Yokai Attack!

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Yokai Attack!

The Japanese Monster Survival Guide

By Hiroko Yoda; Matt Alt; Tatsuya Morino (Illustrator)

Tuttle Publishing, Paperback, 9784805312193, 205pp.

Publication Date: August 10, 2012

"Yokai Attack " is a nightmare-inducing one-stop guide to Japan's traditional monsters and creepy-crawlies.
Yokai are ethereal sorts of beings, like ghosts, nearly always encountered at night; everyone has their own take on how they might look in real life and what sorts of specific characteristics and abilities they might have. This book is the result of long hours spent poring over data and descriptions from a variety of sources, including microfilms of eighteenth-century illustrations from the national Diet Library in Tokyo, in order to bring you detailed information on almost 50 of these amazing creatures for the first time in English.
Illustrations, created by the talented Tatsuya Morino, detail the potential appearance of each yokai. Alongside each illustration is a series of "data points," with each yokai's important features at a glance especially handy for any potential close encounters.
"Yokai Attack " will surely convince you that Japan's tradition of fascinating monsters is a long one yet far from being history.
Together with "Yurei Attack " and "Ninja Attack , Yokai Attack " is the last guidebook to Japan you'll ever need.

About the Author

Hiroko Yoda and Matt Alt are a husband and wife team who run a Tokyo-based translation company that specializes in producing the English versions of Japanese video games, comic books and literature. Alt is the co-author of Super #1 Robot (2005), a detailed photo-history of 1970s Japanese robot toys.
Alt and Yoda are also co-authors of Hello, Please! Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters From Japan (2007), a book about Japanese cute character culture. They also happen to have firsthand yokai experience, having appeared as extras in the Takashi Miike film The Great Yokai War (2005).
Illustrator Tatsuya Morino became the assistant to Shigeru Mizuki, one of Japans most beloved manga artists, when he was fresh out of high school. After going independent, he illustrated the graphic novel Kibakichi, which was turned into a pair of successful movies of the same name. He also works
as a character designer, with credits including the Gainax video game Yokai Family and the web comic Trip Trek. His comic Legentail Sennenta is currently serialized in Kadokawa Shotens monthly comic collection Kero Kero Ace.