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4/29/2004 I am happy to offer my paper Progress Against the Law on the web. Progress examines the history of fan distribution and copyright law between 1976-1993, coming to several startling conclusions. Get it here.

I teach the first class on Japanese animation at MIT. The course number is SP.270, with title "Japanese Animation: Still Pictures, Moving Minds." It is now in its third year, with over 15 students.

Japanese animation is an exciting new field of study, and I am glad that MIT has given me the opportunity to teach it.

My research interests include international intellectual property law, digital copyright management with Asian media products, cross-cultural communication between the U.S. and East Asian countries, cinematic, non-photorealistic rendering, histories of professional and fan-oriented animation groups, and large-scale database concerns related to the previous problems.

What is the value in studying anime, you say, a "genre" of "entertainment" for children? To answer this question, and others, consider taking my class this spring!

Ryoko, Washu, Sasami,  Ayeka, MihoshiSeanTek AnalyzesThis snapshot empitomizes the anime style of the early 1990s, particularly from the AIC studio. Drawn of Tenchi Muyo! (1992-) female characters, five figures are visible with clear anime-style markings. Hair is drawn in large tufs for the top two characters. The child Sasami, who appears in the center, is clearly the youngest. In addition to being smaller than the others, her eyes are especially rounded and placed towards the center of her face.
All characters are colored with two-tone facial colors, dividing the faces into "light sides" and "dark sides" (towards and away from the light source, which we surmise is from the perspective of the viewer). Little attention is given to the background, which is a simple gradiated hue, due to the complex planar interactions in the foreground.
(image (c) by AIC and Pioneer)

There are many good resources on what anime is all about: if you cannot take my course, I recommend you read one or more of the books listed in the MIT Anime Club book page.

Last updated 4/29/2004 by Sean Leonard
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