Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Japanese AnimationEast Asian Perspectives$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Masao Yokota and Tze-yue G. Hu

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038099

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038099.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 16 December 2017

Grotesque Cuteness of Shōjo

Grotesque Cuteness of Shōjo

Representations of Goth-Loli in Japanese Contemporary TV Anime

Chapter:
(p.198) (p.199) Grotesque Cuteness of Shōjo
Source:
Japanese Animation
Author(s):

Akiko Sugawa-Shimada

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038099.003.0013

This chapter examines representations of goth-loli shōjo (gothic-Lolita girls) in Japanese television anime in the 2000s in the contexts of Japanese “femininity” and “postfeminism.” It also considers how powerfulness in girls is negotiated with child-like cuteness kawaii (one of the Japanese aesthetic values), suggesting a hybrid of masculinity and femininity. Focusing on how girl protagonists are represented in the series of Jigoku Shōjo (Hell Girl, 2005–2008) and Death Note (2006–2007), it shows how these representations are linked to postfeminist gender-free (gender-equality) movements and the “goth-loli boom” in the 2000s youth culture of Japan.

Keywords:   goth-loli shōjo, television anime, femininity, postfeminism, girls, cuteness, kawaii, Jigoku Shōjo, Death Note, Japan

University Press of Mississippi requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.