William L. Benzon has published extensively on literature and cultural evolution. He is the author of Beethoven’s Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture.
Lawrence Bird has been an adjunct professor at McGill University and an instructor of studio arts at Kanazawa International Design Institute, Japan. He has also worked as an architectural and urban designer in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He holds degrees in architecture (McGill) and urban design/social sciences (London), and was a Monbusho research student in architecture and urban studies at Kanazawa Institute of Technology. He is a doctoral candidate in history and theory of architecture at McGill University, where his research into the imagery of urban destruction in the Metropolis films is funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Christopher Bolton teaches Japanese literature and comparative literature at Williams College. He is coeditor of Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime (Minnesota, 2007).
Steven T. Brown teaches Japanese literature, popular culture, and critical theory at the University of Oregon. He is author of Theatricalities of Power: The Cultural Politics of Noh, editor of Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation, and coeditor of Performing Japanese Women, a special issue of the feminist journal Women & Performance. He is currently completing a book on cyberpunk anime and another on Japanese horror cinema.
Joshua Paul Dale is a full-time lecturer in the English Department of Tokyo Gakugei University. His articles can be found in After Orientalism: Critical Entanglements, Productive Looks (Thmyris/Intersecting), Japanese Journal of American Studies, Review of American and Pacific Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies: A Critical Introduction (coauthored with Lynda Hart), and the Michigan Journal of Feminist Studies. His research interests include theories of sexuality, gender, and performance studies; Lacanian psychoanalysis; and transnational cultural studies. He is writing a book on the role of the exotic in cross-cultural encounters.
Editor, writer, and cultural critic, Ōtsuka Eiji has published influential books on manga, anime, and popular culture in Japan, among them Atomu no meidai (Theses on Atom), Kyarakutaa shōsetsu no tsukurikata (Constructing character novels), Monogatari shōhiron (The consumption of narrative), Monogatari shōmetsuron (The extinction of narrative), Otaku no seishinron (The otaku mentality), Shōjo-tachi no “kawaii” tennō (The “cute” emperor of girls). He has also penned the story for a number of manga, including Hokushin denki, Kurosagi, Leviathan, Madara, MPD Psycho, Octagonian, and Unlucky Young Men. He is editor of the journal Shingenjitsu.
Michael Dylan Foster is assistant professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. He is author of Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yōkai, forthcoming from the University of California Press.
Crispin Freeman is a prolific voice actor, director, and script adapter who has portrayed characters in animation and video games for ten years. He acted in such famous anime series [End Page 283] as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Howl’s Moving Castle, Hellsing, Final Fantasy: Advent Children, and Naruto. He has run seminars on mythological storytelling in anime at conventions around the world, including a presentation at the SGMS: Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits conference in 2006 called “Mythological Anime: Eastern and Western Divinities in Animation.”
Natsume Fusanosuke is the author of numerous volumes of manga, essays, and manga criticism, including What Makes Manga Entertaining? He will join the faculty of Gakushuin University in Tokyo in 2008. In addition to his frequent media appearances, he has lectured on manga in Japan and abroad, and more recently has conducted field research into the reception of manga around the world. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize (Special Prize) in recognition of his contributions to the development of manga criticism. The same year, he curated the large-scale exhibition on manga The World of Japanese Comics, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, which traveled in Europe. Natsume Soseki, the great Meiji-era novelist, is his grandfather.
Marc Hairston is a professional space physicist at the University of Texas at Dallas who has turned his hobby into a second academic career. He has taught numerous courses...