Mechademia: Second Arc

Mechademia: Second Arc
Editors: Frenchy Lunning and Sandra Annett
A groundbreaking exploration of anime, manga, and Japanese popular culture

Mechademia: Second Arc is a biannual journal series designed to promote academic and professional discourse around East Asian popular cultures. Its scope includes professional and fan-created works influenced by the forms of anime, Japanese manga/Korean manhwa/Chinese manhua, cinema, television dramas, digital media, video gaming, music, performance arts, and many other forms of popular culture that have proliferated in East Asia and throughout the world. This journal promotes high-quality academic research on anime, manga, and related pop cultural fields, in making key articles by East Asian authors accessible to English-speaking readers through original translations, and in promoting cultural exchange between artists, authors, fans, and scholars from various contexts, both through the journal and through related conferences held annually in the United States and biennially in Asia. Submissions to the series are required to be written in “open” language rather than adopting the exclusive language of academic discourse, but without detracting from a high level of inquiry.

Mechademia will be joining Project MUSE's Subscribe to Open program in 2025. Learn how to participate here.


Mechademia: Second Arc publishes two CFPs every year. Most issues are themed around a specific topic under the supervision of a guest editor. For information on current and future issues and CFPs, as well as full submission guidelines, please visit the Second Arc page on the Mechademia website.

For any further questions, contact the Submissions Editor at

For a full list of present and past issues and the associated table of contents, please see the Mechademia page on Project MUSE.

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