Japanese animation, or anime, is a cultural phenomenon that has fundamentally altered the way that we view animated film. No longer the preserve of a few enthusiastic fans in the West, anime has now been embraced by the mainstream and is enormously popular worldwide. The strength of the form lies in its diversity. With its distinctive style and rich array of genres and themes, anime is worthy of serious attention as an art form. With anime’s emergence as a cultural and aesthetic force in world media the Anime Kamera Book explores its origins and history and presents overviews of its key creators. It includes reviews of a wide range of feature films, video animations and television series from early productions to the present day. From contemporary high school shenanigans to terrifying dystopian futures, from hilarious quirky comedy to deeply moving drama, sophisticated avant-garde innovation to wonderfully imaginative fantasies, from the outrageously reprehensible to the irrepressibly cute, this Kamera Book will introduce you to the extraordinary world of anime.