Towards a Vacuumlike Empathy: Reconfiguring Hot-Blooded Aesthetics of Japanese Animation with Chinese Qinggan

Miss Chen Jin1

1City University Of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

This project centres on a typical style of Japanese anime, the hot-blooded anime, examining the acceptance and applicability of its formal specificity within a cross-cultural context. As one of the most popular animated style, Japanese hot-blooded anime is also highly sought after by Chinese viewers, which prompts the “hot-blood” become the mainstream animated style in China that transcends any other style. The project focus on the fundamental question of such phenomenon: how does the formal characteristics of Japanese hot-blooded anime react with Chinese aesthetics of viewing? In this way, the research will take Chinese qinggan (affect) theory to reconfigure the hot-blooded style and consider the vacuumlike empathy as the effect of its formal characteristics in a transcultural context. Formal and narrative analysis will be used as the main method in discussing the temporal layout and closed narrative of several representative works. Through which, I argue that instead of as a style, the adjective hot-blooded refers to a way of representation that simplifies the perception of strong feeling, which enables the narrative to create a vacuumlike empathy.


Jin, Chen is a Ph.D candidate of the school of creative media at City University of Hong Kong


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