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Monster Landscapes

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The purpose of this chapter is to document the influence of Edo and Meiji period yōkai art on the character design of twentieth and twenty- first century sequential art, animation and cinema. The chapter aims to identify the visual evolution in yōkai representation traceable from the Muromachi period (1333-1573), when visual representation of yōkai first appears on the Hyakki Yagyō picture scrolls, and to demonstrate that visual representation of yōkai in twentieth and twenty- first century popular media can be considered as part of this lineage, by focusing on the on- screen mini- evolution of yōkai characters in the post- war era, placed in the context of their role from the Muromachi to Meiji periods. The chapter also aims to demonstrate that character design applied in the cited media products could be interpreted within the art historical context of visual evolution of representation of monsters in Japan.

Keywords:Edo period; Hyakki Yagyō; Japan; Meiji period; monster landscapes; Muromachi period; yōkai art



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