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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2022, 5(8); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050817.

Extreme Conceptions in Dystopian Japanese Animation


Zeqing Liu

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Zeqing Liu

Department of Japanese Language, Inner Mongolia University, Huhhot, China


The animation industry in Japan is one of the most popular subcultural industries among young people around the world in recent years, and its influence in the world cannot be underestimated, with dystopian Japanese animation playing an important role. The paper analyzes the narrative themes and aesthetic characteristics of the dystopian Japanese animation on the basis of a classification of works in recent years from the perspective of audio-visual language, and focuses on the extreme visions of the future and their practical implications based on these works. Specifically, with the technological development and social changes that have taken place in Japan in the last decade, the animation industry in Japan boasts unique aesthetic characteristics and realistic value for it has experimented with more daring methods of creation and imagination, enabling the creators to incorporate their own thoughts on society.


Dystopia, Japanese animation, Totalitarianism, Technological alienation, Mono no aware

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Zeqing Liu. Extreme Conceptions in Dystopian Japanese Animation. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2022) Vol. 5, Issue 8: 104-107. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2022.050817.


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