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Tanaka, Motoko. "Trends of Fiction in 2000s Japanese Pop Culture." electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies 14.2 2014. Accessed 20 April. 2023. <https://www.japanesestu ... /vol14/iss2/tanaka.html>. 
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Resource type: Web Article
Language: en: English
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BibTeX citation key: Tanaka2014
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Keywords: Genre, Japan, Manga
Creators: Tanaka
Collection: electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies
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This article discusses the imaginations of Japanese youth in the 2000s by examining three popular genres of fiction aimed at young male readers: sekaikei (end of the world crisis) fiction, which thrived from the late 1990s to the early 2000s; sabaibukei (survival) fiction, which became popular in the mid 2000s; and nichijōkei (slice of daily life) fiction, which became dominant in the late 2000s.  First, I examine the contemporary Japanese zeitgeist since 1995 as discussed by sociologist Ōsawa Masachi. Next, I discuss the characteristics of these three genres, and examine representative works such as Evangelion and The Voices of a Distant Star as sekaikei works, Battle Royale and DEATH NOTE as sabaibukei works, and K-on! and Rakisuta as nichijōkei works. I analyse the social context and the role of the “Other” in these three genres.
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