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Passionate FriendshipThe Aesthetics of Girl's Culture in Japan$
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Deborah Shamoon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835422

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835422.001.0001

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The Revolution in 1970s Shōjo Manga

The Revolution in 1970s Shōjo Manga

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(p.101) Chapter 5 The Revolution in 1970s Shōjo Manga
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Passionate Friendship
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Deborah Shamoon

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835422.003.0006

This chapter examines how shōjo manga developed from a genre for children in the 1950s and 1960s to one for teenage girls in the 1970s through detailed analysis of two representative texts: Hagio Moto's Tōma no shinzō (The Heart of Thomas, 1974) and Ikeda Riyoko's Berusaiyu no bara (The Rose of Versailles, 1972–1973). The chapter first looks at a group of young women artists who became known as the Year 24 Group before discussing the theme of spiritual love in Tōma no shinzō and homogender romance in Berusaiyu no bara. It then considers the shift from S relationships between two girls to boys' love, along with the development of shōjo manga's discrete visual grammar. It also explores how shōjo manga became the narrative and aesthetic heirs to prewar girls' magazines.

Keywords:   shōjo manga, Hagio Moto, Tōma no shinzō, Ikeda Riyoko, Berusaiyu no bara, Year 24 Group, spiritual love, boys' love, homogender romance, girls' magazines

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