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How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded The U.S.

Author: Roland Kelts
Out of Print

Format: Hardback

Page Count: 238
ISBN-13: 9781403974754
Weight (g): 700
Genre: Headpressianism

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Contemporary Japanese pop culture such as anime and manga (Japanese animation and comic books) is Asia's equivalent of the Harry Potter phenomenon--an overseas export that has taken America by storm. While Hollywood struggles to fill seats, Japanese anime releases are increasingly outpacing American movies in number and, more importantly, in the devotion they inspire in their fans. But just as Harry Potter is both "universal" and very English, anime is also deeply Japanese, making its popularity in the United States totally unexpected.

Japanamerica is the first book that directly addresses the American experience with the Japanese pop phenomenon, covering everything from Hayao Miyazaki's epics, the burgeoning world of hentai, or violent pornographic anime, and Puffy Amiyumi, whose exploits are broadcast daily on the Cartoon Network, to literary novelist Haruki Murakami, and more. With insights from the artists, critics, readers and fans from both nations, this book is as literate as it is hip, highlighting the shared conflicts as American and Japanese pop cultures dramatically collide in the here and now.

  • Foreword
  • May the G-Force Be with You
  • Atom Boys
  • The Business of Anime
  • Toy Story
  • Japan's IP Problem
  • Strange Transformations
  • Cosplay and Otakudom: The Draw of DIY
  • Future Shocks
  • Anime Appeals

"Like a Wired magazine article on steroids ... Kelts throws out fascinating ideas. If you wish to understand the nuances of otaku-dom, or are just hentai-curious, Japanamerica is a broad primer. If you're seeking investment opportunities, it's practically a prospectus."
- R.C. Baker, The Village Voice

"From exploring the Japanese attitude toward pornography to a meeting with the creator of Pac-Man, Japanamerica is a fascinating ride."
- Bookforum

"Embrace the world of otaku in Roland Kelts' comprehensive study of how Japanese pop culture enchanted the West, from Speed Racer and Pokémon to cosplay and hentai manga."
- Wired magazine

"[T]he personal stories [and] acute observations make this work precious ... a personal record of enlightening research on both sides of the Pacific, told with loving detail and complemented by the opinions of 'insiders'."
- Mariko Kato, The Japan Times

"Kelts's energetic survey covers the films of Miyazaki, Pokemon trading cards and anime action figures, as well as such exotic sub-genres as 'tentacle porn.' Japanamerica is entertaining and often enlightening."
- The Guardian (UK)

"A stimulating guide, acutely researched and engagingly written ... Kelts is well positioned to explore the roots and ramifications of a steadfast and, to many, mystifying trend."
- The Australian (Australia)

"Roland Kelts's Japanamerica is diligent, brisk and above all entertaining."
- 3AM Magazine (UK)

"Japanamerica is the book I have been waiting for. It tells the incredible story of the way the colorful and eccentric world of Japanese entertainment and popular art has enriched our lives in the West. But it also deals with why it has a poetry that has taken Americans many years to understand and feel able to echo. Japan's holocaust was equally traumatic to the ones experienced by many Americans, and perhaps more sudden, more extreme and more focused. This story shows how today we all use movies, comics, music, art and advertising to face our past and its traumas, rather than to escape. The Japanese methods of facing the past are restrained and unusual, but ultimately glorious, and mean more to us in our post-9/11 era than ever they could before. Roland Kelts, part American, part Japanese, brings real insight to the way this union of hearts and souls through entertainment will continue to grow and draw two very different worlds together.”
- Pete Townshend, The Who