[Music] Hello, I’m Christopher Bolton. I teach Japanese literature at Williams College, and I’d like to tell you about my new book, Interpreting Anime. If you are a student or fan of anime, this book will take your understanding to the next level by helping you unlock new meaning
in these texts. And if you’re a faculty member trying to teach visual reading skills, Interpreting Anime is designed for easy use in college and graduate courses. Each chapter focuses on a single feature-length anime film or short series. Together these cover some of the most important directors and studios of the last thirty years. The book provides background on basic production techniques, creators, and the historical and political events that form the context for these films. But most important, Interpreting Anime models ways of reading the visual and formal features of anime, to understand how it generates
meanings and perspectives that other media cannot. At the heart of the book is this idea of media comparison. Different chapters juxtapose anime with print comics, prose fiction, modern or classical stage drama, and live-action film. And each of these comparisons adds to our understanding of how anime works– its blind spots, but also its own particular powers and insights. The book also introduces a wide range of critical approaches and gives readers a good overview of the theoretical issues that have shaped anime studies. So whether you’re curious about what it means to call anime postmodern, or want to explore how phenomenological film theory can change the way we see giant robots, Interpreting Anime presents these ideas in a clear, sophisticated way. Interpreting Anime is published by the University of Minnesota Press, a leader in Japanese media studies, and it’s available from Amazon or your favorite bookstore. For more information visit the book’s website at interpretinganime.org. I’m Christopher Bolton, and thank you for watching.