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JPN 221: Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture

Japan’s pop culture has gained world-wide popularity, including icons & genres like Godzilla, anime, manga and J-pop. This course examines several major genres focusing on historical & cultural background and their impact on Japanese society.

Books & more

Search our catalog for books, audio, video, gov dovs, special collections & more!

Chosen student topics:

- video games and market

- Pokemon & business

- Naruto (anime)

- Japanese food market, sushi

- "love hotel"

- otaku (hardcore fans)

- Godzilla

- infantilization in Japan

- anime and age group

- manga industry

- anime's impact on American culture

- Americanized anime


JSTOR Search

Basic Search for broad searching across a wide range of disciplines. Advanced Search allows you to focus search within Asian culture & film studies journals, most of which will be easy to access. Use Journal Finder to see if Library hold print materials. Use Interlibrary Loan to obtain articles from journals not held by the Library


Journal Finder

Search for F&M online and print journal holdings.
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Code Geass, Episode 1

Code Geass is a Japanese anime series created by Sunrise, directed by Gorō Taniguchi, and written by Ichirō Ōkouchi, with original character designs by manga authors Clamp. Set in an alternate future, the series focuses on how the former prince Lelouch Lamperouge obtains and uses a power known as Geass to obliterate the Holy Britannian Empire, an imperial monarchy and a superpower that has been conquering various countries.

This clip and the one below are just examples of what might be found on Youtube that might be useful to consider your chose topic.

Recommended Databases

Just a few databases that might be helpful. You can search multiple EbscoHost databases at the same time. Be sure to check Subject Guides to review other subject areas that might lend to your topic.

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo! , Episode 1

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshio Sawai, published by Shueisha, and serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is a comedy influenced by Japanese manzai humor that uses puns, double-talk, breaking of the fourth wall, non-sexualized cross-dressing, visual gags, and satirical and pop-culture references, which makes its non sequitur humor very specific to Japanese audiences. The manga series lasted from 2001 through 2007, divided into two separate sections with a distinct difference in humor and plotting.

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