Japanese pop culture — anime, manga, light novels, films, and music — is a global phenomenon. Though it’s consumed throughout the world, it can only be truly understood in light of longstanding domestic anxieties about sex, violence, “the kids these days,” and vulnerability to natural and man-made disaster. This fall, Dr. Jolyon Thomas teaches a course on Japanese Pop Culture at the University of Pennsylvania in which students investigate how Japan’s current popular culture offerings reflect the nation’s past and envision its future.
Over the next month, Dr. Thomas will host a series of film screenings which are free and open to the public. Each film will be shown at 6 PM on Wednesday evenings in Cohen Hall, room 402.
11/8: Air Doll (Kore’eda Hirokazu, dir.)
11/15: Tekkon kinkreet (Michael Arias, dir.)
11/29: Genocidal Organ (Murase Shuko, dir.)
12/6: Your Name (Shinkai Makoto, dir.)