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Fujoshi Emergent: Shifting Popular Representations of Yaoi/BL Fandom in Japan

Jeffry T. Hester

in Boys Love Manga and Beyond: History, Culture, and Community in Japan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461190
eISBN:
9781626740662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461190.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter discusses the emergence of fujoshi culture in Japan as a controversial and contested figure in popular culture, arguing that the fujoshi is not necessarily in control of her own image, ... More


Preface

Saitō Tamaki

in Beautiful Fighting Girl

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654505
eISBN:
9781452946108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter considers the psychopathology of the otaku. It begins by defining the word otaku, reviewing the process by which the term was coined. According to Okada Toshio, known as the “Otaku ... More


Love Revolution: Anime, Masculinity, and the Future

Ian Condry

in Recreating Japanese Men

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267374
eISBN:
9780520950320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267374.003.0013
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

The idea of developing relationships or falling in love with characters is not new in the virtual world and in the world of anime. However the debates surrounding Japan’s obsessive fans or otaku, and ... More


Where Have All the Salarymen Gone?: Masculinity, Masochism, and Technomobility in Densha Otoko

Susan Napier

in Recreating Japanese Men

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267374
eISBN:
9780520950320
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267374.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter focuses on Densha Otoko, which represents the “technologized masculinity” of the otaku. Exploring both the “hardware” and “software” facets of otaku culture, Densha Otoko presents the ... More


Japan’s Popular Culture Powerhouse

Nissim Kadosh Otmazgin

in Regionalizing Culture: The Political Economy of Japanese Popular Culture in Asia

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836948
eISBN:
9780824870911
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836948.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines the commodification of popular culture in Japan as well as the capacity of the domestic market to manufacture and export anime, movies, video games, television programs, music, ... More


Beautiful Fighting Girl

Saito Tamaki

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654505
eISBN:
9781452946108
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

From Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of Japanese anime and manga teem with prepubescent girls toting deadly weapons. Sometimes overtly sexual, always ... More


The Psychopathology of the Otaku

Saitō Tamaki

in Beautiful Fighting Girl

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654505
eISBN:
9781452946108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter examines the sexuality of the otaku. It focuses on how people are most efficiently aroused by a drawn image, which has the most potential for efficient reproduction, transmission, and ... More


Letter from An Otaku

Saitō Tamaki

in Beautiful Fighting Girl

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654505
eISBN:
9781452946108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter assesses how otaku outside Japan perceive beautiful fighting girls, emphasizing the diversity of “anime fans.” In online interviews conducted with anime fans in the West, most of the ... More


The Emergence of the Phallic Girls

Saitō Tamaki

in Beautiful Fighting Girl

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816654505
eISBN:
9781452946108
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter features the commentary of Hiroki Azuma regarding the impact of Beautiful Fighting Girl to the discourse of the imagination and sexuality of otaku. He claims that the book is loaded with ... More


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