Date of Completion
Asian and Pacific Studies (ASPA)
Dr. Charlotte D'Evelyn
Anime is a complex medium that is expanding at a rapid rate on a global scale. It inspires fandoms, some of which unbelievably tenacious. My research explored scholarship concerning anime fans and asked the question: Why does anime in particular seem to create hyper-obsessed fans? I consulted fandom studies, pop culture scholarship, and sources regarding the anime medium as a whole.
The results of my study suggested that anime, at its extremes, functions in some capacity as a modern fairy tale genre. It allows a viewer to vicariously experience life through the screen, engaging with the animated characters in a profoundly somatic way. When fans enter into this fairy tale space, however, growing online communities and online identities especially common around anime have the propensity to keep the fans locked in place, away from reality.
King, Oscar IV, "Anime: Fortress of Solitude or Kryptonite?" (2015). Honors Thesis. 110.