Cardiff-Japanese Lecture Series: An insight into the mechanism of the roles of antiheros in manga and anime under the context of Japanese society

Weds 10 March

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Cardiff University is holding their first event in the Cardiff-Japanese Lecture Series with Fumio Obata (University of Gloucestershire) which explores sociocultural aspects of Japanese language learning.

Traditionally many stories involve rebellious characters who act outside convention but not immorally motivated, for example they never hurt someone for no reason. They are ‘antiheros’ who follow their own principals and rarely reconcile with orders from authorities. In the west there are popular outlaw-type characters from classics to recent Hollywood blockbusters. Characters like Hamlet, Robin Hood, Scarlett O’Hara of Gone with the Wind, Batman, Han Solo, Homer Simpson, recently Jack Sparrow and Lisbeth Salander of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are memorable and often more popular than the classic heroes and heroines. Why are we attracted to them? Is it because their choice of action often lead to a better result? Fumio Obata thinks there are social reasons to why we cherish them. The webinar will look into the cases in manga and anime under the context of Japanese society and culture. The talk aims to be stimulating in terms of comparative cultural study.

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