MPD-Psycho's Ohtsuka to Speak at Concordia University

posted on by Kimberly Grace
Manga writer to lecture on manga & anime's roots in World War II

Concordia University announced on Wednesday that the manga writer Eiji Ohtsuka (MPD-Psycho, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service) will present the keynote speech at this year's President's Conference Series event titled "Experiencing the Media Mix: Anime, Manga, Video Games." The conference will take place at the university from February 4 to 6 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Ohtsuka will present "The Unholy Alliance of Disney and Eisenstein: The Wartime Origins of Manga, Animation and Otaku Culture" at 5:00 p.m. on February 4. Concordia University describes the speech as follows: "Otsuka will discuss the roots of anime and manga forged during Japan's Pacific War as an amalgamation of Eisenstein's style of montage and Disney's character aesthetic." Ohtsuka will speak in Japanese, but his presentation will receive simultaneous translations into English and French. Admission to conference events is free, but guests must use an online form to reserve seats for Ohtsuka's keynote lecture.

The three-day international conference will also include a symposium with topics focusing on Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, the Vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku, and video games. The Mount Royal Game Society will partner with Concordia's Technoculture research institute to host the "'Mixcade' Games Arcade." A group of 20 graduate students from Japan, the United States, and Canada will also attend a closed master class with Ohtsuka and other speakers on February 6.

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