Kurniawan, Jordan

Sophomore, College of Computing and Digital Media

Major: Game Design

Minor: Business

Honors Course: HON 205: Interdisciplinary Arts (Anime and Manga)

Faculty: Heather Bowen-Struyk, Department of Modern Languages

Abstract: This paper examines the use of contrasting styles as a method to symbolize complex ideas and topics within Japanese animation. The specific works of the classic Mazinger Z and the Studio Ghibli rendition of The Tale of Princess Kaguya that are the primary works in this paper are prime examples that represent different, yet similar in purpose, stylistic contrasts. To help facilitate the breakdown of these works, this paper provides both a small history and art lesson regarding Japan’s Post-WWII era and the historical use of contrasting styles in art history before explaining the stylistic choices made by the animators.

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