Jolyon Baraka Thomas

in Drawing on Tradition

Published by University of Hawaii Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780824835897
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780824871499

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The concluding chapter summarizes the main arguments of the book and offers suggestions for future study. The book shows that the religious aspects of manga and anime culture are visible in the ways in which people visualize religious worlds, entertain religious ideas, and appropriate religious sites and concepts for novel purposes. Audiences re-create religion in the interpretation and exegesis that accompany narrative and visual reception. In some cases, the verisimilitude of fictive worlds—regardless of their fidelity to formal religious cosmologies—is so entirely convincing that figments become facts and chimera incarnate. Future studies can focus on products marketed primarily to girls and women as well include more emphasis on the material aspects of religious manga and anime culture, including the technical apparatuses used in the production of these products, the anime- and manga-derived paraphernalia such as ema and amulets (omamori) that are currently proliferating at formally religious institutions, and the toys that help fans get in touch with their favorite characters.

Keywords: manga; anime; religion; religious worlds; religious ideas

Chapter.  674 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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