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From the autistic world to entertainment in feature animations of Mamoru Oshii

Mamoru Oshii is an internationally renowned animation filmmaker. Division of his filmography into three periods reveals that he has kept some psychological themes. The first period began with making fan-oriented animation series based on the manga Uruseiyatsura. However, Oshii soon turned into bring all his tastes to the fore; in Uruseiyatsura 2 the Beautiful Dreamer (1984), he indicates that the world of dream is more important that the real world, and In The Egg of an Angel (1985) and Twilight Q Vol.2 The Mysterious Thing File 538 (1987), the relationship between a woman and a man echoes the director’s personal life. During the second, Oshii directed live-action films which he had aimed at since his youth; in Red Glasses (1987) and Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops (1991), he depicts the life of a revolutionary warrior who on the run is left behind the new age. Turning into reality his long-cherished dream of live-action filmmaking, these films reverberate Oshii’s background as a late participant of past student activist movements. The third period saw his animation filmmaking change for entertainment; Patlabor the Movie (1989), Patlabor 2 the Movie (1993), Ghost in the Shell (1995). Audiences were fascinated with these films in which the breaking of suspense serves to dispel social unrest. At first seeking a dream-like, autistic world, Oshii succeeded in presenting entertainments to the world after getting over a midlife crisis by fulfilling a dream in his youth.

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