Hibakusha legacies: peace, protest and identity in 1980s post-apocalyptic anime

Ayles, Jess (2015) Hibakusha legacies: peace, protest and identity in 1980s post-apocalyptic anime. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Over the last twenty years the belief that comics and animated films are not suited to dealing with mature themes has slowly been cast off. These mediums, once thought of as low-brow and juvenile, have repeatedly tackled serious and adult issues such as genocide, oppression and war. An ever-present aspect of Japanese culture, manga and anime are no exception, and within these mediums nuclear bomb imagery and post-apocalyptic narratives that deal with their own atomic bomb experience are commonplace. The reason for the adoption of these modes can be attributed to a plethora of factors, including as a means of coming to terms with traumatic events. This dissertation closely examines the cathartic effect of post-apocalyptic anime; how it seems to have evolved out of the considerably more passive hibakusha cinema, and why there was a particular demand or popularity of these themes during the 1980s. Case studies of Hadashi no Gen, Grave of the Fireflies and Akira will form the basis of investigation in this dissertation, with a grounding in cultural, social, economic and historical detail in order to propose reasons for the universal and continuous relevance of apocalyptic anime.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 10:22
    Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 10:22
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22727

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