A few weeks ago, during a bookstore tour, our attention was drawn to a very colourful book with an unmistakable title: Giappomania (in English it’s something like Japanmania). It is written by Marco Reggiani, with the illustrations of Sabrina Ferrero, and it is a little jewel that we had to add to our library of kawaii books. If you don’t already know it, we show you the book more closely.
How many times on the internet you have seen some kawaii illustrations and you have thought: it seems so easy, I would like to try? And how many times, after trying, did you realize that no, it is not so easy? Angela Nguyen, illustrator, graphic designer and author of Kawaii. How to Draw Really Cute Stuff, published by Search Press, is here to help us.
Did you know that in the Seventies Sanrio founded an animated film company with the aim to break into the American market? Or that the first anime deliberately exploiting kawaii phenomenon was Magical Talroot-kun in 1990? These are just some of the trivia more or less known you can find into Storia dell’Animazione Giapponese (History of Japanese Animation), a book written by Guido Tavassi and published in Italy by Tunué, back in the Italian bookstores with a new edition updated to celebrate a century of Japanese animation. We have browsed it for you!
Whether you are on vacation enjoying some well-deserved rest or at home like myself, summer is the perfect season to read a good book in peace, even for those who do not read so much during the rest of the year.
Can anime be an istrument to better understand the society we live in? This is the question that Fabio Bartoli, author of Vado, Tokyo e torno, tries to answer in his lates book just arrived in italian bookstores, Mangascienza, published by Tunué. Through the analysis of some of the most popular animated television series of the eighties, like Conan, Galaxy Express, and Astro Boy, he will try to reconstruct the social and technological development of a country, Japan, which has witnessed firsthand the problems and contradictions of technology, first with Hiroshima and Nagasaki and then with Fukushima.
Probably our readers fall into two categories: those who cannot wait to pack and leave for Japan and those who already visited Japan and are looking forward to go back. Fabio Bartoli, a representative of that generation (to which we belong as well) grew up watching anime and reading manga, decided to pack and leave for Tokyo for a two weeks trip. From his experience, it comes “Vado, Tokyo e Torno” (“Go, Tokyo and back”) published in Italy by Tunué, a travelogue that traces places, people and feelings that accompanied him to Japan.