Bright Eyes at the Apocalypse: Exploring The End of the World in Japanese Animation

Illustrated lecture with JR Pepper
Date: Monday, January 21

Time: 8:00 PM
Admission: $5
Presented by Morbid Anatomy

Having been confronted with extreme devastation during WWII, the Japanese have not been shy about illustrating the end of the world and post-apocalyptic landscape in their films. This can perhaps be most notably seen in their animation. Brilliant feats of Japanese animation like, Akira, Princess Mononoke, X/1999, and Neon Genesis Evangelion have painstakingly detailed worlds devastated by war, disease, technology and the fall of civilization. Why has the world of Japanese anime embraced such a macabre event? This lecture will examine the phenomenon of the post-apocalyptic Earth in anime as well as explore the current trends.

JR Pepper is a photographer, archivist and full-time geek.  Her photography had been shown at events throughout New York and Paris and a myriad of publications and websites. Presently she is devoting her time to photographing New York’s nightlife as well as a continuing documentation of the eccentricities of Tulsa, Oklahoma, her adopted home. Her geek writing can be found on Pink Ray and she has given panels  at New York Comic Con, New York Anime Fest, Salon Con, Big Apple Anime Fest and Tokyo in Tulsa.

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