This book discusses how the themes raised by animation creators unfold according to the lifecycle theory from psychology and analyzes how GeGeGe no Kitarō, which has been made several times, displays similar lifecycle-like thematic changes.
Animation has various psychological effects on the people who view it. Receptivity to animation depends on the viewer’s developmental stage, and animation can play a supportive role for people who have mental issues. On the other hand, an animator’s psychological developmental themes can have demonstrable effects on the animation, and this aspect can be explained in psychological terms. Moreover, animation can be understood as a clue for deciphering the mental issues of the modern age.
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