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EXHIBITION REVIEWS

UNITED STATES

A Super-Flat Reality

By Doryun Chong

MARIKO MORI, Kumano, 1998, video still.

In the past decade or so, anime (Japanese animation)- both an everyday cultural diet of all ages and a special object of obsession for the particular species called otaku1 in Japan - has made significant headway in the West. Pokémon, a recent global phenomenon, seems to have already become démodé, yet numerous animated television series and theatre releases meant for consumption by a more mature audience continue to be either subtitled or dubbed for wider western markets. Two…

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