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Book Review

The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki

Mark I. West, ed.
Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009. Bibliographical references, indices. xi, 294 pp. $45.00 paper. ISBN: 9780810851214

by Greta A. Niu

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This collection of nineteen essays provides a helpful overview of several media—live-action films, manga (graphic novels), video games, and film and television anime (animation)—including such related commercial products as collectors’ cards and Hello Kitty items and their appearances in Japan and the United States. Interspersed throughout are some anecdotal essays relating experiences with Japanese media, and within the analytical pieces, several authors confess to being fans themselves as children and as adults.