An introduction to Japanese anime: history, genres and authors

Course Dates: 26/11/23
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
What is anime? What are the artistic and narrative features that make these films so instantly recognizable? This one-day film course will provide an overview of the history of Japanese animation cinema, its inextricable links with manga and its multi-faceted and varied productions that range from children’s films to genres such as cyberpunk and yaoi. During the course, we will watch and discuss clips from a variety of production companies and directors, such as Haya Miyazaki, the Studio Ghibli and Katsuhiro Otomo.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HF254

Sun, day, 26 Nov - 26 Nov '23

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This cinema course focuses on Japanese animation films. It will provide you with an overview of the main historical, technical and theoretical aspects of anime.

What will we cover?

During the course we will cover the history of animation cinema in Japan, the connections between animation and comics (manga) and the main directors and films that contributed to making anime a major worldwide cultural phenomenon.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Identify key aspects in anime.
-Appreciate the process behind the making of anime.
-Discuss anime analytically and critically.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course. An ability and willingness to read texts and watch films, think about them in critical ways and discuss them in an open and supportive manner with the other people in the class is desirable.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Articles and extracts from the films will be provided to you. The class will be structured around a combination of PowerPoint presentations, film clips and class discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. The tutor will supply all reading and viewing material.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

For other Film Studies courses look under History, Culture & Writing/Film Studies at

Cristina Massaccesi

Dr Cristina Massaccesi is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the School of European Languages, Cultures and Society of University College London. Her fields of teaching and research are Film Studies and Sequential Art. She's published a book on FW Murnau's Nosferatu (Auteur and Columbia University Press, 2015) and is currently working on a new book project on James Cameron's Aliens (1986) for Auteur's forthcoming Constellations series.

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