CFC: Depictions of Mentorship in Shonen Anime and Film [EXTENDED DEADLINE AND UPDATED]

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Dr. Erica Joan Dymond

This "call for chapters" is for a collection through Lexington Press (which has approved the concept and is awaiting the chapter list). The focus of this collection is mentorship as portrayed in shonen anime and film.

Shonen anime and film is loaded with mentors. Some are insightful, benevolent, and effective. Boku no Hero Academia’s All Might is one such mentor. His treatment of Midoriya is founded in compassion. And, All Might himself is a beloved leader. Who he is before the camera is the same as when there are no cameras to be found (excluding his physical transformation, of course). He is a model mentor.

And, while some mentors are talented teachers and leaders, others provoke concern. Mob Psycho’s Reigen Arataka is a fraud, a huckster. Nonetheless, his guileless mentee cannot penetrate this ruse. If the audience worries for young Mob, that’s understandable. However, as the anime progresses, Reigen is revealed as (relatively) good and (relatively) kind. His desire to bring stability to Mob’s life becomes clear. And, while Mob eventually realizes that his mentor is a charlatan, this doesn’t change the life lessons gleaned from him.

While most mentors fall into one of these two categories, there are a number of mentors who are portrayed as abusive. Naruto’s Orochimaru is an obvious example; however, "obvious" isn’t terribly interesting. So, let’s stir the proverbial pot. Naruto’s Jiraiya is frequently revered by the show’s fandom. However, his history with mentoring children is fraught with neglect. His training of Naruto is borderline barbarous, and his abandonment of The Ame Orphans is hardly laudable. Moreover, Jiraiya’s reputation of being a “pervert” (unfortunately, used as a running joke throughout the series), and his active harassment of women hardly makes him admirable. It is a mentor like Jiraiya (whom many hold in high esteem) who warrants a closer examination.

This collection will examine mentorship as depicted in shonen anime and film ... the good, the bad, and even the weird. 

All proposals that focus on shonen anime and film will be considered. I am looking for approximately fourteen chapters. With that said, I am particularly interested in the following:

Biscuit and Killua/Gon (Hunter x Hunter) (Priority)

Saitama and Genos (One Punch Man)

All Might and Midoriya (Boku No Hero) (add Gran Torino if desired) (Priority)

Senku and Chrome (Dr. Stone)

Jiraiya and Naruto (Naruto) (Priority)

Guy and Rock Lee (Naruto)

Tsunade and Sakura (Naruto)

Rin Tohsaka and Shirou (Fate/Stay Night)

Master Roshi and Goku (Dragon Ball)

Piccolo and Gohan (Dragon Ball)

Roy Mustang and Edward Elric (FMA: Brotherhood)

Izumi Curtis and the Elric Brothers (FMA: Brotherhood)

Lisa Lisa and Caesar Zeppeli/Joseph (JoJo’s)

Satoru Gojo and Yuta Okkotsu (Jujutsu Kaisen)

Gohin and Legoshi (Beastars)

Kamogawa Genji and Kamogawa Boxing Gym (Hajime no Ippo)

Roxy Migurdia and Ruedus (Mushoku Tensei)

Yoshida Shouyou and Gintama/Katsura (Gintama)

Gintama and Kagura/ Shinpachi (Gintama)

(Or any combination from Gintama.)


Already claimed:

Silvers Rayleigh (One Piece)

Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100)

Ukai Keishin (Haikyū!)

Genkai (Yu Yu Hakusho)

Moelle (The Sea Prince and the Fire Child)

Matsugorou Sawamura (Those Snow White Notes)  

Nanashi (The Sword and the Stranger)


All submissions must keep jargon to a minimum.

Accepted proposals will then become 6,000-to-10,000-word essays.


Please submit a 500-to-800-word chapter abstract and a C.V. by December 31st 2022 to All theoretical approaches are welcome but all abstracts must have mentorship in anime and film at the fore (references to manga is fine). More than one proposal will be accepted. All abstracts will be given full consideration. I will notify applicants of the results by January 15th 2023.