Beautiful Fighting Girl

Beautiful Fighting Girl From Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausica of the Valley of the Wind the worlds of Japanese anime and manga teem with prepubescent girls toting deadly weapons Sometimes overtly sexual always intens

  • Title: Beautiful Fighting Girl
  • Author: Tamaki Saitō Hiroki Azuma J. Keith Vincent Dawn Lawson
  • ISBN: 9780816654512
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of Japanese anime and manga teem with prepubescent girls toting deadly weapons Sometimes overtly sexual, always intensely cute, the beautiful fighting girl has been both hailed as a feminist icon and condemned as a symptom of the objectification of young women in Japanese society.In BeautifFrom Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausica of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of Japanese anime and manga teem with prepubescent girls toting deadly weapons Sometimes overtly sexual, always intensely cute, the beautiful fighting girl has been both hailed as a feminist icon and condemned as a symptom of the objectification of young women in Japanese society.In Beautiful Fighting Girl, Saito Tamaki offers a far sophisticated and convincing interpretation of this alluring and capable figure For Saito, the beautiful fighting girl is a complex sexual fantasy that paradoxically lends reality to the fictional spaces she inhabits As an object of desire for male otaku obsessive fans of anime and manga , she saturates these worlds with meaning even as her fictional status demands her ceaseless proliferation and reproduction Rejecting simplistic moralizing, Saito understands the otaku s ability to eroticize and even fall in love with the beautiful fighting girl not as a sign of immaturity or maladaptation but as a result of a heightened sensitivity to the multiple layers of mediation and fictional context that constitute life in our hypermediated world a logical outcome of the media they consume.Featuring extensive interviews with Japanese and American otaku, a comprehensive genealogy of the beautiful fighting girl, and an analysis of the American outsider artist Henry Darger, whose baroque imagination Saito sees as an important antecedent of otaku culture, Beautiful Fighting Girl was hugely influential when first published in Japan, and it remains a key text in the study of manga, anime, and otaku culture Now available in English for the first time, this book will spark new debates about the role played by desire in the production and consumption of popular culture.

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    1. If you're an American trying to understand the landscape of anime criticism, or you are interested in media studies in general, this is a must-read. It's some-what dated (because so much has changed since the early 2000s), but the supplementary materials in the appendixes provides the necessary updates for fitting this into more recent developments. Its look at otaku sexuality is nuanced, insightful, and provides a wider understanding than other (rather normative) analyses.This book may or may n [...]

    2. know your Lacan? will not say it is necessary, but probably helps, as this is a very academic text on the unique development in Japanese culture, anime, manga, tv, film, games, of the phallicgirl, otherwise known as any character like sailor moon not myself anime educated, this does suggest should try it out. and sympathetic chapter on outsider artist Henry Darger- very weird, very interesting, very disturbing

    3. This is a book which is meant to be an academic analysis by a Japanese psychiatrist of "Beautiful Fighting Girl" anime and manga. The term is used to mean "girl" warriors who are not yet adults. It is contrasted with the term "amazonian woman" which the author uses for Wonder Woman/ Xena Warrior Princess" type characters who are warriors but also fully grown up.The book is written by a "Lacanian" psychiatrist. "Lacan" is the french Freud, and this means there's a lot of pseud-scientific babble- [...]

    4. I found this book hard to read. I had thought it would be more of a history of the concept of the adolescent or pre-adolescent fighting girl in anime and managa. I was mostly wrong about that, though there is a section (chapter 5) that does cover this ground through the time of the original Japanese publication in early 2000. However, this book really is a psychoanalysis or the otaku mentality. While I don't know much about Freudian psychoanalysis, I do know that it all comes back to sex and rep [...]

    5. Another one I was reading for the wrong reasons. I can't really tell if I really strongly disagree with this book, feel mixed about it, or just don't have much interest in the subject matter? I can't decide on how many stars to give this so I'm just going with 2. This is the only other book in English by the author of Hikikomori: Adolescence Without End, which is maybe the best book I've read this year. The cover features Rei Ayanami, my favorite character in fiction for like I swear to god tota [...]

    6. The best part of this argument is that rather than perverted fans feeling like we are on the fringe of society it actually makes the argument that legitimate sexual attraction to fantasy enables us with heightened experience which is especially suited for our ever changing and multi-faceted world.

    7. Fascinating if scattered study of certain anime tropes and the fans who love them - with room for a sympathetic, even moving study of Henry Darger.

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