Win the New Book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade!
Titan Books is offering SciFi Japan readers a chance to win a copy of their new book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade.
For anyone wondering “What the heck is Schoolgirl Milky Crisis?”, the answer is that the book is a collection of articles and essays on manga, anime, and Japanese movies written by British author and scriptwriter Jonathan Clements. Clements is a highly respected authority on the subject, having co-authored The Anime Encyclopedia, written The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama, and provided liner notes for anime and Japanese movie DVDs. He has been a writer and columnist for the UK Sci-Fi Channel website, the BBC, Newtype USA, Judge Dredd Megazine, NEO, 2000 AD, and SFX Total Anime. Clements has also created scripts for audio dramas and novels based on popular series such as DR WHO and JUDGE DREDD, and has worked as a director, translator, and voice actor for the English language versions of more than 70 anime and manga titles, including SOL BIANCA, USHIO & TORA, HUMMINGBIRDS, and PLASTIC LITTLE.
In his writings, Clements would often present insider information and gossip about the anime and manga industries. Not wanting to name names and get his sources (or himself) in hot water, Clements coined the phrase “Schoolgirl Milky Crisis” as the title of non-existent show used as a stand-in for whatever project he was writing about. “Whenever I had to cover my tracks”, Clements explains, “I simply called it Schoolgirl Milky Crisis.” The name stuck and began to show up regularly in articles and columns for various anime magazines.
Running 416 pages, the paperback book Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade features a selection Clements’ writings from the past two decades. It includes reviews, commentary, lectures, insights into classic manga and anime titles, liner notes, interviews and profiles of Japan’s top creators, previously unpublished works, and hilarious insider stories from the anime business. Among the 21 chapters are “Interviews and Profiles” (Barefoot Gen‘s Kenji Nakazawa, Mamoru Oshii on GHOST IN THE SHELL, Katsuhiro Otomo, Neil Gaiman), “Voice Acting and Translation”, “The Anime Erotic”, “Chinese Animation”, “Legalities”, “Korea”, “Toy Stories”, “Sleevery” (liner noes for DVDs), “Manga Goes to Hollywood”, “Digital Animation”, and “Obits”.
Fans of live action Japanese characters like Godzilla and Ultraman can find coverage in the chapter entitled “Rubber Monsters”. This section includes a brief history of Godzilla, an interview with Godzilla suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma, and a history of Japanese FX television. Of particular note are Clements’ never-before-seen liner notes for a planned UK DVD of MOTHRA that was canceled when video company DD Home Entertainment Ltd. went out of business in 2007. There is also a short obituary for Akira Ifukube that includes some great quotes from the legendary composer.
This is a fun and informative book that should appeal to anyone who enjoys manga, anime, and Asian cinema… particularly those who are interested in what goes on behind the scenes. But don’t take our word for it… enter the contest and find out for yourself!
OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES and INFORMATION
A. There are three (3) prizes in total. Each prize consists of one (1) copy of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade.
B. Titan Books will mail the prize to contest winners so entrants must include a valid mailing address. This contest is only open to readers in the United States and Canada.
C. In the event that a winner chooses not to (or cannot) accept a prize, he or she forfeits all claim to that prize.
D. One entry per person. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitution of prizes allowed.
Duration of contests:
A.The Schoolgirl Milky Crisis contest runs from March 31 until 12:00am on April 14, 2009.
How to enter:
A. Complete and submit the online questionnaire (see below).
B. All entries must be complete, including entrant’s name, email address, completed questionnaire, and mailing address.
Determination of winners:
A. Only contestants who have submitted the requested information and questionnaire will be entered in the final drawing. The first three randomly drawn eligible entries will be judged the winners for this contest.
B. SciFi Japan is not responsible for typographical, electronic or other errors in Internet operation affecting the offering, outcome, administration of the contest or the announcement of prizes. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
C. The decision of Titan Books and SciFi Japan is final. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the SciFi Japan judges, which are final and binding in all respects.
THE Schoolgirl Milky Crisis CONTEST
Just fill out the following questionnaire and email it to “Schoolgirl Milky Crisis” at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
1. Name three Japanese animated films that have been theatrically released in the United States.
2. Name three anime TV programs that aired in America.
3. Create your own silly anime title (Keep it clean, folks! X-rated submissions will be automatically disqualified).
About Titan Publishing Group
Titan Publishing Group is an independently-owned publishing company, established in 1981. It is based at offices in London’s Bankside area, close to Tate Modern. The company publishes on a world English basis, as well as territory by territory, with domestic sales teams & distribution in the US, UK, Australia & New Zealand, and export agents in other territories. Titan Publishing Group has two main divisions: Titan Books and Titan Magazines, with their own editorial and marketing staff.