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Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan

Jolyon Baraka Thomas


Manga and anime (illustrated serial novels and animated films) are highly influential Japanese entertainment media that boast tremendous domestic consumption as well as worldwide distribution and an international audience. This book examines religious aspects of the culture of manga and anime production and consumption. Rather than merely describing the incidence of religions such as Buddhism or Shinto in these media, this book shows that authors and audiences create and re-create “religious frames of mind” through their imaginative and ritualized interactions with illustrated worlds. Manga an ... More

Keywords: manga production, anime production, Japanese entertainment, Japanese religion, Buddhism, Shinto

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824835897
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jolyon Baraka Thomas, author
Princeton University