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Written 7 pages today for the paper. Most of it is very, very rough and the footnotes are a bit of a mess. But it's still a lot and I got in the bulk of the girl/shôjo background I wanted plus the first draft of the series summary. Which leaves the big bulk of the hero background and the analysiz, but I'm trying to be positive here.

I also found a good scan of the gorgeous transformation sequence image that Takeuchi drew in the first artbook, which I'll use on the front page. So no need for me to scan my artbook, yayness!

Also had great use of an article [personal profile] unjapanologist linked me to, Young Females as Super Heroes: Superheroines in the Animated Sailor Moon because it defines a bunch of things so that I don't have to. It is, however, riddled with fact errors about the Sailor Moon canon. For instance, even with all the cutting up that the NA edition of the anime received, I am fairly certain that Haruka and Michiru turn up in the third season, not the second. I'm also sceptical to the claim that Usagi is called Serena Moon in the dub, can't recall that.... Oh well. Another of my sources, Hourihan's "Deconstructing the hero" is also full of a bunch of small, weird things. Like calling the Doctor "Dr Who" in one place, and claiming that the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a good example of a non-patriarchal hero for children (wtf??). And yes, I will try to make note of this somewhere in my footnotes >_>
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They approved my subject =D Now, they actually pretty much approved all the subjects, but I'm still happy. And my supervisor is specialist on literature dealing with queer theory, the female body and identification. Sweet!

Now, I've already started a bit, mostly gathering books and trying to find other research on the subject. Problem no 1 is that I already have a bit too much theory, but the question is at least well-defined and, I believe, narrow enough: "How is the Heroine portrayed in Sailor Moon?"

First leg to support me will be Joseph Campbell and his Hero archetype works. This turned out to be trickier than I expected, actually, since I (naively) assumed that there ought to be s-e-v-e-r-a-l works regarding the female heroine, or aiming a gender-critical light on Campbell while lifting an alternate theory... but either I fail at searches or there isn't much. I found Lichtman's little book, and will use it, but I'm deeply grateful if someone can link me to anything else *hopeful smile*
It's not even like I like Campbell that much, but at this level we have to tie our work to previous research and I can't find anything that really interests me and is relevant for the topic, especially since I want to work with the manga and not the anime. Alas, I wish I could read Japanese.

On the positive side, there's been some really good, very concrete stuff in the books about children's literature which I basically stumbled on because some kind teacher put it on the reading list for the intro seminar for the essays. I've got far too limited space to do a comprehensive "this is how the heroine's journey works in SM" analysis, but with the help of the narrativist methods in those books, I think I'll be able to make a handy little table of archetypal moments/attributes and use those. Nifty!
It also saves me the headache of trying to, say, draw a conclusion of only the first "saga" of Sailor Moon, which I am really glad I can escape since her role changes so much in the later parts of the manga.

Conclusions so far: The state of manga and anime studies in Sweden is dreadful. I mean, the state of such studies in the US aren't all that much to shout hooray about either, but it's really improved in the last, oh, five years? regarding published books. Since I haven't been attached to a university and had time to research and access the trends, I am assuming that it started to get better within the academic world before this, and only took a while to leak out. But, anyway, compared to the fairly orientalistic, Othering, unrelevant and downright erreneous works I met the first time I dipped my toe into manga/anime-related academic texts it's gotten much better. That is not to say that all early works were bad - Schodts books for instance still hold up very well - but plenty of them were. Mostly due to a limited amount of material which skeeved the results, something that was too rarely acknowledged imo. (I talk big here, and I might totally get to eat it when it comes to my own wrigting. But fuckit, self-confidence FTW. Yeah?)
Already found a nice little book called Girl reading Girl in Japan which is, alas, only relevant to a very small part of what I want to write about but I'm gonna read all of it some time anyway because it looks interesting.

Anyway, of the student essays and thesis works and whatnot that I've found from Swedish universities (mostly searched for in hopes to find good literature lists) the only one worth a positive mention is the "Kissing Cousins" essay, about the portrayal of homosexuality in the japanese vs US versions of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. Not a brilliant work, but, you know, it actually makes a relevant question, answers it with relevant material and doesn't claim that this is a golden rule of all anime ever (I am looking at you, Susan Napier, you hack)

Last but not least, I have been, let's call it 'heavily encouraged' by my supervisor to include an appendix with a few relevant scenes. Which means that I did the right thing saving all those dreadful magazine editions because they're THAT much easier to copy than a tankobon mwahahahaha~

Lastly, a question... Why, in pretty much all English-language work I can find, do the authors always use the word shojo when they're talking about girls and girls stuff?
It's not like essays and books about Astrid Lindgren borrow the word "flicka" or for that matter "pojke", do they? And, like, hardly anybode bothers to explain why they do this I am confuddled

I am also hyper on coffee, chocolate and too little sleep since I handed in my last exam today (with 3 minutes to spare wheee~) so, uh, excuse the rambleyness of this.
dancing_moon: Gilbert goes "Wat??" (wat)
Eta: About time... they've released the list and deleted these three. And yet, I can't help but boggle at the 1) attitude of some people on the Yuletide comm and 2) the fact that they couldn't come out and say it, straight out that the obvious offenders would go. (Not after the list was posted) Instead we get a lot of "this is not a matter of concern" mumbling.

For some reason that completely elludes me, this year, the Yuletide team has decided to only go after what is archived at Archive of Our Own when determining which fandoms are eligible for Yuletide.

Or, all right, they explain how it is to make things simpler for the mods, but this has consequences.

