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Old school lolita in anime 
28th-Mar-2014 10:04 pm
It seems that the community is pretty well aware of the series Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa, which features plenty of fashionable characters. But have you heard of its prequel?
Gokinjo Monogatari (Neighborhood Story) came out in 1995. It follows the lives of a group of fashion students. A number of styles are represented, but I wanted to share some screencaps of one particular character, P-chan, who donned some adorable 90s Lolita outfits!

In the show, she is portrayed as loving dolls and childish things, constantly carrying around her teddy bear named Pucci Francois. She's a sweet, loveable girl and kind friend to the others. Her outfits often feature some kind of hat and frequently involves plaid in various colors. I like how cutesy-carefree she is and how poofy her pigtails are under her large-brimmed hats and headbows <3



29th-Mar-2014 02:14 am (UTC)
Very cute! I love seeing accurate Lolita in anime and manga! I think a lot of older shows had it more so than newer shows it seems.
29th-Mar-2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think you're right about that. I wonder why that is?
30th-Mar-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
My wild guess is, since this work was produced before the fashion's rise in popularity, you had to be actually knowdlegeable about Lolita to portray it in the media. Now that part of the fashion has trickled into the background of society and people don't have to go and specifically research about it to know that it exists and what is it like, they just go with whatever they remember or think that fits with the look, and end up half assing it.
30th-Mar-2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
If I recall well, Hayao Miyazaki said that the manga and anime industry is more or less ran by geeks and otakus who often play their cards with a masculine public in mind. So their portrayal of Lolita would be mostly based on outdated conceptions of it that they learnt themselves from older anime without putting much research into it.

That's only an hypothesis though.
29th-Mar-2014 02:27 am (UTC)
Awh, she's so cute! Also, her style is something that most people wouldn't picture if you just said "old school", but I love it so much more. I'd never seen this character before, so thank you for sharing!
29th-Mar-2014 03:10 am (UTC)
D'aww she's so cute. Not much of a fan or tartan/plaid, but it looks so cute on her. Pucci Francois...I want to steal that name for my Usakumya pochette.
29th-Mar-2014 08:36 am (UTC)
oh my gosh i'm in love with her *__* Isn't this also the series where Ai Yawaza made herself a character?? xD Like she's supposed to be a teacher or something i think...
29th-Mar-2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yep! She is the principal :)
30th-Mar-2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
awww :') ai yazawa is such a cutie
29th-Mar-2014 08:46 am (UTC)
omg, she's si cutr! maybe i'll find this series after my internet connection more better
29th-Mar-2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
This is lovely to hear about! I knew Paradise Kiss but I've never heard of Neighbourhood Story so I'll definitely have to check it out.
29th-Mar-2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
If you like Neighborhood Story and Paradise Kiss, have you checked out the manga Cat Street? It also features an old-school lolita who aspires to start her own lolita line. While she unfortunately isn't as developed as the other main characters, it still goes into her life as a lolita, her thoughts and even being shunned for it. I'm a big Ai Yazawa fan and I found Cat Street was really similar to some of her work.

I wish I knew more anime & manga that featured lolitas like this! I always like seeing them anyway but it's a bit disappointing when they seem to wear it more as a costume than anything.

Edited at 2014-03-29 04:25 pm (UTC)
30th-Mar-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I loved her in the tv drama version <3
29th-Mar-2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
X-Day was a manga (only two books long) that featured a 90's gothic Lolita character. It doesn't seem to get brought up a lot when people talk about Lolita in manga.
29th-Mar-2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
It was licensed by tokyopop on the USA but it seems it wasn't very sucessfull. I really liked that character design :D
29th-Mar-2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
P-chan is a character I always bring out when we start talking on the local comunity about manga lolitas :D I really like her, and I kinda wished she had more appearances on the manga, hell she only appeared on ParaKiss as a cameo D:
30th-Mar-2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Gaaaahh these pictures make me so nostalgic! I miss seeing those fluffy pigtails and subdued colors <3
30th-Mar-2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I love her outfits. I think it might be time to attempt a more subdued, but not quite old school, Lolita look. Thanks for posting this~!
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