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!