Writing Japanese Monsters From the Files of The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies

Learn the secret histories behind Japanese movie monsters like Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera, and Ultraman and how talented screenwriters breathed creative life into the monsters well before the special effects technicians could!

Author: John Lemay

Publisher: Bicep Books

ISBN: 1734154667

Category: Performing Arts

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Learn the secret histories behind Japanese movie monsters like Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera, and Ultraman and how talented screenwriters breathed creative life into the monsters well before the special effects technicians could!

Notebook

College Ruled Color Paperback. Size: 6 inches x 9 inches. 55 sheets (110 pages for writing). Illustrated By Cute Monsters Making Japanese Dorayaki. 157502371755

Author: IllustratedszK Notebook

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ISBN: 1670766667

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College Ruled Color Paperback. Size: 6 inches x 9 inches. 55 sheets (110 pages for writing). Illustrated By Cute Monsters Making Japanese Dorayaki. 157502371755

The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies

"-Mike Bogue, author of Atomic Drive-In "John LeMay has done it again! The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies is loaded with fun facts, well written reviews and loads of interesting historical footnotes and trivia.

Author: John LeMay

Publisher:

ISBN: 1536827886

Category:

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"What's this?" you ask, "Another crudely fan produced book of reviews and boring synopses of Toho's Godzilla films?" Not quite, if you're a seasoned Godzilla fan like the author eager for new information on old classics, this is in fact the book for you. Not only does it cover Toho's dai kaiju eiga (even the rarely seen Daigoro vs. Goliath), but for the first time in America offers reviews, trivia and detailed production information on all of Daiei's classic Gamera films, Toei's Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds, and even the Shaw Brother's Mighty Peking Man to name a few. Still think you already know it all about Japanese giant monster films? Did you know that King Seesar originally had antlers and was named King Barugan? Or that Tadao Takashima refused to fly to Guam for on location filming for Son of Godzilla? Or that Katsumi Nimiamoto, who played Titanosaurus in Terror of Mechagodzilla, was also the acrobatic hero of Ultraman Leo on TV? Don't know who Tadao Takashima or Katsumi Nimiamoto are, don't worry this book will tell you that too. If you think you've already read every good book on Japanese Giant Monsters think again. Wait there's more!!!! This book also offer bonus entries on non-kaiju films like Battle in Outer Space, Toho's Hammer horror inspired "Bloodthirsty Trilogy" and Agon the Atomic Dragon to name only a few. What other authors are saying about The Big Book of Japanese Monster Movies: "John LeMay's wonderful The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies Vol. 1 (1954-1980) is a love letter to all those great Showa Era sci-fi, fantasy, and horror movies from the Land of the Rising Sun. LeMay's enthusiasm is contagious, his prose pumped, his insights enjoyable. And besides all that, LeMay offers great trivia about these movies, some of which even an oldster like me didn't know! Highly recommended nostalgic fun for new and old fans alike. Now I can't wait for Volume 2!"-Mike Bogue, author of Atomic Drive-In "John LeMay has done it again! The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies is loaded with fun facts, well written reviews and loads of interesting historical footnotes and trivia. John has this informal yet formal writing style that makes the book a breeze to read and yet well layered as well. I kind of hate him for making it look so easy! I highly recommend this book, and hopefully it will come out in a non-digital edition for us old fogies that like to hold actual books when we read them!"-David McRobie, Editor of Xenorama Magazine

The Book of Yokai

The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture.

Author: Michael Dylan Foster

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520271029

Category: History

Page: 336

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Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories. Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages. In this delightful and accessible narrative, readers will explore the roles played by these mysterious beings within Japanese culture and will also learn of their abundance and variety through detailed entries, some with original illustrations, on more than fifty individual creatures. The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture. It also invites readers to examine how people create, transmit, and collect folklore, and how they make sense of the mysteries in the world around them. By exploring yokai as a concept, we can better understand broader processes of tradition, innovation, storytelling, and individual and communal creativity.

Japan s Green Monsters

Gavin J. Blair, “'Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster' Director Yoshimitsu Banno Dies at 86,” Hollywood Reporter, May 12, 2017, ... Written Japanese utilizes four different writing systems—hiragana (simple native Japanese script), ...

