Database for Animation Studies


Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspective

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Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspective
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University Press of Mississippi
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Yokota, Masao

This collection of English-language papers about Japanese animation is presented mainly by Asian researchers. Among them, Yokota (one of the editors) discusses the clinical psychology of Kihachirō KAWAMOTO’s “Hana-Ori” (Breaking of Branches is Forbidden) as a work representing the topic of midlife crisis.

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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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