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dc.contributor.advisor Klinger, Barbara en
dc.contributor.author Ruh, Brian en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-15T23:54:22Z en
dc.date.available 2013-05-15T23:54:22Z en
dc.date.issued 2013-05-15 en
dc.date.submitted 2012 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2022/15920 en
dc.description Thesis (Ph.D.) - Indiana University, Communication and Culture, 2012 en
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines Japanese animation, or anime, as an example of how a contemporary media product crosses national and cultural borders and becomes globalized. Bringing together the theories of Hiroki Azuma and Susan J. Napier, it develops a theory called the "database fantasyscape" as a way of discussing such transnational flows. In short, the "database" refers to how contemporary media products are assembled from a matrix of constituent elements into combinations that are simultaneously unique and familiar, while the "fantasyscape" element expands on Arjun Appadurai's concept of global flows in order to posit a way in which desire travels transnationally. The dissertation discusses how anime came to the United States and the role this had in anime's development in Japan by examining Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy), the first half-hour television animation produced in Japan. It examines how anime has been adapted and distributed in overseas markets like the US by analyzing successful media franchises like Robotech and Voltron, as well as unsuccessful ones like Warriors of the Wind. It analyzes the complex and often fraught relationship between anime fans and producers / distributors and discusses the role played by fansubs (subtitled copies created by fans and often illegally distributed). Bringing in Matt Hills's concepts of cult texts, the dissertation discusses how in certain respects anime can be seen as cult and what this means with regard to transnational reception. Finally, it examines the relationship between anime and physical space, both in a temporally-limited fan-oriented space like an anime convention as well as within the city of Tokyo, with anime-ic perspectives providing ways of perceiving and processing the city. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University en
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ en
dc.subject anime en
dc.subject fan studies en
dc.subject globalization en
dc.subject Japan en
dc.subject transnational en
dc.subject.classification Film studies en
dc.subject.classification Communication en
dc.title Adapting Anime: Transnational Media between Japan and the United States en
dc.type Doctoral Dissertation en


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