Anime and Philosophy: Wide Eyed Wonder
Anime and Philosophy focuses on some of the most-loved, most-intriguing anime films and series, as well as lesser-known works, to find what lies at their core. Astro Boy, Dragon Ball Z, Ghost in the Shell, and Spirited Away are just a few of the films analyzed in this book. In these stories about monsters, robots, children, and spirits who grapple with the important questions in life we find insight crucial to our times: lessons on morality, justice, and heroism, as well as meditations on identity, the soul, and the meaning -- or meaninglessness -- of life. Anime has become a worldwide phenomenon, reaching across genres, mediums, and cultures. For those wondering why so many people love anime or for die-hard fans who want to know more, Anime and Philosophy provides a deeper appreciation of the art and storytelling of this distinctive Japanese culture.
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Art Is Still a Business
The Ghost in the Machine
Cells Game and the Darwinian Model
The Super Saiyan
Whatever It Takes? Soul Reapers Hollows and Buu
Dont Be a Vegeta
Wandering Redemption Seekers
Wave Goodbye from the Catbus
Informational Bodies and Distributed Cognition
Motoko in Crisis
Transcendence or Expansion
The Transforming Body
Who Is I?
How Does I Know? Or Why Does I Think So?
Cogito Ergo Tetsuo?
What Is the Thing that Does the Thinking?
So Is Tetsuo Human? Are We? Is Anyone or Anything?
Is Everybody Disembodied? or Have We Always Been Posthuman Beings?
The Genuine Article
Martians Believing Badly
You Bet Your Life
Mars Needs Women
Questioning the Question
Fiction and Contradiction
If You Dont Know Where Youre Going Any Road Will Get You There
It Is Only with the Heart that One Can See Rightly What Is Essential Is Invisible to the Eye
In the Palm of Your Hand
Do Angels Practice Voodoo?
Introducing the End of the World
Why Catholicism Is Better than Protestantism for Anime
Gay Angels Female Cardinals and Bishōnen Popes
Soon This Place Too Will Be Consumed by the Toxic Jungle
Were Doing This for the Good of the Planet Youve Got to Understand That
Youre Not Saving the Planet Youre Killing My People
Too Much Fire Gives Birth to Nothing
What a Mysterious Power She Has
The Legend Has Come True The Wind Has Come Back
Theres More to War than Big Metal Robots
RSVPs for Bombing?
Have Colony Will Drop
Freeing Clausewitzs Soul from Gravity
Courageous Crusader or Avenging Coward?
War and the Pursuit of Vengeance
Death Pain Rage and Loss
Redemption and Hope for the Future
And the Winner Is the Best?
Rock Lee and the Limits of Specialization
From Horsepower to the Power of a Thousand Suns
The Death of TobioThe Birth of Atomu
Imitating the Power of the Universe
The Sacrificial Lamb
Like Adults Only Smaller
The Ability to Reason
The Offer of Help
The Aftermath of Tragedy
Its Not a Miracle Its Science
Gold and the Philosophers Stone
Money Power Corruption
Usury and Human Ingredients
How Dirty Boys Get Clean?
Textually Transmitted Disease
What Is a Human Anyway?
A Musical Interlude
Building a Cyborg Kenji Kawaistyle
Dolls with Ghosts and Whats Really Going on inInnocence
Giving Voice to the Voiceless
Who Wants to Be Human Anyway?
The Age of Spiritual Machines
Radical Feminist Cyborg
Break Through a Glass Darkly
The Soul of a New Machine
A New Branch on the Evolutionary Tree
What Will Become of Us?
I Feel Sick
Men Were Going to the Apocalypse
A Grotesque Kindergarten
One Last Anguished Existential Scream
Wide Eyed Wonder
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