Lady Xiansa will be speaking about Japanese anime and culture in a few weeks at the Kurokiiro anime festival. Details are here:
The link I’ve given earlier for Valerie Estelle Frankel’s “Journey of the Heroine” is good additional reading for those interested in what topics I’ll be covering there. Also applicable is the Aarne-Thompson Classification System for folktales:
The Aarne-Thompson 425 story is really my special fascination, as anyone reading my current science fiction e-book series will soon see, but this also will be one of the focal points of the particular anime I’ll be looking at during the festival. (My previous novella The Weary City was specifically the A316 Persephone type. I love this stuff.) We’ve been talking about these aspects a bit more generally with the Moribito novel, but right now I don’t have another fantasy novel on the blog schedule for a while. At some point when I do get back to the genre, we’ll look at these tools again.
Hope you can make it to the festival!