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Body of Super Robot: Representation of ‘86’ and ‘Z’ Generation—Focusing on V and Kkantau

  • Journal of Popular Narrative
  • 2022, 28(2), pp.157-186
  • DOI : 10.18856/jpn.2022.28.2.005
  • Publisher : The Association of Popular Narrative
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : April 30, 2022
  • Accepted : June 15, 2022
  • Published : June 30, 2022

Eunyoung Seo 1

1한양대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This article analyzes two webtoons, <V> and <Kkantau>, which are based on super robots. In the two works, we analyze how the fantasy of the desired achievement of the “Super Robot” body works, and through this, we identify the characteristics of the generation composition written on the two bodies. “Kkantau” and “V” were produced in the 1970s when there was a great desire for science entry and technological development and became very popular. “Kantau” is the sequel to the cartoon “Iron Man Kkantau” and “V” is the sequel to the theatrical animation “Robot Taekwon V.” The two works show the desire for the two bodies, which wished for the power of masculinity in 1976. It can also be found that the world, which was revived in the 2000s and is still functioning, is “a narcissistic aspiration of the rusty body” and “a new type with a desire to become the body of the flesh.” First of all, Hun of the webtoon “V” reveals his narcissistic aspiration as a being castrated with masculinity. He faces his humble self in contrast to the glory of the past through a face-to-face encounter with Robot Taekwon V in 1976. This is only a welcome of 86 generations, but 1976 is the past when Hun, a narcissistic subject, is repeatedly summoned in the webtoon “V.” In addition, it is an ideal self-image that exists in the imagination, and it is a kind of regression. On the other hand, Kang Hyun of the webtoon <Kkantau> represents “the desire to become the subject of the flesh-grown body.” By ‘destroying’ and ‘restoring’ his father’s world, he builds a mother’s world where the ethics of solidarity and care are guaranteed. Unlike the 86th generation, Kang Hyun of “Kkantau” has changed his hero’s qualities and personality. This heralds the birth of a boy in a new era, and soon represents the power of Generation Z. As such, the body written in the robots of webtoons “V” (2007) and “Kkantau” (2018) is also a new direction for Korean SF cartoons (webtoons) with the appearance of post-body.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.