Dissertation Skeleton

Introduction

  1. The question
  2. The aim of this dissertation
  3. Other questions that will arise
  4. How the research will be carried out
  5. Why this subject was chosen
  6. Methodology

Chapter 1 –Anime & Manga

  1. History of anime & manga
  • Brief history of anime and manga
  1. When Japanese animation became Japanese
  • Kitazawa Yasuji
  • Okamoto Ippei
  • Tezuka Osamu
  1. 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….
  1. The visual style of anime & manga
  • The drawing styles
  • Exaggerated features
  • Distinguishing nationalities

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
  1. Relevance in Japanese anime and manga
  • The influence of Japanese myths, legends and folktales in anime and manga
  1. 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.
  1. 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. Shinto
  • Shinto
  1. Ideology in Japan
  • Government limitations before WW2
  • American limitations after WW2
  1. Japanese ability to adapt
  • The cost and time issues with animating
  • Japanese animation techniques

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
  1. 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?
  1. Women’s rights
  • Women’s rights in Japan and elsewhere
  • The influence on anime & manga
  1. Anime and manga and the government/people
  • The influence of anime and manga on the government
  • The influence of anime and manga on people
  1. Japanese perception on what’s deemed acceptable
  • Sex in anime & manga

Conclusion

  1. Refer to the questions and aims from the introduction
  2. The journey
  3. The findings

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