noriko sasaki

anonymous asked:

kind of a random question... I was thinking about those fancy ~canon collections (Harvard Classics, Great Books of the Western World, etc) and now I'm wondering, if you were to organize one of these things for shoujo, what would be your picks? like, 30~50 essential shoujo titles?

That’s not a random question, that’s a REALLY HARD question!

Because you said classics, my list ended up being heavy on old stuff. And most of it is really popular titles, I guess because I think being popular and influential and having longevity is a big part of being considered a “classic”. I picked 30! No more than one title from one artist. Not all of these are manga that I, personally, enjoy. Most of them are not my favorite work by these artists. And this list could have been waaaaaay longer, but I was trying to be restrained!!!

Sorted by year of publication:

Princess Knight – Tezuka Osamu (1953, Nakayoshi)
Yuka o yobu umi – Chiba Tetsuya (1959, Shojo Club)
Himitsu no Akko-chan – Akatsuka Fujio (1962, Ribon)
Mahotsukai Sally – Yokoyama Mitsuteru (1966, Ribon)
Honey Honey no suteki na bouken – Mizuno Hideko (1968, Ribon)
Poe no ichizoku – Hagio Moto (1972, Betsusatsu Shojo Comic)
Rose of Versailles – Ikeda Riyoko (1972, Margaret)
Aeris no otome-tachi – Satonaka Machiko (1973, Shojo Friend)
Ace o nerae – Yamamoto Sumika (1973, Margaret)
Senrei – Umezu Kazuo (1974, Shojo Comic)
Haikara-san ga tooru – Yamato Waki (1975, Shojo Friend)
Glass Mask – Miuchi Suzue (1976, Hana to yume)
Kaze to ki no uta – Takemiya Keiko (1976, Shojo Comic)
Eroica yori ai o komete – Aoike Yasuko (1976, Princess)
Wata no kunihoshi – Ohshima Yumiko (1978, Lala)
Patalliro! – Maya Mineo (1978, Hana to yume)
Furansu-mado dayori – Tabuchi Yumiko (1978, Ribon)
Hiizuru tokoro no tenshi – Yamagishi Ryoko (1980, Lala)
Yukan kurabu – Ichijo Yukari (1981, Ribon)
Junjo crazy fruits – Matsunae Akemi (1982, Bouquet)
Tokimeki Tonight – Ikeno Koi (1982, Ribon)
Cynical Hysteria Hour – Kubo Kiriko (1982, Lala)
Kissho ten'nyo – Yoshida Akimi (1983, Shojo Comic)
Chibimaruko-chan – Sakura Momoko (1986, Ribon)
Hot Road – Tsumugi Taku (1986, Margaret)
Dobutsu no oishasan – Sasaki Noriko (1987, Hana to yume)
Itazura na kiss – Tada Kaoru (1990, Margaret)
Ten'nen kokekko – Kuramochi Fusako (1994, Chorus)
Kodomo no omocha – Obana Miho (1994, Ribon)
Gokinjo monogatari – Yazawa Ai (1995, Ribon)

ETA self-analysis: I don’t put much value on Nakayoshi in the history of shojo (I could have picked Candy Candy, Ohayo! Spank, Sailor Moon, and/or CCS, but I didn’t); I’m a Shueisha type of shojo reader (their magazines make up half of this list); I consider Ribon, Shojo Comic, and Hana to yume/Lala to be instrumental in the history of shojo; I really didn’t want to put Banana Fish on this list out of spite because she’s done so much better, haha. That sounds about right!