The Play's the Thing: Shakespeare in Anime, ConnectiCon 2014

At ConnectiCon this past weekend, I debuted two new panels. The all ages panel was The Play's the Thing: Shakespeare in Anime. It's, as you can imagine, about anime adaptations of Shakespeare. I will be broadening the focus in the future to include manga so there is more territory to cover. The panel was well-attended and led to some lively discussion about Shakespeare, anime, and the nature of translation/localization. I've embedded the full presentation below as well as video references (not the exact cuts due to copyright issues).

Unfortunately, the alternate video references are NSFW. I made it a point to selectively choose all ages-appropriate references for the live presentation, but I do not have the luxury when working with the available clips online. The Power Point is still safe for all ages, but the videos get more violent and sexual.

My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Life (Start at 4:25 at Crunchyroll)

Future Diary: Reisuke's attempt to murder a fellow contestant is translated in the official English subs as "Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble," even though he's really saying "mix, mix, mix..." as indicated by these fan subs.

Psycho-Pass: A young murderer is inspired by the works of William Shakespeare to create human sculptures. Titus Andronicus is a particular point of inspiration.

Nisekoi: The Promise

Nisekoi: The Star-Crossed Lovers (The Abridged Series is a parody, the point is introducing the love triangle)

Blast of Tempest: Hamlet Intro and the Prosper[a] Figure (Watch through 3:50)

Romeo X Juliet: Opening Theme

Romeo X Juliet: "Willy"

Romeo X Juliet: The Meeting

Romeo X Juliet: Full-Tilt Hamlet (Start at 19:20)

There were also some great suggestions for additional viewings related to Shakesear, Anime, and Manga.

The Fate Series (Anime) features a William Shakespeare character Petshop of Horrors (Anime) features Shakespeare-themed episodes Shakespeare (The Yakuza Manga Series) Sword Art Online (Anime, Shakespeare References) Trinity Blood (Anime, Shakespeare References) Green Green (Anime, Romeo & Juliet Adaptation) Psycho-Pass (Anime, Lead Villain quotes Shakespeare) Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace edited by Alexander Cheng-Yuan Huang, Charles Stanley Ross (Book)

The Purge: Anarchy Prize Pack Giveaway

Lovecraft on the Silver Screen Panel, ConnectiCon 2014