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Joji Sakurai
From pop idols to apocalypse, the realm of Japanese anime and manga is one of riotous imagination: My column illuminates this world through close readings that use the tools of literary criticism.
I am a London-based essayist and journalist, a regular contributor to YaleGlobal, the magazine of Yale University’s MacMillan Center. For the past decade, I have been the European features and investigations editor for The Associated Press, delivering deep dives into everything from avant-garde opera to terrorism in Kazakhstan. I have major forthcoming essays about Roland Barthes and Richard Wagner. I graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, with First-class honours in Modern Languages, specializing in French and Italian literature.
anime, literary criticism, Japan, manga, animation, Psycho-Pass, Haruki Murakami, dystopia