Kawaii! Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential Review

Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential

After plowing through Brian Ashcraft’s last book covering Japan’s still thriving arcade scene, I was craving more work from the Kotaku editor.  I was surprised at first that his next published work would be covering Japanese schoolgirls, but somehow knew it would be another compelling read.  I quickly hit “pre-order” on Amazon.com and waited patiently for the fateful day I would find it laying on my doorstep.

Brian’s newest book titled “Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential: How teenage girls made a nation cool” is an eight chapter non-stop page turner that takes you through the many types of Japanese schoolgirls and describes how the style has been an influence on Japan since the late 1800’s.

Jumping between schoolgirl’s types, you will read about their roles as idols, rock musicians, actresses and influence on anime and videogames.  They are super heroes of Japan, students by day and role models by night.  There is no doubt that their influence even stretches outside of Japan, seeing how Quentin Tarantino casted Chiaki Kuriyama in Kill Bill.  A certain level of sexiness mixed with power seems to be what causes everyone around the world to look.  Companies will run their entire business solely focused on marketing to the Japanese schoolgirls.  It’s something that will never go away, yet will always be ever-changing.

Brian Ashcraft and his wife, Shoko Ueda, give the most comprehensive look at the girls that have shaped Japan.  Whether you have interests in Japan’s history, a love for videogames, or are an anime otaku, this book will definitely keep your eyes glued to the pages.

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You can find more interesting writings from Brian Ashcraft over at Kotaku.com

Written by Bryan

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Kawaii! Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential Review, 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings

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  3. Hamu-chan says:

    That’s actually what came to mind at first. BUT I skimmed the book and it’s actually much more about women’s power in Japan than just porn. (i enjoyed that part too,by the way, hehehe)

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  4. Tabris says:

    Japanese Schoolgirl Confidential? That’s a porn name if I’ve ever heard one.

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