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Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke : Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation - Susan Napier

Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke

Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

Paperback Published: 2nd May 2003
ISBN: 9780312238636
Number Of Pages: 311

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With the popularity of Pokémon 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 such as 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.

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'This is a riveting and inspiring book. One that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading and from which I have learned a great deal. As a source of concrete information about Japanese animation it is invaluable...On publication it will be the only in-depth, sophisticated study of Japanese animation available in the English language.' - Sharon Kinsella, Research Fellow in Japanese Studies, Cambridge University

'This book...is informative, well-written, insightful, and yet entertaining - an unusual combination. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it...Napier's study...is both generous and critically insightful, based on a thorough knowledge of most of the important genres of anime. I think that this tone of enthusiasm for the material, combined with scholarly rigor, will make the book appealing to a wide audience.' - Sharalyn Orbaugh, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

'...Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke...provides an essential toe-dip into the tsunami of Eastern films that have influenced modern blockbusters such as The Matrix series.' - The Times

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Why Anime?p. 3
Anime and Local/Global Identityp. 15
Body, Metamorphosis, Identity
Akira and Ranma 1/2: The Monstrous Adolescentp. 39
Controlling Bodies: The Body in Pornographic Animep. 63
Ghosts and Machines: The Technological Bodyp. 85
Doll Parts: Technology and the Body in Ghost in the Shellp. 103
Magical Girls and Fantasy Worlds
The Enchantment of Estrangement: The Shojo in the World of Miyazaki Hayaop. 121
Carnival and Conservatism in Romantic Comedyp. 139
Remaking Master Narratives: Anime Confronts History
No More Words: Barefoot Gen, Grave of the Fireflies, and "Victim's History"p. 161
Princess Mononoke: Fantasy, the Feminine, and the Myth of "Progress"p. 175
Waiting for the End of the World: Apocalyptic Identityp. 193
Elegiesp. 219
Conclusion: A Fragmented Mirrorp. 235
The Fifth Look: Western Audiences and Japanese Animationp. 239
Notesp. 257
Bibliographyp. 291
Indexp. 301
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ISBN: 9780312238636
ISBN-10: 0312238630
Series: St Martins Press
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 311
Published: 2nd May 2003
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1