The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki (Google eBook)

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Mark I. West
Scarecrow Press, Oct 23, 2008 - Social Science - 306 pages
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Godzilla stomped his way into American movie theaters in 1956, and ever since then Japanese trends and cultural products have had a major impact on children's popular culture in America. This can be seen in the Hello Kitty paraphernalia phenomenon, the popularity of anime television programs like Pokemon and Dragon Ball Z, computer games, and Hayao Miyazaki's award-winning films, such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture brings together contributors from different backgrounds, each exploring a particular aspect of this phenomenon from different angles, from scholarly examinations to recounting personal experiences. The book explains the interconnections among the various aspects of Japanese influence and discusses American responses to anime and other forms of Japanese popular culture.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Godzilla the Evolving Monster
1
The Rugrats Meet Godzilla
7
A HomeFront Report
17
Chapter 4 Hello Kitty in America
25
Chapter 5 The Allure of Anthropomorphism in Animé and Manga
41
Animated Utopia for Kids
53
Training the Pocket Monsters of Self and Consumerism
73
Chapter 8 Japanese Dominance of the VideoGame Industry and the Future of Interactive Media
85
How the Rising Ubiquity of All Things Japanese Ruined the National Pastime for One American Father
175
Chapter 13 Two Worlds United by Animé
185
Chapter 14 The CrossCultural Appeal of the Characters in Manga and Animé
191
Do American Children Need to Be Protected from Dragon Ball?
199
Changing Tetsuwan Atomu to Astro Boy
209
The Search for the Jewel of Four Souls in America
227
Chapter 18 Folklore and Gender Inversion in Cardcaptor Sakura
249
Environmental Perspectives and New Frontiers in Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away
267

MutationSeductionHybridization
107
Chapter 10 Interviews with Adolescent Animé Fans
119
Chapter 11 North American Reactions to Yaoi
147
Index
285
About the Contributors
291
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Mark I. West is professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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