Background notes for week 4, 3/11/2009

BACKGROUND NOTES FOR ANIME 101, WEEK 4, 1980-89

NAMES TO REMEMBER:

James Cameron                                    Bandai Visual

Ridley Scott                                                Shinya Sadamitsu

Philip K. Dick                                                Hideaki Anno

William Gibson                                    Kenichi Sonoda

Tim Berners-Lee                                    Katsuhito Akiyama

Tetsuo Imazawa                                    Koji Maikano

Tokyo Movie Shinsha                        Kinuko Omori

Hiroshi Shidara                                    Hiroyuki Kitakubo

Toei Animation                                    Masamune Shirow

Taku Sugiyama                                    Akira Toriyama

Osamu Tezuka                                    Rumiko Takahashi

Tezuka Productions                                    Noboru Ishiguro

Toho                                              Shoji Kawamori

Sony                                              Haruhiko Mikimoto

Mamoru Oshii                                Hayao Miyazaki

Studio Pierrot                                  Toshio Suzuki

Isao Takahata

Jonathan Swift

Mamoru Shinzaki

Akio Sakai

Toshio Hirata

Keiji Nakazawa

Gainax

Hiroyuki Yamaga

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Katsuhiro Otomo

Rintaro

Fred Patten

Mark Merlino

Showa Emperor

Suiho Tagawa

IMPORTANT THEMES

The “holy trinity” of Western SF films and their influence on 80s anime – Alien 1979, Terminator 1984, Blade Runner 1982

Influence of Western cyberpunk novelists – their Internet predictions and the first stirrings of the real-life Internet.

Challenge to TV:  the spread of the affordable commercial VCR – encourages niches like sf, porn

Resurgence of theatrical releases – major movies of the 80s

Major TV series of the 80s – continuing epics like Yamato/Gundam on TV and as movies, new series based on popular manga – guaranteed audience

Major manga creators of the 80s

The bubble economy

International spread of anime – AKIRA

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