Through the analysis of the work of the main Japanese animators starting from the pioneers of 1917, the book will overview the whole history of Japanese animated film, including the latest tendencies and the experimental movies. In addition to some of the most acclaimed directors Miyazaki Hayao, Takahata Isao, Shinkai Makoto, Tezuka Osamu and Kon Satoshi, the works of masters of animation such as Kawamoto Kihachirō, Kuri Yōji, Ōfuji Noburō and Yamamura Kōji will be analysed in their cultural and historical context. Moreover, their themes and styles will be the linking thread to overview the Japanese producing system and the social and political events which have often influenced their works.
Chapter 1 From Pre-Cinema to the Birth of Industry
Chapter 2 Winds of War and Reconstruction
Chapter 3 A New World
Chapter 4 How the West Was Won
Chapter 5 Simulacra
Chapter 6 Alone, Not Lonelyâ€: Generation X