The MIT community is invited to two free events on March 14 (Thursday) sponsored by the MIT Cool Japan research project. First, Ian Condry is having an author talk and discussion for his new book, “The Soul of Anime,” starting at 4:00pm in room E151-149. Afterwards, join Director Mamoru Hosoda for the New England premiere of his new award-winning anime “Wolf Children,” followed by a Q&A. There will be one show only, 7pm in room 26-100. Both are free and open to the public, and they look forward to welcoming all participants! Keep reading for plenty of details.
Ian Condry’s new book “The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story” (2013, Duke UP) answers the question, “Why is Japan the world leader in animation?” A cultural anthropologist and professor at MIT, Condry will give a multimedia presentation on his book’s findings. Based on fieldwork in Tokyo’s anime studios, he argues that collaborative creativity, which connects manga, anime, toys and fans, is the key to anime’s global success. Read the Intro for free here, or purchase a copy.
Later in the day, the new award-winning anime film “Wolf Children” (2012) will have its New England premiere debut, followed by a Q&A with the director Mamoru Hosoda, who also wrote the story and the co-wrote the screenplay. “Wolf Children” is the brilliant third feature from Hosoda, whose “Summer Wars” (2009) and “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” (2006) have established him as one of the world’s top creative forces in animation. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles, and is recommended for ages 9 and up.