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Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation
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Cover of Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation by Patrick Drazen.
Author Patrick Drazen
Country United States, United Kingdom
Language English
Subject anime
Genre non-fiction
Publisher Stone Bridge Press
Publication date
January 1, 2002
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 369 pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-1-880656-72-3

Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation is a book of essays about anime written by Patrick Drazen. It was published on January 1, 2002 by Stone Bridge Press.[1] The first half of the book defines "what anime is, what it is not, and more important, how it differs from American cartoons in general and TV-based American entertainment in particular." The second half looks into "individual “films and directors.”"[2] The book is used as a text in the "History and Art of Animation" course at Clarkson University,[3] in the "Japanese Animation: Still Pictures, Moving Minds" course at Massachusetts Institute of Technology[4] and in the "Animation: History and Criticism" course at Emory University.[5]


Anime News Network's Mikhail Koulikov commends the book for being "packed with information" and having "valid points, and intelligent opinions". However, he criticises the book for its "little overall cohesiveness; more a collection of articles in book form than a book".[2] John F. Barber commends the book as a "timely and fascinating guide to the world of anime".[6] Animefringe's Ridwan Khan criticises the book for its "glaring omission" of anime history as "70s and 80s [anime] are either overlooked or mentioned in passing". Khan also criticises the book's cover for looking "too busy, too comic book, and too cheap pop". He commends Drazen for creating "a concrete basis in Japanese culture with just a dash of intellectual daring to explain anime in a fashion that makes the book extremely interesting".[7]


  1. ^ "Anime Explosion! The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation (Paperback)". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  2. ^ a b Koulikov, Mikhail (August 23, 2003). "Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation Patrick Drazen; Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press". Anime News Network. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ "LF 390: The History and Art of Animation Fall 2003". Clarkson University. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  4. ^ "SP.270 Japanese Animation: Still Pictures, Moving Minds" (PDF). Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  5. ^ "Film 373: Animation: History and Criticism". Emory University. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  6. ^ Barber, John F. (November 1, 2004). "Anime Explosion: The What? Why? & Wow! of Japanese Animation" (in Leonardo Journal). Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  7. ^ Khan, Ridwan (December 2002). "Anime Explosion! The What, Why, and Wow of Japanese Animation". Animefringe. Retrieved 2009-06-05.