Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made A Nation Cool, Paperback Book

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made A Nation Cool Paperback

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Description

Suitable for those curious about the girls that populate Japan's pop culture, this book takes the reader beyond the realm of everyday schoolgirls to discover the secrets behind this iconic creature.

By talking to Japanese women including J-pop idols, and well known actresses, it discovers the history behind Japan's obsession with schoolgirls.

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential', is a must for anyone curious about the girls that populate Japan's pop culture.

For years schoolgirls have shown up in internationally popular anime such as 'Sailor Moon', 'The Melancholy of Haruhi'

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Kodansha America, Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 9784770031150

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An interesting look at the Japanese schoolgirl as a cultural icon and a few ideas about why she might have come to be that way, this slim paperback is engaging but potentially in need of an edit, especially in the later pages (insets appear far after their subject matter is raised, and one whole section appears to be essentially a repeat of a previous). Ashcraft tackles many of the fora in which the Japanese schoolgirl as a character is explored and utilised, and spends a little bit of time on actual schoolgirls themselves. Enjoyable and thought-provoking, more of a starting-off point than a serious study.