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Classic Shoujo Thread Anonymous 5140

Any fans of classic (70s/80s/90s) shoujo manga here?

What series have you read?
What are some of your favorites?
Which series would you like to read but hasn't been translated yet?

Feel free to share news/art or discuss anything else related to retro shoujo manga.

Anonymous 5141


Poe no Ichizoku recently got licensed by Fantagraphics. Not sure how I feel about that. It's really nice to see another Hagio Moto title licensed and the quality of Fantagraphics' hardcover manga is great. But I really dislike how they don't like to do reprints (so their manga ends up going OOP). Also more of an ebook person. Would have loved an ebook edition of A Drunken Dream, but oh well.

Anonymous 5146


I love kaze to ki no uta so much. I've read it like 3 times, the art is so beautiful. I haven't read any other classic manga though because I feel like it won't be as good as kaze to ki no uta.

Anonymous 5147

>I've read it like 3 times
Mind telling me where?

Anonymous 5148


Huge fan of Kaze to Ki no Uta too! It was the first manga I “read” raw (couldn’t understand Japanese back then, but just wanted more of this manga so badly). Like you said, the art is just so beautiful and I want to own all the artbooks one day. Loved the way Takemiya did the paneling in this manga too - certain pages were just so free and unrestrained.

Anonymous 5369


For anyone into classic shoujo, I highly recommend Kisshou Tennyo by Akimi Yoshida (the mangaka of Banana Fish). It's got a great female protagonist and the story is meaningful.

I once read a tumblr post about Banana Fish that referenced this manga and gave a great overview what it was really about. Unfortunately I can't find the original post anymore, but have the text saved on my computer. Here's the part of her post about this manga if you're interested (and don't mind some spoilers):

BF needs to be understood in context of the kind of works Yoshida was writing before it, chiefly those featuring female protagonists such as Kissho tennyo and Sakura no sono. In a series of works including BF, Yoshida was preoccupied with the notion of girls and women being victims of sexual violence by men, and how this affected them as people. Kissho tennyo features dual protagonists much like BF, the “innocent” Yuiko and the “corrupted” Sayoko. Yuiko is not unlike Euji: an ordinary girl from an ordinary family, who considers herself unexceptional, and seems slightly too naive for her age. Sayoko is very much like Ash: strikingly beautiful, even from a very young age, and comes from a complicated family background that has forced her to grow up too quickly. And like Ash, Sayoko is a victim of sexual abuse by an older male, and as a result, like Ash, she uses sex and violence to enact revenge on the people who maligned her. The point here, however, is not that Yuiko is the madonna while Sayoko is the whore. Yuiko, too, is a victim of sexual violence perpetrated by an older male. In a narrative that puts “spiritual” love above “physical” love, this would mean Yuiko was already corrupted. This is not how she is portrayed. The story is not about Sayoko being a corrupting force in the “innocent” Yuiko’s life, either. Through Sayoko, whom Yuiko sees as strong, and brave, and beautiful, Yuiko grows up and, in the last pages of the series, is shown to have recovered enough from her past trauma to maybe, sometime in the future, have a relationship with a boy. What might be portrayed in conservative narratives as “corruption” (i.e. the “innocent” Yuiko becoming romantically and sexually active through the “corruptive” influences of a more sexually mature person) is portrayed as positive character growth. Yuiko is shown as healing and maturing through her admiration of Sayoko and Sayoko’s acceptance of her as she is. While sexual violence perpetrated by older men is (obviously) bad in Yoshida’s stories, sex and romance in and of themselves are not. What happened with BF is that Yoshida wrote this type of story but with a male protagonist and the perpetrators of sexual violence still being older men.

Anonymous 5375

This sounds really interesting, thanks for sharing. I haven't read Banana Fish, which should I read first?

Anonymous 5376


Glad to see you’re interested! To be honest, I haven’t read Banana Fish either, but enjoyed the anime and heard that it was a faithful adaptation. Personally I’d recommend reading this manga first, only because it’s shorter (4 volumes vs. 19 for Banana Fish) and because Yoshida wrote this manga before BF, so you can see the progression in her manga career by reading this first.

Anonymous 5854

You can read it on sites like manga rock

Anonymous 5862

Yes! I love everything by Ikeda Riyoko . She’s amazing and it’s interesting to see how she played with sexuality and gender as her works progressed.

Anonymous 5864

This is a really compelling recommendation, I'm definitely going to check it out.

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