many famous Japanese animators—both living and dead. Each of these characters takes Robinson into a deep, dark, mysterious world of Japanese animation that does not include Godzilla, Akira, Anime, Manga, or Hasao Miyazaki. This inventive and unusual study rewrites the history of Japanese animation looking at the work of Atsushi Wada, Taku Furukawa, Renzo and Sayoko Kinoshita, Maya Yonesho, and many more.
“This inventive study rewrites the history of Japanese animation through the journey of a writer as he drifts through Japan. Happening upon a number of mysterious figures including Bob Dylan, Sumo wrestlers, Big Bird, and many famous animators, Robinson delves into a deep, dark, mysterious world.”
“[Japanese Animation] is an eminently readable, entertaining introduction to the world of indie Japanese animation, through the mind of one of the most honest and trustworthy champions of artistic animation in the world today. ”
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Table of Contents
Introduction: An Extremely Brief History of Independent Japanese Animation
1. Shadows are Falling
2. Tokyo Now: Atsushi Wada, Kei Oyama, Naoyuki Tsuji, Mirai Mizue, Keita Kurosaka, Kunio Kato
3. Tokyo Godfathers: taku Furukawa, Osamu Tezuka, Tadanari Okamoto, Kihachiro Kawamoto, Yoji Kuri
4. Hiroshima: Renzo and Sayoko Kinoshita
5. Kyoto: Maya Yonesho, Nobuhiro Aihara/Keiichi Tanammi, Kenzo masaoka, Noburo ofuji, yasuji Murata
6. Highlands: Koji Yamamura