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Mechademia 4: War/Time

EditorFrenchy Lunning

Paperback | November 9, 2009

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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.

Title:Mechademia 4: War/TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.8 inPublished:November 9, 2009Publisher:University of Minnesota PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0816667497

ISBN - 13:9780816667499

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Table of Contents

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


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 Endô Shûsaku and Yamada Fûtarô, Takayuki Tatsumi, Translated by Seth Jacobowitz
Monsters at War: The Great Yôkai Wars, 1968-2005, Zília Papp
From Jusuheru to Jannu: Girl Knights and Christian Witches in the Work of Miuchi Suzue, Rebecca Suter


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


Interview with Murase Shûkô and Satô Dai, Marc Hairston, Deborah Scally, and Angela Drummond-Mathews

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