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Anime and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9670-7


288 pages

Winter 2010

Anime and Philosophy

Wide Eyed Wonder

Edited by Josef Steiff and Tristan D. Tamplin
Volume 47 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

Anime makes your average American or British Saturday morning cartoon look slow and shallow. . . . This book helps us understand that there’s a lot more to anime than just pretty girls with big eyes and giant robots smashing up Neo-Tokyo—again! To truly appreciate films like Akira, Ghost In The Shell, and even My Neighbor Totoro, you just have to read this book.”

 —Jerome Mazandarani, Acquisitions and Marketing Manager, Manga Entertainment Ltd

 “Thought-provoking and mind-blowing! Anime fans will gain new insight into their film favorites through readable commentary and analysis of animation classics.”

—Johanna Draper Carlson, founder,

 “Anime and Philosophy surveys the anime that have made the biggest splash among Western audiences, helping fans connect their best-loved shows with the deeper questions behind them, bringing out the larger philosophical themes that make anime so powerful for Western viewers.”

 —Ada Palmer, founder,

“Perhaps the only thing more fascinating than great anime is what goes on inside the heads of those who really get it. Here at last is a fascinating explanation of an art form that is re-defining pop-culture all over the globe, told by those who have dipped deep into the psyche behind Japanese animation.”

 —Doug Rice, Emmy Award-winning Animation Artist

 “Anime and Philosophy is an enlightening read and a brilliant addition to any anime lover’s bookshelf. It’s also an atlas of the anime universe, a welcome guide for anyone intrigued by anime but unsure of just where to start their journey.”

—Del Harvey, publisher,

“This timely volume shows us scholarly dissections—don’t fret, Shaorin—of anime, from the wildly popular to the bizarre and obscure. The result is stimulating and enlightening in equal measure.”

—Carole M. Cusack, editor, Journal of Religious History

 “Anime and Philosophy is a startlingly impressive collection of chapters by writers who use their great love for, and knowledge of, anime for serious probing and accessible philosophical questioning.”

—Matthew Pateman, Director of Film and Media, University of Hull

Josef Steiff is Associate Chair of the Department of Film and Video at Columbia College in Chicago. He wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking (2005) and co-edited (with Adam Barkman) Manga and Philosophy (2010).

Tristan D. Tamplin has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is Principal Designer at Verso Design Corporation. Steiff and Tamplin also co-edited the highly-acclaimed Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Mission Accomplished or Mission Frakked Up? (2008).

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