Episode # 109 – Interview with Helen McCarthy and Darren-Jon Ashmore on Leiji Matsumoto and Anime/Manga Scholarship

The second installment of our special interview series revolving around the newly released essay collection on Leji Matsumoto, co-edited by past (and current!) guest Helen McCarthy (Listen to the first interview with Tim Eldred and Ed Hoff here).

Helen returns with her co-editor, Darren-Jon Ashemore, to discuss assembling the team of contributors for their new book, Leiji Matsumoto: Essays on the Manga and Anime Legend, and discuss what it took to bring so many perspectives on Matsumoto’s legacy to print.

Helen has been a pioneer in the English-speaking anime community for almost 40 years, having brought anime programming to UK sci-fi conventions, founding and editing Anime UK, and authoring over a dozen books on anime fandom and research (Listen to our first interview with Helen here).

Darren-Jon Ashmore holds a PhD in cultural anthropology with a focus on Japanese performing arts, and has written and published numerous articles and books on Japanese culture and media. He is the author of Funeral For a Friend: Heroism in the Manga of Chiba Tetsuya, Men Under Pressure: Manga and the Japanese Salaryman, The Authenticity of the Other: The Kuiraishi-no-ki and Japanese Ritual Puppet Theatre, and Matsumoto Leiji: A Life in Art. Darren has also had the opportunity to interview Matstumoto in-person, which is included in this book. 

Purchase Leiji Matsumoto: Essays on the Manga and Anime Legend from McFarland Books.

Helen’s blog – Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio
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Purchase Matt Alt’s Book, Pure Invention: How Japan’s Pop Culture Conquered the World from Penguin Random House

Purchase Leji Matsumoto’s manga from Rightstuf!

From Seven Seas Manga.
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Space Battleship Yamato

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Queen Emeraldas 

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