"The Rough Guide to Anime" provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and amazing world of animation from Japan. Combining a critical approach with all the essential background information - from history and short biographies of the key people in the industry to the different genres, themes and cultural references of anime - this is the ultimate guide to Japanese animation. The book introduces the creative talents behind the major anime movies, TV series and OVA (original video animation) - from the Oscar-winning "Spirited Away" to classic works like "Howl''s Moving Castle", "Princess Mononoke", and the iconic shows "Astro Boy", "Kimba the White Lion", "Speed Racer" and "Robotech". Written by anime expert Simon Richmond, features include the Top 50 must-sees, with details on the most influential directors and creative artists. There's an exploration of the art form's history, plus information on the anime conventions and manga-related attractions in Japan. Newcomers will love the glossary of all the anime slang and jargon, while devoted fans will relish the fresh exploration of themes, genres and obsessions in the colourful anime universe. "The Rough Guide to Anime" explores the best of the prolific genre of anime in today's popular culture.