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By Susan J. Napier

This re-creation of the groundbreaking renowned ebook is a must have for either pro and new lovers of anime. eastern animation is extra renowned than ever following the 2002 Academy Award given to Hayao Miyazaki's lively Away. It proven that anime is greater than simply kid's cartoons, frequently portraying very important social and cultural subject matters. With new chapters on lively Away and different fresh releases, together with Howl's relocating Castle--Miyazaki's most up-to-date hit movie, already breaking files in Japan--this variation may be the authoritative resource on anime for an exploding industry of audience who need to know extra.

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Althou gh the word "manga" is o ften translated into English as "comics , " manga are not only distinctively differen t from American comics bu t they also exercise considerably wider influence in Japanese society than their American equivalents do in theirs . The reasons behind this are two fold. First is their variety of subj ec t ma tter. Even more so than anime, manga cover a dazzling range of topics. These can include child-oriented fare, such as the sp orts club stories aimed a t b oys or the highly inventive , beau tifully drawn s hoj o manga produced for young girls , as well as a vast variety of manga for adults ranging from 20 * ANIME FROM A K I RA T O H O WL ' S M O V I N G C A S TL E etiquette j ou rnals to the so-called Ladies Comics (Reideezu homi h hu), which are actually explicitly erotic comics targeted a t women.

Anime 36 * ANIME FROM AKIRA TO HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE representations of the human figure range across an extraordinary variety of types (and archetypes), implicitly promising a vast range of fictional identities for the viewer to revel in. The animated space becomes a magical tabula rasa on which to project both dreams and nightmares of what it is to be human, precisely as it transforms the human figure. The following chapters explore anime's relation to the body in terms of a variety of genres: the comic, the apocalypticlhorror, the pornographic, and the mecha or technological; and it is seen in relation to one of the most important devices in animation, the process of metamorphosis.

As with apocalypse, the festival mode is frequ ently found in live­ action Japanese films, ranging from the chaotic history of Imamura Sh6hei's Eijanaika to anarchic comedies such as I tami Juz6's Tampopo A N I M E AN D LOCAL/G LOBAL I D ENTITY * 31 or Morita Yoshimitsu's Family Game, all of which brilliantly play off of the stereotypical no tions of the Japanese as a repressed and qu iet people and offer a vision of social and familial disorder. But, as is also true of the apocalyptic mode, animation can add its own special touch to the trope of festival.

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