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Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, and nanotechnology have given upward push to either hopes and fears approximately how expertise may perhaps rework humanity. because the danger of a posthuman destiny turns into more and more most likely, debates approximately how one can interpret or form this destiny abound. In Japan, anime and manga artists have for many years been imagining the contours of posthumanity, developing brilliant and occasionally nerve-racking artistic endeavors that envision a number of human/nonhuman hybrids: biological/mechanical, human/animal, and human/monster. Anime and manga provide a constellation of posthuman prototypes whose hybrid natures require a shift in our notion of what it capacity to be human.

Limits of the Human—the 3rd quantity within the Mechademia series—maps the terrain of posthumanity utilizing manga and anime as courses and signposts to appreciate tips on how to take into consideration humanity’s new prospects and bounds. via a variety of texts—the folklore-inspired monsters that populate Mizuki Shigeru’s manga; Japan’s Gothic Lolita tradition; Tezuka Osamu’s unique cyborg hero, Atom, and his manga model of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (along with Ôtomo Katsuhiro’s 2001 anime movie adaptation); the robotic anime, Gundam; and the proposal of the uncanny in Ghost within the Shell 2: Innocence, between others—the essays during this quantity reject basic human/nonhuman dichotomies and as a substitute motivate a provocative rethinking of the definitions of humanity alongside completely unforeseen frontiers.

participants: William L. Benzon, Lawrence poultry, Christopher Bolton, Steven T. Brown, Joshua Paul Dale, Michael Dylan Foster, Crispin Freeman, Marc Hairston, Paul Jackson, Thomas LaMarre, Antonia Levi, Margherita lengthy, Laura Miller, Hajime Nakatani, Susan Napier, Natsume Fusanosuke, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Ôtsuka Eiji, Adèle-Elise Prévost and MUSEbasement; Teri Silvio, Takayuki Tatsumi, Mark C. Taylor, Theresa Winge, Cary Wolfe, Wendy Siuyi Wong, and Yomota Inuhiko.

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