Sunday, October 20, 2013

Violence, Pop. Culture &Sailor Moon

The reading I chose to use is Violent Media Is Good For Kids by Gerard Jones a comic book author who has lots of past experience with 'creative violence'. In his article, Jones argues that children who aren't sheltered from bloody, violent and rage filled pop culture (video games, comic books, gangster rap) are able to express and understand some complex emotions (loniness, sadness, anger, rage) more fully and therefore progress into adulthood with a better grasp on said emotions and the world.
Jones uses a few personal examples such as the fact that the Hulk comics his mother borrow from one of her students helped him break out of his lonely and awkward shell. Taking from his own positive experiences, when his son was afraid to climb a tree, Jones looked to the wild and brave Tarzan for help. Another young girl, Emily, who's parents were going thought a tough divorce helped herself through it partly by re-enactment fights from the popular early 90s anime Salior Moon.
Sailor Moon is a 18 volume, 200 episode manga and anime series from japan that centers around our main heroine, Usagi who is by all accounts a super normal, air-headed 14 year old girl. Her normal life changes when she meets a magical cat Luna and learns she is a magical warrior destined to save earth. Throughout the anime, she is joined by other girls—the Moon Princess Guardians--all named after and based on the planets with individual powers who work together to fight against evil.
I feel like Jones chose the example of Emily and Salior Moon to show that it's not only boys that are helped by 'violent' and pointless cartoons or comics. There is fighting involved in the show (toned way down for American audiences, the original Japanese version is a bit more graphic in terms of fighting and even includes a few lesbian relationships) but there are also many lessons for girls to be learned. Usagi and her friends teach young girls the importance of being strong and true to themselves no matter what troubles they have, no matter what obstacles they might have to face. 

2 comments:

  1. Great post, Collette! My one question is whether you mean to discuss the anime or the manga, because you mention both. Which was Emily in to? Stick to THAT one for your research. You should also mention where your research comes from :-)

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  2. That is an interesting post))) I actually remember Sailor Moon series. When I was in high school those anime/manga were really popular in Russia! All of the girls, including me, were lets say obsessed with Sailor Moon series, and all of the boys in my class were into Pokemon! So hilarious as i try to remember those days))

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