Transcultural creativity in anime: Hybrid identities in the production, distribution, texts and fandom of Japanese anime

Rayna Denison

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This article seeks to examine some of the overlooked transcultural aspects and elements of creativity in anime. Through a series of contemporary case studies, it is argued that anime supports an array of transcultural creative practices that span across borders, hybridize content and even force the creation of new types of text and distribution. The attention to the transcultural here is an attempt to move beyond discussions of how Japanese anime are, and to open up a space in which to discuss their relevance beyond their home nation. In these ways, the creative work undertaken by those within and beyond the industries related to anime is demonstrating the global reach of Japanese cultural products.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-235
Number of pages15
JournalCreative Industries Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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