Magic as Metaphor in Anime: A Critical Study

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McFarland, Dec 29, 2009 - Performing Arts - 220 pages
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Since its inception as an art form, anime has engaged with themes, symbols and narrative strategies drawn from the realm of magic. In recent years, the medium has increasingly turned to magic specifically as a metaphor for a wide range of cultural, philosophical and psychological concerns. This book first examines a range of Eastern and Western approaches to magic in anime, addressing magical thinking as an overarching concept which unites numerous titles despite their generic and tonal diversity. It then explores the collusion of anime and magic with reference to specific topics. A close study of cardinal titles is complemented by allusions to ancillary productions in order to situate the medium's fascination with magic within an appropriately broad historical context.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Chapter 1 The Frame of Reference
3
Chapter 2 Magic Contracts
18
Chapter 3 Magic Missions
53
Chapter 4 Magic Natures
85
Chapter 5 Magic Bildungsromans
117
Chapter 6 Magic Destinies
152
Filmography
191
Chapter Notes
203
Bibliography
205
Index
209
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Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.

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