This book has explored the history of girls' magazines and shōjo manga, with particular emphasis on their narrative and aesthetic features as well as their relationship with Japanese girls' culture. It has shown how shōjo manga developed as a part of a larger girls' culture that formed in girls' schools during the prewar period, in large part around readership of literary magazines that created a nationwide dialog among schoolgirls and provided a protected space for girls to develop their own culture. It has also examined how girls' magazines and comics in Japan provided readers an image of girlhood different from the one vaunted in the mainstream media. This afterword discusses some of the changes in shōjo manga since the 1980s, including the emergence of more genre-crossing and increasing subgenres to address a wider range of ages, from children to adult women.
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