mō ichido, shōjo. (70s, 80s & 90s shōjo manga retrospective)

Books about shōjo manga

I hope to review all of these at one point, because they are each fascinating and recommendable.

Watashi no ibasho wa doko ni aruno? Shōjo manga ga utsusu kokoro no katachi

  • Fujimoto Yukari
  • Gakuyo Shobo, 1998, 334 pages (hardback) / Asahi Shinbun Shuppan, 2008, 461 pages (paperback)
  • amazon.co.jp

Prominent shōjo manga researcher Fujimoto Yukari's magnum opus on shōjo manga and gender. Inescapable reading if you're interested in the history and academic research of shōjo manga.

Takemiya Keiko no manga kyōshitsu

  • Fujimoto Yukari, ed.
  • Chikuma Shobo, 2001, 258 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

Absolutely fantastic book collecting interviews with Takemiya Keiko about all aspects of shōjo manga, from the technical to the historical and philosophical. A must-read for anyone interested in manga in general.

Ballet manga — eien naru utsukushisa

  • Kyōto kokusai manga museum, ed.
  • Ohta Shuppan, 2013, 144 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A brilliant, large-format book featuring art from the ballet manga of Tahakashi Macoto, Maki Miyako, Uehara Kimiko, Yamagishi Ryōko, Ariyoshi Kyōko, Hagio Moto, and Makimura Satoru, as well as fascinating interviews and essays about the history of shōjo manga about ballet. A must-own for any fan of vintage shōjo.

Shōjo manga no sekai volume 1 & 2

  • Yonezawa Yoshihiro, ed.
  • Heibonsha, 1991, 144 pages (vol 1) / 163 pages (vol 2)
  • vol 1 / vol 2

A magazine-style, large format series detailing the history of shōjo manga from Shōwa 20 to 64 (1945-1989). It features many illustrations and analysis of artists, series, genres, and trends through the years. A great guide to the history of shōjo.

Watashi no shōjo manga shi — Betsuma kara Hanayume, Lala e

  • Konagai Nobumasa
  • Nishida Shoten, 2011, 266 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

Autobiography by the man who made Betsusatsu Margaret into one of the best-selling shōjo magazines in history, and then went on to establish Hana to yume and Lala. Contains a lot of historical details about the shōjo manga industry through the 60s to the 80s.

Hagio Moto — shōjo manga kai no idai naru haha

  • Bungei betsusatsu, ed.
  • Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2010, 236 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

Features interviews with Hagio herself as well as her family and long-time manager; unfinished early manuscripts; comments from manga artists and novelist; color photographs of Hagio's office, and much, much more. A must-have for Hagio fans.

Bishōnengaku nyūmon

  • Nakajima Azusa
  • Shinshokan, 1984, 285 pages (bound) / Shueisha, 1987, 241 pages (paperback) / Chikuma Shobo, 1998, 300 pages (paperback)
  • amazon.co.jp

A book collecting essays and interviews originally published in June magazine, chiefly about the genre of shōnen-ai/June. Very illuminating, and features interviews with such prominent June artists as Takemiya Keiko, Kihara Toshiko, Aoike Yasuko, Sasaya Nanae, and more. Inescapable reading if you're interested in the history of BL.

Hisoyaka na kyōiku — yaoi/boys love zenshi

  • Ishida Miki
  • Rakuhoku Shuppan, 2008, 365 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A dissertation on the early history of what would later come to be known as BL, chiefly focusing on Takemiya Keiko, Nakajima Azusa, and gay Japanese intellectuals such as Mishima Yukio. This was honestly a mixed bag for me, but it has some interesting information and features interviews with Takemiya Keiko, Masuda Norie (Takemiya's long-term manager), and Sagawa Toshihiko (editor in chief of June magazine).

Essays & biographies

Personal essays about shōjo manga or by shōjo manga artists.

Shōnen no na wa Gilbert

A fantastic autobiography by Takemiya covering the years between her debut, and when she finally managed to convince an editor into publishing Kaze to ki no uta. This is a vivid, brutally honest account where Takemiya lays bare all her insecurities and faults, and especially her feelings of inadequacy and jealousy towards her contemporary, Hagio Moto. A must read.

