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Miyazaki's animism abroad : the reception of Japanese religious themes by American and German audiences

Author: Eriko Ogihara-Schuck
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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After winning an Oscar for 'Spirited Away', the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's animated films were dubbed into many languages. Some of the films are saturated with religious themes distinctive to Japanese culture. How were these themes, or what Miyazaki describes as 'animism,' received abroad, especially considering that they are challenging to translate? This book examines how American and German audiences,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Hayao Miyazaki; Hayao Miyazaki
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eriko Ogihara-Schuck
ISBN: 9780786472628 0786472626 1476613958 9781476613956
OCLC Number: 875404275
Description: x, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Animism challenges monotheism: disasters and Japanese reception of Hayao Miyazaki's films --
Does monotheism challenge animism? transitions of American and German adapters' approaches --
Animism and visuals: religious and non-religious reviewers' responses --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Eriko Ogihara-Schuck.

Abstract:

After winning an Oscar for 'Spirited Away', the Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's animated films were dubbed into many languages. Some of the films are saturated with religious themes distinctive to Japanese culture. How were these themes, or what Miyazaki describes as 'animism,' received abroad, especially considering that they are challenging to translate? This book examines how American and German audiences, grounded on Judeo-Christian traditions, responded to the animism in Miyazaki's 'Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind' (1984), 'My Neighbor Totoro' (1988), 'Princess Mononoke' (1998), 'Spirited Away' (2001), and 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea' (2008).

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