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NEWS: Yumiko Kawahara, Madoka Magica Win 'Sense of Gender' Awards




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:09 am Reply with quote
I'd like to know more about that title by Yumiko Kawahara that won the Grand award. I can't find any info about it.
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EnigmaticSky



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:21 am Reply with quote
It'll be easier to say what Madoka hasn't won at some point.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:22 am Reply with quote
Past wrote:
I'd like to know more about that title by Yumiko Kawahara that won the Grand award. I can't find any info about it.


I couldn't even find a Japanese wikipedia article on it, and trying to read the reviews on amazon have left me utterly confused. People were talking about jazz music, drawing, Germany (I think) and flying an airplane long distance, possibly in a race?
I'd also like to know what this manga is about.
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The Mad Manga Massacre



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:46 pm Reply with quote
Quark wrote:
Past wrote:
I'd like to know more about that title by Yumiko Kawahara that won the Grand award. I can't find any info about it.


I couldn't even find a Japanese wikipedia article on it, and trying to read the reviews on amazon have left me utterly confused. People were talking about jazz music, drawing, Germany (I think) and flying an airplane long distance, possibly in a race?
I'd also like to know what this manga is about.

I'm curious as well. Just reading her other work Dolls right now and it's really good would be curious to learn more about her other works (including this one).
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Saffire



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:13 pm Reply with quote
Quark wrote:
Past wrote:
I'd like to know more about that title by Yumiko Kawahara that won the Grand award. I can't find any info about it.
I couldn't even find a Japanese wikipedia article on it, and trying to read the reviews on amazon have left me utterly confused. People were talking about jazz music, drawing, Germany (I think) and flying an airplane long distance, possibly in a race?
I'd also like to know what this manga is about.
Makes sense. The subtitle "Schräge Musik" is a German colloquialism for jazz music and is also the name of a type of gun mounted on German fighters in WWII. I don't know if that helps us any though. :p
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:06 pm Reply with quote
I don't imagine anime regularly winning these Gender Awards. Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:28 am Reply with quote
I'm curious as to the rational on how Madoka Magica has contributed to improving the understanding of genders.

Unless, spoiler[the fact that adolescent girls have the power to reverse the heat death of the universe as they turn to despair counts.]
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:51 am Reply with quote
JaffaOrange wrote:
I'm curious as to the rational on how Madoka Magica has contributed to improving the understanding of genders.

Unless, spoiler[the fact that adolescent girls have the power to reverse the heat death of the universe as they turn to despair counts.]


Madoka's mother is one of the more believable women in anime that I've seen. A lot of the story deals with Madoka wanting to grow up to be as capable an adult as her mother. In the end, Madoka's decision is her way of 'growing up' -- becoming someone she, and at least her mother, could be really proud of.

The 'growing up' theme is one of the common themes in mahou shojo as a genre.

Madoka's father is also a house husband, and this is portrayed in the show positively.
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Juno016



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:27 pm Reply with quote
It's not just about challenging gender. It's about understanding gender. And this takes place in Japan, where gender roles and individual thoughts are actually very different from what they typically are in the West (in spite of any major similarities).

If you watch the audio commentary from the Japanese BD release, the voice actresses comment about how Urobuchi, as a man, was somehow able to understand the psyche of girls through his characters very well, making the show popular with females as well. They subtly meant to contrast that to the lack of realism in other depictions of females in many recent and older anime.

Though I think the award was given because it allowed the characters to be understood well between both men and women. Madoka's family no doubt also played a role, too.
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