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: Boris Ivanov 2:5020/496.90 16 p 98 07:49
: All p 18 p 98 23:36
: [Slayers] Vol 5 is out!!!!

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* Forwarded by Boris Ivanov (2:5020/496.90)
* Area : REC.ARTS.ANIME.MISC
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: Walter Rabuck (Friday March 13 1998 21:56)
* : All
* : [Slayers] Vol 5 is out!!!!

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Enough said!!!
Note: Vol. 5 has four episodes.
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*** Walter Rabuck (walterr@primenet.com) ***
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O-hayo, All!
!!!
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: Boris Ivanov 2:5020/496.90 16 p 98 07:57
: All p 18 p 98 23:36
: Sexism revisited.

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* Forwarded by Boris Ivanov (2:5020/496.90)
* Area : REC.ARTS.ANIME.MISC
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: n9344881@cc.wwu.edu (M Arnold) (Sunday March 15 1998 03:20)
* : All
* : Sexism revisited.

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This was posted to the Miyazaki mailing list today. I thought it might be
interesting to you folks.
Enjoy,
Mike A
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Data Source: Asahi Evening News
March 8, 1998
Written by LIESE KLEIN
(c) Asahi Shimbun
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03/08 01:44 War paint in the powder rooms
LIFE / War paint in the powder rooms
Always a weathervane of social values, Japanese popular
culture now portrays women in strong and aggressive roles that
were long a male preserve.
By LIESE KLEIN
Asahi Evening News
She wears animal skins, a necklace of what look like bones,
and war paint. Most famously pictured with blood smeared across
her face, Princess Mononoke is not your typical young Japanese
girl.
But for Yuko Sakamaki, 19, a Tokyo business college student,
the savage heroine of Hayao Miyazaki s most recent anime film is
a genuine role model.
"She s a very strong woman," Sakamaki said.
Hiroko Takagi, also 19 and a student, agrees.
"Miyazaki has strong girl characters," Takagi said. "He always
chooses girls as principals."
But, although Princess Mononoke stars in one of Japan s top
grossing films of all time, strong female role models are hard to
come by in Japanese pop culture, the girls agree.
Pop culture--whether in film, comics, music or
television--strays little from Japan s preference for women to be
cute, young, giggly and helpless.
But little by little, powered by the mighty purchasing power
of Japan s young women, pop culture is offering women new
alternatives in personality, looks and lifestyle.
Often on the cutting edge both visually and stylistically,
anime, or animated films, are also leading the way in depictions
of women, experts say. And trendsetting director Miyazaki has
found a way to bring progressive ideas about women into the
mainstream.
"Anime is considered a male genre. He has completely turned
that around," said Mark Schilling, author of the recently
published "Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture."
Princess Mononoke and other Miyazaki films have drawn many
female viewers to the anime genre, and changed the traditionally
"big-busted sex object" stereotype of female anime characters.
"In Miyazaki s case he s very much in tune with what people
want," Schilling said.
What people want, in the case of his most recent hit, is a
girl raised by a 300-year-old wolf, fighting to save the forests
in medieval Japan. San, the "monster princess" of the title, is
strong, fierce and uncompromising in her drive to save the trees.
The princess main rival is also a woman, the leader of a band
of rescued slaves who want to clear the forest to make way for homes.
Mononoke is a far cry from the image of women that has
traditionally been presented in Japanese action films as well.
The staple female in yakuza and samurai films is abused,
victimized and heroically suffering. She is strong, but mainly in
her ability to withstand the heartbreak and tragedy that surround
her.
Mononoke, by contrast, refuses to be resigned to fate and society.
"She is not the kind of women who is much put upon by male
society, and is passively suffering," Schilling said. "She has
been raised by forest animals and gods, and she fights. On her
opposite side is also a female, and there is a contest between
two strong women."
In "Princess Mononoke," women are leaders, soldiers, seers and
even factory workers. Even the peasant girls shown in the movie s
opening scene turn and fight when confronted by a horrific monster.
Male characters in the film serve as mediating forces and love
interests--both traditionally female roles in Japanese film,
Schilling added.
Challenging traditional women s roles in films has been a
mission of a new generation of female filmmakers as well,
including Naomi Kawase, last year s Golden Camera award winner at
