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The Anime Companion: What’s Japanese in Japanese Animation

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By Gilles Poitras
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA: STONE BRIDGE PRESS, 1999
163 PAGES

The Anime Companion is an irresistible browsing book, whether you’re interested in anime or not, whether you’re interested in Japanese culture or not. A librarian at San Francisco’s Golden Gate College, Poitras has a special concern about how to reach young people intellectually. He is also a self-proclaimed otaku, or fan of Japanese animation. In the Anime Companion, Poitras combines these two enthusiasms by proposing that one can learn an awful lot about Japanese culture—high and low—by watching anime with both eyes open.

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