Break the World's Shell: Apocalypse and Anime

Cityside 1 (MR 21-22)

Friday July 12, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

It’s the end of the world as we know it! One of the most popular subjects for anime is the apocalypse. But where do stories of the end come from? What are they really about? And whose world is really being transformed? We'll trace the apocalypse genre from its origins in the ancient Near East to classic anime of the 80s through today, with emphasis on its use as a metaphor for social revolution and personal transformation.