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Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038099

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038099.001.0001

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Animating for “Whom” in the Aftermath of a World War

Animating for “Whom” in the Aftermath of a World War

(p.115) Animating for “Whom” in the Aftermath of a World War
Japanese Animation

Tze-yue G. Hu

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the development of animation and cinema in Japan after World War II, with emphasis on the period of the Allied Forces Occupation between 1945 and 1952. It analyzes two animated films that were made immediately following the war: Sakura (1946), directed by Masaoka Kenzō; and Mahō no pen (1946), directed by Kumakawa Masao. The chapter also looks at the issues that surrounded Japan’s path to modernization, and considers how the nation and the animation artists responded to a new political era while working via a mass medium.

Keywords:   animation, cinema, Japan, World War II, animated films, Sakura, Masaoka Kenzō, Mahō no pen, Kumakawa Masao, animation artists

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