Realms: A comparative analysis on the mythical creatures in Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimos's Trese komiks series and Shiibashi Hiroshi's Nura: The rise of the Yokai clan manga series using Michael Dylan Foster's concept of folkloresque

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Bachelor's Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Literature

Subject Categories

Comparative Literature


College of Liberal Arts


Literature, Department of

Thesis Adviser

Shirley O. Lua

Defense Panel Member

Sylvelyn A. Almanzor
Tanya Katrina S. Simon
Carlos Piocos, III


Mythical creatures are seen, aside from their original tales and myths, in the various medium of popular culture such as comics, anime and video games. The mythical creatures image, positions, and roles are constantly re-imagined in these mediums. Their original characteristics are either maintained removed, or re-imagined to the perception of popular culture. Hence, popular culture formulates in its interpretation of the mythical creatures in the mixture of newly added characteristics into the traditional.

The study will use Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo's Trese komiks series and Shiibashi Hiroshi's Nura : the rise of the Yokai clan manga series in examining the mythical creatures in comics. Furthermore, the study will also use the concept of folkloresqure in analyzing the mythical creatures present in these narratives. Folkloresque and its three modes : integration, portrayal, and parody enable to understand how comics reinterprets the mythical creatures accordingly to its stories. In integration, the study focuses on the creative process in which the folklore is broken into parts ad stitches together with the newly added characteristics in creating a product that is seemingly folkloric. In portrayal, the study problematizes popular culture's perception of the folklorist through the human characters who act like one. Furthermore, the world-building of both comics will also be studied as it illustrates the position of mythical creatures in the narrative. Concerning the parody, the study emphasizes on both comics' criticism and commentaries affect the mythical creatures as characters in these texts. Thus, by analyzing the mythical creatures from the chosen comics, popular culture's process of creating their own mythical creatures based on folklore will be understood.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F, Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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152 leaves ; 30 cm.


Folklore in popular culture; Folklorists; Comic books; strips; etc--Japan--History and criticism

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