Doing Manga as Leisure and Its Meaning and Purpose: The Case of Japanese Female Manga Fans Called Fujoshi

  • Hiromi Tanaka
  • Saori Ishida
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Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)

Abstract

Fujoshi refers to female comics (manga) and related products such as animation (anime) fans who enjoy works that feature male homosexual relationships. What they consume are predominantly parodies of works in which, originally, male homosocial bonds were depicted. Fujoshi re-read these original works and replace homosocial bonds with homosexual ones, making parodies so that they can develop fantasies of male-male relationships that as females they can never experience in reality. This chapter examines the meaning and purpose of this unique type of leisure activity, which is experienced in Japan and other Asian countries today. By analyzing data collected through interviews with seven fujoshi women, we identify aspects of manga that makes them feel satisfied, fulfilled or happy in their activities, and we present contradictory findings, namely, the significant contribution of this type of leisure activity to the enhancement of quality of life of people engaged with these activities. At the same time, we consider the existence of tensions in the process of differentiation among these people as well as between them and others outside their communities. This chapter addresses the importance of sociological perspectives on the social differences within a fan community, even if such a community offers space to its members for mutual exchange, learning, understanding and respect.

Keywords

Manga Anime Fandom Japan Leisure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiromi Tanaka
    • 1
  • Saori Ishida
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Information and CommunicationMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Gender Center, School of Information and CommunicationMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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