A dream trip through anime, theatre, and medieval pop literature
Do you have any recommendations for novels apart from Murakami? I really enjoy surreal writing, folklore and „den Einbruch des Phantastischen ins Reale“ but I just do not connect with his novels.
I'm currently writing a piece on rural nostalgia and realism in Pokémon. Realistic unreality might have just been the word I was looking for! As for theatre, when I joined the Kyogen Circle at my Japanese university and saw an actor eat an (imagined) apple in stylized exaggeration, I thought "Hey, that's exactly what eating fruit looks like in Animal Crossing!"
Really enjoyed the writing and animation stemmed from post ww2 to inspire hopeful future for the next generation and there is a lot of government investment in the animation industry compared to other countries I've seen.
I think the realism in anime is the bridge to cross over to the unrealistic aspect of the literature. Thanks for delving deeper into its history.
Great post. Are you living here in Japan?
Love this piece. The realism and unreality in nonEnglish storytelling is a neural connection I've had since I was a kid, thank you for writing it out!
This is s good, thank you so much! Will be sharing this everywhere!
I enjoyed reading this! Thank you for sharing what you've learned.