ANI 207 Anime History

Paloma Trecka

Winter 2020-2021
Class number: 28560
Section number: 501
TuTh 10:10AM - 11:40AM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history, development and cultural significance of Japanese animation. We will explore how historical and cultural concepts of Japan have translated to the screen, as well as the influence of economic forces and changing technology. Students will gain an insight into anime origins and cultural influences through an examination of the World War II, post-war, mid- and late-twentieth-century historical periods of Japan. This class will analyze particular examples of anime and anime artists in their historical context, emphasizing the use of primary sources.

Course Objectives

To introduce students to anime as a culturally significant form of cinema.
To view anime as a means of investigating cultural practices and historical events that shaped both historic and contemporary Japanese society.
To encourage students to form their own written interpretations of the work using both the primary and secondary sources as a foundation for these interpretations.
To introduce the students to cinematic language, and how it varies from culture to culture. Students should be able to understand basic film vocabulary and be able to identify cinematic conventions (both Japanese and international), and examine how they are used to support the filmmakers intent.
To Introduce contrasting interpretations of both the animated work and historical developments, based on both primary and secondary sources.



Napier, Susan, Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle, Updated Edition, New York, Palgrave MacMillan 2005ISBN: 1-4039-7052-1

Hume, Nancy G., Editor, Japanese Aesthetics and Culture, a Reader, Suny Press, New York, 1995 ISBN10:0-7914-2399-9
A Short Guide to Writing about Filmby Timothy Corrigan, Longman, 2003.


Grading & Coursework

4 quizzes -5 points each
4 reaction papers -5 points each
4 reading assignments-5 points each
1 research paper-20 points
1 final written exam-20 points
Participation 10 points
Total 100 points = A

**Your grades are based upon completion of assignments when due, quality of work, active class participation and attendance.**

A = 100-93 A- = 92-90 B+ = 89-87
B = 86-83 B- = 82-80 C+ = 79-77
C = 76-73 C- = 72-70 D+ = 69-67
D = 66-63 D- = 62-60 F = 59-0


Important links:

ANI207 - Anime History - Trecka

All assignments will be posted on the D2L
Required reading assignments are from the textbook AND also from the course reserves online (password ANI207)
Complete reading questions every week
Films online (see links)if you have missed a screening due to absence
Power points from lesson will be posted on D2L and zoom meetings will be recorded.

Be there...attendance is mandatory. If you know that you will miss a class session, please notify me in advance and provide relevant documentation for the purposes of obtaining an excused absence. Three or more unexcused absences will result in an F for the attendance/participation portion of your grade. It is your responsibility to stay up to date on assignments, screenings, readings and lectures.

In addition to attendance, please be present. In other words, attending class means that students are not distracted by personal communication devices, phones, laptops and tablets. Please put distractions away during class screenings and lectures. Viewing films requires your eyes and ears.  Sleeping during class also indicates not being present. I recommend sleep outside of class, return rested and/or get a coffee.




Napier, Susan, Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle, Updated Edition, New York, Palgrave MacMillan 2005ISBN: 1-4039-7052-1

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

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Academic Policies

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