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Napier, Susan J. Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle: Experiencing contemporary japanese animation. 2nd ed. New York [etc.]: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-4039-7051-3
BibTeX citation key: Napier2001a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Akira", "Barefoot Gen", "Ghost in the Shell", "Ranma 1/2", Adaptation, Animation, Japan, Manga, Oshii. Mamoru, Science Fiction, Shirow. Masamune
Creators: Napier
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (New York [etc.])
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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.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Why Anime? (3)
2. Anime and Local/Global Identity (15)

II. Body, Metamorphosis, Identity
3. Akira and Ranma 1/2: The Monstrous Adolescent (39)
4. Controlling Bodies: The Body in Pornographic Anime (63)
5. Ghosts and Machines: The Technological Body (85)
6. Doll Parts: Technology and the Body in Ghost in the shell (103)
7. Stray: Gender Panics, Masculine Crises, and Fantasy in Japanese Animation (117)

II. Magical Girls and Fantasy Worlds
8. The Enchantment of Estrangement: The Shōjo in the World of Miyazaki Hayao (151)
9. Now You See Her, Now You Don't: The Disappearing Shōjo (169)
10. Carnival and Conservatism in Romantic Comedy (195)

III. Remaking Master Narratives: Anime Confronts History
11. No More Words: Barefoot Gen, Grave of the Fireflies, and “Victim's History” (217)
12. Princess Mononoke: Fantasy, the Feminine, and the Myth of “Progress” (231)
13. Waiting for the End of the World: Apocalyptic Identity (249)
14. Elegies (275)

Conclusion: A Fragmented Mirror (291)

Notes (295)
Bibliography (333)
Index (343)
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