Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

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This new edition of the groundbreaking popular book is a must-have for both seasoned and new fans of anime. Japanese animation is more popular than ever following the 2002 Academy Award given to Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It confirmed that anime is more than just children's cartoons, often portraying important social and cultural themes. With new chapters on Spirited Away and other recent releases, including Howl's Moving Castle—Miyazaki's latest hit film, already breaking records in Japan—this edition will ...

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Overview

This new edition of the groundbreaking popular book is a must-have for both seasoned and new fans of anime. Japanese animation is more popular than ever following the 2002 Academy Award given to Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It confirmed that anime is more than just children's cartoons, often portraying important social and cultural themes. With new chapters on Spirited Away and other recent releases, including Howl's Moving Castle—Miyazaki's latest hit film, already breaking records in Japan—this edition will be the authoritative source on anime for an exploding market of viewers who want to know more.

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Praise for the first edition:

"...A thoughtful and carefully researched account."—The New York Times

"Napier draws a rather complete picture of Japanese animation as a legitimate art form, and uses anime as a key to the culture that creates it."—Entertainment Weekly

"This worthy addition to the burgeoning literature on Japanese popular culture will stand the test of time."—Choice"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."—Sharon Kinsella, Cambridge University

"Informative, well-written, and yet entertaining...both generous and critically insightful."—Sharalyn Orbaugh, University of British Columbia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403970510
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/11/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan J. Napier is Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Why anime? 3
Ch. 2 Anime and local/global identity 15
Ch. 3 Akira and Ranma 1/2 : the monstrous adolescent 39
Ch. 4 Controlling bodies : the body in pornographic anime 63
Ch. 5 Ghosts and machines : the technological body 85
Ch. 6 Doll parts : technology and the body in Ghost in the shell 103
Ch. 7 Stray : gender panics, masculine crises, and fantasy in Japanese animation 117
Ch. 8 The enchantment of estrangement : the Shojo in the world of Miyazaki Hayao 151
Ch. 9 Now you see her, now you don't : the disappearing Shojo 169
Ch. 10 Carnival and conservatism in romantic comedy 195
Ch. 11 No more words : Barefoot gen, Grave of the fireflies, and "victim's history" 217
Ch. 12 Princess Mononoke : fantasy, the feminine, and the myth of "progress" 231
Ch. 13 Waiting for the end of the world : apocalyptic identity 249
Ch. 14 Elegies 275
Conclusion : a fragmented mirror 291
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