Schilling, M., The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture (New York: Weatherhill, 1997). (Tokyo: Shūeisha, 2004-Publication in progress). 51, no. Heibonsha, (ed. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2751472. In the manga series, gaijin (foreigners) are replaced with Amanto, extra-terrestrial aliens who invaded the land of samurai and subdued the Bakufu into their puppet. Representations of Shinsengumi in Gintama could therefore be considered as a reflection of the group’s social images in the twenty-first century. See also, Ozaki. Saaler, S., Politics, Memory and Public Opinion: The History Textbook Controversy and Japanese Society (Munich: Iudicium Verlag, 2005). In general, Gintama’s comedy really is elite, especially in later episodes. ), Historical Consciousness, Historiography, and Modern Japanese Values (Kyoto: International Research Centre for Japanese Studies, 2006). Episode 189 (with Part A and Part B) Part A: It’s Better to Take Care of this Year’s Business Within … Disclaimer: This video is purely fan made, and I am not making any profit. Nishimura, S., Saraba, waga seishun no shōnen jampu [Farewell, Shonen Jump of My Youth] (Tokyo: Gentōsha bunko, 1997). Shinsengumi, a group of young men recruited by the Bakufu to protect Kyoto from radical Imperial House loyalists in the tumultuous Bakumatsu period, is romanticised and idolised in Japan despite its limited place in history. Also, anonymity of private criticism such as Amazon.co.jp reviews allows reviewers to express frank opinions. Vogel, E. F., Japan as Number One: Lessons for America (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979), After seeing this arc, it gave fans another reason to love the characters of … http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-8264-5_11. One-Man Army: The Shinsengumi Arc features him easily taking down an entire train car full of enemies with nary a scratch. In short, both characters are driven by their personal aesthetics, which are based on a strong awareness of their selves. It’s the slip arc, which actually takes place before the farewell shinsengumi arc, so you can expect to see old faces here. Permalinks for references are available in the HTML version of this article. Consequently, they face ‘greater uncertainty and apprehension, and have little hope for the future’.72 In this context, it is not surprising that Tōshirō is idolised as a modern-day hero since he is aware of the kind of life he wishes to lead, and is able to put it into practice. At the Yorozuya, the shinigami turned out to be a girl named Ikeda Asaemon. But both characters are not dispirited by these changes; Toshizō continues to fight as Shinsengumi to his very death even though the organisation has lost all legitimacy and Tōshirō continues to fight for Shinsengumi’s survival even though he has been dishonourably discharged from the force against his will. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2718464, Shaw, G. W., ‘Contemporary Japanese Literature: A Foreigner’s View’, Pacific Affairs, vol. With research interests in the social function of popular historical heroes such as Shinsengumi and in the construction of ‘the Japanese’ identity, she is currently exploring Japan as a research student at the Department of Advanced Social and International Studies, University of Tokyo. I just can’t get the original image out of my head’.35 The manga is also useful because in shaping the series, Sorachi and his editor are extremely sensitive to reader response collected from weekly surveys, sales data, fan letters and more.36 That is, character-making for Gintama involves negotiating images of Shinsengumi held by the author as well as the readers, with the author’s original input. Sorachi presents his interpretation of the popular hero by transporting Shinsengumi into a science-fiction, periodical comedy set in the fictional city of Edo, a mix of actual Edo from the Bakumatsu period and present Tokyo. However, in the case of Shinsengumi!, it is arguable that NHK’s representation of Shinsengumi was insufficient to satisfy the public’s longings.42 The drama series was focused on Kondō, the head of Shinsengumi, and ended with his execution. ), Nihonshi daijiten [Great Dictionary of Japanese History] (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1993). Shiba, R., Moeyo ken jō [Blaze, My Sword 1] 5th ed., 2 vols., vol. When an opponent soldier demands his identity, Toshizō, after deliberating for a moment, declares himself as not the deputy minister of the Ezo Republic, but as the vice commander of Shinsengumi. 57, no. Tsukuyo tries to collect the incense, but the smoke affects her. Nakamura, M., Contemporary Japanese Fiction: 1926-1968 (Tokyo: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1969). Shinsengumi-related products range from conventional media such as novels, games, manga, films and dramas to quirky items such as figurines, accessories, pets’ costumes and even an idol group, Shinsengumi Lien. 8, no. