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By Frenchy Lunning

“Japan's popular culture, as soon as believed unexportable, is now hitting the shorelines of different countries like a tsunami. In North the United States, younger fanatics devour mammoth quantities of manga and anime, whereas lecturers more and more research the whole J-pop phenomenon to appreciate it. One group has ardour whereas the opposite has self-discipline, and what has been missing is a bridge among the 2. Mechademia is the bridge, and with a reputation like that, how can one pass wrong?  So why wait? Hop on your large cellular swimsuit and stomp all the way down to the neighborhood actual or digital book shop to buy a replica correct now!” —Frederik L. Schodt, writer of Manga! Manga! the area of eastern Comics


Networks of Desire—the moment quantity within the Mechademia sequence, an annual discussion board dedicated to severe and artistic paintings on eastern anime, manga, and the fan cultures that experience coalesced round them—explores the types of wish that constitution and impression a lot of latest anime and manga in manifestations that variety from the explicitly sexual to extra sublimated textual content and imagery. accumulating unique essays via students, artists, and fanatics, Networks of Desire considers key concerns at play in a jap society more and more doubtful of its position in a globalized global: from idealized representations of same-sex wish in such shôjo manga (girls’s comics) because the Rose of Versailles, to fan fiction encouraged via the gender-switching manga Ranma ½, to hope in otaku communities.


Deftly weaving jointly hope and discourse, Mechademia 2 illuminates the techno-carnal fantasies, animalistic intake, political nostalgia, and existential starvation underlying the preferred and influential expressions of jap pop culture today.

Contributors: Brent Allison, U of Georgia; Meredith Suzanne Hahn Aquila; Hiroki Azuma; William L. Benzon; Christopher Bolton, Williams university; Martha Cornog; Patrick Drazen; Marc Hairston, U of Texas, Dallas; Mari Kotani; Shu Kuge, Penn country U; Margherita lengthy, U of California, Riverside; Daisuke Miyao; Hiromi Mizuno, U of Minnesota; Mariana Ortega; Timothy Perper; Eron Rauch; Trina Robbins; Brian Ruh, Indiana U; Deborah Shamoon, U of Notre Dame; Masami Toku, California country U, Chico; Keith Vincent, NYU.

Frenchy Lunning is professor of liberal arts on the Minneapolis collage of paintings and layout and editor of Mechademia 1: rising Worlds of Anime and Manga (Minnesota, 2006).

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When this phenomenon appeared in the 1980s, major publications totally ignored its popularity. But the genre of boys’ love has become a major part of the world of shojo and ladies’ manga, figure 6. Yoshinaga Fumi, Western and it has begun to appear in mainAntique Pastry Shop, 1999–2000. stream Japanese visual culture (such as Copyright fumi yoshinaga/ TV series) today. shinshokan. s h o j o m a n g a ! g i r l ’ s co m i cs ! 29 THE FUTURE OF SHOJO MANGA IN THE UNITED STATES The influence of the manga movement continues to spread with translated comics, animation, and other merchandise.

Shojo Manga! Image from Versailles no bara (The Rose of Versailles). s h o j o m a n g a ! g i r l ’ s co m i cs ! 21 THE DAWN OF MODERN SHOJO MANGA In general, shōjo mangaka create manga for girls and women; however, these comic artists are not always female. Most shojo manga in the 1930s and 1940s were created by male mangaka. ³ The most notable among them is Tezuka Osamu (1928–1989), who is often called the father of modern Japanese manga. A versatile artist, he wrote both boys’ and girls’ manga and was the most important early influence on shojo manga artists.

This system is beneficial not only for participants (amateur mangaka) to get opportunities to debut as professional mangaka but also for publication companies to find and recruit talented artists for their companies. 9. See, for example, Satonaka’s story of the first female emperor of Jitō, Tenjō no niji [Rainbow in heaven, 1983–], Ikeda’s spectacle that revolves around a love story set during the French Revolution, Versailles no bara [Rose of Versailles, 1972–74], and Miuchi’s ongoing serial Garasu no kamen [Mask of glass, 1976], the story of one girl’s rise to fame in the theater.

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