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By Saito Tamaki,J. Keith Vincent,Dawn Lawson

From Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of eastern anime and manga teem with prepubescent women toting lethal guns. occasionally openly sexual, consistently intensely lovely, the attractive combating lady has been either hailed as a feminist icon and condemned as a symptom of the objectification of younger women in eastern society.

In Beautiful battling Girl, Saito Tamaki deals a much more subtle and convincing interpretation of this eye-catching and able determine. For Saito, the attractive battling lady is a fancy sexual myth that ironically lends truth to the fictitious areas she inhabits. As an item of wish for male otaku (obsessive lovers of anime and manga), she saturates those worlds with which means whilst her fictional prestige calls for her ceaseless proliferation and copy. Rejecting simplistic moralizing, Saito is familiar with the otaku’s skill to eroticize or even fall in love with the attractive combating woman no longer as an indication of immaturity or maladaptation yet because of a heightened sensitivity to the a number of layers of mediation and fictional context that represent existence in our hypermediated world—a logical final result of the media they consume.

Featuring huge interviews with jap and American otaku, a finished family tree of the attractive combating lady, and an research of the yankee outsider artist Henry Darger, whose baroque mind's eye Saito sees as a big antecedent of otaku tradition, Beautiful struggling with Girl used to be highly influential whilst first released in Japan, and it is still a key textual content within the research of manga, anime, and otaku tradition. Now to be had in English for the 1st time, this e-book will spark new debates concerning the function performed by means of hope within the construction and intake of well known culture.

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