i used to be questioned a lot on my sources for my 'Fight like a Girl' panel, so I added a slide at the end with my primary sources, but my research usually goes further than that. While I do prioritize the voices of Japanese Women I don't limit myself to them because they are not the only group of people impacted by the genre. The genre of magical girl has existed in the west as long as it has in Japan and what's 'good' vs. what's 'bad' is reflected primarily through the lens of the culture that consumes them.
This being said, here's a list of some of the sources I use along with others people may find interesting. This list is primarily focused on on peer reviewed or cited work, research papers, and interview pieces with either experts in their respective fields or have insider information due to working within the industry.
The Voices of Japanese Women
Akiko Sugawa-Shimada is a professor of Cultural Studies (Anime, Manga, adaptation), Gender Studies, Audience/Fan Studies at the Yokohama National University. She, by far, has the most extensive body of work related to the subject; between her published papers and her international talks given on the subject she has over a dozen credits to her name. She's not just limited to magical girls and often focuses on shoujo and other medium that pertains largely to female audiences. She obtained her Doctorate (Philosophy) at the University of Warick - her final thesis was on th
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Kumiko Saito has far less credits to her name but it's still important to examine her work as she takes a contrarian view to Akiko Sugawa-Shimada's. She is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University
Additional Japanese Sources
The Moe Manifesto, by Patrick W. Galbraith
Asian American Women Voices
I unfortunately could not find Nicole Chan's credentials. However the paper itself is cited and researched, and therefore more credible than the average blog post.
Like with Nicole Chan I could not find much on Coco Zhou other than she was a graduate student at McGill University. Her work has been accepted by Flow Journal, a project of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work is cited which provides credibility to her work..
Non-Asian Women Voices
While I could not track down her full list of credentials she does describe herself as "A student of Japanese (Pop) Culture premodern and contemporary". Her paper is cited- even including above mentioned works
And that's it for now! This list is meant to be a living breathing document and will be expanded upon as more papers are published.
Last Updated: 7.13.21
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