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By Saito Tamaki,J. Keith Vincent,Dawn Lawson

From Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of eastern anime and manga teem with prepubescent ladies toting lethal guns. occasionally openly sexual, regularly intensely lovable, the attractive combating woman has been either hailed as a feminist icon and condemned as a symptom of the objectification of younger women in jap society.

In Beautiful struggling with Girl, Saito Tamaki bargains a much more subtle and convincing interpretation of this desirable and able determine. For Saito, the attractive battling lady is a fancy sexual myth that sarcastically lends fact to the fictitious areas she inhabits. As an item of hope for male otaku (obsessive fanatics of anime and manga), she saturates those worlds with that means whilst her fictional prestige calls for her ceaseless proliferation and copy. Rejecting simplistic moralizing, Saito is aware the otaku’s skill to eroticize or even fall in love with the gorgeous struggling with lady now not as an indication of immaturity or maladaptation yet because of a heightened sensitivity to the a number of layers of mediation and fictional context that represent existence in our hypermediated world—a logical final result of the media they consume.

Featuring large interviews with jap and American otaku, a finished family tree of the gorgeous scuffling with woman, and an research of the yankee outsider artist Henry Darger, whose baroque mind's eye Saito sees as an incredible antecedent of otaku tradition, Beautiful scuffling with Girl was once highly influential whilst first released in Japan, and it continues to be a key textual content within the learn of manga, anime, and otaku tradition. Now to be had in English for the 1st time, this e-book will spark new debates in regards to the position performed via hope within the construction and intake of renowned culture.

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