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316) Episode 314, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Seven: Karma, on Crunchyroll. The reasons for their attachment to Shinsengumi differs  slightly as Toshizō is concerned more with self-actualisation as Shinsengumi in contrast to Tōshirō, who identifies Shinsengumi as his sanctuary. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy, [REVIEW] The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media, Child’s Play? http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/25066744. During the fight, an opponent ridicules Gintoki’s action as a futile effort to protect ‘a grotesque, rotten country that has been devoured by the Amanto’ and advises him to instead revolutionise Edo like a proper jōi shishi.62 Gintoki refutes by correcting his opponent’s misunderstanding of the nature of his battle: Not once did I fight for this cheap country. Contrary to other ministers seeking to surrender to the new government, he charges out for the last time to fight his enemy. Tōshirō could become popular in the twenty-first century because his strong bond with Shinsengumi members constitutes the backbone of his personality in addition to his drive for self- determination. Responses to question four are most relevant as they relate to the readers’ construction of Hijikata. Thus an end comes to the tumultuous fate of Toshizō and Shinsengumi, and to their fleeting yet blazing appearance in Bakumatsu Japan. That is, results from first and second observations were used to identify recurring themes and to re-design questions and response categories. But the reviews are nonetheless useful to grasp a preliminary understanding of how readers imagine Hijikata because the time of publication is close or corresponding to the period when Tōshirō of Gintama is being produced. I even try not to think about the current state of affairs. Toshizō’s stern determination to practise his aesthetics of life as a fighter is also vividly illustrated in his anachronistic, futile fights against the new government resulting in death. Originating from kōdan or historical romances for commoners, taishū bungaku is rather ambiguously distinguished from junbungaku (pure literature).15 It is argued that the term was initially adopted in the early 1920s to differentiate works from pure literature as well as from the more vulgar fiction.16 Thus labelling a work as taishū bungaku did not necessarily connote that it was non-serious or even commercially popular.17 Nevertheless, the two genres became qualitatively differentiated as authors of junbungaku were considered ‘artists’ in contrast to their ‘artisan’ counterparts.18 This division was further solidified with the creation of separate literary awards for each style.19 However in recent years, postwar economic expansion, development of mass media, writers’ shift from one genre to another and a new generation of writers’, such as Murakami Haruki’s, experiment with postmodernity have further challenged the definition of pure and popular.20, For our purposes, it is sufficient to note that authors of junbungaku wrote more ‘for the sake of other writers’21 and were ‘withdrawn from concerning themselves with political and national affairs’.22 In contrast, taishū bungaku has traditionally been ‘absorbed and reflected by the masses through entertainment’.23 That is, popular literature exists precisely because the masses consider a work entertaining. The latter were established after two counts of review analysis to make a coherent synthesis of the responses. Turnbull, S., The Samurai Swordsman: Master of War (Tuttle Publishing, 2008). ———, ‘Moeyo ken ge [Blaze, My Sword 2] 5th ed., 2 vols., vol. For an analysis of the various risks present in contemporary Japan, see Kingston. 289-316, For a discussion of Shiba’s position as a ‘national writer’ of Japan, and the nexus between his works and Japanese nationalism, see Keene. Retrieved 19 September 2009, from http://www.participations.org/Volume%205/Issue%202/5_02_steiner.htm. 2 (2004), pp. http://www.nhk.or.jp/drama/html_news_shinsen.html. