Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanby Sharon Kinsella
Pub. Date: 01/01/2000
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
Adult Manga looks at the rise and fall of Japan's mammoth comic industry since the 1960s. In this stimulating and refreshing history of the manga industry, Kinsella documents the structure and history of manga, probes into its related subculture and the anti-nerd otaku panic, and examines the difficult and fascinating relationship between the artists and editors who create manga.
In the process, she argues that Japanese comics have shifted from being
a lower-class medium for marginal citizens to becoming a novel form of
official communication, recently embraced by big business and national
institutions. This ascent of manga through various layers of postwar
society reflects the wider transformation of politics and social
organization in Japan during the last years of the twentieth century.
About The Author
Sharon Kinsella is research fellow and lecturer at Pembroke College, Cambridge University.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||xi|
|1||A Short History of Manga||19|
|2||The Manga Production Cycle||50|
|3||Adult Manga and the Regeneration of National Culture||70|
|4||Amateur Manga Subculture and the otaku panic||102|
|5||The Movement Against Manga||139|
|6||Creative Editors and Unusable Artists||162|
|7||Conclusion: The Source of Intellectual Power in a Late Twentieth-Century Society||202|
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