By Peter C. Smith
From the assault on Pearl Harbor to the kamikaze raids within the last levels of WWII, the Aichi Val used to be a powerful jap weapon that brought on huge harm to Allied ships and flooring installations. utilizing reliable files and the testimony of fellows who designed and flew it, Peter Smith tells the total tale of the Aichi D3A1/2 Val utilizing many infrequent pictures and interviews with surviving group participants. full of a wealth of fabric by no means ahead of obvious in this often-overlooked plane.
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28 1975 MOTO HAG IO/SHOG THOMA NO SHINZO © PG: You recall being isolated and d thought of as strange, but you weren’t alone in reading shojo manga. Harada Teruo, the first president of the Comic Market, Tokyo’s twice-yearly gathering for producers of fanzines, was a huge fan of Hagio Moto. In fact, he participated in the fan production of an animated version of her manga November Gymnasium that was screened at the first Comic Market in 1975. Many of the contributors to the legendary fanzine Meikyu were into shojo manga.
IK: One of the hallmarks of today’s consumer society is that people maintain a certain amount of distance from each other while using popular culture to mediate interactions and make friends. Otaku—the hardcore fans of manga and anime who appeared in the 1970s—are an example of this dynamic. Looking at this issue from a gender studies perspective, otaku are those boys and men who are attracted to the bright colors of girls’ culture and reject the monotone of adult male culture. But otaku maintain physical distance from the opposite sex and instead they form intimate relationships with fictional characters from manga and anime.
Moé almost seems like a migration into the two-dimensional world. The physical body is left behind, and along with it what it used to mean to be a man in relation to women. This seems like another example of seeking an alternative to masculinity, but instead of just reading shojo manga as the young men of my generation did, these men are actually entering into relationships with characters from shojo manga. indd 29 13/2/14 9:45 AM Interview with 30 PHOTOGRAPH BY FRITZ SCHUMANN Kotani Mari K otani Mari, born in 1958, is a Japanese sci-fi critic and one of the founders of the Japanese Association of Feminist Science Fiction.