Journal Information

  • ISSN: 1934-2489
  • eISSN: 2152-6648
  • Frequency: Twice per year


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.


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Editorial Information


Sandra Annett

Frenchy Lunning

Submission Editor, Web Manager

Andrea Horbinski

Digital and Technology

Cailey Birchem

Michael Lee

Andy Scott

Associate Editors

Baryon Tensor Posadas

Deborah Shamoon

Marc Steinberg

Stevie Suan

Shige “CJ” Suzuki

Review Editors

Forrest Greenwood

Brian White

Editorial Board

Brent Allison

William Ashbaugh

Jacqueline Berndt

Brian Berstrom

Yukari Fujimoto

Isaac Gagné

Wendy Goldberg

Pamela Gossin

Marc Hairston

Edmund Hoff

Toni Johnson-Woods

Mary Knighton

John A. Lent

Jinying Li

Laura Miller

Kazumi Nagaike

Brian Ruh

Christina Spiker

Damon Stanek

Marc Steinberg

Thalia Sutton

James Welker

Sookyung Yoo

Translation Editors

Brian Bergstrom

Sachiko Dorsey

Brett Hack

Kendall Heitzman

Keiko Nishimura

Shige “CJ” Suzuki

Submission Info

Submission Guidelines

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.

Essays (between 5,000 and 6,000 words) should be prepared using Chicago Manual of Style endnotes. Submissions and editorial queries should be sent to .

Books for review should be mailed to

Forrest Greenwood
Indiana University Innovation Center
2719 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN 47408


Brian White
#101 Etosu 02, 26-14
Edogawa-ku, Shinozaki-machi, 4-chrome


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