Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Department of Asian Languages and Literatures

Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Kyle Ikeda


Japan, Postmodern, Database, Narrative, Yamato, Gundam


The past twenty years have seen significant shifts in patterns of digital media consumption which reflect the fracturing and proliferation of narratives characteristic of postmodernity. Japanese scholar Hiroki Azuma described these shifts in 2001 as characteristic of an “Era of Animals,” in which grand narratives have broken down and given way to a new form of non-narrative. Azuma’s work focused on emerging forms of media and anime-related products, but the contemporary moment is now far deeper in this “Era of Animals.” This project will examine a different set of animated media that have appeared since the release of Azuma’s study: remakes of foundational anime from the 1970s. By specifically comparing the fictionalized grand narratives of 1970s anime to their remade forms in the postmodern, this thesis will address the status of fictionalized grand narratives in the contemporary Space Battleship Yamato and Gundam franchises, and reveal the ways in which grand narratives break down, and are maintained, in postmodern otaku-oriented anime.

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