Degree Name

BA

Department

Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature

College

Humanities

Defense Date

2018-07-02

Publication Date

2018-07-06

First Faculty Advisor

Marc Yamada

First Faculty Reader

Carl Sederholm

Honors Coordinator

Michael Call

Keywords

sacred time, anime, religious studies, time crystal, Makoto Shinkai, film theory

Abstract

This thesis looks at two works of anime director, writer, and producer Makoto Shinkai and examines how they create sacred experiences through the visual and narratological construction of time. Mircea Elaide’s concept of eternal return is joined with Gilles Deleuze’s film theory of Time-Images and time crystals to analyze the creation of sacred moments: moments of rejuvenation and reorientation. Not only are the two films, 5 Centimeters per Second and Your Name, read through the lens of these theories but these movies also illustrate how anime is unique art form that is well suited for the manipulation of time and the demonstration of sacred experiences.

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