Anime: Masterworks of Japanese Animation

How did anime emerge as a distinctive national genre in global popular culture at the turn of the 21st century? What social conditions and media industry developments in Japan promoted adaptations of manga (graphic novels) into feature-length films for both young and adult audiences? In this course students will address these questions by analyzing the forms and contexts of a number of masterworks by the most prominent directors of Japanese animation. We will examine the relation of anime to classic Disney films, live-action Hollywood cinema, and Japanese aesthetic traditions. In addition to Studio Ghibli founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, we will study the works of Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Oshii, Makoto Shinkai, and other distinguished anime auteurs.

11:15am-12:30pm on Monday, Wednesday at AXN 232 (Feb 13, 2023 to May 15, 2023)
7:30pm-10:25pm on Monday at SDL DNA (Feb 13, 2023 to May 15, 2023)
Axinn Center 232