Template:Infobox Journal Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts is the first English-language academic journal on Japanese popular culture products and fan practices. It is published by University of Minnesota Press and edited by Frenchy Lunning.[1]


The first volume, Mechademia 1: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga, was published by the University of Minnesota Press on December 22, 2006.[2][3] The second volume, Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire, was released on December 26, 2007.[4][5] The third book, Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human, was released on November 5, 2008.[6][7] The fourth volume is titled Mechademia 4: War/Time and was released on November 11, 2009.[8] The 2010 volume will be titled Mechademia 5: Fanthropologies, the 2011 volume will be titled Mechademia 6: User Enhancement, and the 2012 volume will be titled Mechademia 7: Lines of Sight.[9]


Steve Raiteri from Library Journal commends Mechademia as a "great first effort" "bridg[ing] the gap between academics and fans.[10] Christophe Thouny, writing for Animation also thought the writing and tone was accessible by both academics and fans.[11] Ed Sizemore from Comics Worth Reading criticises the journal for its review and commentary section because they "read like summaries of the works (films and books) discussed with no actual critique of the work". However, Sizemore commends the journal's academic essay section.[12] By contrast, Raiteri in Library Journal states that fans will find the Review and Commentary section "the most accessible" section of the journal.[10] A review of the second volume of Mechademia by Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson criticises the journal for its dry tone and "flat statements following after each other separated only by footnote numbers".[13] A later review by Ed Sizemore recommends that Mechademia "should stop trying to develop a theme for each issue".[14] ActiveAnime's Holly Ellingwood comments that the journal's "strong academic bent may put off some potential readers but give it a chance and peruse through the many varied topics".[15] A later review by Holly Ellingwood commends the third volume of Mechademia as being "extremely insightful and thought provoking ... [about] anime, manga, and even the future of mankind".[16] Tomo Hirai of the Nichi Bei Times described the first volume as "an informative and inspiring read for those curious beyond the skin of anime".[17]


  1. Koulikov, Mikhail (January 26, 2005). "2004 Year in Review Anime/Manga Academic Highlights". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  2. "Mechademia 1: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga (Mechademia)". Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  3. "Mechademia 1". University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  4. "Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire (Mechademia)". Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  5. "Mechademia 2". University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  6. "Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human (Mechademia)". Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  7. "Mechademia 3". University of Minnesota Press. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  8. "Mechademia 4: War/Time (Mechademia) (Paperback)". Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  9. "News". Mechademia. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Raiteri, Steve (2007-01-15). "Graphic Novels: Religion and Comics". Library Journal. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  11. Thouny, Christophe (2008). "Untitled Review". Animation 3 (2): 212–217. doi:10.1177/17468477080030020703. 
  12. Sizemore, Ed (June 25, 2007). "Mechademia 1". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  13. Draper Carlson, Johanna (September 14, 2008). "Mechademia 2: Networks of Desire". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  14. Sizemore, Ed (February 24, 2009). "Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  15. Ellingwood, Holly (January 18, 2007). "Mechademia: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga". ActiveAnime. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  16. Ellingwood, Holly (January 4, 2009). "Mechademia Vol 3: Limits of the Human". ActiveAnime. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 
  17. Hirai, Tomo. "Book Review: Academia and Fandom Meet In New Study of Anime and Manga". Nichi Bei Times. Retrieved 2009-05-16. 

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