Review of Little Boy: The Arts of Japan’s Exploding Subculture (2005)


Murakami Takashi (editor).

The aesthetics of postwar pop culture in Japan.

A hybrid of a coffee-table art book and an academic thesis, published by Yale University to accompany the “Little Boy” exhibition by artist Murakami Takashi.

References here: “Momotaro’s Sea Eagles” (1943), Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon (1982), “Daicon IV Opening Animation” (1983), Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: A War in the Pocket (1989), Crayon Shin Chan: Attack of the Adult Empire (2001), She, the Ultimate Weapon (2002), Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters (2006), “A Man Who Lived Bravely, Confronting a Tough Reality” (2006), The Boy and the Heron (2023).

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