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Mechademia Vol. 10: World Renewal

Mechademia Vol. 10: World Renewal

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 10
Anime and manga have long proposed alternative worlds—some created after catastrophe. Mechademia 10 revolves around Japan’s 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor crises and considers a propensity for “world renewal.” More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 9: Origins

Mechademia Vol. 9: Origins

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 9
The essays brought together in Mechademia 9 lead us to understand the extent to which “Japan” might be seen as an idea generated by anime, manga, and other texts rather than the other way around. Richly provocative and insightful, this volume both enacts and resists the pursuit of fixed starting points, inspiring further creative investigation of this global artistic phenomenon. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 8: Tezuka’s Manga Life

Mechademia Vol. 8: Tezuka’s Manga Life

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 8
Contributors to volume eight of Mechademia analyze Tezuka Osamu and his complicated approaches toward life and nonlife, as well as his effect on other manga artists. Using essays and reprints of Japanese manga on Tezuka, this volume questions his influence and attitudes toward the nonhuman, the sexual politics of manga bodies, and the origins of the moe culture, among others. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 7: Lines of Sight

Mechademia Vol. 7: Lines of Sight

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 7
Lines of Sight, the seventh volume in the Mechademia series, explores the various ways in which anime, manga, digital media, fan culture, and Japanese art challenge, undermine, or disregard the concept of Cartesian perspective. More than just a visual mode or geometric system, Cartesianism has shaped nearly every aspect of modern rational thought, from mathematics and science to philosophy and history. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 6: User Enhanced

Mechademia Vol. 6: User Enhanced

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 6
Manga and anime fans can no longer be considered passive consumers of popular culture. They are users, in whose hands cultural commodities can provide instant gratification but also need to be understood as creative spaces that can be inhabited, modified, and enhanced. User Enhanced, the sixth volume of the Mechademia series, examines the implications of this transformation from consumer to creator. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 5: Fanthropologies

Mechademia Vol. 5: Fanthropologies

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 5
Passionate fans of anime and manga, known in Japan as otaku and active around the world, play a significant role in the creation and interpretation of this pervasive popular culture. Routinely appropriating and remixing favorite characters, narratives, imagery, and settings, otaku take control of the anime characters they consume. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 4: War/Time

Mechademia Vol. 4: War/Time

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 4
Delving into topics ranging from the production of wartime propaganda to the multimedia adaptations of romance narrative, contributors to the fourth volume in the Mechademia series address the political, cultural, and technological continuum between war and the everyday time of orderly social productivity that is reflected, confronted, and changed in manga, anime, and other forms of Japanese popular culture. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 3: Limits of the Human

Mechademia Vol. 3: Limits of the Human

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 3
Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, and nanotechnology have given rise to both hopes and fears about how technology might transform humanity. As the possibility of a posthuman future becomes increasingly likely, debates about how to interpret or shape this future abound. In Japan, anime and manga artists have for decades been imagining the contours of posthumanity, creating dazzling and sometimes disturbing works of art that envision a variety of human/nonhuman hybrids: biological/mechanical, human/animal, and human/monster. Anime and manga offer a constellation of posthuman prototypes whose hybrid natures require a shift in our perception of what it means to be human. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 2: Networks of Desire

Mechademia Vol. 2: Networks of Desire

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 2
Networks of Desire explores the varieties of desire that structure and influence much of contemporary anime and manga in manifestations that range from the explicitly sexual to more sublimated text and imagery. Collecting original essays by scholars, artists, and fans, Networks of Desire considers key issues at play in a Japanese society increasingly uncertain of its place in a globalized world: from idealized representations of same-sex desire in such shôjo manga (girls’s comics) as The Rose of Versailles, to fan fiction inspired by the gender-switching manga Ranma ½, to desire in otaku communities. More info →
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Mechademia Vol. 1: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga

Mechademia Vol. 1: Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga

Series: Mechademia: First Run, Book 1
This inaugural volume on anime and manga engages the rise of Japanese popular culture through game design, fashion, graphic design, commercial packaging, character creation, and fan culture. Promoting dynamic ways of thinking, along with a wealth of images, this cutting-edge work opens new doors between academia and fandom. More info →
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