With the popularity of Pokemon still far from waning, Japanese animation, kwn as anime to its fans, has a firm hold on American pop culture. However, anime is much more than children's cartoons. It runs the gamut from historical epics to sci-fi sexual thrillers. Often dismissed as fanciful entertainment, anime is actually quite adept at portraying important social and cultural issues like alienation, gender inequality, and teenage angst. This book investigates the ways that anime presents these issues in an in-depth and sophisticated manner, uncovering the identity conflicts, fears over rapid techlogical advancement, and other key themes present in much of Japanese animation.
SUSAN NAPIER, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Her previous books include The Subversion of Modernity: The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature and Escape from the Wasteland: Romanticism and Realism in the Works of Mishima Yukio and Oe Kenzaburo.