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.co.jp/. They are animated by Sunrise. I’m the last fortress protecting Kondō, the last sword  protecting Shinsengumi. Smith, H., ‘The Media and Politics of Japanese Popular History: The Case of the Akō Gishi’, in Baxter, J. C. Nonetheless, his self-determination as a Shinsengumi fighter is not swayed by these factors. If you want Kondō’s head, you’ve gotta beat me first. http://dx.doi.org/10.4159/harvard.9780674366299. Tōshirō exhibits attachment to Shinsengumi as a community of comrades and considers himself as the living shield for Shinsengumi. The character’s appeal must be considered in light of the fact that he was formulated in tune with the zeitgeist of rapid economic development within Japan during the 1970s. For those familiar with anime’s relationship with timeskips, they’ll know that it’s a series gateway to quick character… Kondō’s execution is ordered by the new government and many core members also perish in battles. • Sakata Gintoki. The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Maaaaaaany times with Kagura. But slapstick comedy is a hit or miss for me sometimes, and early Gintama comedy fell flat for me a few times. Episodes 100 to 105 were directed by Shinji Takamatsu and Yoichi Fujita, while in following episodes Fujita was the only director. That…you must not die…you have to survive…, Because Shinsengumi will not perish so long as you continue to exist, because we joined Shinsengumi for we admire you…, Kondō, you’re the soul of Shinsengumi and we’re the sword that protects it.59. It is purely for entertainment purposes and in no way meant to offend. ), new abridged ed., (Surrey: Routledge, 1997). This signifies a notable shift in the masses’ yearnings as their contemporary hero is not only autonomous, but also shares a filial kinship with people in his surroundings. It should be noted that despite their buying power, consumers, particularly fans (‘poachers’) of popular cultural products, are also subject to power differential against the producers (‘the landowners’), see Jenkins, Gramsci’s argument is relevant to our inquiry as the Italian readership of popular literature referred to in his studies is reasonably varied like the, This is not a claim to present the readership of, For example, female readers polled by Oricon voted, Author’s Lee, ‘Taiga dorama janru’, p. 149. Steiner, ‘Private Criticism in the Public Space’. (ed. 334: 6 "3000 Leagues in Search of a Scabbard" Transcription: "Saya o Tazunete Sanzenri" (Japanese: 鞘をたずねて三千里)November 5, 2017 (): Excalibur Arc Part One: The Yorozuya visits Tetsuko's blacksmith shop to resharpen Otose's husband's sword for his death anniversary.. 2 (Tokyo: Shinchōsha, 1996). As contemporary Japanese society has become stripped of the myth of homogeneity and tainted with concerns for increasing disparity and isolation, her people have come to crave a sense of community. Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. Gramsci, A., Forgacs, D. and Nowell-Smith, G., Selections from Cultural Writings (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 1985). Another important arc, it follows the team-up of two former enemies, revelations concerning the founding of the Shinsengumi and one of the arc's main antagonists, Isaburo and Nobume. During this period, Japan and her people have experienced dramatic changes as the golden period of rapid economic expansion gave way to the bust of economic bubble, and subsequently to the Lost Decades. When his subordinates complain about the irony inherent in police protecting the Amanto official who is technically a criminal, Tōshirō simply responds Shinsengumi are not Bakufu subjects. In this respect, reproductions of Hijikata in Moeyo ken and Gintama could be appreciated as reflecting popular imaginations of Shinsengumi as autonomous heroes. Since they were created by the Shogunate, they were under the direct control of Police Commissioner Matsudaira and are thus higher ranked than the normal police. There is nearly forty years of time difference between Moeyo ken and Gintama. In the course of their work, the Odd Jobs gang encounter many colourful residents of Edo ranging from Mademoiselle Saigō Tokumori, an ex-jōi shishi gay club manager, to the Shogun, Tokugawa Shigeshige.52 These characters typify Sorachi’s parodying of reality in Gintama as they are similar, but not identical, to the actual historical figures. Viewed in this light, they could be described as autonomous, self-determining heroes. Hijikata receives a cursed sword that causes him to act strangely, putting his position in danger. Things come to a head on Kokujo Island, as … In short, Shiba’s ideal hero is a man whose personal philosophy defies worldly logic and rationality. It will also introduce another antagonist who will change the course of this series. No doubt contemporary idolisation of Hijikata as an autonomous hero is also a likely result of the public’s frustration with finding and pursuing their individual goals. Shiraishi Kyōji is a proponent of such an argument, see Suzuki. Kirsti Rawstron Published January, 2011 Pages 57-77…, Hitomi Yoshida Published January, 2011 Pages 78-99…, Amelia Groom Published January, 2011 Pages 188-214…, New Voices in Japanese Studies is In Tōshirō’s case, his attachment to Kondō and Shinsengumi does