The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation

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U of Minnesota Press, 2009 - Performing Arts - 385 pages
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Despite the longevity of animation and its significance within the history of cinema, film theorists have focused on live-action motion pictures and largely ignored hand-drawn and computer-generated movies. Thomas Lamarre contends that the history, techniques, and complex visual language of animation, particularly Japanese animation, demands serious and sustained engagement, and in The Anime Machine he lays the foundation for a new critical theory for reading Japanese animation, showing how anime fundamentally differs from other visual media.

The Anime Machine defines the visual characteristics of anime and the meanings generated by those specifically "animetic" effects-the multiplanar image, the distributive field of vision, exploded projection, modulation, and other techniques of character animation-through close analysis of major films and television series, studios, animators, and directors, as well as Japanese theories of animation. Lamarre first addresses the technology of anime: the cells on which the images are drawn, the animation stand at which the animator works, the layers of drawings in a frame, the techniques of drawing and blurring lines, how characters are made to move. He then examines foundational works of anime, including the films and television series of Miyazaki Hayao and Anno Hideaki, the multimedia art of Murakami Takashi, and CLAMP's manga and anime adaptations, to illuminate the profound connections between animators, characters, spectators, and technology.

Working at the intersection of the philosophy of technology and the history of thought, Lamarre explores how anime and its related media entail material orientations and demonstrates concretely how the "animetic machine" encourages a specific approach to thinking about technology and opens new ways for understanding our place in the technologized world around us.

  

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I really don't think this is the book that will help me decode anime tropes and conventions. Read full review

Review: The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation

User Review  - Goodreads

I really don't think this is the book that will help me decode anime tropes and conventions. Read full review

Contents

Part II Exploded View
101
Part III Girl Computerized
207
Patterns of Serialization
300
Notes
323

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About the author (2009)

Thomas Lamarre teaches East Asian studies, art history, and communication studies at McGill University.

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