For one thing, Hetalia Axis Powers is - at the moment of writing this - a Yuletide fandom. While Discworld isn't.

HETALIA AXIS POWERS? One of the top three, if not the biggest anime fandom right now?

I can definitely understand that it takes way too much time to scrape through every corner of the internet. But. There is one big place which everyone knows about and where it is rather easy to get a general overview of whether a fandom is "rare" or not. Hate it or love it, a quick overview of fanfiction.net isn't that big a hassle. They could probably find volunteers who report 10 000+ fandoms

Hetalia has 19 747 fics at ff.net alone... while Discworld has 1470. And ff.net isn't even the main "home" for Hetalia, since it is an almost 80% LJ-based fandom (in english) with a huge Deviantart-following too. And, you know, all over the rest of the net too...

The kink meme alone has filled up 14 posts so far. 1 LJ post = 10 000 comments. Even counting multi-comment fics, requests and comments, that's a lot of kinky fics. Plus there's loads of stuff posted at the main comm every day.

Ranma 1/2 is also on the list (10 000) and freaking Sailor Moon which has a whopping 33 088 fics!!!

Dude, this was the fandom that ate the anime/manga part of the internet in the mid-nineties and a lot of those fics are still up. Granted, the death of Geocities decimated the old anime fan sites bigtime, but it is still nowhere near a rare fandom; neither is it completely dead. I only follow a few SM communities and very sporadically at that, but there's no doubt that one could find at least one fic a month to read.

Now, don't get me wrong, please

I know and enjoy these fandoms, I've been in them all! But there are SO MANY rare anime/manga fandoms out there! In some cases, not-one-single-fic-in-English rare - why not give them a fair chance instead? =(

While I can understand that the AO3 wants to spread and find new fandoms, I find it incredibly sad that the one time of the year when the really tiny fandoms have a chance to get some excellent fic written for them, the chance is shrunk and might even be completely wasted.

I usually look forward to Yuletide because I hope that "classic" fandoms such as Discworld and Pet Shop of Horrors get a much-needed dose of new fic.

I hop to find something new and unread (omigosh! 20:th Century Boy's is on the Yuletide list! Aw-so-me-e *crosses fingers and hopes*), perhaps even discover something I've read/seen and never imagined one could fic

And what do I get? The 60+ posts a day fandom is on the list. Nothing in the recend admin posts a la:
"Of course we'll remove obvious large fandoms, this is a computer generated list with inevitable bugs!"

If all they want with Yuletide is to promote the AO3 archive, then I honestly wish the challenge hadn't ever moved there.

If this is just a glitch due to the automated lists, then it would be appropriate if they posted about the issue and asked people to help rule out the most obvious big fandoms.

We'll have to wait and see, but this looks bad on all counts
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Random Sailor Moon memory inspired by this post

One of my best nerdgasm moments during my trip to Japan was when I (in... 2008? years after my active fandom days) could actually walk through the Azuba Juuban district in Tokyo. We even saw a 10-ban sign on a house! It was a moment of profound pleasure, just because I finally made it to what my inner 14-year old girl insisted was the heart of Tokyo. I didn't even know she would still insist that this was so, quite so loudly but there you have it.

Which doesn't mean that the Juuban area is very exciting in itself - I think weirdest thing was that they sold tequila and French champagne on the street (and deep-fried pasta) due to little holiday.
dancing_moon: Jadeite / DM / Me (jadeite)
Errr.... Most of these questions I found pretty good. You can give a short answer, post a pic or write a little mini-essay about your thoughts.

And then there's questions like this, I mean, wot? I'm not married to anyone on the astral plane, thank you very much.

However... if we're going with the anime character whom I have stayed in touch with the longest? The one I spent some years maintaining a website for, the one that is still on my default icons on both LJ and Facebook, I guess it'd be Jadeite from Sailor Moon.

Cosplay pictures? Well, as it happens, after some looking I managed to dig up these pics... From ca the younger bronze age, I'd say ;) Or more specifically, the re-opening of Östasiatiska museet in Stockholm.


Yes, that is me.

Click for larger pic! )

The entire anime meme be here
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I took this from [personal profile] duowolf, because it looked like a fun thing to do.

My very first anime
I'm not 100% sure, but I think I saw Kimagure Orange Road first of all, because I so recognized it when I saw it after I got into anime. We probably rented it or something, my parents rented a lot of children's movies for me. It was released in Sweden under the name Superfamiljen (The Super Family) and had a *cough* not-splendid dub. The main character was for instance renamed Kurre Karlsson...

But my first real anime experience, which was also my first fannish anime, was good old Sailor Moon. They aired it at Swedish television, but with irregular times and it was often replaced by hockey :(



My sister and I watched what we could of Sailor Moon together. I know the first episode I saw of it, too, because it was episode 13, where they killed Jadeite. It almost gave me nightmares and I decided that something where the villains can actually honestly die, feels a whole bit more serious and grown up (so sue me, I was 13-14 somewhere) and I totally needed to watch this. Then I saw a transformation sequence and holy heck, sparklez! I was v. impressed

Sweden didn't get past the first season during that airing - we only ever got so far as season 2, in fact - but when I went on a language trip to Austria, my host mother turned out to be a big Sailor Moon fan. So I got to see the first two seasons there and fall in love with Rubeus German voice *g*

Oh, and I also met dear Miko-chan during that trip... had I not gone to Austria that summer, I most likely would not have been an anime fan; possibly not into fandom at all, though I was already a HUGE sci-fi/fantasy nerd.

Anime Meme here )

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