Starting with its launch in 2005, Mechademia: An Annual Forum for Anime, Manga, and the Fan Arts was the only regular English-language scholarly publication on topics related to Japanese animation and Japanese comics. However, following the 2016 World Renewal volume, publication paused for two years, with a restart in development, but with some changes. Going forward, the title of the new publication was going to be Mechademia: Second Arc, it would be more formally identified as a journal, the publication schedule would now be semiannual rather than annual, and, most importantly, it would have a “broader mission, yet a tighter, cleaner style” – and, therefore, a wider focus on “media cultures and texts from across Asia”. With these changes in mind, the first new issue of Second Arc appeared in the fall of 2018 with the subtitle “Childhood”.

Editors in chief: Sandra Annett and Frenchy Lunning

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (Minneapolis, MN)

ISSN: 1934-2489 (print) / 2152-6648 (online)

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  • Annett, Sandra & Lunning, Frenchy. Introduction: The Second Arc of Mechademia (pp. 1-5)

Original essays on anime/manga and related topics

  • Annett, Sandra. From Vulnerable Minds to Cosmopolitan Affect: Child Fans of Anime in the 1960s–1980s (pp. 25-43).
  • Allson, Brent. Anime in schools: Going beyond globalization and standards (pp. 44-61)
  • Okabe, Tsugumi (Mimi). Combating youth violence: The emergence of boy sleuths in Japan’s Lost Decade (pp. 92-112)
  • Ito, Go. Particularities of boys’ manga in the early twenty-first century: How Naruto differs from Dragon Ball (pp. 113-123).
  • Lewis, Mia. Training the next generation of mangaka: A comparison of award announcements in Shūkan shōnen janpu and Hana to yume (pp. 124-143).
  • Sousa, Ana Mathilde. Against teleology: Nostalgia and the vicissitudes of connectedness in Pharrell Williams’s music video It Girl (pp. 147-165).

Translations of materials previously published in Japanese

  • Honda, Masuko. On fragmentation: parts not disconnected (pp. 9-24).
    [Translated, with commentary, by Deborah Shamoon. Originally published as Chapter 1, part II in Ibunka to shite no kodomo (Children as a different culture), Tokyo: Chikuma shobo, 1992 [1982])

Other essays

  • Orbaugh, Sharalynn. Play, education, or indoctrination? Kamishibai in 1930s Japan (pp. 65-91).
  • Andlauer, Leticia. Pursuing one’s own prince: Love’s fantasy in otome game contents and fan practice (pp. 166-183).