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Posted 11/5/12
Would you be interested in reading a detailed textbook about anime and manga that introduces you to a variety of anime topics?

I ask because I want to do this as my PH.D publication, but I don't know if there would be enough interest to garner the effort, please share you thoughts, would you pick it up in the library or book store?
Posted 11/5/12
I've read a few. An encyclopedia and various others. They were all pretty detailed about the finer points of anime.
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Posted 11/5/12
Me, I probably would not want to read a "detailed textbook" about anime as for me, anime is basically just entertainment. I've enough academic material in my life to read as it is. For anime, I'll buy artbooks and fan guides, and occasionally the original manga if the Japanese is simple enough for my level, but that's about it. However, I wouldn't let that discourage you necessarily. As an MD PhD myself (though in human genetics), I'm a bit bemused by your question. Maybe it's different in your discipline, but most academic writing (PhD theses and such) is never really popular, being food for your fellow specialists at most. I frankly suspect most PhD theses in particular languish in some dusty forgotten corner of the graudate school library. I'm sure mine has been these past 13 years or so. As I understand it, the thesis is written to demonstrate that you're capable of independent and novel thought, research, and analysis in your discipline, thus earning the title of doctor. That it be a best-seller is entirely secondary (and frankly unlikely).
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I would be interested, but what I would like would be a (if it doesn't already exist) "who's who" of voice actors, directors, et al.
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Posted 11/5/12
I would scan it. Unless, of course, one of my favorite animes/managas were in it! But it doesn't seem like an appropriate subject to earn a PHD by. But that's just me.
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Posted 4/3/13 , edited 5/17/13
I'd read it like a manga
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Posted 4/3/13
Very few people have the patients to read that kinda thing, however i can see an outsider who doesn't know much about anime to find it interesting.
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Posted 4/3/13
I would, I guess you'll spend 3 years working on a publishing, lol.
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Posted 5/18/13
I might--if it were well-written.
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Posted 5/18/13 , edited 5/18/13
Depends; if it's something that'd be outdated within one or two anime seasons, then no. But if it were a reference that explored the medium and gave information that could then be applied to any anime, I'd definitely take a good long look at it. I really like sources (like Extra Credits) that improve my knowledge and vocabulary about things I enjoy.
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Posted 5/18/13
I'd probably pick it up, as long as it isn't 80 bucks like most of my college textbooks. >.>
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Posted 5/18/13 , edited 5/18/13
Most people who would want to read a book of general topics would be people who already know everything about them already, I'm thinking.

If I were to read a textbook on anime, I would be more interested in reading a history of anime (including the industry, and what was going on in other media and Japanese society that may have effected it), and the storytelling devices and tropes that it has originated, and how they have evolved over the years. Because that's something I haven't learned just by watching anime.
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Posted 5/18/13

TheCoolAlchemist wrote:

I would be more interested in reading a history of anime (including the industry, and what was going on in other media and Japanese society that may have effected it), and the storytelling devices and tropes that it has originated, and how they have evolved over the years. Because that's something I haven't learned just by watching anime.

Definitely this.
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Posted 9/7/13 , edited 9/7/13
i'm still interested

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Posted 9/7/13
Nah I don't think getting a PHD is going to help me...it would certainly be easy though xD
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