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Anime, Religion and Spirituality


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Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 Japanese Modernity and the Manga and Anime Art Forms Chapter 2 The New Life of Old Beliefs: Religious and Spiritual Concepts in Anime Chapter 3 From Realistic to Supernatural: Genres in Anime Chapter 4 Power Within: The Fan's Embrace of Profane and Sacred Worlds in Anime Conclusion

About the Author

Katharine Buljan was awarded a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2007 and is a scholar and visual artist/animator. Carole M. Cusack is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the author and editor of numerous books and the editor of The International Journal for the Study of New Religions.


"[This] is a very good book that explores an enormous number of anime and provides a useful overview of how anime's fun-filled fantasy format appeals to modern sensibilities." --Mark MacWilliams, St. Lawrence University, Religious Studies Review Vol. 43(1) "Anime, Religion, and Spirituality opens the door for scholars interested in the connections between religion and anime, and helps to define the field of religion and popular culture to consider elements of popular culture once dismissed." --Vivian Asimos, University of Durham, BASR Bulletin 127, Nov. 2015, pp.33-34 "[The] book is a good concise survey of anime in Japan and beyond, and it definitely encourages us to take such popular culture works seriously and to question the supposed barrier between serious 'otherworldly' culture like 'religion' and everyday, even superficially frivolous productions like still and animated cartoons." --Jack David Eller, Anthropology Review Database 16 May 2015 "...Buljan and Cusack's book is an insightful piece of research that addresses the complexity of the proposed topic from a useful historical and transcultural perspective. And as a consequence, this is recommended reading for those interested in both Japanese animation and a heterodox approach to religious studies." --Marcos Centeno, Reading Religion, June 25, 2016

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