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From 'Sailor Moon' to sexual politics: Anime meets academia

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Anime scholar Susan Napier delivers a lecture at Columbia University. Shown here, she discusses dolls of the character Ayanami Rei from the apocalyptic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. (Sarah Brown/CNS)

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Anime scholar Susan Napier delivers a lecture at Columbia University. (Sarah Brown/CNS)

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Anime scholar Susan Napier delivers a lecture at Columbia University. (Sarah Brown/CNS)

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Pam Gossin and Marc Hairston teach a literature class at University of Texas at Dallas about the Japanese art forms of anime and manga. (Courtesy of Marc Hairston)

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The fanciful Japanese medium that brought us "Pokemon" and "Dragon Ball Z" has arrived in the United States as a serious art form.


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