Mechademia 5

Mechademia 5


Frenchy Lunning, editor

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$24.95 paper
ISBN 978-0-8166-7387-2

From fan-subs to cosplay, exploring the fan cultures inspired by anime and manga

Passionate fans of anime and manga, known in Japan as otaku and active around the world, play a significant role in the creation and interpretation of this pervasive popular culture. Routinely appropriating and remixing favorite characters, narratives, imagery, and settings, otaku take control of the anime characters they consume.

Fanthropologies—the fifth volume in the Mechademia series, an annual forum devoted to Japanese anime and manga—focuses on fans, fan activities, and the otaku phenomenon. The zones of activity discussed in these essays range from fan-subs (fan-subtitled versions of anime and manga) and copyright issues to gender and nationality in fandom, dolls, and other forms of consumption that fandom offers. Individual pieces include a remarkable photo essay on the emerging art of cosplay photography; an original manga about an obsessive doll-fan; and a tour of Akihabara, Tokyo's discount electronics shopping district, by a scholar disguised as a fuzzy animal.

Contributors: Madeline Ashby; Jodie Beck, McGill U; Christopher Bolton, Williams College; Nait? Chizuko, Otsuma U; Ian Condry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Martha Cornog; Kathryn Dunlap, U of Central Florida; ?tsuka Eiji, Kobe Design U; Gerald Figal, Vanderbilt U; Patrick W. Galbraith, U of Tokyo; Marc Hairston, U of Texas at Dallas; Marilyn Ivy, Columbia U; Koichi Iwabuchi, Waseda U; Paul Jackson; Amamiya Karin; Fan-Yi Lam; Thomas Lamarre, McGill U; Paul M. Malone, U of Waterloo; Anne McKnight, U of Southern California; Livia Monnet, U of Montreal; Susan Napier, Tufts U; Kerin Ogg; Timothy Perper; Eron Rauch; Brian Ruh, Indiana U; Nathan Shockey, Columbia U; Marc Steinberg, Concordia U; Jin C. Tomshine, U of California, San Francisco; Carissa Wolf, North Dakota State U.

Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

352 pages | 60 b&w photos, 9 color plates, 1 table | 7 x 10 | 2010
Mechademia Series, volume 5




            Frenchy Lunning


Sites of Transposition

The Art of Cute Little Things: Nara Yoshitomo’s Parapolitics
            Marilyn Ivy
Transforming U.S. Anime in the 1980s: Localization and Longevity
            Brian Ruh
Speciesism, Part II: Tezuka Osamu and the Multispecies Ideal
            Thomas Lamarre
Undoing Inter-national Fandom in the Age of Brand Nationalism
            Koichi Iwabuchi


Patterns of Consumption

World and Variation: The Reproduction and Consumption of Narrative
            Ôtsuka Eiji
            Translated and with an Introduction by Marc Steinberg
Frenchness and Transformation in Japanese Subculture, 1972–2004
            Anne McKnight
Monstrous Media and Delusional Consumption in Kon Satoshi’s Paranoia Agent
            Gerald Figal
Lucid Dreams, False Awakenings: Figures of the Fan in Kon Satoshi
            Kerin Ogg


A Cosplay Photography Sampler
            Eron Rauch and Christopher Bolton


Modes of Circulation

Dark Energy: What Fansubs Reveal about the Copyright Wars
            Ian Condry
Akihabara: Conditioning a Public Otaku Image
            Patrick W. Galbraith
Comic Market: How the World’s Biggest Amateur Comic Fair Shaped Japanese Dôjinshi Culture
            Fan-Yi Lam


Styles of Intervention

Suffering Forces Us to Think beyond the Right–Left Barrier
            Amamiya Karin
            Translated and with an Introduction by Jodie Beck
Fans Behaving Badly: Anime Metafandom, Brutal Criticism, and the Intellectual Fan
            Kathryn Dunlap and Carissa Wolf
Anatomy of Permutational Desire: Perversion in Hans Bellmer and Oshii Mamoru
            Livia Monnet
A Cocoon with a View: Hikikomori, Otaku, and Welcome to the NHK
            Marc Hairston
Reorganizations of Gender and Nationalism: Gender Bashing and Loliconized Japanese Society
            Naitô Chizuko
            Translated by Nathan Shockey


Aeryn’s Dolls
            Jin C. Tomshine


Review and Commentary

The Space between Worlds: Mushishi and Japanese Folklore
            Paul Jackson
Animation beyond the Boundaries
            Susan Napier
Three Faces of Eva: Evangelion 1.01: You Are (Not) Alone
            Cruel Angels? Cruel Fathers!
                        Paul M. Malone
            Epic Fail: Still Dreary, after All These Years
                        Madeline Ashby
            The Rebuild of Anime
                        Thomas Lamarre
Brief Visions of a Vast Landscape
            Timothy Perper and Martha Cornog
Death Note: The Killer in Me Is the Killer in You
            Susan Napier


???? Torendo

Otakuology: A Dialogue
            Patrick W. Galbraith and Thomas Lamarre


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