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Welcome to our newest category of courses, coming to EarthDiverse in Term 4!
EarthDiverse is pleased to announce the first of its courses in World Cinema beginning in 2022 Term 1 (beginning the week of Monday 14 February 2022):
  • FLM304: “An Introduction to Japanese Anime with Yurika Arai

Additional World Film courses are currently under development and will be announced shortly.

World Cinema Courses:

FILM304: An Introduction to Japanese Anime (4 weekly sessions) (to to offered in 2022 Term 1), taught by Yurika Arai

What is anime? It is a global phenomenon and a source of Japanese national pride.  It is also a pastime for countless people around the world. In essence, it is simply an art of moving pictures. In this course, we will explore the deeper origins of how pictures in Japanese visual art evolved into the modern form of anime and how this has influenced the national psyche.

Initially we will look at the early history of graphic representations of life embodied in classical literature such as illustrated scrolls. We will then turn to later forms of illustration that entailed intricate and humorous depictions of scenes for novels and newspapers. In the following session we will review how the earliest forms of animated film in Japan interacted with the global influence of Walt Disney’s characters.

The ensuing section will examine the evolution of anime following the end of world war two, where Japanese animators sought to retain a distinctive artistic style through the medium of television. This entails a focus on Tezuka Osamu who is regarded as the ‘god’ of anime.

Finally we will explore the vast treasure chest of genres of Japanese anime that have emerged since then – sci-fi, comedy, sports, robots, horror and  commentary on everyday life.

General Information:

For more detailed information on each series or course, when offered, class times and locations, and course fees and registration) click on the appropriate links above.

If the course you are interested in is not currently being taught, rest assured that it will be again in the future as we continuously rotate the courses on offer. We also plan to add additional courses and locations in the future. Please contact us if you are interested in having us teach in your area or through your local group, association or organisation.


  • All classes are taught from an objective point of view. These are classes about world cinema, designed for participants to get a greater understanding of the depth and scope of the diversity that exists within the world’s various cultural and belief traditions.
  • Detailed Syllabi are available at the start of each Term.
  • Any Term can be taken independently of the others, and there are no prerequisites for any of the Term courses.
  • All classes encourage questions and group discussion. There are no assignments, required readings, quizzes, tests or exams.
  • PDF copies of each class presentation are emailed to all participants the next day so that you are free to focus on class content rather than taking notes. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions!
  • Course fees include a short tea/coffee/snack break in the middle of each session.
  • There are no refunds for missed classes.
  • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single class at no charge.
  • Certificates of Completion for any particular Term Course or Series are available for Professional Development purposes upon request at the end of each Term or Series.


  • Term 1: begins the week on Mon 15 Feb, and ends Fri 9 Apr 2021
  • Term 2: begins the week of Mon 10 May, and ends Fri 2 Jul 2021
  • Term 3: begins the week of Mon 2 Aug, and ends Fri 24 Sep 2021
  • Term 4: begins the week of Mon 18 Oct, and ends Fri 10 Dec 2021

Hamilton: Hamilton classes are held in the Conference Rooms at Artmakers, Norris Ward Park Arts Centre, 2 Seddon Road, Hamilton. The carpark entrance is off Seddon Road at the back of Norris Ward Park. The classroom is immediately to the left of the Waikato Society of Potters studio. There is plenty of free parking available in the carpark just outside the classroom.




  • Waged: $125 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)
  • Unwaged/Student/Senior: $100 per person per term (includes GST + online registration fee)


In addition to our regular in-person classes offered in Hamilton, we offer ‘Distance Learning’ options for all of our courses. These on-line live-streaming distance-learning options are offered via free Zoom software. Distance-learning options have been added for those living outside the Waikato or for those unable to attend our in-person classes in Hamilton. If you are a Distance-Learner you have the option of joining our regular live classroom sessions via Zoom at the regularly scheduled class time, or you can watch a video-recording of the Zoom classroom session at your leisure and study at your own pace.

Your instructor will send you instructions once you have registered for your course.


Select the appropriate course link above, which will take you to the page for that particular course. Read the details for that course, and if you’d like to register, click on the blue “Register” button which will take you to Registration and Payment pages where you can securely enter in your payment details. A receipt will automatically be generated for you.