This project aims to refocus academic attention on the current industry, markets and texts for Japanese film.


We aim to make our findings relevent to academics, industry and the general public in the UK and beyond. This website houses information about the project, its publications and relevant events. We invite you will join us in investigating the fascinating worlds of contemporary Japanese film: from manga to the movies.




Manga to the Movies:

An AHRC Research Council Funded Project Analysing Japanese Media Franchising

Project Staff:

Lead Investigator:

Dr Rayna Denison

Project Research Assistants:

Dr Woojeong Joo (now a lectuer at Nagoya University)

Dr Hiroko Furukawa (now a lecturer at Tohoku Gakuin University)

Dr Nana Sato-Rossberg (now a lecturer at SOAS, University of London)

Project Dates:

January 2011-June 2013

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED TO Dr Rayna Denison , all photographs included on the site were taken by the author



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Manga to Movies Project