RIT's College of Liberal Arts
Conable Distinguished Lecture Series in
Professor & Chair, Department of History
Tuesday, April 18th
3:30 – 4:45 pm
SAU, 1829 Room
A Brief History of Japanese Anime Fandom and
Mobile Suit Gundam’s First Thirty-Eight Years
Anime in Japan started out as a way to translate manga (comics) on to the television screen. Science fiction programing, difficult to do realistically or cheaply in live-action, was also tailor-made for low-cost anime, with or without origins of the stories in manga. A renewed popularity of Mobile Suit Gundam—one of these anime-first SF productions--during its reruns on television led to sequel after sequel, eventually providing Japanese viewers for the next four decades a group of television programs, original video animation series, and films that focus in part on environmental and anti-war themes.
William Ashbaugh is Professor and Chair of the History Department at SUNY Oneonta, where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Susan Sutton Smith Award for Scholarship. He was a Fulbright Lecturer at Doshisha University (Kyoto) and Kwansei Gakuin University (Nishinomiya) in Japan in the fall of 2010. His teaching and publications vary greatly and include medieval China and Japan, the coming of the Second World War, and anime.
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