Teacher Reference Page

Education About Asia
  • Spring 2007 Vol 12, Number 1 "Teaching Modern Japanese History with Animation: Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress"
  • Spring 2007 Vol 12, Number 1 "Paranoia Agent: The anime Series by Satoshi Kon"
  • Winter 2008 Vol 13, Number 3 "Top Ten Things to Know About Japan in the Early 21st Century"
  • Winter 2008 Vol 13, Number 3 "Nerd Nation: Otaku and Youth Subcultures in Contemporary Japan"
  • Winter 2008 Vol 13, Number 3 "Analyzing the Appeal of Manga: Teaching Information Literacy Skills through Japanese Popular Culture" by Maureen Donovan

Anime and Manga Reference Books
  • From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West by Susan J. Napier
  • Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle by Susan J. Napier
  • Drawing Manga: Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures by J.C. Amberlyn
  • How to Draw Manga: Ultimate Manga Lessons by Hikaru Hayashi, Go Office
  • Draw Your Own Manga: All The Basics by Haruno Nagatomo
  • The Rough Guide to Manga by Jason S. Yadao
  • The Rough Guide to Anime by Simon Richmond
  • Through Japanese Eyes by Richard H. Minear
  • Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist by Andrew Osmond
  • Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and more to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher

Manga Books/Graphic Novels
  • Granny Mischief by Machiko Hasegawa
  • The Wonderful World of Sazae-San by Machiko Hasegawa
  • Domo: The Manga by Tsuneo Goda
  • Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga (high school students only)
  • Owly: Tiny Tales by Andy Runton

Famous Manga/Anime Artists noted in the lessons
  • Machiko Hasegawa (Sazae-san & Granny Mischief)
  • Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress)
  • Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy)
  • Yanase Takashi
  • Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro)
  • Takashi Murakami
  • Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimeters per Second)
  • PMBQ Studios

Websites about Manga:
PLEASE NOTE that the websites listed below were selected as age appropriate websites for this unit. BUT students can easily link to other sites about Manga that may contain Adult material that is unfriendly to use in the classroom.

Websites used in Lesson Plans:

Websites about Anime

Websites about Japanese history:

Documents used in Lesson Plans:
  • Teach with Movie Princess Mononoke sheet

TeacherTube: Manga Drawing Lessons