Word count: 2,000-2,250 words

    (personal information, footnotes, or bibliography will not be counted.)


1. Research paper and you must select one or two of the anime films from the list below and offer a coherent and convincing argument about the movie.


Anime Film Choices:


        Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke(2001)


        Mamoru Hosoda, Wolf Children(2012)


        Shusuke Kaneko, Death Note(2006) [film]


        Death Note 2: The Last Name(2006)


     Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira(1982-1990) [manga; excerpt] [Book I, pp. 5-123]


     Satoshi Kon, Paprika(2006)


     The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


     Grave of the Fireflies



2.You must read and cite at least three scholarly articles (e.g. book chapters or journal articles) to support your interpretation or to make your own argument.


2. Instead of touching on too many different aspects of your main text, it’s more important for you to present a focused and well-formulated thesis and argument through your close analysis of specific scenes and features in the text.


3. Your analysis of anime or manga must include some discussion of cinematographic aspects (visual images, panel organization, frames, audio, lighting, camera work, etc.)

        The Mise-En-scene

        Styles of “suturing”



Sample (Example) Topic

Contemporary anime and manga often call into question traditional boundaries between humanity and non-human others (animals, robots, spirits, etc.), between reality and dream/fancy/imagination/fiction, between male and female, and between the national and the transnational, among others. Discuss the specific ways in which your primary text deconstructs such boundaries and provides its own resolution or vision. In doing so, examine how cinematography or visual information contributes to the text’s storytelling or overall theme.



Your paper must include the following information:

1. A specific title

2. Separate introductory and concluding paragraphs

3. A cohesive and well-formulated thesis statement

4. Citation (in-text citations, footnotes, or endnotes). As long as you are consistent, you could use any of the following citation styles: APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. However, no matter which citation style you opt for, you must provide page numbers in parentheses or in footnotes when citing primary or secondary texts.

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