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(英文版) スクールガール・コンフィデンシャル - Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How Teenage Girls Made a Nation Cool
 
 
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ブライアン・アッシュクラフト , Brian Ashcraft
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Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential is a must for anyone curious about the girls that dominate Japan’s pop culture. For years schoolgirls have shown up in internationally popular anime and manga such as Sailor Moon, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Blood: The Last Vampire. There are kick-ass schoolgirl characters in videogames like Street Fighter, Quentin Tarantino included one as an assassin in Kill Bill, and magazines such as WIRED keep an eye on the trends emerging among these stylish teens.


With chapters covering everything from sailor-suited pop-idols and cult movie vixens, to the power of shopping and uniform fashion, Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential takes you beyond the realm of everyday schoolgirls to discover the secrets behind this iconic creature. Learn the origins of their famous sailor-style uniforms, and how they became a brand used to sell anything from kimchi to insurance. Discover why these girls have become such a symbol of girl power, and why they are so very, very cool!

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日本の女子中高生と彼女たちが創出してきた様々な文化に関する本。

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  • ペーパーバック: 192ページ
  • 出版社: 講談社インターナショナル; 1版 (2010/4/22)
  • 言語: 英語, 英語, 英語
  • ISBN-10: 4770031157
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770031150
  • 発売日: 2010/4/22
  • 商品パッケージの寸法: 18.5 x 1.5 x 13.2 cm
  • おすすめ度: 5つ星のうち 4.7  レビューをすべて見る (3件のカスタマーレビュー)
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5 人中、5人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 4.0 悲劇の労作? 2012/9/15
投稿者 あのねのな
形式:ペーパーバック
スタッフは真面目に作ったつもりなのに、観客の目には滑稽に写ってしまい、結果としてカルトムービー扱いされてしまった・・・往年の東映カラテ映画は、そんな作品でした。
だけど、「当事者の思惑とはズレて他者に伝わってしまう」というケースは、結構あるんですよね。
あなたもカラオケで経験ありませんか?本人が真剣に歌えば歌うほど、笑いが抑えきれないというシチュエーション・・・。
本書も、ひょっとすると、それと同じ運命をたどろうとしているのかも知れません。

語学力不足で十分に読みこなせていないのですが、私が感じるに、著者には、日本及びその文化についての特別な悪意も偏見もないでしょう。「アニメやゲームによく出てくる女子高生って、ホントはどんな連中なんだ?」という外国人の素朴な疑問に、ただただ真面目に答えようとしているだけだと思います。
だけど、日本人の立場から本書を眺めると、なんだか複雑な心境です。
矛盾する表現ですが、「ここで描かれていることは、ウソではないけれど、真実でもない」という気分になってくるのです。
「リアル女子高生の全体像から、数センチ、ズレてる」「結果的に、誤った日本のイメージを植え付けかねないのではないか」と危惧してしまうのです。

そんな気分にさせる原因は、多分に、表紙及び掲載さ
... 続きを読む ›
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2 人中、2人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
投稿者 アウト礼二 トップ1000レビュアー VINE メンバー
形式:ペーパーバック|Amazonで購入
この本の著者は、Bryan Ashcraftさんと彼の日本人妻Shoko Uedaさんです。日本の方がたずさわっているので、この手の本によくあるホームラン級の笑える勘違いというものは皆無です。日本の方が読んでも、「なるほど、これは初耳だなあ」と感心するような記述も多々あり、緻密な取材や綿密な資料調べが感じられる良作です。特に、日本映画が女子高生を題材としはじめた経緯や映画の中で描写される女子高生像の変遷を記した部分は、マニアック過ぎず、かといって浅過ぎずといった按配で、著者の力量を大いに感じさせるところでした。
でも、時おり著者独自の奇妙な見解も見受けられ、そういった部分でも楽しめました。例えば、少女漫画誌の「別冊フレンド」は「ベスト・フレンド」をもじった日本の駄じゃれである、といった具合です。

この本の英文はそんなに難しいとは感じませんでしたが、やはりそれなりに英語ができる人向けかと思います。
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5つ星のうち 5.0 ここ最近の日本国内情報誌です。 2013/10/29
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海外向けに講談社が取り扱った日本の女子高生のあり方を説明した本です。
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63 人中、53人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Sugoi! 2010/9/8
投稿者 CheapyD - (Amazon.com)
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Check out my video review!
37 人中、31人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Kawaii! Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential Review 2010/7/8
投稿者 Bryan M - (Amazon.com)
形式:ペーパーバック|Amazonで購入
After plowing through Brian Ashcraft's last book covering Japan's still thriving arcade scene, I was craving more work from the Kotaku editor. I was surprised at first that his next published work would be covering Japanese schoolgirls, but somehow knew it would be another compelling read. I quickly hit "pre-order" on Amazon.com and waited patiently for the fateful day I would find it laying on my doorstep.

Brian's newest book titled "Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How teenage girls made a nation cool" is an eight chapter non-stop page turner that takes you through the many types of Japanese schoolgirls and describes how the style has been an influence on Japan since the late 1800's.

Jumping between the schoolgirl's types, you will read about their roles as idols, rock musicians, actresses and influence on anime and videogames. They are super heroes of Japan, students by day and role models by night. There is no doubt that their influence even stretches outside of Japan, seeing how Quentin Tarantino casted Chiaki Kuriyama in Kill Bill. A certain level of sexiness mixed with power seems to be what causes everyone around the world to look. Companies will run their entire business solely focused on marketing to the Japanese schoolgirls. It's something that will never go away, yet will always be ever-changing.

