- Comparatio (ISSN:13474286)
- vol.12, pp.55-66, 2008
This paper focuses on the structure of internal dialogue in Chibimaruko-chan, an animation made by SAKURA Momoko. The concrete characteristic is 'heart-talk', an equivalent of internal dialogue in Japanese, which is frequently employed in the field of animation. With incorporation of images and voices of radio actors and actresses, the structure of 'internal dialogue' brings us a supernatural dimension of 'reality'. Especially, the vertically or horizontally parallel lines on the characters' faces, though displayed with simplicity, depict the precise mental movement of the characters. The characteristics of such mental movement are best represented in animation when such expressive technique compounds the characters' inner voices. This paper aims to explore the meaning of Japanese animation in the modern times in order to understand these phenomena better, and to investigate the totality and the antiquity which are embedded in animation with regards to religion and philosophy.