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Mechademia 4

The themes of war and time are intertwined in unique ways in Japanese culture, freighted as that nation is with the multiple legacies of World War II: the country's militarization, its victories and defeats, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the uneasy pacifism imposed by the victors. Delving into topics ranging from the production of wartime propaganda to the multimedia adaptations of romance narrative, contributors to the fourth volume in the "Mechademia" series address the political, cultural, and technological continuum between war and the everyday time of orderly social productivity that is reflected, confronted, and changed in manga, anime, and other forms of Japanese popular culture.Grouped thematically, the essays in this volume explore the relationship between national sovereignty and war (from the militarization of children as critically exposed in "Grave of the Fireflies" to reworkings of Japanese patriotism in "The Place Promised in Our Early Days"), the intersection of war and the technologies of social control (as observed in the films of Oshii Mamoru and the apocalyptic vision of "Neon Genesis Evangelion"), history and memory as in manga artists working through the trauma of Japan's defeat in World War II and the new modalities of storytelling represented by "Final Fantasy X"), and the renewal and hybridization of militaristic genres as a means of subverting conventions (in Yamada Futaro's ninja fiction and Miuchi Suzue's girl knight manga).Contributors: Brent Allison; Mark Anderson; Christopher Bolton, Williams College; Martha Cornog; Marc Driscoll, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Angela Drummond-Mathews, Paul Quinn College; Michael Fisch; Michael Dylan Foster, Indiana U; Wendy Goldberg; Marc Hairston, U of Texas, Dallas; Charles Shiro Inouye, Tufts University; Rei Okamoto Inouye, Northeastern U; Paul Jackson; Seth Jacobowitz, San Francisco State U; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Tom Looser, New York U; Sheng-mei Ma, Michigan State U; Christine Marran, U of Minnesota; Zilia Papp, Hosei U, Tokyo; Marco Pellitteri; Timothy Perper; Yoji Sakate; Chinami Sango; Deborah Scally; Deborah Shamoon, U of Notre Dame; Manami Shima; Rebecca Suter, U of Sydney; Takayuki Tatsumi, Keio U, Tokyo; Christophe Thouny; Gavin Walker; Dennis Washburn, Dartmouth College; Teresa M. Winge, Indiana U.
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Preface: War/Time, Thomas Lamarre Legacies of Sovereignty The Filmic Time of Coloniality: On Shinkai Makoto's The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Gavin Walker Theorizing Manga: Nationalism and Discourse on the Role of Wartime Manga, Rei Okamoto Inouye Transcending the Victim's History: Takahata Isao's Grave of Fireflies, Wendy Goldberg Control Room Gothic Politics: Oshii, War, and Life without Death, Tom Looser Oshii Mamoru's Patlabor 2: Terror, Theatricality, and Exceptions That Prove the Rule, Mark Anderson Waiting for the Messiah: The Becoming-Myth of Evangelion and Densha otoko, Christophe Thouny War by Metaphor in Densha Otoko, Michael Fisch History/Memory Imagined History, Fading Memory: Mastering Narrative in Final Fantasy X, Dennis Washburn Haunted Travelogue: Hometowns, Ghost Towns, and Memories of War, Michael Dylan Foster Three Views of the Rising Sun, Obliquely: Keiji Nakazawa's A-bomb, Osamu Tezuka's Adolf, and Yoshinori Kobayashi's Apologia, Sheng-mei Ma Virtual Creation, Simulated Destruction, and Manufactured Memory at the Art Mecho Museum in Second Life, Christopher Bolton Genre Violence Ninja, Hidden Christians, and the Two Ferreiras: On Endo Shusaku and Yamada Futaro, Takayuki Tatsumi, Translated by Seth Jacobowitz Monsters at War: The Great Yokai Wars, 1968-2005, Zilia Papp From Jusuheru to Jannu: Girl Knights and Christian Witches in the Work of Miuchi Suzue, Rebecca Suter Mobilization/Domestication Empire through the Eyes of a Yapoo: Male Abjection in the Cult ClassicBeast Yapoo, Christine Marran Nippon ex Machina: Japanese Postwar Identity in Robot Anime and the Case of UFO Robo Grendizer, Marco Pellitteri Kobayashi Yoshinori Is Dead: Imperial War/Sick Liberal Peace/Neoliberal Class War, Mark Driscoll Manga: A Comic Interlude from Darumasan-ga-koronda, "Land Mine in Central Park", Yoji Sakate, Translated by Manami Shima, Art by Chinami Sango Review and Commentary Two Phases of Japanese Illustrated Fiction, Charles Shiro Inouye Paradise Lost . . . and Found?, Paul Jackson Molten Hot: Japanese Gal Subcultures and Fashions, Theresa M. Winge Monstrous Toys of Capitalism, Brent Allison If Casshern Doesn't Do It, Who Will?, Deborah Shamoon Psychoanalytic Cyberpunk Midsummer-Night's Dreamtime: Satoshi Kon's Paprika, Timothy Perper and Martha Cornog Torendo Interview with Murase Shuko and Sato Dai, Marc Hairston, Deborah Scally, and Angela Drummond-Mathews Contributors Call for Papers

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