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Beautiful Fighting Girl

Saito Tamaki


From Cutie Honey and Sailor Moon to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of Japanese anime and manga teem with prepubescent girls toting deadly weapons. Sometimes overtly sexual, always intensely cute, the beautiful fighting girl has been both hailed as a feminist icon and condemned as a symptom of the objectification of young women in Japanese society. This book offers an interpretation of this alluring and capable figure. The beautiful fighting girl is a complex sexual fantasy that paradoxically lends reality to the fictional spaces she inhabits. As an object of desire for male ota ... More

Keywords: Japanese anime, manga, prepubescent girls, cute, fighting girl, Japanese society, sexual fantasy, otaku, fictional context

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816654505
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816654505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Saito Tamaki, author