Posts Tagged “Shoujo”
I recently re-read Kare Kano, for the 4th time in my life — all 21 volumes of it.
I remembered the plotline. I remembered the characters. Yet I couldn’t help but feel mesmerized once more. It shocked me that every time I read this beloved series, I encountered a different experience, felt a different emotion bloom.
It wasn’t story inconsistency. It was a change in the appreciation and understanding of life.
Read the rest of this entry »
2 Comments »
We all know the generalization: that the shoujo genre is filled with sparkles, bubbles, and chapters of cute and fluffy romance. Being a big fan of shoujo with strong leads, I first picked up Crimson Empire, an Otome Game adaptation by Quinrose (producers of the famous Heart no Kuni no Alice) because of an surprising aspect: its heroine is an ex-assassin security guard in service to the crown prince— sure don’t see that one every day =o. Nevertheless, five chapters of the manga did not prepare me for the actual game itself. Read the rest of this entry »
6 Comments »
Revolutionary Girl Utena is undoubtedly one of the most ambitious anime I’ve ever seen. Stuffed with artistic symbolism and cinematic motifs in every scene, reflecting social and psychological themes in every character, it’s not surprising that many consider it one of their favorites. What began as a series that miffed me for its seemingly casual use of weighty terms like “the world revolution” really grew on me, since the coming-of-age themes portrayed by Utena truly are revolutionary, even if they’re not quite as bloodstained as its predecessor. Read the rest of this entry »
4 Comments »
About time I write something for beloved Yumepati, hardily anyone blogs about this series…
Well yes, there’s nothing too exceptional about this super-shoujo series, other than the fact its sugary atmosphere drove off most of my anime clubbies with the fear of diabetes. Yumepati is targetted at the upper end of the traditional preteen ‘mahou shoujo’ audience, and its style certainly provides cuteness and flashyness in abundance, full of dawww~ and kawaii~! moments. Yet, Yumepati also highlights something often forgotten in modern shoujo: a heroine’s journey isn’t just romance and adventurism, there’s plenty of life dreams and goals to chase~ Read the rest of this entry »
7 Comments »
As Misaki finally begins to break down the door to Usui’s problems in Kaichou wa Maid-sama (manga), I’m reminded yet again of just how ridiculous predictable and common this trope is; yet despite the unoriginality, this tried and true formula still delivers much enjoyment for me~
The setup has got to be one of the most overdone within Shoujo manga: the selfless and caring heroine, either by nature or becomes that way from friendship/love, meets the ideal guy, whose stoic personality always serves as the front to a dark and troubling family/childhood background. After building up the relationship through several arcs (usually helping support characters), the girl must directly confront the guy’s family problem in order to heal his past scars and firmly establish their happy future~ Read the rest of this entry »
9 Comments »
A story of war between a poor girl and the upper class
The damsel in distress is an overused literary cliche. It annoys a lot of people, especially in the shoujo genre, where a heroine’s need to be protected by the ‘stronger male’ draws all kind of venom from readers. Stamping it as gender stereotyping, readers look toward the other side of the fence, putting the spotlight on the independent and badass heroines of shounen/seinen as ‘true strength’. There is some validity to that, but I’m far from agreement.
The banner for my Strength Arcana card highlights my beliefs quite well: “Perfection is a State of Mind.” Read the rest of this entry »
12 Comments »
The shoujo comedy genre is mostly known for its flowers, sparkles, and sugary bubbles, so for the longest time I couldn’t understand the use of organized crime as a premise within shoujo comedy (shoujo smut is a different story). Outside the whole ‘bad boy’ image, what’s so great about getting deeply involved with a pack of uncouth and rough-looking thugs, especially given the social stigma and the possibility of getting involved in their gang wars?
Well, Bancho politicks aside, Arakure (or Wild Ones as Viz Media calls it; no clue) sure taught me that I’ve never paid attention to the Japanese Romanticization of Yakuza. While Arakure mostly avoids the ‘crime’ part, it really highlights the beautiful idealism surrounding them, from the brotherly love to their version of chivalry; plus, the Yakuza humor is just hilarious. Read the rest of this entry »
8 Comments »
At first glance, Misa-chan is anything but your traditional girl. She’s aggressive assertive, independent, and bold; she is part-timing to earn income for her household despite still being a student; most of all, she is the Student Council President of a formerly all-boys school, taking leadership over an overwhelmingly male population. Even feminists would be proud of her accomplishments, as Misa-chan stands out as the obvious first place wherever she goes…
Except when Usui it around, whose mere presence instantly demotes her to second place. As this is from a popular shoujo manga, do girls have a thing for being in second place? No, don’t think that way for even a second. Read the rest of this entry »
22 Comments »