Shuten Doji vs State Shinto: Kill la Kill as Modern Otogi-zoshi
Date & Time: Friday, August 1, 2014 8:00-10:00 pm
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Airing from Fall 2013-Spring 2014, Kill la Kill has taken anime fans by storm, thanks to its over the top artwork, quirky characters, and breakneck pace. But underneath the sailor suits and “schoolyard battles” lies another, more subtle reading. Borrowing elements from classical “monster stories” like Shuten Doji and the Uji no Hashihime, Kill la Kill presents an interesting critique of both Meiji Japan and nationalism in history. This lecture explores this reading of the series, how it parallels the old tales, and presents a new narrative for engaging and revealing deeper meanings in Japanese animation.
Charles Dunbar is a longtime anime fan and professional culture lecturer and editor. Since 2009, he has presented at over 75 events, on topics pertaining to anime, anime fandom, Japanese sacred culture, the films of Hayao Miyazaki, cross-culture trade, and mythology in media. He also is a founder of the website StudyofAnime.com, and is currently working on a series of books adapted from his lectures and presentations.