Enter Paranoia: Identity and "Makeshift Salvations" in Kon Satoshi's "Paranoia Agent"

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Title:
Enter Paranoia: Identity and "Makeshift Salvations" in Kon Satoshi's "Paranoia Agent"
Author:
Hanson, Jeffrey Steven
Issue Date:
2007
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Kon Satoshi's Paranoia Agent is a series that demonstrates how many types of identity are constructed. While some aspects of the series are based in fantasy, Paranoia Agent takes place in a Tokyo that closely resembles the Tokyo of the real world. In particular, a corporate icon named Maromi parallels the rise of icons such as Hello Kitty in Japan; the public's devotion to Maromi demonstrates how consumerism shapes one's personal identity. Consumerism can also be used to explain the existence of Lil' Slugger, a type of phantasm who initially appears to free the people of Tokyo from their problems, but is actually a "crutch" that society uses to run away from reality. The destination of this escape can be called "consumutopia," a virtual space of "perfect consumption" where reality can be ignored. Consumutopia is one example of the - real or metaphorical - "spaces" that are examined in Paranoia Agent.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Paranoia; Agent; Satoshi; Kon; Anime; Identity
Degree Name:
MA
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
East Asian Studies; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Committee Chair:
Gabriel, J. Philip; McVeigh, Brian J.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleEnter Paranoia: Identity and "Makeshift Salvations" in Kon Satoshi's "Paranoia Agent"en_US
dc.creatorHanson, Jeffrey Stevenen_US
dc.contributor.authorHanson, Jeffrey Stevenen_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractKon Satoshi's Paranoia Agent is a series that demonstrates how many types of identity are constructed. While some aspects of the series are based in fantasy, Paranoia Agent takes place in a Tokyo that closely resembles the Tokyo of the real world. In particular, a corporate icon named Maromi parallels the rise of icons such as Hello Kitty in Japan; the public's devotion to Maromi demonstrates how consumerism shapes one's personal identity. Consumerism can also be used to explain the existence of Lil' Slugger, a type of phantasm who initially appears to free the people of Tokyo from their problems, but is actually a "crutch" that society uses to run away from reality. The destination of this escape can be called "consumutopia," a virtual space of "perfect consumption" where reality can be ignored. Consumutopia is one example of the - real or metaphorical - "spaces" that are examined in Paranoia Agent.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectParanoiaen_US
dc.subjectAgenten_US
dc.subjectSatoshien_US
dc.subjectKonen_US
dc.subjectAnimeen_US
dc.subjectIdentityen_US
thesis.degree.nameMAen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEast Asian Studiesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.chairGabriel, J. Philipen_US
dc.contributor.chairMcVeigh, Brian J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJonesen_US
dc.identifier.proquest2092en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659747200en_US
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