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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2003

ANS 383 • World of Japanese Animation

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
27675 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
UTC 4.134
UTC 4.134

Course Description

This course introduces you to the rich and varied world of Japanese animation (anime), one of the most important cultural products to appear in Japan in the post war period. Because anime is such a broad-ranging medium, we will utilize a variety of approaches, looking at it as art, social commentary, and at its commercial aspects as an increasingly important part of global popular culture. The bulk of the course will approach anime through its most important themes and genres in a chronological fashion. Important over-arching themes will include the role of identity and metamorphosis, and we will also treat such major genres as cyberpunk/mecha, apocalypse, romantic comedy, and the erotic, in relation to some of the most significant directors and writers of anime such as Otomo Katsuhiro, Oshii Mamoru, Miyazaki Hayao, and Takahashi Rumiko. The course will also include a section on anime in relation to popular culture and the role of the fan culture in the world of anime.

Grading Policy

Two 4-6 pg papers 40 % Midterm 20 % Journal/class participation 10 % Final exam 20% In class group presentation 10%

Classroom Attendance and Attendance at Film Showings is EXPECTED. If you are absent more than three times, you will be asked to drop the course.


Antonia Levi, Samurai from Outer Space Helen McCarthy, Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation Fredric Schodt, Dreamland Japan Paul Wells, Understanding Animation In addition there will be a packet of articles and book excerpts available at the Union Copy Center


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