Omoide o kirinuku toki

  • Hagio Moto
  • Anzudo, 1998, 201 pages (hardcover) / Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2009, 208 pages (paperback)
  • amazon.co.jp

A collection of essays by Hagio written relatively early in her career, chiefly during the 70s and 80s. Also features rare sketches. Also available as an ebook.

Isshun to eien to

A collection of essays by Hagio about her childhood and youth, works by other manga artists, literature, travel, film, and theatre, written between 1976 and 2010.

Interviews

Books collecting interviews with shōjo manga artists.

Shōjo manga damashii — genzai o utsusu shōjo manga kanzen guide & interview shū

  • Fujimoto Yukari, ed. Featuring Shimizu Reiko, Yoshida Akimi, Ragawa Marimo, Takaguchi Naosumi, Akisato Wakuni, Enomoto Nariko/Nobi Nobita, Hagio Moto, Miura Kentarō
  • Hakusensha, 2000, 239 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A book collecting Fujimoto's shōjo manga reviews and a series of long interviews.

Otona no shōjo manga techō

  • Kono manga ga sugoi! henshūbu, ed.
  • Takarajimasha, 2015, 143 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

This is a large-format, magazine-style book about 70s shōjo manga in general, and features interviews with Miuchi Suzue (Glass Mask) and Ikeda Riyoko (Rose of Versailles).

Hagio Moto taidanshū 1970-nendai hen: Manga no anata SF no watashi

  • Featuring Tezuka Osamu, Mizuno Hideko, Ishinomori Shōtarō, Miuchi Suzue, Terayama Shūji, Komatsu Sakyō, Matsumoto Reiji, Umino Chika
  • Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2012, 255 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A collection of interviews with Hagio Moto and other prominent figures through the 1970s.

Hagio Moto taidanshū 1980-nendai hen: Kotoba no anata manga no watashi

  • Featuring Yoshida Takaaki, Noda Hideki, Mitsuse Ryū, Tanemura Suehiro, Ogasawara Toyoki, Kawamata Chiaki, Itō Risa
  • Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2012, 286 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A collection of interviews with Hagio Moto and other prominent figures through the 1980s.

Hagio Moto taidanshū 1990-nendai hen: Monogataru anata egaku watashi

  • Featuring Nakajima Ramo, Yumemakura Baku, Mori Hiroshi, Himura Saeko, Sasaya Nanae, Iwaya Kunio, Higashimura Akiko
  • Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2012, 258 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A collection of interviews with Hagio Moto and other prominent figures through the 1990s.

Hagio Moto taidanshū 2000-nendai hen: Aisuru anata koi suru watashi

  • Featuring Azuma Hideo, Yoshinaga Fumi, Yamato Waki, Shimizu Reiko, Onda Riku, Anno Hideaki, Satō Asako, Yamazaki Mari
  • Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2014, 258 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

A collection of interviews with Hagio Moto and other prominent figures through the 2000s.

Daisuki datta! Shōjo manga 70-nendai-hen

A large-format, magazine-style guide to all things 70s shōjo, including an interview with Igarashi Yumiko (Candy Candy).

Daisuki datta! Shōjo manga 80-nendai-hen

A large-format, magazine-style guide to all things 80s shōjo, including an interview with Takemiya Keiko (about Isaron densetsu) and Narita Minako (Cipher).

Books featuring shōjo manga

These are not directly about shōjo manga, but feature shōjo manga and might be of interest to fans of shōjo.

Tatsujin ga erabu josei no tame no manga bunko 100

  • Fujimoto Yukari, Murakami Kazuhiko, Yumemakura Baku, ed.
  • Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2007, 127 pages
  • amazon.co.jp

The three editors pick 100 manga titles, available in bunko/paperback format, that they recommend to women who are not already manga connoisseurs. Their selection covers everything from the year 24 group, prominent shōnen manga, to modern classics. Also includes an interview with the three editors, as well as Hagio Moto and Shimizu Reiko.

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