Andrew Lee traces the origins of Japan's contemporary cute/sexy/violent imagery. He explains the concept of kawaii (cuteness), quotes Murakami, discusses pornographic manga, and interviews a female manga artist. A challenge to traditional ideals of Japanese beauty? A reflection of the artist's hurt soul? A cute gag that juxtaposes cuteness and violence? A clever parody? Lee discusses the possibilities in light of Japan's post-war economic history.
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