There’s always been a part of me that has wondered how tarot cards and their readings/meanings worked. Thanks to our friends at Simon & Schuster/Simon Element, I have a better understanding and some nice looking anime-inspired cards to boot with Anime Tarot: Explore the Archetypes, Symbolism, and Magic in Anime. Both veterans of reading them and those looking into their mystery will benefit from and enjoy this book and card deck set.
Enclosed in a mid-sized, hardcover box is the 330-some page book from author Natasha Yglesias, and a nice tarot deck made up of 78 cards. Yglesias goes into detail of each of the tarot cards and their meanings along with explanations on how to get readings from them that’s perfect for beginners.
The fun thing about these cards is how they tie-in anime tropes into the meanings of each card. For example, the Hermit card is associated with a Hikikomori anime character, aka someone who prefers to be alone and relies on distance heavy technology such as social media, internet, and video games for staying in touch and interacting with others.
Then there’s the nice looking artwork that’s featured, namely on the face cards from the major arcana ones. They look just enough like some of the more popular anime characters out there without looking exactly like them as not to infringe on any copyrights. So sadly those expecting to find Goku, Kakashi, and other anime licensed characters will have to look elsewhere.
The minor arcana cards on the other hand are very simple/basic looking which is bound to disappoint veterans and those looking to have a solid anime character tarot card deck, but this won’t be a problem with those just starting out and they get the job done nicely.
Even still, Anime Tarot: Explore the Archetypes, Symbolism, and Magic in Anime is a nice starter set for those looking into the cards and their meanings that also serves as a nice collector set for those already into reading them. Author Natasha Yglesias does a great job explaining everything that will have newcomers reading the cards in no time while refreshing veterans who might find these fun to delve into.