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Contesting Traumatic War Narratives: Space Battleship Yamato And Mobile Suit Gundam

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This chapter examines two of the most popular Japanese science fiction anime films-Space Battleship Yamato, heavily influenced visually and in conception and tone by Matsumoto, and Kidō senshi Gandamu I (Mobile Suit Gundam I, 1981), created by Tomino Yoshiyuki-to show how these two ideologically charged narratives allegorically refight the War. Both films are condensations of television programs that originally appealed to males, particularly those in elementary school through high school: Yamato is one movie created out of twenty-six episodes, and Gundam, three movies drawn from forty-three episodes. The chapter also examines how the films are best understood and appreciated as conflicting allegorical representations of the War.

Keywords: Kidō senshi Gandamu I; Space Battleship Yamato; War



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