Brian Ashcraft and his wife, Shoko Ueda, give the most comprehensive look at the girls that have shaped Japan. Whether you have interests in Japan's history, a love for videogames, or are an anime otaku, this book will definitely keep your eyes glued to the pages.
21 人中、18人の方が、「このレビューが参考になった」と投票しています。
5つ星のうち 5.0 Informative, Fun, and Full of Music, Art, and Anime Suggestions! 2010/8/24
投稿者 Chelsea Buckner - (Amazon.com)
形式:ペーパーバック
As an anime fan and as a person interested in Japanese culture I was excited when I stumbled across Ashcraft's book at my local Borders. At first glance I thought it would be a regular novel but was both intriqued and shocked to find the book litered with photographs and pictures. The book even has a soft cover sleve which is usually exclusive to paperback books from Japan. I immediately picked it up.

The novel covers eight chapters. The first is dedicated to the origin of the schoolgirl's sailor suit with tidbits on the sailor suit's effect on Japanese culture woven in. You'll learn old customs like taking a boy's second button from the top to current fads like gluing loose socks to yourself.

The second chapter covers idol worship and music. Thanks to this chapter I've discovered new Japanese music that I would have otherwise never heard of. You'll learn about different super groups and music featuring information on AKB48, Momoe Yamaguchi, Masako Mori, Junko Sakurada, Tsukasa Ito, Seiko Matsuda, Scandal, Jurian Beat Crisis, Onyanko Club, and Morning Musume.

The third chapter covers movies. You'll learn about the influence of the school girl on both western cinema (Kill Bill and Babel) as well as eastern cinema (Kite, Battle Royale). In particular the section goes into depth on the school girl movies of the seventies and their use of school girls as catalysts into fantasy both sexual and horrorific.

The fourth chapter covers shopping and how school girls form the bulk of Japanese buying power. You'll learn how items like the pager and the cell phone were popularized by the school girl and how the school girl's lack of interest can swiftly execute a fad (such as the Tamagotchi).

The fifth chapter covers magazines and fashion. You'll learn about the infamous Kogals of the nineties and their effect on helping women escape from stereotype and form their own individual styles. You'll also learn about the fashion magazine Egg and it's use as a forum for Japanese schoolgirls before the age of the internet.

The sixth chapter covers art. As expected you'll learn about the school girl's influence on art with samples from Rin Nadeshico, Noriko Yamaguchi, Motoyuki Kobayashi and others.

The seventh chapter covers video games. You'll learn about the infamous Japanese dating sims, as well as visual novels. Many of these games and visual novels have since become anime, such as To Heart, Kanon, and Clannad.

The eight chapter covers anime and manga. You'll learn about the evolution of the school girl in manga from the high school teen (Peach Girl) to magical girl (Sailor Moon) to mecha controling saviors (Neon Genesis Evangelion).

Japanese School Girl Confidential is a must buy for anyone remotely interested in anything involving Japanese culture. Though I bought the book mainly for its chapters on music, movies, games, and anime the other chapters were just as immersing and informative. It may be a quick read but the information you'll gain is well worth the money!
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5つ星のうち 2.0 An Okay Book 2011/4/18
投稿者 Manuel Figueroa - (Amazon.com)
形式:ペーパーバック|Amazonで購入
I seem to be in the minority on Amazon about this book, so I saw the need to write a review. This book isn't bad, but most people who read it thinking it give in-depth knowledge about Japanese schoolgirl/pop culture should take note that this book seems to be badly researched. While not an expert, I noted several factual errors (His description/information of Tokimeki Memorial and Morning Musume as well as AKB48 come to mind easily) He seems to get a lot of his historical information on wikipedia or online since I've seen some of the other factual errors on blogs and wikipedia itself.

Onto the matter of writing. There is actually very little book here. It's not quite 200 pages and a lot of it is either taken up by pictures (some being full page) or by the text's own large print. It comes off as even shorter than that. Also, it seems like it was written by a crazed fanboy at times. I can only assume that he included his Japanese wife(?) as a way to attempt to legitimize his work, but it seems like only one voice speaks here. Also, weird for any book, let alone one of referece, it has no concluding chapter/essay. It just STOPS.

That being said, this book was an interesting read and I think it will help non-fans or new fans of anime/Japanese pop culture to get some nice background information on the basis of trends and fads in Japanese schoolgirl pop culture, but that same reader should take the text as a whole with a grain of salt as any real research will prove a lot of the author's facts as poorly researched. I don't think this book is horrible, but I don't recommend it at all.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Great Book about the Amazing Rise of the Japanese Schoolgirl to World Domination and Control 2011/10/1
投稿者 Samuel Sloan - (Amazon.com)
形式:ペーパーバック|Amazonで購入
I bought this book expecting to find some semi-soft-porn describing the hot sex practices of young girls. What I got instead was a history book so fascinating that I read it all the way through from cover to cover. I could not put it down. It described the amazing story of how the typical Japanese school girl a generation ago was shy and retiring and nobody noticed her or cared about her but now, like Pinky and the Brain, they have taken over the world. How did they do this? How did they come to dictate fashion trends and designs? Why is the whole world trying to find out what the Japanese Schoolgirl is thinking, whereas previously they doubted that she had any thoughts at all? Why has the Japanese schoolgirl uniform reached the height of fashion? Why do Japanese women nowadays dress in schoolgirl uniforms even though they are no longer in school.
I was disturbed however by the chapter on "Suicide Circle" or "Suicide Clubs". The thought that Japanese schoolgirls might commit suicide because it is fashionable to do so is disturbing. It is not clear whether this was reality or just an exploitation movie. It is known than any time a suicide is publicized there are always copy-cat suicides. The fact that somebody would make a movie about this is upsetting. Sam Sloan
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