Appropriating the Shinsengumi. Hakuoki fan fiction as transmedial/transcultural exploration

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Abstract

This chapter examines a corpus of fan fiction inspired by the transmedial world of Hakuoki, in its origin a popular Otome game that has spun many other products such as anime, manga and merchandise. I argue that the transmedial perspective can contribute to fan fiction scholarship emphasizing its world-building aspect. The analysis shows how the fan fiction texts rework the mythos, topos and ethos of Hakuoki, contributing to a sense of worldness (Klastrup & Tosca, 2004). The setting of the game is the end of the Edo period, which becomes a romanticized stage that the Western fans can use as a background, drawing on a set of Japanese cultural tropes that get brandished as props for authenticity. Finally, the topic of transcultural exploration is discussed against the backdrop of other Japanese popular culture Shinsengumi appropriations.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelTransmedia in Asia and the Pacific
Antal sider26
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
StatusAccepteret/In press - 2020

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Tosca, S. (Accepteret/In press). Appropriating the Shinsengumi. Hakuoki fan fiction as transmedial/transcultural exploration. I Transmedia in Asia and the Pacific Palgrave Macmillan.