First published in 2001, this 3rd edition of Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy’s extensive “Anime Encyclopedia” has over 1,000 new entries, over 4,000 updates and over one million words. The new edition features hyperlinks to “the entire online universe” as stated by the authors in the introduction and is divided into thematic entries in addition to the usual A-Z listings.
The authors have decided against using illustrations in their encyclopedia in favor of hyperlinks to online images in the digital edition. The result is a text heavy book that is literally packed with information. From the first feature length anime film Momotaros Divine Sea Warriors (1945) to the latest productions this book lists them all together with synopses, production credits and relevant information.
With the rise of online information since the 1st edition was published in 2001 the authors are aware that reference books are a harder sell than they were in the pre-internet age. But given the depth and scope of this encyclopedia I doubt you could access the amount of information found in this huge volume online. Encyclopedia’s such as this still have value because they collect everything into one easy-to-access volume, without the reader having to worry about misinformation or carelessly researched facts online.
For fans of anime this is essential reading. As the author of an encyclopedia myself I know just how intensive and time consuming such a venture can be, The authors are to be highly recommended for their continued efforts to place the collected works of anime in one volume. The addition of active hyperlinks in the digital edition expands the scope of the encyclopedia even further and encourages discussion and further research.
About the authors: Jonathan Clements has worked as a translator, voice actor or dubbing director on over 70 anime, including Grey: Digital Target, Sol Bianca and Musashi: Dream of the Last Samurai. He was formerly the editor of Manga Max magazine and a contributing editor of Newtype USA, and is now a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, with special responsibility for China and Japan. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, and his latest solo book is Anime: A History (British Film Institute, 2013). Check out Jonathan at his website schoolgirlmilkycrisis.com
Helen McCarthy was the founding editor of Anime UK magazine, editor of Manga Mania magazine, and the author of Anime! A Beginner’s Guide, the first book in the English language on the medium. She has appeared in several anime as a voice actress and produced the UK release of Beast Warriors. Her books include Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation, 500 Essential Anime You Must Own, Manga Cross-Stitch and The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, which won the Harvey Award. She has just completed A Brief History of Manga for Ilex Press. Check out Helen at her website helenmccarthy.wordpress.com
Print and digital book release March 2015. Published by Stone Bridge Press.
Review copyright Paul Green 2015. Author bios courtesy of Stone Bridge Press.