Author: Sean Rhoads

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476631349

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 226

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 In 1954, a massive irradiated dinosaur emerged from Tokyo Bay and rained death and destruction on the Japanese capital. Since then Godzilla and other monsters, such as Mothra and Gamera, have gained cult status around the world. This book provides a new interpretation of these monsters, or kaiju-ū, and their respective movies. Analyzing Japanese history, society and film, the authors show the ways in which this monster cinema take on environmental and ecological issues—from nuclear power and industrial pollution to biodiversity and climate change.

Writing Pregnancy in Low Fertility Japan

On this, see Michael Dylan Foster, Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009), 62. 24. “Ubume,” Nihon yōkai daijiten, ed. Murakami Kenji (Tokyo: Kadokawa shoten, ...

Author: Amanda C. Seaman

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824859923

Category: History

Page: 264

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Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan is a wide-ranging account of how women writers have made sense (and nonsense) of pregnancy in postwar Japan. While earlier authors such as Yosano Akiko had addressed the pain and emotional complexities of childbearing in their poetry and prose, the topic quickly moved into the literary shadows when motherhood became enshrined as a duty to state and sovereign in the 1930s and ’40s. This reproductive imperative endured after World War II, spurred by a need to create a new generation of citizens and consumers for a new, peacetime nation. It was only in the 1960s, in the context of a flowering of feminist thought and activism, that more critical and nuanced appraisals of pregnancy and motherhood began to appear. In her fascinating study, Amanda C. Seaman analyzes the literary manifestations of this new critical approach, in the process introducing readers to a body of work notable for the wide range of genres employed by its authors (including horror and fantasy, short stories, novels, memoir, and manga), the many political, personal, and social concerns informing it, and the diverse creative approaches contained therein. This “pregnancy literature,” Seaman argues, serves as an important yet rarely considered forum for exploring and debating not only the particular experiences of the pregnant mother-to-be, but the broader concerns of Japanese women about their bodies, their families, their life choices, and the meaning of motherhood for individuals and for Japanese society. It will be of interest to scholars of modern Japanese literature and women’s history, as well as those concerned with gender studies, feminism, and popular culture in Japan and beyond.

What Folklorists Do

My research concerns Japan, and although I have written several essays in Japanese, I am most comfortable writing in English. ... So I was thrilled when an editor asked me to write a book about Japanese monsters as a “crossover” ...

Author: Timothy Lloyd

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253058409

Category: Social Science

Page: 268

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What can you do with a folklore degree? Over six dozen folklorists, writing from their own experiences, show us. What Folklorists Do examines a wide range of professionals—both within and outside the academy, at the beginning of their careers or holding senior management positions—to demonstrate the many ways that folklore studies can shape and support the activities of those trained in it. As one of the oldest academic professions in the United States and grounded in ethnographic fieldwork, folklore has always been concerned with public service and engagement beyond the academy. Consequently, as this book demonstrates, the career applications of a training in folklore are many—advocating for local and national causes; shaping public policy; directing and serving in museums; working as journalists, publishers, textbook writers, or journal editors; directing national government programs or being involved in historic preservation; teaching undergraduate and graduate students; producing music festivals; pursuing a career in politics; or even becoming a stand-up comedian. A comprehensive guide to the range of good work carried out by today's folklorists, What Folklorists Do is essential reading for folklore students and professionals and those in positions to hire them.

Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught

Godzilla, in the Japanese language films in which the monster first appears, is neither female nor male; the creature is gender neutral and is referred to this way. When the films are dubbed or created for an English language audience ...

Author: Stephanie Vanderslice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474285063

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

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Revised and updated throughout, this 10th-anniversary edition of Can Creative Writing Really Be Taught? is a significantly expanded guide to key issues and practices in creative writing teaching today. Challenging the myths of creative writing teaching, experienced and up-and-coming teachers explore what works in the classroom and workshop and what does not. Now brought up-to-date with new issues that have emerged with the explosion of creative writing courses in higher education, the new edition includes: · Guides to and case studies of workshop practice · Discussions on grading and the myth of “the easy A” · Explorations of the relationship between reading and writing · A new chapter on creative writing research · A new chapter on games, fan-fiction and genre writing · New chapters on identity and activism

Traditional Monster Imagery in Manga Anime and Japanese Cinema

one attempts to summarize the literature of academic writing concerning the discourse on yo ̄kai art within Japanese animation and manga, and in particular in the works of Mizuki Shigeru, it quickly becomes clear how limited this is.

