Selected journals that have published papers on anime, manga and fandom

As of 2017, there are no English-language academic journals dedicated to specifically to anime/manga. One such publication, Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga and the Fan Arts, did exist for a number of years, but ceased publication in 2015.

However, a paper dealing with anime, manga, the Japanese popular culture industry, or anime/manga fandom can appear in almost any journal that covers some aspect of the humanities and the social sciences. In fact, relevant articles have been also been published in law reviews, medical journals and business-oriented magazines, among others.

At the same time, several journals have specifically welcomed discussions of Japanese visual culture by consistently featuring single articles on anime and manga, organizing theme issues, or issuing calls for papers discussing aspects of Japanese comics and animation, the worldwide anime/manga industry, and the global anime and manga fandom.

These journals include:


+ Animation Journal
+ Animation Practice, Process & Production
+ Animation Studies
+ Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal
+ Animatrix: A Journal of the UCLA Animation Workshop


+ The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
+ The Comics Journal
+ Image [&] Narrative
+ ImageTexT: Interdisciplinary Comics Studies
+ Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society (launching in 2017)
+ International Journal of Comic Art
+ Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
+ Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art
+ SIGNs: Studies in Graphic Narratives
+ Studies in Comics

/Film Studies

+ Cinephile: The University of British Columbia's Film Journal
+ Journal of Japanese & Korean Cinema
+ Journal of Religion and Film
+ Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities
+ Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies

/Japanese, East Asian, Asian Studies

+ Asian Studies Review
+ Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies
+ Japan Forum
+ Japanese Studies
+ The Journal of Asian Studies
+ The Journal of Japanese Studies
+ Intersections: Gender, History & Culture in the Asian Context
+ Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique

/Media and Popular Culture

+ East Asian Journal of Popular Culture
+ Intensities: The Journal of Cult Media
+ Journal of Fandom Studies
+ Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
+ M/C Journal
+ The Phoenix Papers
+ Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media
+ The Journal of Popular Culture
+ Transformative Works and Cultures

/Science Fiction

+ Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction
+ Science Fiction Film and Television
+ Science Fiction Studies