Otaku Girls Be Fashionable! Japanese Mangas That Give You Ideas For Tomorrow’s Style
Picking out clothes for daily coordinate or shopping is a fun moment to be out from the stressful moments. But sometimes, I run out of ideas which becomes repetitive in style. Fashion magazines are always the good reference that gives me many of their ideas from the latest trends, but sometimes, I like to look in to my favorite mangas that have style in their artworks. Not just having the great storyline to immerse you in the world, but many of the mangas have great sense of style that has came out from the authors’ background. Here are some of my suggestions that could give you some ideas according to different style.
1. Works by Ai Yazawa (NANA, Paradise Kiss, Gokinjo Monogatari)
When I think of the link between fashion and manga, Ai Yazawa will be the first manga author that comes in mind, and I belive many of the people will do so as well. What makes Ai Yazawa’s work full of fashion? She has studied fashion before being a manga author, and herself is a fan of many of the fashion brands like Vivienne Westwood, which is depicted in the series, “NANA.” She also mentioned that if she hasn’t become a manga author, she has been a stylist. Also, her pen name, “Yazawa” comes from the living legend rock artist, Eikichi Yazawa, who she is a huge fan of. With these facts in the background, many of the Ai Yazawa’s works have been referencing to fashion and rock music. My favorite series from her works are the “Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story).” Not only I read this series in real-time as a teenager, it was a story of a teenage girl, Mikako, who had the dream to become a successful fashion designer and attended to the Art School where she has met some of the unique friends who seek to be artists. All of the occurring characters in “Gokinjo Monogatari” had different, and unique styles that reflects each individuals. This really gave me basic ideas about different fashion styles.
2. Works by Chica Umino (Honey and Clover, March Comes in Like a Lion)
If you like more casual and girly style, then Chica Umino’s works are the best to refer. “Honey and Clover,” her most known series, which has become anime and TV drama series and also in to film starring Sho Sakurai from Arashi and Yu Aoi. “Honey and Clover” is romantic comedy story held in Art University. Because it is based in Art University, it has been said that there are many fashionable or oshare university students there. And with that image, “Honey and Clover” is depicted with cute, and soft style for girls. Also, the male characters are also depicted with casual, norm core style which can be referred to many male audiences as well. Currently still in the series, “March Comes in Like a Lion” also has the similar soft, girly fashion taste as well with the female characters occurring. Chica Umino’s girl characters really reminds me of like Zooey Deschanel’s style from “New Girl” series. Naturally girly, cute, and charmingly funny comes in one.
3. Works of Moyoko Anno (Sakuran, Hataraki-man, Sugar Sugar Rune)
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