not diminish his autonomy because his reliance on them is an act of volition flowing from his own assessment of his self and surroundings. http://life-cdn.oricon.co.jp/news/080422.html. Auto-update my anime list NO Discuss this episode Silver Soul is Gintama arc. No other text is more appropriate than Moeyo ken to extract the archetype imagination of Shinsengumi in post-war Japan. (I’m talking the Shinsengumi, Otsu, Ikumatsu, Tetsuko from the Benizakura arc…) This season of Gintama is actually more of a return to the original, before everything got serious. The Yorozuya and the entire district fall under the love potion's influence. They were sometimes given detective work beyond the scope of the regular police. Dreaming of self-actualisation amidst economic vivacity, the masses would have easily identified with Shiba’s pugnacious, peasant-born hero who actualised himself into the vice commander of Shinsengumi during the dynamic Bakumatsu period. Find out more with MyAnimeList, the world's most active online anime and manga community and database. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316 Dub) Episode 315, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Eight: Nobume, on Crunchyroll. Please enable Cookies and reload the page. As a text, Moeyo ken is open to numerous interpretations. Amazon.co.jp., Amazon.co.jp. VanderStoep, S. W. and Johnston, D. D., Research Methods for Everyday Life Blending Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009). This requires a consideration of who constitutes as the ‘silent majority’ in postwar Japan. Looking for information on the anime Gintama° (Gintama Season 4)? Kato, H., Powers, R. G. and Stronach, B., Handbook of Japanese Popular Culture (New York: Greenwood Press, 1989). Stretcher, M. C., ‘Beyond “Pure” Literature: Mimesis, Formula, and the Postmodern in the Fiction of Murakami Haruki’, The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. I won’t let anyone ruin our Shinsengumi. However, both characters share a common attribute; their determinations are unswayed by any external influences such as changes in the political climate or in their personal circumstances. Unfortunately, he ended up beating the Shinigami unconscious and brought it home. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00790.x. The following findings could be drawn from identifying popularly imagined Hijikata Toshizō as an autonomous, strong-willed hero. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316) Episode 316, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Nine: Farewell Shinsengumi, on Crunchyroll. Yoshiwara is a cool setting. Tōshirō eagerly stakes his life to fight for Shinsengumi, the crystallisation of his life. On this basis, Shinsengumi’s popularity will be explained by comparing Shinsengumi in Moeyo ken and its replication in Gintama (Silver Soul),9 a manga series by Sorachi Hideaki, and by discerning reader response to Moeyo ken from customer reviews on Amazon.co.jp. In short, Toshizō and Tōshirō are strong and single-minded heroes who are dictated by none other than themselves. As noted previously, most Shinsengumi-related texts are focused on Hijikata, even though he is only the vice commander. Thus when Toshizō is questioned whether his intention to strengthen and expand Shinsengumi stems from a desire to gain the status of a daimyō, a samurai lord, Toshizō strongly refutes the suggestion: Of course I don’t wanna become one. The Last Day of Hijikata Toshizō as a sequel to the taiga dorama (grand fleuve drama), ‘Shinsengumi!’.40 As a particular genre of historical narrative that ‘encourages and integrates present Japan by remembering and celebrating the past’, taiga dorama influences, and is influenced by the zeitgeist of the Japanese society..41 Like heroes of popular fiction, popular taiga dorama heroes exhibit values which resonate with the Japanese public. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21159/nv.04.08, New Voices Auto-update my anime list NO Discuss this episode I’m Hijikata Tōshirō, the vice commander of Shinsengumi!!). With Hijikata Tōshirō (hereafter Tōshirō) as the ruthless vice commander, Shinsengumi joins Gintoki’s adventures on many occasions. The upcoming samurai action game Gintama Rumble for PS4 gets another video featuring the popular Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc. What I was protecting before, and continue to protect today hasn’t changed one bit!! Not only do these responses reflect the nature of popular literature as a reflection of one’s ideals, they confirm Hijikata is popularly imagined and loved as a hero driven by self-determination. Oricon, ‘Ichiban waratta manga ichi i, joseikara ninki no gintama’ [The Funniest Manga, Gintama is Popular among Women]. No one can pass through me. Rather, he is focused solely on