The Fragile Heart of Moé
Plot Summary A feature documentary about ‘dojinishi’, self-published comics cultures in Tokyo, Japan. 萌えの心臓- Moé No Shinzo is the Japanese title.
The film deals with a particular sub-cultural phenomenon within the vast world of Japanese comics (‘manga’). During the early 1970s, manga fans began to create their own amateur manga, many of them using characters from their favorite stories that appeared in mainstream manga magazines. These they published themselves and sold in little conventions of like-minded people. ‘Comiket’, now the world’s largest comics convention, began as one such amateur manga event, where self-published authors would put up little stalls and buy and sell each other’s comics. Now Comiket is held twice yearly and attracts 500,000 people, more than half of them girls. The film focuses on a few such women authors, trying to understand the roots of this unique cultural phenomenon, and its strong yet subtle influence on contemporary Japanese society. The film also explores the social and economic structure that supports this kind of artistic activity, and the positive role that it plays in the lives of Japanese people.
ProducerAlka __
Running time110 minutes
Production CompanyNHK
Known Crew crew
Alka Singh Additional Camera, Editor, Producer
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