The Japanification of Children's Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki
Mark I. West
Scarecrow Press, Oct 23, 2008 - Social Science - 306 pages
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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Chapter 4 Hello Kitty in America
Chapter 5 The Allure of Anthropomorphism in Animé and Manga
Animated Utopia for Kids
Training the Pocket Monsters of Self and Consumerism
Chapter 8 Japanese Dominance of the VideoGame Industry and the Future of Interactive Media
How the Rising Ubiquity of All Things Japanese Ruined the National Pastime for One American Father
Chapter 13 Two Worlds United by Animé
Chapter 14 The CrossCultural Appeal of the Characters in Manga and Animé
Do American Children Need to Be Protected from Dragon Ball?
Changing Tetsuwan Atomu to Astro Boy
The Search for the Jewel of Four Souls in America
Chapter 18 Folklore and Gender Inversion in Cardcaptor Sakura
Environmental Perspectives and New Frontiers in Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away
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