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Japanamerica by Roland Kelts
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Jun 29, 2008

really liked it
Read in November, 2006

These are heady days for anime and manga as they occupy the mainstream spotlight. Japanophilia is on the rise. But how could a very singular culture (anime and manga riding the cultural tsunami wave) explode into an American phenomenon? Even the Japanese seem to be dumb founded. Roland Kelts topical book Japanamericaprovides that answer. Clocking in at 223 pages (HC) it's a cultural treatise on steroids. _Japanamerica_ provides an intimate insider's look and overturns some long held myths. Highly recommended for the otaku and non-otaku alike. Being a huge fan of anime, manga and all things Japanese for a long time, I loved this book! A bibliography for the curious would have been useful. Here's hoping for a sequel on the "world-wide" effects of Japanese pop culture.

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