Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction by Motoko Tanaka

By Motoko Tanaka

Beginning with the heritage of apocalyptic culture within the West and targeting glossy eastern apocalyptic technology fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Apocalypse in modern jap technology Fiction indicates how technological know-how fiction mirrored and coped with the devastation in jap nationwide identification after 1945. The constitution of apocalyptic technology fiction finds what's at stake in jap society - cultural continuity, culture, politics, ideology, fact, groups, and interpersonal relationships - and indicates how you can take care of those crises and visions for the long run, either optimistic and destructive. through taking a look at the postwar interval, Motoko Tanaka observes how eastern apocalyptic discourse has replaced in its function as a device in keeping with the zeitgeists of assorted many years.

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Confucianism and Japanese philosophy were mostly pursued by the middle to upper warrior classes: the ruling class usually does not seek apocalyptic ideologies. Consequently, apocalypticism in the Edo period can be found in the cultures of the lower strata, among townspeople and farmers. For example, movements such as the new religion called Fujikō became very popular. It derived from esoteric mountain Buddhism, and developed into a popular religious organization for the townspeople of midnineteenth century Edo.

His visions of what would come after catastrophes are often hopeless, for he was unable to reconcile the gap between reality and the ideal of progress. After World War II, post-apocalyptic science fiction started to boom, for people had experienced apocalypse in the Holocaust and the atomic bombings. The main theme of apocalyptic fiction shifted from destruction to survival and revival in the aftermath. In Britain, a genre of post-apocalyptic science fiction called “cozy catastrophe” emerged after World War II.

After World War II, post-apocalyptic science fiction started to boom, for people had experienced apocalypse in the Holocaust and the atomic bombings. The main theme of apocalyptic fiction shifted from destruction to survival and revival in the aftermath. In Britain, a genre of post-apocalyptic science fiction called “cozy catastrophe” emerged after World War II. Works in this genre describe the emergence of new civilizations following destruction. Usually the main characters are able to safely observe the disaster that happens in a limited area.

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