Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke

Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation

  • Authors
  • Susan J. Napier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introdcution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 3-14
    3. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 15-34
  3. Body, Metamorphosis, Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-38
    2. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 39-62
    3. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 85-102
  4. Magical Girls And Fantasy Worlds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-120
    2. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 139-156
  5. Remaking Master Narratives: Anime Confronts History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-160
    2. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 219-234
    3. Susan J. Napier
      Pages 235-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-311

About this book


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.


children conflict culture gender identity quality technology

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