Ages: 12-18, Adult
Course Cost: 60
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Calling all anime fans! If you are into animated movies created in Japan (aka anime), you might be an anime otaku – an anime geek! This class is a gathering place to watch, discuss, learn about, and — most of all — enjoy Japanese animation. If you’re just curious about anime and want to learn more, you’re welcome!
Unlike a lot of Western animation, anime offers a huge variety of genres with deep & creative storytelling. It ranges from hard science fiction to romantic comedies and everything in between. We’re going to dig into some great, unique anime, as well as the inspiration and source material for stories influenced by anime, like The Lion King, The Matrix, Avatar: the Last Airbender, Stranger Things, and more.
We’ll introduce a different anime each week, either watching the first episode of a series or the first 25 minutes of a movie. The rest of the class will be devoted to discussing the anime: genre, themes, characters, archetypes, tropes, storylines, culture, influences, similarities, and more. What’s unique about the story? Why is so-and-so a great character? Why aren’t they? Who do you relate to? Should we watch dubs or subs? Why does every anime have at least one scarred character?
The first class will begin with my favorite, Akira (1988). We’ll then vote on which ones we’ll watch the rest of the semester. Suggestions include: Cowboy Bebop, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Ghost in the Shell, My Hero Academia, Neon Genesis Evangelion, One Punch Man, Paprika, Princess Mononoke (or another Miyazaki film), The Silent Voice, and Your Lie in April.
Your suggestions for anime are needed too – this is a student-driven class where we will vote on which animes we’ll be watching. Students are also encouraged (but not required) to make a short presentation about their favorite anime before we watch it: tell us what it’s about, who made it, what its influences are (or what it influenced), and why you love it – basically why everyone should watch it!
Note: Discussion and debate are encouraged but we’re going to be kind and respectful about it. Also, some of the anime we watch will include mature themes, language, or subject matter. Please consider this before registering, and feel free to ask me directly if you have any concerns. Thank you!