Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, and nanotechnology have given upward thrust to either hopes and fears approximately how know-how may well rework humanity. because the hazard of a posthuman destiny turns into more and more most likely, debates approximately find out how to interpret or form this destiny abound. In Japan, anime and manga artists have for many years been imagining the contours of posthumanity, growing wonderful and infrequently stressful artistic endeavors that envision quite a few human/nonhuman hybrids: biological/mechanical, human/animal, and human/monster. Anime and manga supply a constellation of posthuman prototypes whose hybrid natures require a shift in our belief of what it skill to be human.
Limits of the Human—the 3rd quantity within the Mechademia series—maps the terrain of posthumanity utilizing manga and anime as courses and signposts to appreciate how you can take into consideration humanity’s new possibilities and boundaries. via quite a lot of texts—the folklore-inspired monsters that populate Mizuki Shigeru’s manga; Japan’s Gothic Lolita tradition; Tezuka Osamu’s unique cyborg hero, Atom, and his manga model of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (along with Ôtomo Katsuhiro’s 2001 anime movie adaptation); the robotic anime, Gundam; and the suggestion of the uncanny in Ghost within the Shell 2: Innocence, between others—the essays during this quantity reject easy human/nonhuman dichotomies and as a substitute inspire a provocative rethinking of the definitions of humanity alongside completely unforeseen frontiers.
individuals: William L. Benzon, Lawrence chicken, Christopher Bolton, Steven T. Brown, Joshua Paul Dale, Michael Dylan Foster, Crispin Freeman, Marc Hairston, Paul Jackson, Thomas LaMarre, Antonia Levi, Margherita lengthy, Laura Miller, Hajime Nakatani, Susan Napier, Natsume Fusanosuke, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Ôtsuka Eiji, Adèle-Elise Prévost and MUSEbasement; Teri Silvio, Takayuki Tatsumi, Mark C. Taylor, Theresa Winge, Cary Wolfe, Wendy Siuyi Wong, and Yomota Inuhiko.