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Explore the World of Japanese Anime

This course introduces students to Japanese culture and the art of Japanese animated film known as Anime. We will explore the move from Manga to Anime and how the unique aspects of Japanese culture are expressed through story and art.
By Murdoch Piercey - Anime Fan

 

Description

This course introduces students to Japanese culture and the art of Japanese animated film known as Anime. We will explore the move from Manga to Anime and how the unique aspects of Japanese culture are expressed through story and art.

Learning Goal

Demonstrate a solid understanding of the defining characteristics of Japanese visual culture and of how the traditions and cultural roots of the past continue to influence the content of Japanese Anime today.

Plan per Week:

Week 1 - Moving Manga

* What is Anime?
* The first Anime - Astro Boy

Week 2 - Japanese Culture and how it’s portrayed in Anime

* Different from other parts of the world
* Highlight the defined cultural aspects
   * Shrines
   * Living spaces
   * Food
   * Transportation
   * Etiquette 

Week 3 - The Art of Anime

* The evolution of the art of Anime
* Style and process
* The Mangaka
   * The workday of the Mangaka
* Why are they paid so poorly?

Week 4 - Best of the Best in Anime

* Explore popular Anime
  * Studio Ghibli
  * Dragon Ball Z
  * Sailor Moon
* What makes an Anime popular?

About the Facilitator

Murdoch Piercey is a Canadian teen who just graduated from high school. His love of Japanese anime and culture has set him on a path to Japan. He is currently registering for this fall to study the Japanese language in Osaka if borders open.

He hopes to come back to Canada to study International business after achieving his language levels, focusing on the Asia-Pacific market.

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