113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Saga Making in Contemporary (Jap)animations

Session Chair: 
Takayuki Yokota-Murakami, Osaka University
Session 10: Sunday 8:30-10:00am
Willamette (PMCC)


  1. Yuzuru Nakagawa, Japan Institute of the Moving Image (Japan)
    There is a probable rise of a new "Grand Narrative" as a global, cross-border identity for Anime and Manga creators. This is not for “fans” which is regarded as Post-Modern / Post-Fordism lifestyle, but for “creators” which should be regarded as Modern.
  2. Jonathan Lee, Independent Scholar
    The development of certain broken and dysfunctional characters from Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night highlights the deconstruction of concepts like heroism, villainy, justice, and victory within these Japanimations. These two narratives relativize deeply uncomfortable and profound human struggles by overturning traditional notions about idealized concepts like the “ally of justice” (seigi no mikata).
  3. Noriko Hiraishi, University of Tsukuba (Japan)
    This paper aims to examine modern fluctuations in the notion of “adultery” in the beginning of the twentieth century, focusing on the reception of the episode of Paolo and Francesca in Dante’s Divine Comedy (c. 1308- 1321). 
Session Cancelled: