Date: Thursday, October 05, 2023 6:00 PM - Thursday, October 05, 2023 7:30 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus, 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Patrick W. Galbraith


  • Kyle Cleveland, ICAS Co-Director


Comics and cartoons from Japan, or manga and anime, are by now a common feature of popular culture around the world. While it is often observed that these media forms appeal to broad and diverse demographics, including many adults, eroticism continues to unsettle critics and has even triggered legal action in some jurisdictions. Increased visibility of a wide range of manga and anime, including erotic variants, has led to deepening suspicion, public outrage and calls for strengthening regulation, if not banning some content out right. Erotic comics, or eromanga, are most often held up as examples of the extremes and violations of manga, anime and even the nation of Japan itself. International tensions around manga as popular culture and policed content raise questions about freedom of expression and its limits. With such issues in mind, this talk presents the English translation of Nagayama Kaoru’s Erotic Comics in Japan: An Introduction to Eromanga (Amsterdam University Press, 2020). The goal is to open up the book’s content, as well as its ethical project and politics, for discussion and informed debate.

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 5, 2023 18:00-19:30

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Temple University, Japan Campus, The Parliament/Room 111 (Access)


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This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Patrick W. Galbraith

Patrick W. Galbraith is Associate Professor in the School of International Communication at Senshū University in Tokyo. After earning a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, he went on to earn a second PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. His recent publications include “Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan” (Duke University Press, 2019), “Erotic Comics in Japan: An Introduction to Eromanga” (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and “The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood” (Stockholm University Press, 2021).