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If the resource of manga and anime is bodily situated in Japan, the temptation for lots of critics and students is to invite what features of eastern tradition and historical past gave upward thrust to those media. This 9th quantity of Mechademia—an annual number of serious paintings on anime and manga—challenges the tendency to reply to the query of origins through reductively generalizing and essentializing “Japaneseness.”

The essays introduced jointly in Mechademia nine lead us to appreciate the level to which “Japan” should be noticeable as an concept generated by means of anime, manga, and different texts instead of the opposite direction round. what's it that manga and anime produce that no different medium can accurately reproduction? Is anime its personal medium or a style of animation—or whatever in among? and the way needs to we adapt latest serious modes so one can learn those new different types of texts? whereas the authors start with related questions about the roots of eastern pop culture and media, they invoke quite a lot of theoretical paintings within the look for solutions, together with feminist feedback, incapacity reviews, poststructuralist textual feedback, postcolonialism, paintings background, movie idea, phenomenology, and extra. Richly provocative and insightful, Mechademia nine either enacts and resists the pursuit of mounted beginning issues, inspiring additional artistic research of this worldwide creative phenomenon.

Contributors: Stephen R. Anderson; Dale okay. Andrews, Tohoku Gakuin U; Andrew Ballús; Jodie Beck; Christopher Bolton, Williams collage; Kukhee Choo, Tulane U; Ranya Denison, U of East Anglia; Lucy Fraser; Fujimoto Yukari, Meiji U, Japan; Forrest Greenwood; Imamura Taihei; Seth Jacobowitz, Yale U; Kim Joon Yang; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Margherita lengthy, U of California, Riverside; Matsumoto Nobuyuki, Tokyo nationwide Museum; Laura Miller, U of Missouri–St. Louis; Alexandra Roedder; Paul Roquet, Stanford U; Brian Ruh; Shun’ya Yoshimi, U of Tokyo; Alba G. Torrents.

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She arrives at her aunt’s house and faints with a fever; when she recovers it is to be notified of Simone’s death, from what amounts to a suicide. “Shiroi heya no futari” set off a fascinating phenomenon: over the next few years in the early 1970s, the writers who were to become the leading figures in shōjo manga published works that followed the same pattern. While not portraying lesbians as their subject, these works clearly deal with lesbian relationships (though, because they were published in shōjo manga magazines, they do not involve any actual sex).

Honda’s “Fluttering” chapter has been translated by Aoyama and Barbara Hartley as “The Genealogy of Hirahira: Liminality and the Girl,” in Girl Reading Girl in Japan, ed. Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley (New York: Routledge, 2010), 19–37. 6. Kotani Mari, “Sutā Reddo no watashitachi” (We who are Star Red), in Sutā Reddo, by Hagio Moto (Tokyo: Shōgakukan Bunko, 1995), 530. 7. Kotani Mari, “Ota kuiin wa, ota kuia no yume o mita wa” (The queer dream of an ota-​queen), in Mōjō genron F-​kai (Net discourse version F), ed.

But Hagio explicitly positions his use of hyper-​powers as the result of having telepathically witnessed Erg remove his horn and cry, “Sei! ” (498–99). In other words, it is only because Yodaka is so moved by Erg’s affirmation of material origins, and the new love it enables, that he is prompted to suggest the pregnancy that will allow Sei, via Junior Sei, to make her way back to Erg. How, when, and even whether this reunion will happen is left uncertain at the end of Hagio’s text. Likewise, we do not know whether our beloved Red Planet characters will continue to evade their persecutors.

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