Faculty of Urban Innovation, Department of Urban Innovation



Research Fields, Keywords

Cultural Studies (Anime, Manga, adaptation), Gender Studies, Audience/Fan Studies

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Graduate School 【 display / non-display

  • 2006.04

    University of Warick  Graduate School, Division of Humanities  Doctor Course  Completed

  • 1997.06

    University of Chicago  Graduate School, Division of Humanities  Master Course  Completed

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • 2012.04

    Japan Society of Manga Studies

  • 2004.04

    Japan Society of Animation Studies

Field of expertise (Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research classification) 【 display / non-display

  • Art at large


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  • 55 Keywords for Animation Culture

    SUGAWA, Akiko, YONEMURA, Miyuki (Part: Joint Work )

    Minerva shobo  2019.04 ISBN: 9784623084418

  • Contents Tourism Studies revised and updated: Anime, manga, games, and tourism, culture, society

    OKAMOTO, TAKESHI, SUGAWA, Akiko et. al (Part: Joint Work , Range: Contents tourism and gender etc. )

    Fukumura shuppan  2019.04 ISBN: 9784571410628

  • Women's Manga in Asia and Beyond: Uniting Different Cultures and Identities

    NAGAIKE, Kazumi, OGI, Fusami, SUGAWA-SHIMADA, Akiko et. al (Part: Single Work , Range: Pleasurable Interplay in the 2.5-Dimensional World: Women’s Cosplay Performances in Singapore and the Philippines )

    Palgrave Macmillan  2019.03 ISBN: 978-3319972282

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    Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond offers a variety of perspectives on women’s manga and the nature, scope, and significance of the relationship between women and comics/manga, both globally as well as locally. Based on the activities since 2009 of the Women’s MANGA Research Project in Asia (WMRPA), the edited volume elucidates social and historical aspects of the Asian wave of manga from ever-broader perspectives of transnationalization and glocalization. With a specific focus on women’s direct roles in manga creation, it illustrates how the globalization of manga has united different cultures and identities, focusing on networks of women creators and readerships. Taking an Asian regional approach combined with investigations of non-Asian cultures which have felt manga’s impact, the book details manga’s shift to a global medium, developing, uniting, and involving increasing numbers of participants worldwide. Unveiling diverse Asian identities and showing ways to unite them, the contributors to this volume recognize the overlaps and unique trends that emerge as a result.


  • Shojo Across Media: Exploring “Girl” Practices in Contemporary Japan

    NAGAIKE, Kazumi, OGI, Fusami, SUGAWA-SHIMADA, Akiko et. al (Part: Joint Work , Range: Shōjo in Anime: Beyond the Object of Men’s Desire )

    Palgrave Macmillan  2019.03 ISBN: 978-3-030-01485-8

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    Revisits shōjo/shōjo-ness in its fundamentally mediatic constitution Illuminates the recent conceptual shift of shōjo from social representation to code and performative practice Presents cross-media investigations focused on gendered genres, character types and characterizations as well as fan-cultural mediations Edited by Japan-based pioneers of manga studies and shōjo research

  • Anime Studies II: 11 Theories to Examine Anime

    SUGAWA, Akiko, KOYAMA, Masahiro (Part: Joint Work , Range: Chapter 5 Audience and Fan Studies (Fandom) )

    Gendai shokan  2018.11 ISBN: 978-4-7684-5840-2

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Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Playing with Militarism in/with Arpeggio and Kantai Collection: Effects of shōjo Images in Warrelated Contents Tourism in Japan

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

    Journal of War and Culture Studies ( Taylor and Frances )  March   1 - 15   2018.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

  • Beyond the Shiny and Dreamy: Convergence of Male Idols and Heroes in Anime


    Single Work

  • Interplay with Fantasy: 2.5-Dimensional Cultural Domain as Performance, and Imagination

    Eureka ( Seikyusha )  ( 4 )   2015.03  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

  • Rekijo, Pilgrimage and 'Pop-spiritualism': pop-culture-induced heritage tourism of/for Young Women


    Japan Forum     2014.12  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

  • あなたの痛みは私そのものー共闘する<魔法>少女たちのやすらぎ


    ユリイカ:詩と批評     2014.11  [Refereed]  [Invited]

    Single Work

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Review Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Book Review How was Japanese Animation Established

    Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

    The Book Review Press ( Takehisa shuppan )    2019.04

    Book review and document introduction, etc.   Single Work

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Academic Awards Received 【 display / non-display

  • Japan Society of Animation Studies Award

    2015.06.23   Japan Society of Animation Studies   Girls and Magic: Representations of Magical Girls and Japanese Female Viewership

    Winner: Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

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Other external funds procured 【 display / non-display

  • Research on vitalization of communication through the use of 2.5-dimensional culture

    Project Year: 2018.06  -  2019.03  Investigator(s): Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

Presentations 【 display / non-display

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Preferred joint research theme 【 display / non-display

  • Contents tourism(anime-induced tourism)

Past of Collaboration and Commissioned Research 【 display / non-display

  • Database for Animation Studies

    Funded Research on Investiment  

    Project Year: 2018.06  -  2018.12 


Social Contribution(Extension lecture) 【 display / non-display