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Book Review: Anime
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Anime by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc, Kamera BooksAnime
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc
Kamera Books
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Cover Price: $24.95

Okay, two confessions: First, and if you’ve read my reviews before, you probably already know this, but, I’m an unabashed anime fan. Second, and this may not be as apparent to you as a reader, but I’m also a history freak. It almost doesn’t matter what kind of history it is, as long as it deals honestly with the subject matter and I come away with new knowledge and insights that I didn’t have on the subject before, I’m in. So, being both a fan of anime and history, that means that any book that deals in the history of anime is going to catch my attention; but having been a fan of anime for nearly twenty-two years, that also means that I have high standards for what that book has to say about the matter.

That’s why I’m so excited about this new book, Anime, co-written by authors Colin Odell and Michelle Le Blanc. It’s a short read – only about 148 pages in all – but it has the distinction of being a history book that is both entertaining to read and also highly informative. Ever wonder what the very first OVA was? A hint for beginners: It wasn’t Tenchi Muyou. This book will tell you. When was Studio Madhouse first started, and what name did Gainax go by before they called themselves Gainax? Read and find out.

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