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    Japanese Art of Extraordinary Beings
    A Genealogy of Dark Fantasy

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    Demons, sorcerers, ninjas……explaining the origins of Japan’s dark heroes from the perspective of Japanese art.

    In many “dark fantasy” manga and anime, which are hugely popular today, characters use extraordinary abilities to carve out their destiny.
    In Japanese art, too, characters who can be seen as prototypes of those manga and anime characters with extraordinary abilities, such as sorcerers or samurai who control magical beasts, have often been depicted. There are also works here and there, such as giants who slay demons and eat humans, or people whose hands stretch, that are reminiscent of world famous artworks. This timeless collection focuses mainly on creatures with “extraordinary abilities” who appear in ghost stories and legends from the Edo period and explains the current trends behind anime and manga.

    Chapter I: Lineage of Figures with Supernatural Abilities
    ・The Gathering and Revelry of Supernatural Figures; Arhats, Immortal Hermits, Sorcerers, Japanese Mythological Deities
    Chapter II: Astounding Physical Performances
    ・Shape-shifting and Extraordinary Mobility of Beings, Falling between Humans and Non-humans
    Chapter III: Threatening Natural Phenomena
    ・Disastrous Destructibility of Fire, Water, Wind, Thunder, Light
    Chapter IV: Concert of Beasts
    ・Terrifying yet Dependable Companions; Fierce, Mythical, Divine and Supernatural Beasts
    Chapter V: Profusion of Supernatural Beings
    ・Embodiments of Human Desires of Flight, Cloning Selves, Curses, Enchantment
    Chapter VI: Fantastical Battles
    ・Overflow of Life and Imagination; Demon-slaying, Dragon-slaying, Sorcerers’ Duels, Grand Conflicts
    • Size:10.1 × 7.2" / 257 × 182 mm
    • Pages:208 pp. (Full Color)
    • Binding:Softbound
    • Publisher:PIE International
    • Language:J/E Bilingual
    • ISBN:978-4-7562-5876-2
    • Author:Shoko Haruki

    If you are living outside of UK, please check the distributor/bookstore who covers your country.

    *Available Worldwide from DEC 2024 (Asia/Oceania from FEB 2024)

    *Click HERE to download the Information Sheet.


    【Author Profile】

    Shoko Haruki was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1986. After working at the Hokkaido Museum, Haruki has been curator at the Edo-Tokyo Museum since 2017 specializing in Japanese art history.

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