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Multitude of Monsters in Multimedia

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Japanese monsters, or yō kai, can be the transformations of animals, plants, utensils, natural phenomena or humans. This chapter aims to introduce the genealogy of monsters from each of these groups within modern and contemporary media settings, including their appearance in manga, animation and cinema, in order to find out what new roles and shapes these entities take when appearing in the new media of the twentieth and twenty- first centuries, both in their aesthetics and function. The phenomenon of yōkai within the context of Japanese popular imagination can be approached within the framework of different disciplines, while the chapter addresses their visual representation in different media in different time periods. Dozaemon is a slang term for dead bodies drowned in water.

Keywords:animation; Dozaemon; Japanese monsters; yōkai

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