Time Travel in Japanese Manga: From Prehistory to the Distant Future

Illustration by Christina Plaka
Third Thursday Lecture - Sainsbury Institute

Thursday 18 October, 2012
6:00pm BST

Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH


Ulrich Heinze (Sasakawa Lecturer in Contemporary Japanese Visual Media, Sainsbury Institute and Centre for Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia)

Every Third Thursday of the month, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures hosts a lecture on a topic related to the art and culture of Japan. Talks begin at 6pm (50-minute lecture followed by refreshments). Speakers are all specialists in their field and the talks are intended to be accessible to those with no prior knowledge of Japanese history. Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential. To book a seat email us at or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number. Unless indicated otherwise the lectures are held at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry (Weston Room), Norwich NR1 4EH. The Third Thursday Lecture series is funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation and the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Charitable Trust.

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About the Lecture

This lecture traces the development of time travel in Japanese manga, comparing it with the same theme in Western films. Time travel stories of the 1960s were about how time could be “controlled” or “conquered” by technology (e.g. Tezuka Osamu’s Phoenix). More recent time travel manga are about loss of control over time (JINZipang). Current examples tackle the psychological crises causes by this lack of control.

Illustration by Christina Plaka

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