Bauwens-Sugimoto, Jessica: "The “Monstrous Feminine” in the work of Sakamoto Shin'ichi." In: 国際文化研究 (Kokusai Bunka) 22 (2018), S. 3–16.
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Keywords: "Innocent", Gender, Japan, Manga, Monster, Sakamoto. Shin’ichi
Collection: 国際文化研究 (Kokusai Bunka)
This paper is an analysis and discussion of representations of the “monstrous feminine” in the work of seinen manga artist Sakamoto Shin’ichi, as well as how these representations subvert the conventions of the seinen manga genre. Sakamoto debuted in 1990 with Shueisha’s JUMP label, and having drawn heavily muscled characters until the 1990s, entering the 2000s both his art style as well as his story-telling evolve rapidly. Sakamoto became a best-selling author when he created the manga version of Nitta Jiro’s novel The Climber, and for this work he won the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival Prize of Excellence in the manga category (2010). His next series, Innocent, is a fictionalized biography of France’s most famous executioner, Charles-Henri Sanson, and it gained Sakamoto worldwide popularity. In his oeuvre, representations of the monstrous feminine and their subversion of seinen manga conventions are most prevalent in Innocent and its sequel, Innocent Rouge, the two series I will focus on in this paper.
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