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Mechademia 7Lines of Sight$
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Frenchy Lunning

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680498

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.001.0001

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Takahashi Macoto: The Origin of Shōjo Manga Style

Takahashi Macoto: The Origin of Shōjo Manga Style

Chapter:
(p.24) Takahashi Macoto: The Origin of Shōjo Manga Style
Source:
Mechademia 7
Author(s):

Fujimoto Yukari

, Matt Thorm
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680498.003.0002

This chapter first discusses how Takahashi Macoto’s Arashi o koete (Beyond the Storm), serialized in the magazine Shōjo beginning in January 1958, pioneered a distinctive shōjo manga style that differed from that of “shōnen” (boys’) manga. The “three-row overlaid style picture”—a full-body drawing of a girl that has no direct relation to the story, stretching across three rows or the entire vertical length of the page—did not exist prior to Takahashi’s work. This work led to the spread of the “style picture” (sutairu-ga) in other girl’s magazines. The chapter also considers the development of Takahashi’s distinctive way of drawing eyes, which are said to be the archetype of the shōjo manga-style eyes, filled with numerous sparkling stars. It discusses the existence of pre-Takahashi “starry eyes,” as well as the influence of Takahashi’s starry eyes on other shōjo manga artists.

Keywords:   Takahashi Macoto, Japanese animation, shōjo manga, manga-style eyes

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