Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsAs we saw in the previous week, "Love" and relationality play a significant role in Japanese comics,. Of course, Love is not the only form of relationships in our life. Battles caused by confrontation and competition also represent a significant aspect of human relationships. In this week's lecture, Professor Isamu Takahashi, an avid reader of Japanese comics, will introduce you to the concept of "Battles" in Japanese subculture. We often witness severe and serious rivalries in fights, sports, combats, or games. You can see "battles" in shojo manga as well. The best-selling manga, Chihayafuru, a story of Japanese traditional card tournament, describes serious competition of this game. You will see street gang battles in Bananafish set in New York in the 1980s.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 secondsWhat is the role of battles in Japanese subculture? Why are those competitive settings frequently necessary? How, if at all, do they contribute to protagonists' growth? Is it possible to be strong while still being vulnerable? This week you will learn about various comics in their historical and social context.

Welcome to week 2

Watch Prof.Ogushi introduce this week’s topic “Battle” and Japanese Subculture.

In this week, Professor Isamu Takahashi, will introduce some interesting views related to the “Battles” in Japanese subculture by examining various types of well-known protagonists featured in boys manga. However, the battles are not only for boys manga but you can find very popular works in girls manga, too!

Girls manga introduced in the video

  • Chihaya Furu [ちはやふる] by Yuki Suetugu, Kodansha 2007-
  • Banana Fish by Akimi Yoshida, Shogakkan 1985 - 1994

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An Introduction to Japanese Subcultures

Keio University