Author: Zília Papp

Publisher: Global Oriental

ISBN: 9789004212602

Category: Art

Page: 272

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>Traditional Monster Imagery in Manga, Anime and Japanese Cinema builds on the earlier volume Anime and its Roots in Early Japanese Monster Art, that aimed to position contemporary Japanese animation within a wider art historical context by tracing the development of monster representations in Edo- and Meiji-period art works and post-war visual media. While the previous volume concentrated on modern media representations, this work focuses on how Western art historical concepts and methodology might be adapted when considering non-Western works, introducing traditional monster art in more detail, while also maintaining its links to post-war animation, sequential art and Japanese cinema. The book aims at a general readership interested in Japanese art and media as well as graduate students who might be searching for a research model within the fields of Animation Studies, Media Studies or Visual Communication Design.

Monsters in the Classroom

Monsters. for. Japanese. Literature: A. Brief. History. Aside from a good electronic dictionary, i require students to purchase one paper-and-ink book for the semester. Read Real Japanese Fiction: Short Stories by Contemporary Writers ...

Author: Adam Golub

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476627601

Category: Education

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Exploring the pedagogical power of the monstrous, this collection of new essays describes innovative teaching strategies that use our cultural fascination with monsters to enhance learning in high school and college courses. The contributors discuss the implications of inviting fearsome creatures into the classroom, showing how they work to create compelling narratives and provide students a framework for analyzing history, culture, and everyday life. Essays explore ways of using the monstrous to teach literature, film, philosophy, theater, art history, religion, foreign language, and other subjects. Some sample syllabi, assignments, and class materials are provided.

Giant Creatures in Our World

is a generic term denoting any and all giant monsters. evidence of this can be seen in acclaimed Japanese science-fiction writer hiroshi Yamamoto's contemporary kaiju novel, MM9 (2007), which features a dizzying array of allusions not ...

Author: Camille D.G. Mustachio

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476629971

Category: Performing Arts

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Dismissed as camp by critics but revered by fans, the kaiju or "strange creature" film has become an iconic element of both Japanese and American pop culture. From homage to parody to advertising, references to Godzilla—and to a lesser extent Gamera, Rodan, Ultraman and others—abound in entertainment media. Godzilla in particular is so ubiquitous, his name is synonymous with immensity and destruction. In this collection of new essays, contributors examine kaiju representations in a range of contexts and attempt to define this at times ambiguous genre.

Introducing Japanese Popular Culture

Writing Ground Zero: Japanese Literature and the Atomic Bomb. Chicago, IL: University of ... Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters. ... “For Godzilla and Country: How a Japanese Monster Became an American Icon.

Author: Alisa Freedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317528937

Category: Social Science

Page: 550

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Specifically designed for use on a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, Introducing Japanese Popular Culture is a comprehensive textbook offering an up-to-date overview of a wide variety of media forms. It uses particular case studies as a way into examining the broader themes in Japanese culture and provides a thorough analysis of the historical and contemporary trends that have shaped artistic production, as well as, politics, society, and economics. As a result, more than being a time capsule of influential trends, this book teaches enduring lessons about how popular culture reflects the societies that produce and consume it. With contributions from an international team of scholars, representing a range of disciplines from history and anthropology to art history and media studies, the book’s sections include: Television Videogames Music Popular Cinema Anime Manga Popular Literature Fashion Contemporary Art Written in an accessible style by a stellar line-up of international contributors, this textbook will be essential reading for students of Japanese culture and society, Asian media and popular culture, and Asian Studies in general.

Civilization and Monsters

Christy , Alan S. “ Representing the Rural : Place as Method in the Formation of Japanese Native Ethnology ... In Writing Culture , edited by James Clifford and George E. Marcus . ... “ One Hundred Demons and One Hundred Tales .

