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Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Foreword: Japan's New Visual Culture -- A Note on Language -- Introduction -- 1. Manga in Japanese History -- 2. Contemporary Anime in Japanese Pop Culture -- 3. Characters, Themes, and Narrative Patterns in the Manga of Osamu Tezuka -- 4. From Metropolis to Metoroporisu: The Changing Role of the Robot in Japanese and Western Cinema -- 5. Opening the Closed World of Shōjo Manga -- 6. Situating the Shōjo in Shōjo Manga: Teenage Girls, Romance Comics, and Contemporary Japanese Culture -- 7. Intellectuals, Cartoons, and Nationalism During the Russo-Japanese War -- 8. Framing Manga: On Narratives of the Second World War in Japanese Manga, 1957-1977 -- 9. Aum Shinrikyō and a Panic About Manga and Anime -- 10. Medieval Genealogies of Manga and Anime Horror -- 11. The Utopian "Power to Live": The Significance of the Miyazaki Phenomenon -- 12. Heart of Japaneseness: History and Nostalgia in Hayao -- 13. National History as Otaku Fantasy: Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress -- 14. Considering Manga Discourse: Location, Ambiguity, Historicity -- Bibliography -- About the Contributors -- Index.
Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan's globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace.This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, "cute" (kawali) subculture and comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.