Anime: Japanese Music, Art, and Culture
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This class will examine the arts and culture of Japan though a history of its globally popular art and entertainment form, anime. Students will assess the aesthetic and socio-cultural significance of anime through established artistic forms such as visual arts and music. After an introduction to animation and manga, students will explore traditional and popular music and theatre of Japan from Noh and Gagaku to J-pop and Kabuki, finding their influence in the creation of 20th & 21st century Japanese animation. Students will learn the basic history and principles of film music and film scoring to understand how the music supports the action, while exploring themes of national identity, gender and sexuality, environmentalism, and the complexity of realism in animation, amongst other topics. We will cover mainstream TV animation such as Pokemon , Digimon , Sailor Moon , and Naruto , as well as delve into more complex narratives such as those of the infamous director Hayao Miyazaki and his films Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke . Additional films will include Garden of Words , Your Name , The Girl Who Leapt Through Time , The Grave of the Fireflies , and others based on student input.
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia
Spring 2020: Contact faculty or check offering in Canvas for first class meeting date and time.