Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews
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Anime’s influence can be found in every corner of American media, from film and television to games and graphic arts. And Fred Patten is largely responsible. He was reading manga and watching anime before most of the current generation of fans was born. In fact, it was his active participation in fan clubs and his prolific magazine writing that helped create a market and build American anime fandom into the vibrant community it is today. Watching Anime, Reading Manga gathers together a quarter-century of Patten’s lucid observations on the business of anime, fandom, artists, Japanese society and the most influential titles. Illustrated with original fanzine covers and archival photos. Foreword by Carl Macek (Robotech).
Fred Patten lives in Los Angeles.
"Watching Anime, Reading Manga is a worthwhile addition to your library; it makes good bathroom browsing, cover-to-cover reading, and a worthwhile reference for writing or researching anime and manga, not to mention a window into the history of fandom in the United States." -- SF Site
sequels. The movie has also proven popular as an American anime release since 1992 in art theaters and on video and cable TV. The legal problems in Japan were recently resolved, and a new, high-budget remake of Vampire Hunter D is just finishing production, by one of Japan’s top anime directors, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and with lots of CGI enhancement. [See page 341.] Any of these would seem to be potential American theatrical releases of at least as much commercial validity as Miramax’s release of
of business during the 1980s. The rights to Jungle Emperor were in litigation in Japan through early 1997. Several American video companies over the years tried to license the video rights, without success. So during the time of The Lion King’s production and release, the only videos available in America of NBC’s Kimba were unauthorized copies, either film-chained from worn 16 mm. prints discarded by TV studios twenty years ago or copies of the videos of the final TV broadcasts that were dubbed
“Simba Versus Kimba” controversy has diminished but not been forgotten. Neither has it been formally resolved. The box-office and merchandising records set by The Lion King still stand, emphasized by the failures of Disney’s subsequent major animated features (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Hercules) to measure up to them. And the Disney corporation has not yet replied to the August 1994 letter of protest organized by Machiko Satonaka with over 200 signatures.  The controversy
Christopher Finch, pp. 26–30. Extensive feature article (publicity) on the forthcoming film. It emphasizes that: “Astonishingly, The Lion King—initially called King of the Jungle—is the first Disney animated feature to be based on an original story idea,” developed entirely by a Disney development team from a suggestion by studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. 18. Wild Cartoon Kingdom no. 4, ©1994, p. 56 (May 9, 1994 release). “Lion King,” by Felicity Robinson, pp. 52–57. Extensive illustrated
King Of Animated Movies. / Now, It Is Hoping a Feature on a Lovable Lion Cub Will Extend Its Domain / Mr. Katzenberg on the Prowl” by Richard Turner. Feature article on making of the forthcoming feature from business point of view, emphasizing Disney chairman Katzenberg’s role. Article alludes to Disney’s worldwide search for potential rights conflicts: “When Disney consumer-products officials suggested the Lion King’s name, ‘Simba’ might run afoul of copyrights of a German toy maker of the same