Author: Gerald A. Figal

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822324180

Category: History

Page: 290

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Discusses the representation/role of the supernatural or the "fantastic" in the construction of Japanese modernism in late 19th and early 20th century Japan.

Cast Party 2015

They do not care a bit about Japanese authors writing the contents about nonJapanese countries. ... Kunugi: In fact, my acquaintance named Oborozuki, a.k.a. Hazy Moon, has been writing fictions featuring Japanese yokai monsters.

Author: Ryusui Seiryoin

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781329796379

Category: Fiction

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The BBB (Breakthrough Bandwagon Books) introduces carefully selected works of Japanese novelists (many of whom are mystery writers), business book authors, and creators from various fields. To commemorate the 3rd anniversary of The BBB in December 2015, Ryusui Seiryoin (Chief Editor), Agent Kunugi (Chief Proofreader), and Tanya (Chief Designer) are thoroughly talking about all the authors participating in the project and about all their works, including many anecdotes. This Cast Party 2015 was exclusively held at the end of 2015 as one of the made-in-Japan contents belonging to The BBB: Breakthrough Bandwagon Books.

Dracula in Visual Media

Tenma Daiou; Japan, 1993; Horror, Action/Video Game; Super Nintendo (Nintendo)/2D platformer, fighter; color/Japanese; Bandai. Writing Credits: Shigeru Mizuki. Inspired by Shigeru Mizuki's Gegege no KitarÉ (manga series first published ...

Author: John Edgar Browning

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786462018

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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This is a comprehensive sourcebook on the world’s most famous vampire, with more than 700 citations of domestic and international Dracula films, television programs, documentaries, adult features, animated works, and video games, as well as nearly a thousand comic books and stage adaptations. While they vary in length, significance, quality, genre, moral character, country, and format, each of the cited works adopts some form of Bram Stoker’s original creation, and Dracula himself, or a recognizable vampiric semblance of Dracula, appears in each. The book includes contributions from Dacre Stoker, David J. Skal, Laura Helen Marks, Dodd Alley, Mitch Frye, Ian Holt, Robert Eighteen-Bisang, and J. Gordon Melton.

The Book of Yokai

Mysterious Creatures of Japanese Folklore Michael Dylan Foster ... become a subject of scholarly and popular fascination.1 While much of the writing on these topics is insightful, rarely is there any mention of Japanese monsters.

Author: Michael Dylan Foster

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520271012

Category: History

Page: 336

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Monsters, ghosts, fantastic beings, and supernatural phenomena of all sorts haunt the folklore and popular culture of Japan. Broadly labeled yokai, these creatures come in infinite shapes and sizes, from tengu mountain goblins and kappa water spirits to shape-shifting foxes and long-tongued ceiling-lickers. Currently popular in anime, manga, film, and computer games, many yokai originated in local legends, folktales, and regional ghost stories. Drawing on years of research in Japan, Michael Dylan Foster unpacks the history and cultural context of yokai, tracing their roots, interpreting their meanings, and introducing people who have hunted them through the ages. In this delightful and accessible narrative, readers will explore the roles played by these mysterious beings within Japanese culture and will also learn of their abundance and variety through detailed entries, some with original illustrations, on more than fifty individual creatures. The Book of Yokai provides a lively excursion into Japanese folklore and its ever-expanding influence on global popular culture. It also invites readers to examine how people create, transmit, and collect folklore, and how they make sense of the mysteries in the world around them. By exploring yokai as a concept, we can better understand broader processes of tradition, innovation, storytelling, and individual and communal creativity.

Fighting Monsters

Perhaps Ueno was not a typical Japanese but in writing about Mount Kinabalu, he showed an empathy for local perspectives. Above the endless clouds, we could see a rough dark part of the mountain which shows its noble, ...

