Mechademia 10: World Renewal by Frenchy LunningMechademia 10: World Renewal by Frenchy Lunning

Mechademia 10: World Renewal

EditorFrenchy Lunning

Paperback | December 20, 2015

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Mechademia 10 revolves around a maelstrom of events: the devastation of 3/11—the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor crises—and the ongoing environmental disasters that have recently overtaken Japan. Because anime and manga have long proposed (and illustrated) alternative worlds—some created after catastrophes—it is fitting that this volume should consider this propensity for “world renewal.”

Individual essays range widely, from a poetic and personal reflection on the ritual of tôrô nagashi (the lighting of floating paper lanterns that has traditionally commemorated souls lost in great public cataclysms, such as war) to a study of the various counterfactual histories written about the historical figure of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a former peasant farmer who became a military dictator of feudal Japan. The book also includes an original manga, Nanohana, from the popular artist Hagio Moto, who is quoted as saying: “I want to think together with everyone else about Fukushima and Chernobyl, about the future of the Earth, about the future of humankind, and to keep thinking moving forward.”

Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.Contributors: Steven R. Anderson; Sandra Annett, Wilfrid Laurier U; Brian Bergstrom, McGill U; Susan W. Furukawa, Beloit College; Pamela Gossin, U of Texas–Dallas; Forrest Greenwood, Indiana U, Bloomington; Brett Hack, Aichi Prefectural U; Moto Ha...
Title:Mechademia 10: World RenewalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 10 × 7 × 1.2 inPublished:December 20, 2015Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816699151

ISBN - 13:9780816699155


Table of Contents


Second Arc
Introduction: Counterfactual Histories, Parallel Universes, and Possible Worlds
Frenchy Lunning
Part I. Passages of As Not
Between Disaster, Medium 3.11
Akira Mizuta Lippit
The Land of Hope: Planetary Cartographies of Fukashima, 2012
Christophe Thouny
Tokyo Apparatus (Version 1.0)
Sabu Kohso
Good Morning: A Post-Disaster Palm-of-the-Hand Story
Hoshino Tomoyuki, translated by Brian Bergstrom
Part II. Positions of What If
Record of Dying Days: The Alternate History of Ôoku
Andrea Horbinski
Deconstructing the Taikô: The Problem of Hideyoshi as Postwar Business Model
Susan W. Furukawa
A Nation Restored: The Utopian Future of Japan's Far Right
Matthew Penney
Moto Hagio, translated by Matt Thorn, and introduction by Frenchy Lunning
Part III. Worlds of As If
Beyond the Horizon of the Possible Worlds: An Historical Overview of Japanese Media Franchises
Saito Satomi
What Can a Vocaloid Do?: The Kyara as Body without Organs
Sandra Annett
A World Without Pain: Therapeutic Robots and the Analgesic Imagination
Steven R. Anderson
Part IV. Loops of Just Then
The Girl at the End of Time: Temporality, (P)remediation, and Narrative Freedom in Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Forrest Greenwood
Animated Nature: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Empathy in Hayao Miyazaki's Ecophilosophy
Pamela Gossin
Ominous Image of Youth: Worlds, Identities, and Violence in Japanese News Media and When They Cry
Brett Hack
Parallel Universes, Vertical Worlds, and the Nation as Palimpsest in Murakami Ryû's The World Five Minutes from Now
Kendall Heitzman