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Anime

by Jonathan Clements
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: 2017-10-07
Genre: Performing Arts
Pages: 176 pages
ISBN 13: 0877882487
ISBN 10: 9780877882480
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This comprehensive history of Japanese animation draws on Japanese primary sources and testimony from industry professionals to explore the production and reception of anime, from its early faltering steps, to the international successes of Spirited Away and Pokémon.
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