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Anime and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy #47)

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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
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Published April 10th 2010 by Open Court Publishing Company (first published 2010)
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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
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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.
Jamessteeleii
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.
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Interesting look at different anime and philosophical issues, though focusing a bit heavily on technology in anime (not really my area of interest).
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