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Japanimation: Exploring Anime At Penn State Libraries

The Penn State libraries host a vast collection of books and films on a variety of topics. If you explore the rows in the Pattee and Paterno Libraries you can find things related to engineering, financial literacy, business, and everything else in between. What people don’t know is that the library has a pretty big manga and anime collection that is easily accessible through the library website.

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The university libraries kicked off their 2016-2017 art exhibit season with “Japanimation: Exploring Anime,” as a gesture to celebrate anime’s cultural impact and as a way to promote their resources. The art exhibit, which can be found on the first floor of the Pattee Library in Sidewater Commons, showcases various anime films and other pieces from the last 15 years.

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Anime fans can find familiar artwork from shows and movies like “Full Metal Alchemist,” “Princess Mononoke,” and even “From Up On Poppy Hill.”

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The center piece of the whole exhibit is this giant display of Totoro from “My Neighbor Totoro,” located just to the left of the Sidewater Commons.

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Along with the giant Totoro display, the library also dedicated a section to material that explains some of the cultural roots behind Japanese-styled anime as well as the artistic themes behind some of our favorite films and shows.

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If you’re a fan of anime like myself or even if you just casually watched shows like “Naruto” or “Dragon Ball Z” when you were younger, be sure to check out what the library’s collection.

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Steffen is a senior majoring in Criminology & Sociology and hails from East Stroudsburg, PA (Poconos). When he's not taking photos, you can find him at either the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, taking long walks with his Pokemon, or playing video games (League/Overwatch) Just follow him on Twitter/Instagram (@SteffenBlanco) or shoot an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

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