Cesar, Miguel. Transgressing Death in Japanese Popular Culture. Cham: Palgrave Pivot, 2020.
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-3-030-50879-1
BibTeX citation key: Cesar2020
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Keywords: "Fullmetal Alchemist", Arakawa. Hiromu, Death, Manga, Themes and motives
Publisher: Palgrave Pivot (Cham)
This book focuses on the theme of the transgression of life and death boundaries through its representation in Japanese contemporary visual media, more specifically in the manga Fullmetal Alchemist, the animated film Journey to Agartha, and the computer game Shadow of the Colossus. By addressing how the theme was constructed by three different media and what these texts say about it, the book focuses on the narrativization of Japanese ontological anxieties. The book argues that, although these texts deal with matters of afterlife through fantasy worlds, the content of their stories, the archetypes of their characters, and their existential journeys echo contextually-situated conversations. Matters of gender, societal structure and, most of all, the tensions between individuality and sociocentrism not only permeate but structure the interrogation of our relation to the afterlife.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (1)