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The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki
Godzilla stomped his way into American movie theaters in 1956, and ever since then Japanese trends and cultural products have had a major impact on children's popular culture in America. This can be seen in the Hello Kitty paraphernalia phenomenon, the popularity of anime television programs like Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, computer games, and Hayao Miyazaki's award-winning ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published October 23rd 2008 by Scarecrow Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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A big collection of essays in a VERY overpriced book (something like fifty bucks). I bought it to do some reading for my class on Japan and World Cinema, but most of the essays were not very useful for my purpose, and many seemed pretty weak--weak writing, weak analysis, weak research. Writers can't even be bothered to look up basic information about the works they are writing about sometimes. One of the essays is just a non-stop snark-fest meant for humor, I guess.