the Cannes Film Festival.
Kawase s "Moe no Suzaku," a portrayal of life in a rural town,
explores traditional Japanese family roles with an unflinching
eye. Kawase and other young female filmmakers are carving a niche
for themselves in documentary and low-budget filmmaking--areas
outside Japan s studio system where untested talent and
non-traditional ideas can break through.
On the small screen, characters in television dramas are also
slowly, cautiously breaking out of the suffering-wife/mother
prototype. Driven by an audience dominated by young women, more
dramas are featuring working, independent and divorced women.
"The young female characters tend to be more assertive,
they re doing real jobs," said Schilling. "There s still a lot of
suffering. I m not saying that s faded away." But, he added, "the
tone has changed."
Viewers single out characters like the young working woman
played by Tomoko Yamaguchi in a recent drama called "Long
Vacation." Co-starring with Takuya Kimura, the wildly popular
Kimutaku of idol group SMAP, Yamaguchi played a feisty,
far-from-girlish character. In the drama, Yamaguchi portrays a
woman approaching 30 who is stood up at the wedding altar and
ends up living with the character played by Kimura, an unemployed
pianist.
"I like her, she is boyish," said 19-year-old Mihoko Yoshida.
"She is a little strong, but also a little weak."
Another pop culture medium dominated by women is comics for
women and shojo manga, or girl s comic books. In 1995 there were
45 comic serials drawn just for girls, and 52 tailored to the
tastes of adult women, according to "Dreamland Japan," by
Frederik L. Schodt.
Although many of these comics deal in traditional stereotypes,
Schodt writes, more are taking on themes that relate to women s
changing roles in both the workplace and the family.
But just how progressive are these role models, and how
strongly do young Japanese girls identify with them?
Perhaps the answer lies in the ambiguous nature of these
strong women: Princess Mononoke, after all, has been raised by
wolves and has little in common with your average Shibuya girl.
Oscar, the female hero of the perennially-popular Berusaiyu no
Bara (Rose of Versailles) manga series, was raised as a man,
dresses as a man and is French, not Japanese.
The ambiguity may lie in young Japanese women s confused ideas
about what they actually want for themselves, as well as from life.
"First they want to be strong and independent in their minds,
but they actually want to be protected by a strong guy," said
student Takagi, who plans to seek job opportunities through study
in the United States.
More compelling, young women say, are real-life role models
such as singers Namie Amuro and Seiko Matsuda, both women who
have broken the mold to some extent both professionally and personally.
But fans also see a mixed message in both singers rebellious images.
"They look independent but actually they are just
merchandise," said Takagi. "Namie is considered independent but
one big producer sells her. General people think she is an adult,
but she s not."
Amuro s recent decision to marry and have a child at age 20
also got mixed reviews from young women. "In general people think
she s an adult, but she s too young," said Yoshida.
More compelling is icon Matsuda, who generated a national
media meltdown last year with her divorce from actor Masaki Kanda.
"She has tried many things. For example she tried to become
famous in America," said student Mikako Miura, 19. "In Japan many
journalists criticized her but she didn t get less popular. I
think she is very strong."
In the past, Schilling said, "if you were a popular idol you
had to live a blameless life. (Matsuda) violated all of those
rules, every single one of them. She s been an outlaw figure for
so long and it hasn t really hurt her."
And despite the continued popularity of bubble-gum groups like
Speed and Puffy, a new breed of young female singers is also
emerging to continue the traditions of iconoclastic singers.
In the tradition of the West s Alanis Morissette and Jewel,
singers like Yumiko Hattori are singing about real young women s
lives and concerns.
And most of the time they don t sing in high-pitched voices or
wear short skirts.
The bottom line, Schilling said, is that much of Japanese pop
culture is fueled by women s tastes, women s issues and--most
importantly--women s money. Images of women in pop culture will
continue break cultural rules as long as rebellion sells.
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O-hayo, All!
bi

: Boris Ivanov 2:5020/496.90 16 p 98 08:25
: All p 18 p 98 23:36
: News from WB Animation

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* Area : RU.TOON
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: Boris Ivanov, 2:5020/779.90 (Monday March 16 1998 08:18)
* : Sergey N. Okishev
* : News from WB Animation

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