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Bauwens, Jessica. "Yoko Tsuno and the Franco-Belgian Girl Readers of Bande Dessinée." Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond. Uniting Different Cultures and Identities. Eds. Fusami Ōgi, et al. 2019. 181–98. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Bauwens2019
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Keywords: "Yoko Tsuno", Belgium, Gender, Imagology, Leloup. Roger, Reception, Stereotypes
Creators: Bauwens, Lent, Nagaike, Ōgi, Suter
Collection: Women’s Manga in Asia and Beyond. Uniting Different Cultures and Identities
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“This chapter analyzes the evolution of the series Yoko Tsuno and its heroine, a Japanese electrical engineer living in Belgium, from its inception to today. In particular, it examines the text from a gender studies’ perspective, looking at the series itself, a very small amount of earlier research, readers’ reactions, and interviews with the author. In section “Background and Critical Reception”, I provide some background on Leloup’s career, summarize earlier research that touches on the series, as well as give a summary of the modest amount of data I gathered in 2013. In section ““Good Girl” Yoko, Heroism Without Objectification”, I compare Yoko to famous Japanese heroines in other BDs, like the eponymous character in Crisse’s Nahomi, and Yukio in the more recent Sensei series by Jean-Francois Di Giorgio and Vax (2016), as well as two from English-language comics, DC Comics’ Katana and David Mack’s Kabuki. I discuss how Leloup created a strong heroine without having the need to sexually objectify her or other characters in the series. Section “Yoko’s Covers” provides a short analysis of the “faces” of the series, namely its book covers. In section “Homosocial relationships in Yoko Tsuno”, rather than summarizing the entire series, I focus only on the parts that relate to Yoko forming homosocial bonds with other recurring female characters in the series, with adult women like herself, teenage girls, little girls, and gynoids.”
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