By Brian Ashcraft, Shoka Ueda
"The schoolgirl is the most driving force of Japan's Gross nationwide Cool, and Brian Ashcraft's publication is the easiest resource for these hoping to appreciate why."—Chris Baker, WIRED Magazine
Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential takes you past the area of daily ladies to the area of the long-lasting jap schoolgirl craze that's sweeping the globe.
For years, eastern schoolgirls have seemed in hugely-popular anime and manga sequence equivalent to Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, The depression of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Blood: The final Vampire. those ladies are actually displaying up everywhere—in video clips, magazines, games, advertisements, and song. WIRED journal has stored an eye fixed at the tendencies rising from those trendy youth, following kick-ass schoolgirl characters in videogames like Street Fighter and murderer schoolgirls in video clips like Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill.
By chatting with jap girls, together with former and present J-Pop idols, famous actresses, types, writers, and artists—along with recognized eastern movie administrators, historians and marketers—authors Brian Ashcraft and Shoko Ueda (who have either contributed to WIRED's "Japanese Schoolgirl Watch" columns) exhibit the real tale in the back of Japan's schoolgirl obsessions.
You'll examine the origins of the schoolgirls' strange dresses, and the way they're turning into a world model used to promote every thing from kimchi to assurance. In Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential, you'll discover:
• Sailor-suited pop-idols
• Cult motion picture vixens
• Schoolgirl purchasing strength
• the newest uniform fashions
Japanese schoolgirls are a logo of lady empowerment. Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential indicates why they're so intensely cool. Don't omit this crucial publication at the jap formative years tradition craze that's using today's popular culture worldwide.
"Whether your chosen schoolgirl is extra the upstanding heroine Sailor Moon or the vengeful, weapon-wielding Gogo Yubari of Quentin Tarantino's Kill invoice, Vol. 1, you'll come away good versed."—Publishers Weekly
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