Dissertation Skeleton

Dissertation skeleton
Introduction
1. The question that I want to answer.
2. The aim of my dissertation.
3. Other questions that will arise.
4. Other things I will look into to answer those questions.
5. Why I chose the subject I did.
6. Structure.
7. Terminology.
Chapter 1 –Anime & Manga
1. What anime & manga are
• Brief description of anime and manga
2. History of anime & manga
• Brief history of anime and manga
3. When Japanese animation became Japanese
• Kitazawa Yasuji
• Okamoto Ippei
• Tezuka Osamu
4. The popularity of anime & manga
• The popularity of anime and manga
• The way in which Japan has a history of looking at illustrations with Kanji….
• The popularity in Japan and other countries
• Terminology
Chapter 2 – Japanese myths, legends and folktales in anime and manga
1. Overview of Japanese myths and Legends
• What Japanese myths, legends and folktales are…..
• The importance of Japanese myths, legends and folktales…..ancient stories and lessons passed down through the ages, in a way survived America’s influence after WW2 when America said to keep manga aimed at children?
• How they are seen in Japan….ways to tell stories to teach lessons?
• A few examples of Japanese myths and legends
2. Relevance in Japanese anime and manga
• The influence of Japanese myths, legends and folktales in anime and manga
• My opinion on why Japanese myths, legends and folktales are relevant in anime and manga……Japan specific motives, Japan specific audiences etc.

3. How they are used in anime and manga
• As a great story, playing on the tales that frightened their ancestors….night parade of 100 demons.
4. Why they are used in anime and manga
• Do the anime and manga influenced by myths, legends and folktales teach the same lessons that the myths, legends and folktakes do?
• Can these anime and mangas be considered the modern way to teach these lessons?
Chapter 3 – Japanese culture in anime & manga
1. Overview of Japanese culture
• Harmony
• Sense of loyalty
• Community
• Doing good deeds
2. Ideology in Japan
• Government limitations before WW2
• American limitations after WW2
3. Japanese Philosophy
4. Japanese notion of wa (harmony)
• Cultural customs
• Respect

Chapter 4 – Japanese social and political issues in relation to anime & manga
1. Overview of Japanese social and political issues
• Brief description of the social and political issues specific to Japan
• Brief description of how manga and anime were being seen as more than just illustrations or caricatures, but ways of spreading a sense of duty and honor, or providing entertainment so that children could have something to get excited over, providing people with a little escape from their defeated country.
2. Animation pre and post WW2
• Manga for travel – the desire to get out of the country
• Manga with soldier’s picture shows
• Providing entertainment for children
• Keeping Japanese culture alive?
3. School life
• Suicides?
• stress
4. Japanese perception on what’s deemed acceptable
• Relation to ideology
5. Sex in anime & manga
• Stress relief
• Over crowdedness, no privacy
Conclusion
1. My findings
2. My analysis

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