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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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A Genealogy of the Beautiful Fighting Girl

A Genealogy of the Beautiful Fighting Girl

(p.83) 5 A Genealogy of the Beautiful Fighting Girl
Beautiful Fighting Girl

Saitō Tamaki

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the origin of the beautiful fighting girls, which are also referred to as phallic girls. In understanding their origin, it is important to consider the particularities of the media environment of manga and anime. The manga and anime which have emerged within the framework of Japanese representational culture with its fundamentally high-context nature have refined the qualities of atemporality, simultaneity, and multiple personality to such an extent as to produce a representational space in which communication and transmission of information have become extremely efficient. The icon of the beautiful fighting girl enables the potential for an omnidirectional sexuality latent with pedophilia, homosexuality, fetishism, sadism, masochism, and other perversions. Loving the phallic girl, therefore, is a choice made toward greater self-awareness of one’s sexuality.

Keywords:   beautiful fighting girls, phallic girls, manga, anime, atemporality, simultaneity, multiple personality, representational space, sexuality

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