This collaborative book explores the artistic and aesthetic development of shojo, or girl, manga and discusses the significance of both shojo manga and the concept of shojo, or girl culture. It features contributions from manga critics, educators, and researchers from both manga’s home country of Japan and abroad, looking at shojo and shojo manga’s influence both locally and globally. Finally, it presents original interviews of shojo manga-ka, or artists, who discuss their work and their views on this distinct type of popular visual culture.
Introduction: The Power of Shojo and Shojo Manga Masami Toku Part I: Local Perspectives of Shojo and Shojo Manga: Historical Components 1. Power of Shojo Manga: Origins and Influences in Children’s Artistic and Aesthetic Development Masami Toku2. Shojo Manga and its Acceptance: What is the Power of Shojo Manga? Nozomi Masuda3.Sailor-Moon! The Treasure Box All the Girls WantYukari Fujimoto4.The Cute Little Girl Living in the Imagined Japanese Past: Sakura Momoko’s Chibimaruko-chanHiromi Tsuchiya Dollase5. Autism and Manga: Comics for Women, Disability, and Tobe Keiko’s With the Light Shige (CJ) Suzuki6.Queer Readings of BL: Are Women "Plunderers" of Gay Men? Kazumi Nagaike Part II: Global Perspectives of Shojo and Shojo Manga: New Approaches 7. Stories by Female Comic Artists in Southeast AsiaCheng Tju Lim8. Between the Shojo Kyara and the Modern Man Frenchy Lunning9. Miyazaki's View of ShojoMarc Hairston10. Beautiful, Meaningful and Powerful: Explorations of the "Bishojo (Beautiful Girl)" and "Bishonen (Beautiful Boy)" in Taiwan’s Anime/Manga Fan CultureJin-Shiow Chen11. Revisiting Manga High: Literacies, Identities, and the Power of Shojo Manga on New York City YouthsMichael Bitz Part III: Shojo Mangaka’ Profiles and Interviews with Manga Critics and Shojo Mangaka (Girls’ Comic Artists) 12. Interview with Fusanosuke Natsume 13. Interview with Tomoko Yamada14. Profile and Interview with Masako Watanabe15. Profile and Interview with Akira (Leiji) Matsumoto16. Profile and Interview with Hideko Mizuno17. Profile and Interview with Miyako Maki 18. Profile and Interview with Machiko Satonaka 19. Profile and Interview with Yukari Ichijo20. Profile and Interview with Suzue Miuchi 21. Profile and Interview with Keiko Takemiya 22. Profile and Interview with Moto Hagio 23. Profile and Interview with Fusako Kuramochi 24. Profile and Interview with Shio Sato 25. Profile and Interview with Reiko Okano