Apocalypse in Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction by Motoko Tanaka

By Motoko Tanaka

Beginning with the historical past of apocalyptic culture within the West and targeting sleek eastern apocalyptic technology fiction in manga, anime, and novels, Apocalypse in modern jap technology Fiction indicates how technological know-how fiction mirrored and coped with the devastation in jap nationwide id after 1945. The constitution of apocalyptic technological know-how fiction finds what's at stake in jap society - cultural continuity, culture, politics, ideology, fact, groups, and interpersonal relationships - and indicates how one can take care of those crises and visions for the long run, either optimistic and unfavorable. by means of taking a look at the postwar interval, Motoko Tanaka observes how eastern apocalyptic discourse has replaced in its position as a device based on the zeitgeists of varied many years.

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Therefore, I prefer to pay attention to the functions of the apocalyptic phenomenon rather than its moralistic value. The point is to look at what has been revealed through apocalyptic narratives at various times, especially during major transitional periods; apocalypse in the original Greek signifies lifting up the veil to reveal/disclose/uncover the otherwise hidden truth. I am interested here in how apocalyptic narratives have worked as a tool: what kind of tool, for what kind of audience, and in what circumstances.

Modern individuals can only be free inasmuch as they comply with order, discipline, and the law of the status quo. 28 Consequently, Eliade proposes that it becomes very difficult for modern people to tolerate the burden of historicity, as the world becomes increasingly repressive, and claims that the more flexible cyclical pattern of time will again prevail in our near future. The Birth of Postmodern Apocalypse In accordance with his theoretical theme of “return,” Eliade seems to go back to the original archetype with The Myth of Eternal Return.

48 In Hindu mythology, everything in our universe is happening in Vishnu’s dream; Brahma, the creator of the universe, is born from a lotus growing in Vishnu’s navel. When the ­universe is destroyed, Vishnu absorbs Brahma; one cycle ends at this moment. In the next step, Vishnu goes back to sleep and the creation of the universe begins anew. 49 Epilogues in traditional apocalyptic myths mostly describe the happy or promised “ending” of the stories, yet modern apocalyptic narratives are often tragic and hopeless.

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