Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder

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Open Court, Apr 10, 2010 - Philosophy - 288 pages
Anime and Philosophy focuses on some of the most-loved, most-intriguing anime films and series, as well as lesser-known works, to find what lies at their core. Astro Boy, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and Spirited Away are just a few of the films analyzed in this book. In these stories about monsters, robots, children, and spirits who grapple with the important questions in life we find insight crucial to our times: lessons on morality, justice, and heroism, as well as meditations on identity, the soul, and the meaning — or meaninglessness — of life. Anime has become a worldwide phenomenon, reaching across genres, mediums, and cultures. For those wondering why so many people love anime or for die-hard fans who want to know more, Anime and Philosophy provides a deeper appreciation of the art and storytelling of this distinctive Japanese culture.

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If you have been into anime for a while, or are into classic anime, you'll get all the reference material the authors used to discuss their philosophical theories. I like this book because the references to characters that I know so well, make the philosophical discussions come alive, they make sense. In college, I took Philosophy 101 and 102, and found the concepts either oversimplifying or over-complicating human behavior. In any case, they were just classes that allowed me to take Logic & Ethics. This book has more than made up for that, and I now have a few other books from the "...And Philosophy" series. This combination (anime + philosophy) is not for everyone. If it's not your kind of combo, please check out the other books in the series, you will get a more profound knowledge of both philosophy and your favorite movie or TV show, novel, manga, etc., there's an "...And Philosophy" book for everyone! I only wish for a Anime and Philosophy Vol.2 to come out!  


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Take a Ride on the Catbus
The Making of Killer Cuties
Just a Ghost in a Shell?
The CPU Has Its Reasons
Nothing that Happens Is Ever Forgotten
Astro Boy and the Atomic
Grave of the Child Hero
Human Alchemy and the Deadly Sins of Capitalism
Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Sex and Were
Cyborg Songs for an Existential Crisis
Cyborg Goddess
Its the End of the Species as We Know It and I Feel Anxious

Did Santa Die on the Cross?
Why Nice Princesses Dont Always Finish Last
Just War Is No Gouf
The Search for Vengeance
The Possibility of Perfection
Easter Eggs
Deleted Scenes

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About the author (2010)

Josef Steiff is the Associate Chair, Film & Video Department, Columbia College, where he teaches courses in science fiction and anime among other topics. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking.

Tristan Tamplin has a Ph.D. in philosophy and is the principal designer at Verso Design Corporation.

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