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Kulturelle Varietät in Eiichiro Odas One Piece
A cultural paraphrase in Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga

Author(s): Roman Szablicki
Subject(s): Education
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: manga; comic book; culture;Japan;
Summary/Abstract: A Japanese literary‑graphic hybrid, manga has gained popularity in the past few years. Aside from the graphic elements, which make it distinct from American comic books, manga is also famous for 70 Roman Szablicki its topical variety, which often relies on a paraphrase of cultural elements from outside of Japan. One Piece by Eiichiro Oda has become one of the most popular comics of Japanese origin. Through the usage of numerous cultural elements that derive from various parts of the world, the author won the hearts of many non‑Japanese readers and at the same time prepared the ground for research in both cultural and literary studies. This article shows the pattern of cultural paraphrases on the example of one the most popular mangas in the world, taking into consideration the music components as well. Furthermore, the text points to the spaces of cultural hybridisation, that is, the interweaving and fusing of seemingly foreign components. Finally, what is also portrayed is the way of using elements of history of other countries and transforming them into a matter acceptable for manga readers.

  • Page Range: 60-70
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2019
  • Language: German