Katherine Mezur kmezur at
Fri Apr 22 19:49:10 EDT 2011

just a note on BFG: I am quite taken by the early history and different 
arguments from Tom Lamarre's work, which has a totally different take on 
girlzzzz. k 
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Sent: Fri, April 22, 2011 8:10:27 PM

From Nausicaä to Sailor Moon, understanding girl heroines of manga and anime 
within otaku culture

By Saito Tamaki
Translated by J. Keith Vincent and Dawn Lawson
Introduction by J. Keith Vincent
Commentary by Hiroki Azuma
University of Minnesota Press | 248 pages | 2011
ISBN 978-0-8166-5451-2 | paperback | $19.95
ISBN 978-0-8166-5450-5 | hardcover | $60.00

From Sailor Moon to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the worlds of Japanese 
anime and manga teem with prepubescent girls toting deadly weapons. Saitō Tamaki 
offers a sophisticated and convincing interpretation of this alluring and 
capable figure. For, Saitō the beautiful fighting girl is a complex sexual 
fantasy that paradoxically lends reality to the fictional spaces she inhabits.

"A foundational book illuminating the phenomenon of cool Japan, Beautiful 
Fighting Girl explains the global desire for images of little girls that kick 
ass. Saitō’s uncomfortably deep understanding of the particulars of this 
Japanese phenomenon allows us to finally begin to answer questions about the 
far-reaching implications of the now nearly universal fetish, of our atomizing 
technologies of interactivity, and of our obsessions with new media. Its place 
in contemporary letters is nearly unparalleled and I wouldn’t be surprised if 
this book gives that once a decade jostle leading to the n-th wave of feminism 
or a complete reconfiguration of our understanding of male desire." —Jonathan E. 
Abel, Pennsylvania State University

Saitō Tamaki is director of medical service at Sofukai Sasaki Hospital in 
Funabashi, Japan. A practicing psychiatrist in the Lacanian tradition, he is the 
author of numerous books in Japanese on adolescence and popular culture.

J. Keith Vincent is assistant professor of Japanese and comparative literature 
at Boston University.

Dawn Lawson is New York University’s East Asian studies librarian.

Hiroki Azuma is a leading cultural critic in Japan.

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