Time Travel Topoi in Japanese Manga

Heinze, Ulrich (2012) Time Travel Topoi in Japanese Manga. Japan Forum, 24 (2). pp. 191-212. ISSN 0955-5803

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This article traces the development of time travel in Japanese manga, comparing it with the same theme in Western films. Time travel films of the 1960s in the US tend to have the character of a search and rescue/repair mission, evidence perhaps of a fascination with the idea that the passage of time can be ‘controlled’ (or ‘conquered’) by the ever-advancing technologies of man. In the world of Japanese manga, Tezuka Osamu exercised a comparable control of time in his decade-long serial Phoenix. Since the 1980s time travellers have had to contend with a loss of control of time (JIN, Zipang): they get warped back into a historical time period inadvertently and have to cope with the apparent opportunity for detachment of the present from the past. Contemporary time travel manga (Haruka na machi e, Thermae Romae, Kimi to boku no ashiato) have become radically reflective: the trips are no longer to explore distant worlds, but instead thoroughly investigate the psyche of the protagonists and their fractured biographies.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art History and World Art Studies (former - to 2014)
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Centre for Japanese Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Media@uea (former - to 2017)
Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 14:09
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 16:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40176
DOI: 10.1080/09555803.2012.671844

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