the interests of Shinsengumi which he and his friends such as Kondō, the chief commander, established with their bare hands. In turn, this could elucidate the underlying reason for popular romanticisation of Shinsengumi in contemporary Japan. Deci, E. L. and Ryan, R. M., Handbook of Self-Determination Research (Rochester: The University of Rochester Press, 2004). and ed. 3 (1935), pp. The most notable similarity in both renditions of Hijikata is their strong, almost- irrational determination to pursue personal objectives. Matsumoto, K., Shiba ryōtarō – shiba bungaku no basho [Shiba Ryōtarō – The Place of Shiba Literature] (Tokyo: Gakushū kenkyūsha 2001). Asahina, K. (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1997). ‘real…Hijikata’ stripped of the ‘hero-image’.61 In the same story arc, Gintoki sides with Hijikata to protect Kondō and Shinsengumi despite his past as a jōi shishi. Gintama is an anime franchise with several seasons end more of 350 episodes. The stunned soldier questions Toshizō’s intention, only to become further baffled when our hero proclaims, ‘I believe I have already stated my agenda. Readers are kindly reminded that popular understanding of Shinsengumi’s spirit could be located in its vice commander, Hijikata Toshizō, because his dedication to the organisation and his death as the end of Shinsengumi are indispensable to the myth of Shinsengumi. Not only is Hijikata the main protagonist of Moeyo ken and a major supporting character in Gintama, he also appears to be popularly appreciated as the epitome of Shinsengumi, the embodiment of its values and virtues. ———, ‘Shinsengumi!! Shimozawa, K., Shinsengumi shimatsuki [The Chronicles of Shinsengumi] revised ed. Nihon Hōsō Kyōkai, ‘Shinsengumi! Your IP: 5.189.132.13 Mack, E., ‘Accounting for Taste: The Creation of the Akutagawa and Naoki Prizes for Literature’, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, vol. This article will identify why Shinsengumi is appealing by comparing Shiba’s hero in Moeyo ken with its twenty-first century reincarnation in Gintama, a popular manga series, and by discerning reader response to Moeyo ken from customer reviews on Amazon.co.jp. Therefore, a scrutiny of these reviews could reveal the readers’ perceptions of the hero. Shaw, ‘Contemporary Japanese Literature’, p. 292. With their backdrop clouded by frequent media reports about problems of hikikomori, family breakdowns and neighbours turning into strangers, the public could only admire Tōshirō, who chooses to protect Shinsengumi, his community. Then, the significance of taishū bungaku will be examined to demonstrate that a comparative study of popular fictional heroes and their replications could reveal the masses’ consciousness. The Last Day of Hijikata Toshizo] (Japan, 2006). This arc isn’t like that. Yet when it comes to personalities, Sorachi’s Tōshirō is quite close to Shiba’s Toshizō. Although interesting, these interpretations do not explain Shinsengumi’s popularity as they are no more than fragmented speculations, void of voices of the actual fans ‘who appropriate popular texts and reread them in a fashion that serves different interests’.50 Discovering why this particular characterisation of Hijikata Toshizō is admired necessitates an inquiry into popular perception. Like Shiba’s hero who even welcomed death to advance his aesthetics as a fighter, Sorachi’s twenty-first century rendition of Hijikata is not afraid of fatal dangers inherent in his pursuit of personal aesthetics. 2 (May, 1998), pp. Whether this country or the samurai comes to an end – I don’t care. Lee, S., ‘Taiga dorama janru no tōjō to sono shakaiteki imi no keisei katei [The Politics of Taiga-drama: Advent and Process of the Formation of Social Meaning as a Genre]’, Tōkyō daigaku daigakuin jōhō gakkan kiyō [Journal of Information Studies], vol. The words Hijikata Toshizō cast on Kondō Isami, words which also continue to torment me.68. In fact, Sorachi describes creating his own version of Hijikata Toshizō, the vice commander of Shinsengumi and the main protagonist of Moeyo ken, as ‘destroying’ real Hijikata.37. (2006). hijikata toshizō saigo no ichinichi [Shinsengumi!! The episodes of the third season of the Japanese anime television series Gintama aired on Japan's TV Tokyo from April 3, 2008 to March 26, 2009. http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue20/aoyama.htm. being humane, empathetic, down-to-earth and/or straightforward), f) a man of integrity, g) a talented individual, and h) others. Retrieved 23 June 2009, from http://www.nhk.or.jp/drama/html_news_shinsen.html. Firstly, replication of Shiba’s Shinsengumi will be sourced from Gintama, a manga series currently being serialised by Sorachi Hideaki in Shūkan shōnen jampu (Weekly Boys Jump, hereafter Jump). Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura return as the fun-loving but broke members of the Yorozuya team! Toshizō, now the republic’s deputy minister for military, continues to be driven by his aesthetics as a fighter. It also forces Tōshirō to break the very code he imposed on Shinsengumi and thereby robs his standing as the vice commander. Material aspects of Sorachi’s Shinsengumi drastically differ from those of Shiba’s Shinsengumi; Tōshirō and his company ride patrol cars and use firearms such as bazookas in addition to their prized swords. Indeed, present romanticisation of Hijikata in this manner is most likely attributable to the enduring popularity and influence of Shiba’s characterisation of the hero. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00790.x. The vice commander continues in a manner reminiscent of Toshizō’s final moments in Moeyo ken. It will be demonstrated from these studies that a likely reason for the Japanese public’s romanticisation of Shinsengumi in recent years could be their attraction to autonomous, self-determining heroes who also appreciate the value of community. But this does not void that there is a large number of products related to Shinsengumi. 3 (1996), pp. Watch Gintama Season 3 (Eps 266-316) Episode 311, Farewell Shinsengumi Arc Part Four: Prison Break, on Crunchyroll. Published by The Japan Foundation, Sydney. Farewell, Shinsengumi Arc is the 62 nd arc in Gintama, continuing after the previous arc. Yoshiwara in Flames is just a cool arc. The first three response categories were adopted to check if a response corresponds to likely approaches to reading Moeyo ken previously canvassed in the article. See Stretcher, ‘Purely Mass or Massively Pure?’, and Kato et , Mack, ‘Accounting for Taste’, pp. ———, ‘Gin Tama. Published January, 2011 While not the first serious storyline, the Yoshiwara in Flames Arc was the first to truly push action to the forefront. Hillsborough, R., Shinsengumi: the Shogun’s Last Samurai Corps (North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing, 2005). The vice commander further explains to his men that as the head of Shinsengumi’s kindness will not let him ignore anyone or even an Amanto alien in danger, Shinsengumi will gladly accede to his will and save the alien. The masses of this age have witnessed the dangers associated with conforming to social demands as the society cannot assure the people of their future course. Strikingly, 64 per cent of reviewers described Hijikata as a self-determining person. Owee is a parody of Wii, a game console produced by Nintendo Electronics. 20 vols., trans. Zokuhen’ [Sequel to Shinsengumi!] Since historical accomplishments do not explain why Shinsengumi is romanticised and idolised, this article will discover why this particular group of young men continue to appeal to the Japanese public by looking at popular imaginations. 70 (2006), pp. Before we probe the readers, let us first consider the hero of Moeyo ken, Hijikata Toshizō (1835~1869), who will be referred to as Toshizō to distinguish the fictional character from the actual person or other versions. Farewell Shinsengumi Arc- While not necessary my favorite mangawise, the recent chapters made me accept the controverisal "Utsuro", which is the main flaw of this arc. With Nobunobu as the current Shogun and the Shinsengumi disbanded, Kondo and his group suffer the similar fate as Shigeshige by leaving Edo as they bid farewell to Gintoki, Kagura, Shinpachi, and Otae. Furlong, A., ‘The Japanese Hikikomori Phenomenon: Acute Social Withdrawal among Young People’, Sociological Review, vol. • Many readers appear to agree as 21 out of 23 users rated this review as useful. Sorachi’s Tōshirō is unconcerned about the interests of the Bakufu or the Japanese nation despite his position as the vice commander of a police force. According to Antonio Gramsci, entertainment in this context denotes more than amusement.26 Entertainment distilled in popular literature is ‘an element of culture’ as it adheres to changes in ‘the times, the cultural climate and personal idiosyncrasies’.27 These elements are produced through a careful calculation to make a novel successful by appealing to the moral and scientific ‘philosophy of the age’: the deeply embedded ‘feelings and conceptions of the world predominant among the “silent” majority’.28 Heroes in popular literature are thus able to attract readers because their narratives reflect the masses’ ideals. 56, no. ), Japanese Cultural Nationalism: at Home and in the Asia Pacific (Folkestone: Global Oriental, 2004). He is another archetype of Japanese men idealised by Shiba, whose view of male aesthetics concedes that a real man dies for his ‘risei to kigai (reason and spirits) as opposed to ideologies and discourses’.46. Ryan, R. 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