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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 jap anime and manga teem with prepubescent ladies toting lethal guns. occasionally openly sexual, continuously intensely adorable, the gorgeous 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 struggling with woman is a fancy sexual fable that sarcastically lends fact to the fictitious areas she inhabits. As an item of wish for male otaku (obsessive lovers of anime and manga), she saturates those worlds with which means at the same time 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 attractive combating 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 consequence of the media they consume.

Featuring wide interviews with jap and American otaku, a finished family tree of the gorgeous combating woman, and an research of the yankee outsider artist Henry Darger, whose baroque mind's eye Saito sees as a massive antecedent of otaku tradition, Beautiful scuffling with Girl used to be highly influential whilst first released in Japan, and it is still a key textual content within the learn of manga, anime, and otaku tradition. Now on hand in English for the 1st time, this booklet will spark new debates concerning the function performed by way of wish within the creation and intake of renowned culture.

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