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.
Table of Contents
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 Toku 2. Shojo Manga and its Acceptance: What is the Power of Shojo Manga? Nozomi Masuda 3. Sailor-Moon! The Treasure Box All the Girls Want Yukari Fujimoto 4. The Cute Little Girl Living in the Imagined Japanese Past: Sakura Momoko’s Chibimaruko-chan Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase 5. Autism and Manga: Comics for Women, Disability, and Tobe Keiko’s With the Light Shige (CJ) Suzuki 6. 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 Asia Cheng Tju Lim 8. Between the Shojo Kyara and the Modern Man Frenchy Lunning 9. Miyazaki's View of Shojo Marc Hairston 10. Beautiful, Meaningful and Powerful: Explorations of the "Bishojo (Beautiful Girl)" and "Bishonen (Beautiful Boy)" in Taiwan’s Anime/Manga Fan Culture Jin-Shiow Chen 11. Revisiting Manga High: Literacies, Identities, and the Power of Shojo Manga on New York City Youths Michael 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 Yamada 14. Profile and Interview with Masako Watanabe 15. Profile and Interview with Akira (Leiji) Matsumoto 16. Profile and Interview with Hideko Mizuno 17. Profile and Interview with Miyako Maki 18. Profile and Interview with Machiko Satonaka 19. Profile and Interview with Yukari Ichijo 20. 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
Masami Toku is a Japanese scholar and professor of art education at California State University Chico, and is director of the Shojo Manga! Girls’ Power! Project. She has nearly 100 publishing credits in English and Japanese, and has given talks in more than 15 countries in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.