Who are the new American anime fans?
7 Dec 2022
Who are the new American anime fans?

The expansion of anime in America and its eye-catching style has moved it from being an underground niche subculture to a genre that has far-reaching influence and appeal. As it begins to be accepted in mainstream US culture, who are the new American anime fans that are spurring its growth?

Jerome Mazandarani

Jerome Mazandarani was the managing director of the UK’s largest animé distributor, Manga Entertainment Ltd. and has worked in anime licensing, content acquisitions, sales, marketing, and distribution for over 17 years. He brought series and films such as NARUTO, Dragon Ball Z, Attack On Titan, Akira, and Ghost in the Shell to British and Irish audiences, and was the lead executive producer on CANNON BUSTERS, the Netflix Original series by LeSean Thomas and Satelite Studio Japan.

Helen McCarthy

Helen McCarthy is a writer, independent scholar, artist, and poet. She wrote her first book in English about Japanese animation in 1993. Her books include The Anime Encyclopedia and biographies of Hayao Miyazaki and Osamu Tezuka and she has recently completed her 13th book based on Leiji Matsumoto.

J’Nae Phillips

J'Nae Phillips is an Insights Editor at Canvas8. After an early career working in fashion and media, her passion for culture and journalism grew and she made the transition to writing and editing full-time. She specialises in fashion, trends, cultural shifts and all of the good stuff that gets people talking.