Anime: from Akira to Princess Mononoke, Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

With the popularity of Pokemon still far from waning Japanese animation known as anime to its fans has a firm hold on American pop culture However anime is much more than children s cartoons It runs the gamut from historical epics to sci fi sexual thrillers Often dismissed as fanciful entertainment anime is actually quite adept at portraying important social and cultural issues like alienation gender inequality and teenage angst This book investigates the ways that anime presents these issues in an in depth and sophisticated manner uncovering the identity conflicts fears over rapid technological advancement and other key themes present in much of Japanese animation

From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West

What is it about anime that is so appealing to a transnational fan base Is the American attraction to anime similar to the popularity of previous fads of Japanese culture like the Japonisants of fin de siecle France enamored of Japanese art and architecture or the American poets in the fifties and sixties who latched onto haiku Or is this something new a product of global culture in which ethnic identities carry less weight This book explores these issues by taking a look at anime fans and the place they occupy both in terms of subculture in Japan and America and in relation to Western perceptions of Japan since the late s

The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity

Modern Japan s repressed anxieties fears and hopes come to the surface in the fantastic A close analysis of fantasy fiction film and comics reveals the ambivalence felt by many Japanese towards the success story of the nation in the twentieth century br em The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature em explores the dark side to Japanese literature and Japanese society It takes in the nightmarish future depicted in the animated film masterpiece em Akira em and the pastoral dream worlds created by Japan s Nobel Prize winning author Oe Kenzaburo A wide range of fantasists many discussed here in English for the first time form the basis for a ground breaking analysis of utopias dystopias the disturbing relationship between women sexuality and modernity and the role of the alien in the fantastic

Escape from the Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo

Lurid depictions of sex and impotence themes of emperor worship and violence the use of realism and myth these characterize the fiction of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo Napier discovers similarities as well as dissimilarities in the work of two writers of radically different political orientations Napier places Yukio s and Kenzaburo s fiction in the context of postwar Japanese political and social realities and in a new preface for the paperback edition reflects on each writer s position in the tradition of Japanese literature

In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage

These essays consider the Godzilla films and how they were shaped by and in turn shaped postwar Japanese culture as well as the globalization of Japanese pop culture icons in the wake of the Godzilla phenomenon They fall within a wide range of disciplines film studies anthropology history literature theater and cultural studies Contributors include Susan Napier Anne Allison Christine Yano and others

Word and Image in Japanese Cinema

Word and Image in Japanese Cinema examines the complex relationship between the temporal order of linguistic narrative and the spatiality of visual spectacle a dynamic that has played an important role in much of Japanese film In exploring the rift between word and image the essays in this volume clarify the cultural imperatives that Japanese cinema reflects as well as the ways in which the dialectic of word and image has informed the understanding and critical reception of Japanese cinema in the West