Upcoming Symposium Looks at Anime from Psychological Point of View
posted on by Eric Stimson
A symposium examining anime from a psychological perspective, Anime no Shinrigaku ("Anime Psychology"), will be held on July 26 at Sapporo's Hokusei Gakuen University, with a follow-up on October 4 at Tokyo's Nihon University. Organized by Masao Yokota, a clinical psychologist and anime scholar at Nihon University, it will include Sunao Katabuchi (the director of Black Lagoon and Mai Mai Miracle) and psychologists Hirokazu Yoshimura and Kō Nakamura. It is sponsored by the Japan Psychological Association.
The symposia will examine why anime connects with so many people worldwide. It is not a question that has been often asked in academia, although cognitive psychologists have researched the effects of the mass consumption of visual media. By bringing together experts in different fields — clinical psychology, cognitive psychology, depth psychology, and a director with deep interest in the subject — the symposium series hopes to explore new ground.
The Hokusei Gakuen symposium will be held in the 50th Anniversary Hall, while the Nihon University symposium will be held in the Centennial Hall. The former is limited to 500 participants, while the latter to 300. Both last from 2 to 5 PM. If you wish to participate, send an e-mail to [email protected] with your address, name and age and the symposium you are interested in attending in the subject line.