?tomo?s exploding Cities: The Intersection of Class and City in ?tomo Katsuhiro?s works before and during the Bubble Economy in Japan
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AX Anime and Manga Studies Symposium
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Are there any connections between the representation of urban landscapes (especially apocalyptic ones) and the notion of class in Japan? If so, how do they change during times of prosperity and recession? I examine how the image of urban landscape and its destruction in important anime and manga are interconnected with the discourse of class in Japan during the 1980s and 1990s. These works present the image of the (exploding) city and its possible change over time, but also, suggest a shift in discussions of class in the once called ?classless society?.