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Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi (日出処の天子?, "Emperor of the Land of the Rising Sun"[1]) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Ryoko Yamagishi. It tells a fictionalised account of Prince Shōtoku, a political figure of sixth-century Japan who spread Buddhism, and his unrequited love for Soga no Emishi,[1] which is very unlike the traditionally known stories of these people.[2] It was serialized in Hakusensha's LaLa from 1980 to 1984. The individual chapters were published in four tankōbon under the Hana to Yume Comics imprint, which were released between January and November 1981.[3][4] Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi received the 1983 Kodansha Manga Award for the shōjo category.[5]

Manga

Hakusensha released the manga's four tankōbon between January and November 1981.[3][4] The manga was re-released into 8 tankōbon, which were released between March and October 1986.[6] [7] The manga was re-released into 7 bunkobons, all released on March 17, 1994.[8]

Reception

Frederik Schodt described Yamagishi's portrayal of Prince Shōtoku as being "a scheming, cross-dressing homosexual with psychic powers".[1] According to Schodt, Yamagishi's innovation was not in writing a manga with homosexual themes, but in taking Prince Shōtoku, a revered figure in Japan who "until recently" was featured on the 10,000 yen bank note,[9] and portraying him as homosexual and cross-dressing.[1] Schodt notes that the period is "ideal" for shōjo manga, as the relationships shown are highly complex, and the costumes are exotic.[1] In a pivotal scene, a Shinto miko's ritual to bring rain in the middle of a drought fails, as Prince Shōtoku said it would.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Schodt, Frederik L. (1996). Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. pp. 182–186. ISBN 978-1880656235. 
  2. Girls' Stuff, January (?) 94
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  5. Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
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  9. Aestheticism

Further reading

  • Masanao Amano, Julius Wiedemann (2004) Manga Design
  • Helen McCarthy (2006) 500 Manga heroes & villains

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