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Being Conscious of the Methodologies of Animation Studies: Some Contexts Surrounding the Study Group of Oversea References and the Mapping Project of Animation Studies.

It is very difficult to grasp the past achievements, international movements and situations of animation studies within Japan. This will be an obstacle which prevents young students from getting access to basic methodologies of animation studies. In terms of what is expected of the field as a new discipline, a more serious problem is that it allows scholars and journalists, in particular, who have been not engaged in this field, to say or write anything on animati on without any grounds. Recently I started a working group for sharing the excellent overseas scholarships on animation, and have been engaged in the project called "Manga and Animation Research Mapping Project", which aims to make visible the recent siruation of animation/comic studies. These activities are my attempts of finding solutions for the problems.

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