Compare and Contrast the Protagonists Ichigo and Momoko in Takemoto’s Kamikaze Girls, With the Character of Naomi in Tanizaki’s Novel, Naomi
So aside from my shoes, which are Vivienne Westwood’s Rocking Horse Ballerinas and Lolita must-haves (they go with any Lolita outfit), I am clad head-to-toe in my darling Baby, the Stars Shine Bright.” In other words, Momoko is a Lolita among Lolitas, and she peppers her story with all sorts of references to and explanations of Lolita culture. In fact, Momoko begins her engagingly chatty narrative with a pseudo-historical lecture on the Rococo era in France, which supposedly inspired Lolita fashion and its ideals. Despite the silliness of the premise, Momoko’s narrative style is one of the major attractions of the novel. An unreliable narrator par excellence, Momoko relates the often sordid and depressing details of her personal and family history in witty, toungue-in-cheek monologues that reflect teenage power fantasies (at least as I remember my own) to an amazing degree.
1993). Nakashima's take ona young-adult literary might see as a mokukuseki portrayal, but it has much kept its'Japaneseness' as traditional philosophies persist alongside the manifestations of modernity inJapan, through the contemporary iki and shoka. Kamikaze Girls has left us a cultural and cinematic experience that has appropriated theirtraditional culture through the protagonist’s journey that traversed postmodernism issues ofpopular culture, Japanese schoolgirls, and psychosocial relationships through live-action, anime even a television-like commercial. Through the understanding of iki and theprocess of shoka we therein justified how the manga, anime, fashion and Japan’s traditionalculture are transnational elements that helped attract interests from the international audience.Lastly, as the viewers leave the comedy screen in laughter and high-spirits, having to have new-found hope that the two strong and distant characters have found friendship in each other, and byall means, to be plainly enjoyed and be touched by the adolescent story of growing up inmodern-day Japan. Like a grand finale, Kamikaze Girls films and celebrates the very heart of 21st century ‘Japaneseness’ (Terasawa, Kanako. 2013).
Inspired by the cult-classic novel by the same name, this exclusive manga edition of Novala Takemoto's Kamikaze Girls contains several brand new stories, including a continuation of Momoko and Ichigo's misadventures that was approved by the author himself!
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