Author: Richard Wallace Braithwaite

Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing

ISBN: 9781925333763

Category: History

Page: 530

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Only six escapees survived the Sandakan death marches of 1945 in North Borneo, the worst atrocity ever inflicted on Australian soldiers. 1787 Australian and 641 British POWs perished. Previous descriptions of the numerous violent acts have yielded little understanding of a situation where the real struggle was to keep one’s humanity when so many were losing theirs, whether Allied POWs, local residents of Borneo, Javanese slave labourers, or Japanese soldiers. Understanding this extraordinary story is aided by reference to a wide range of sources in different countries and disciplines, and by examining the perspectives of all players in this terrible game of survival. An unusual and extreme POW story, the Sandakan tragedy had four stages: active resistance in 1942–3, stubborn endurance in 1943–4, the collapse of civilized existence in 1945 and, finally, the postwar decades of torment for the six damaged survivors, the gradual assimilation of the story, the healing of the damage and the commemoration of the tragedy by the families and communities involved. Richard Wallace Braithwaite’s father was one of the six survivors of the Sandakan death marches of 1945. He died in 1986, still wanting the story to be properly told. This led to a project that has lasted for much of the last forty years of the author’s life, culminating in this book. With a scientific background, Richard worked for many years with CSIRO and universities in the biological and social sciences and in historical research. His extensive and diverse research history and lifelong personal immersion in the story has given him a unique perspective in exploring the complexities of the Sandakan tragedy.

The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films

GAIRA 81 ing story setting, which results in different origins for the film's monsters in the domestic and US import ... Written by Takeshi Kimura (1911–1987, writing as Kaoru Mabuchi) and adapted for the screen by director Ishiro ̄ ...

Author: Salvador Jimenez Murguía

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442261679

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 422

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The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films covers virtually every horror film made in Japan from the past century to date. In addition to entries on productions, both major and modest, this encyclopedia also includes entries for notable directors, producers, and actors. Each film entry includes comprehensive details, situates the film in the context and history of Japanese horror cinema, and includes brief suggestions for further reading. Although emphasizing horror as a general theme, this encyclopedia also encompasses other genres that are associated with this theme, including Comedy Horror, Science Fiction Horror, Cyber-punk Horror, Ero Guru (Erotic Grotesque), and Anime Horror. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films is a comprehensive reference volume that will appeal to both cinema scholars as well as to the many fans of this popular genre.

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

In the Japanese case, the English word “monster” can be misleading and I use it here only out of convenience. ... Today yōkai appears frequently in both academic and popular writing; it has become an umbrella signifier that can be ...

Author: Asa Simon Mittman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351894319

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 600

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The field of monster studies has grown significantly over the past few years and this companion provides a comprehensive guide to the study of monsters and the monstrous from historical, regional and thematic perspectives. The collection reflects the truly multi-disciplinary nature of monster studies, bringing in scholars from literature, art history, religious studies, history, classics, and cultural and media studies. The companion will offer scholars and graduate students the first comprehensive and authoritative review of this emergent field.

The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction

Japanese Studies 23, no. 3 (2003): 239–50. Foley, Barbara. ... Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai. ... The Autobiographical Narrative in Modern Japan: A Study of Kasai Zenzō, a Shi-shōsetsu Writer.

Author: Michihiro Ama

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438481432

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Argues that the role of Buddhism in modern Japanese prose literature has been significantly overlooked. The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction is the first book to treat the literary practices of certain major modern Japanese writers as Buddhist practices, and to read their work as Buddhist literature. Its distinctive contribution is its focus on modern literature and, importantly, modern Buddhism, which Michihiro Ama presents both as existing in continuity with the historical Buddhist tradition and as having unique features of its own. Ama corrects the dominant perception in which the Christian practice of confession has been accepted as the primary informing source of modern Japanese prose literature, arguing instead that the practice has always been a part of Shin Buddhist culture. Focusing on personal fiction, this volume explores the works of literary figures and Buddhist priests who, challenged by the modern development of Japan, turned to Buddhism in a variety of ways and used literature as a vehicle for transforming their sense of selfhood. Writers discussed include Natsume Sōseki, Tayama Katai, Shiga Naoya, Kiyozawa Manshi, and Akegarasu Haya. By bringing Buddhism out of the shadows of early twentieth-century Japanese literature and elucidating its presence in both individual authors’ lives and the genre of autobiographical fiction, The Awakening of Modern Japanese Fiction demonstrates a more nuanced understanding of the role of Buddhism in the development of Japanese modernity. Michihiro Ama is Karashima Tsukasa Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture at the University of Montana. He is the author of Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898–1941.