The Soul of Anime by Ian Condry
Collaborative Creativity and Japan's Media Success Story (Experimental Futures)

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In The Soul of Anime, Ian Condry explores the emergence of anime, Japanese animated film and television, as a global cultural phenomenon. Drawing on ethnographic research, including interviews with artists at some of Tokyo's leading animation studios—such as Madhouse, Gonzo, Aniplex, and Studio Ghibli—Condry discusses how anime's fictional characters and worlds become platforms for collaborative creativity. He argues that the global success of Japanese animation has grown out of a collective social energy that operates across industries—including those that produce film, television, manga (comic books), and toys and other licensed merchandise—and connects fans to the creators of anime. For Condry, this collective social energy is the soul of anime.

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Ian Condry is Associate Professor of Comparative Media Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization, also published by Duke University Press.
Published January 11, 2013 by Duke University Press Books. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Travel, Comics & Graphic Novels. Non-fiction

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Enlightening and startling are two words to describe Ian Condry’s “The Soul of Anime” he explores the success of Japanese animation within the growth of the collective energy which is the “soul.

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Topics range from the importance of characters, premises, and worlds, as opposed to straightforward storytelling narratives, for the production of anime titles, to the overseas digital piracy of “fansubbers.” He also provides an overview of his theoretical framework, an in-depth history of the Ja...

Nov 13 2013 | Read Full Review of The Soul of Anime: Collaborat...

In this highly engaging study, Condry (comparative media studies, MIT; Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization) theorizes that the collective social energy created from grassroots fan interest in various Japanese media—television, film, manga, and merchandise—has made anime a g...

Mar 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Soul of Anime: Collaborat...

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