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Essential reading for fans, literati, and anyone interested in the shape of visual culture to come.


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Essential reading for fans, literati, and anyone interested in the shape of visual culture to come.

30 review for Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga

  1. 4 out of 5

    GONZA

    Very interesting excursus on mangas and many of its most famous authors. There is also a sort of Psychologica/Sociological/Anthropological explanation about the popularity of comics in modern Japan. Un excursus molto interessante sui manga e sui suoi autori piú famosi; inoltre c'é ache una teoria di tipo psicologico/sociologico/antropologica che tenta di spiegare il perché dell'immensa popolaritá di questi fumetti nel Giappone contemporaneo. Very interesting excursus on mangas and many of its most famous authors. There is also a sort of Psychologica/Sociological/Anthropological explanation about the popularity of comics in modern Japan. Un excursus molto interessante sui manga e sui suoi autori piú famosi; inoltre c'é ache una teoria di tipo psicologico/sociologico/antropologica che tenta di spiegare il perché dell'immensa popolaritá di questi fumetti nel Giappone contemporaneo.

  2. 5 out of 5

    typewriterdeluxe

    There's a ton of information in this book, but I was too bogged down by the author's verbose/excessively-academic writing to finish. I'm pretty sure I'm not in the intended audience, though, so I'll recommend Dreamland Japan to others who would enjoy it. There's a ton of information in this book, but I was too bogged down by the author's verbose/excessively-academic writing to finish. I'm pretty sure I'm not in the intended audience, though, so I'll recommend Dreamland Japan to others who would enjoy it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John

    Very informative, much like Manga! Manga!, but with a different format which works for and against the writing. Much of the book is taken from articles that Schodt had previously written and the rest is written in the same style. This helps to remember things if you're not familiar with anime and manga but for anyone with passing familiarity it ends up getting a little repetitive. Schodt also has a tendency towards predicting future trends in manga, which unfortunately dates the book. This is pa Very informative, much like Manga! Manga!, but with a different format which works for and against the writing. Much of the book is taken from articles that Schodt had previously written and the rest is written in the same style. This helps to remember things if you're not familiar with anime and manga but for anyone with passing familiarity it ends up getting a little repetitive. Schodt also has a tendency towards predicting future trends in manga, which unfortunately dates the book. This is partly countered by the afterward written in 2011 (the original Dreamland Japan was written in 1996), but even in that he remains skeptical that popular manga and anime titles (specifically ones that were not, as of publication, licensed and translated into English) will be as successful. This I think is a disservice to his fellow countrymen, many of whom are very interested in reading older, more obscure and idiosyncratic manga if they could only get their hands on localized versions. I'd be interested to read more of his work despite my reservations about his writing style as he does a good job explaining trends in manga, particularly the relationships between artists, writers, editors, publishers and readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kam

    Interesting and quite complete, really interesting to get an introductory (and also a further) view of the world of manga. Quite up-to-date, is a good guide to unknowers and also to already introduced-on-the-subject readers. Nevertheless, I didn't like the exhaustive study on some author's art at the end of the book. Interesting and quite complete, really interesting to get an introductory (and also a further) view of the world of manga. Quite up-to-date, is a good guide to unknowers and also to already introduced-on-the-subject readers. Nevertheless, I didn't like the exhaustive study on some author's art at the end of the book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Schodt is one of the pioneers of the West who first studied manga, and his analysis is measured and insightful. Schodt avoids the sensationalism and ideological blindness of other Western treatments of Japanese pop culture and communicates his love for the medium.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rin

    Informative and insightful. Writing is interesting and easy to follow.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yanathorn Jiararattanakul

    how authors' life relative their works. how authors' life relative their works.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Alex

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael the Girl

  11. 4 out of 5

    Spring Holbrook

  12. 5 out of 5

    spideyj

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Rick

  15. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melon109

  18. 5 out of 5

    Renny

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex Scales

  20. 5 out of 5

    April

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tavia

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aditthya Ramakrishnan

  23. 4 out of 5

    Driftingfocus

  24. 5 out of 5

    Renthroh

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marge

  27. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Maluck

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sem

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

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