Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Anime and Philosophy” as Want to Read:
Anime and Philosophy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Anime and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy #47)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Anime and Philosophy focuses on some of the most-loved, most-intriguing anime films and series, as well as lesser-known works, to find what lies at their core. Astro Boy, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and Spirited Away are just a few of the films analyzed in this book. In these stories about monsters, robots, children, and spirits who grapple with the important questi ...more
ebook, 0 pages
Published April 10th 2010 by Open Court Publishing Company (first published 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Anime and Philosophy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Anime and Philosophy

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Spring Holbrook
For the most part, this is a pretty interesting book. It's fascinating to see the meanings that can be read into various anime, such as Highlander: Search for Vengeance. I actually think Ghost in the Shell is the obvious topic, and it was used too many times. Reading different perspectives on it back to back was actually pretty annoying.

Overall I wish the number of anime that were actually analyzed and not just name-dropped was higher, but overall this was still a pretty good read, and I think n
T.L. Brown
Interesting to read and definitely a page-turner.

However, fair warning, nearly 25% of this book is all credits, dedications and one huge chapter citing works that were even remotely mentioned. So do not be afraid to skip a few chapters as they have zero value other than a nod to the source material.
An interesting perspective on many different aspects of anime. It introduced me to concepts of transhumanism and singularity. Well worth considering in the framework of Ayn Rand's Objectivism.
Apr 25, 2011 Bridgett rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Interesting look at different anime and philosophical issues, though focusing a bit heavily on technology in anime (not really my area of interest).
Kelsey Gittings
Kelsey Gittings rated it really liked it
Nov 20, 2014
Lu rated it it was amazing
Mar 07, 2016
Chris Feldman
Chris Feldman rated it did not like it
Aug 08, 2010
Adiens rated it it was amazing
Jul 11, 2012
إيزابيلا كلاين
إيزابيلا كلاين rated it it was amazing
Jul 31, 2015
Alan rated it liked it
Nov 09, 2013
Nana Tanaka
Nana Tanaka rated it it was amazing
Dec 06, 2011
John Taylor
John Taylor rated it liked it
Apr 10, 2015
Kimi rated it really liked it
Mar 09, 2012
Kemuel Nunez
Kemuel Nunez rated it really liked it
Jan 13, 2016
Angela rated it really liked it
Dec 19, 2011
Kelly Newman
Kelly Newman rated it it was ok
Aug 07, 2015
D.E. Wittkower
D.E. Wittkower rated it it was amazing
Aug 26, 2010
callmesyl rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2015
Lea rated it liked it
Aug 02, 2014
Simon rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2012
Jose Padilla
Jose Padilla rated it liked it
Apr 29, 2016
Julio Pineda
Julio Pineda rated it it was amazing
Jun 25, 2015
Stevie rated it it was amazing
Jun 09, 2016
Lostsoul rated it it was amazing
Jul 14, 2013
Geoff rated it really liked it
May 23, 2013
Tom Kline
Tom Kline rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2014
Michael rated it really liked it
May 03, 2011
Jennifer rated it liked it
Nov 21, 2013
Angela Mondragon
Angela Mondragon rated it it was amazing
Oct 04, 2010
Rise rated it really liked it
May 29, 2011
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Anime: from Akira to Princess Mononoke, Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation
  • American Zombie Gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture
  • Bullshit and Philosophy
  • Understanding Manga and Anime
  • The Anime Art of Hayao Miyazaki
  • Doctor Who and Philosophy: Bigger on the Inside (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
  • The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am
  • Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction
  • Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.
  • Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando
  • Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime
  • The Art of the Moving Picture
  • Life: The Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality
  • Inception and Philosophy: Ideas to Die For  (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
  • Neil Gaiman and Philosophy: Gods Gone Wild!
  • The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice
  • The Cultural Animal: Human Nature, Meaning, and Social Life
  • The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917

Other Books in the Series

Popular Culture and Philosophy (1 - 10 of 102 books)
  • Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book About Everything and Nothing (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
  • The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer
  • The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale
  • The Lord of the Rings and Philosophy: One Book to Rule Them All
  • Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box
  • The Sopranos and Philosophy: I Kill Therefore I Am (Popular Culture and Philosophy)
  • Woody Allen and Philosophy: [You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?]
  • Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts
  • Mel Gibson's Passion and Philosophy: The Cross, the Questions, the Controverssy

Share This Book