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By S. Napier

With the recognition of Pokémon nonetheless faraway from waning, eastern animation, referred to as anime to its enthusiasts, has a company carry on American popular culture. despite the fact that, anime is way greater than kid's cartoons. It runs the gamut from old epics to sci-fi sexual thrillers. usually pushed aside as fanciful leisure, anime is really rather adept at portraying vital social and cultural matters resembling alienation, gender inequality, and teen angst. This booklet investigates the ways in which anime offers those concerns in an in-depth and complex demeanour, uncovering the identification conflicts, fears over fast technological development, and different key subject matters found in a lot of jap animation.

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In fact, while many anime texts do include figures with blond hair, it is perhaps more correct to say that rather than a “Western” style of figuration, the characters are drawn in what might be called “anime” style. This style ranges from the broadly grotesque drawings of characters with shrunken torsos and oversize heads of some anime comedy to the elongated figures with huge eyes and endless flowing hair that populate many romance and adventure stories. And while many of them are blond or light brunette, many have more bizarre hair colorings such as pink, green, or blue.

In fact, while many anime texts do include figures with blond hair, it is perhaps more correct to say that rather than a “Western” style of figuration, the characters are drawn in what might be called “anime” style. This style ranges from the broadly grotesque drawings of characters with shrunken torsos and oversize heads of some anime comedy to the elongated figures with huge eyes and endless flowing hair that populate many romance and adventure stories. And while many of them are blond or light brunette, many have more bizarre hair colorings such as pink, green, or blue.

In certain ways Akira opens up a space for the marginal and the different, suggesting in its ending a new form of identity. It is fitting that we begin our discussion of anime texts with Akira, not only because it foregrounds some of the most important themes of this book, such as identity, body, apocalypse, and the festival, but also because it is one of the most famous anime ever made. Akira was AKIRA AND RANMA 1/2: THE MONSTROUS ADOLESCENT ✱ 41 number one at the box office the year of its release in Japan, even beating out Return of the Jedi.

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