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Saito Tamaki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816654505

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.001.0001

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Beautiful Fighting Girl

Saitō Tamaki

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents a genealogy and history of the beautiful fighting girl. This genealogy consists of many works, which span a number of spheres: animated films, live-action films, comics, and even computer games. The beautiful fighting girl is so much a part of the fabric of television anime history that it has already attained its particular universality. Fighting heroines are not particularly unusual in the West, but still there are relatively few in the West compared with the number in Japan. Disney’s Mulan (1998), was the first Disney anime to be set in East Asia, and the first Disney story that had a beautiful fighting girl as its heroine.

Keywords:   beautiful fighting girl, anime history, fighting heroines, Mulan

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