Anime has been a vital cultural mediator between Japan and the world since the 1960s, and as such it has attracted attention by researchers engaged in animation studies, media studies and Japanese studies. Intermediate materials – such as story-boards, key animation drawings, inbetween drawings, backgrounds, and so on – are indispensable for the production of anime as well as its research but get easily lost in the course of time. Amidst the present shift from handdrawn cels to digital production this loss is becoming recognized as a cultural loss, and first attempts to archive the remaining materials are under way. This symposium addresses the issue of archiving vernacular popular film, exploring the construction of such an archive and its potential contribution to future cultural creation.


Opening, Introduction by Prof. Jaqueline Berndt (Japanology, SU)

Part 1: Theory and Practice of Archiving
Prof. Dr. HARADA Ken’ichi (Niigata Regional Archive Centre, Niigata University; media ethnography and sociology)
Dr. Dario LOLLI (Birkbeck, University of London; animation studies, media theory)

Part 2: Intermediate Anime Materials and their Use The Watanabe Collection (with a special emphasis on The Wings of Honnêamise)

Assoc. Prof. KIM Joon Yang (Archive Centre for Anime Studies, Niigata University; animation history)
Assoc. Prof. Dr. ISHIDA Minori (Archive Centre for Anime Studies, Niigata University; film studies, anime research)
Dr. GAN Sheuo Hui (Lasalle College of the Arts, Puttnam School Film and Animation, Singapore; animation studies)

Ida Kirkegaard (PhD student, Asian languages and culture, SU)
Agnieszka Kiejziewicz (PhD student, Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Institute of Audiovisual Arts,Kraków, Poland; academic intern at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies, March – June 2019)

For pre-registration and other inquiries please contact co-organizer and chair Jaqueline Berndt at:

The symposium is related to an exhibition which presents replica of intermediate anime materials of the animated movie Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (Gainax, 1987). Writer and director YAMAGA Hiroyuki, now president of Gainax studio, will speak at the opening and explain the exhibits at the gallery on Sat., 30 March 2019 afternoon.

Exhibition Unearthing Anime: Materials of Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise

30 March – 3 April 2019, 12:00-18:00, Opening: Fri, 29 March 2019 16:00-18:00

Venue: Galleri Yamanashi (Köpmantorget 1, Gamla Stan)