Year 24 Group

Year 24 Group (24年組 Nijūyo-nen Gumi) refers to one of two female manga artist groups which are considered to have revolutionized shōjo manga (girls' comics).[1] Their works often examine "radical and philosophical issues", including sexuality and gender issues,[2] and many of their works are now considered "classics" of shōjo manga.[3] Many of those in the first group, Fabulous Year 24 Group (花の24年組 Hana no Nijūyo-nen Gumi), also known as the Forty-Niners, were born in Shōwa 24 (1949).[4] The exact membership is not precisely defined, but includes Yasuko Aoike, Moto Hagio, Riyoko Ikeda, Yumiko Ōshima, Keiko Takemiya, Toshie Kihara, Ryoko Yamagishi, Minori Kimura, Nanae Sasaya, and Mineko Yamada.[4][5] A second group, known as Post Year 24 Group (ポスト24年組 Posuto Nijūyo-nen Gumi), includes Wakako Mizuki, Michi Tarasawa, Aiko Itō, Yasuko Sakata, Shio Satō, and Yukiko Kai.

The Year 24 Group significantly contributed to the development of subgenres in shōjo manga,[6] The Year 24 Group used bildungsroman genre conventions in their works.[7] Stylistically, the Year 24 Group created new conventions in panel layout by departing from rows of rectangles that were the standard of the time and using panel shape and configuration to convey emotion, and softening or removing panel borders.[8] At around the same time as the year 24 group were creating manga, shōjo manga magazines began serialising on a weekly basis.[9]

Moto Hagio and Keiko Takemiya lived in the same apartment in Ōizumi in Nerima, Tokyo from 1970 to 1973, in a situation similar to Osamu Tezuka's Tokiwa-so. Takemiya's friend Norie Masuyama lived nearby and was described by Moto Hagio as Takemiya's "brain staff". Masuyama was not a manga artist herself, but she introduced Takemiya to male homosexuality for women via Barazoku, which inspired Takemiya and Hagio to create shōnen-ai works.[10]

Comiket, the world's largest comic convention, was started by the dojinshi circle Meikyu (迷宮),[11][12] which began as a group for studying the works of various manga artists, including Moto Hagio.[12]

Works by Hagio and Satō were included in the shōjo manga anthology Four Shōjo Stories, published in North America by Viz Communications in 1996.[13]


  1. Thorn, Matt (February 1996). "Introduction". Four Shôjo Stories. Viz Communications. ISBN 1-56931-055-6. These women revolutionized the genre.
  2. Kan, Satoko (10 March 2007). ""Kawaii" ― The Keyword of Japanese Girls' Culture". 「対話と深化」の次世代女性リーダーの育成 : 「魅力ある大学院教育」イニシアティブ (in Japanese). お茶の水女子大学「魅力ある大学院教育」イニシアティブ人社系事務局. 平成18年度活動報告書 : 海外研修事業編: 200–202. NCID BA79052646.
  3. Suzuki, Kazuko. 1999. "Pornography or Therapy? Japanese Girls Creating the Yaoi Phenomenon". In Sherrie Inness, ed., Millennium Girls: Today's Girls Around the World. London: Rowman & Littlefield, p.247 ISBN 0-8476-9136-5, ISBN 0-8476-9137-3.
  4. 1 2 Thorn, Matt (2001). "Shôjo Manga—Something for the Girls". The Japan Quarterly. 48 (3). Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  5. Thorn, Matt (2005). "A History of Manga". Animerica: Anime & Manga Monthly. 4 (2,4, & 6). Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  6. "The Power of Girls' Comics". 2000-05-17. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  7. Matsui, Midori. (1993) "Little girls were little boys: Displaced Femininity in the representation of homosexuality in Japanese girls' comics," in Gunew, S. and Yeatman, A. (eds.) Feminism and The Politics of Difference, pp. 177–196. Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  8. Gravett, Paul (2004) Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics (Harper Design, ISBN 1-85669-391-0) page 79
  9. Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: Overviews, Robin Anne Reid
  10. conducted by Matt Thorn. "Hagio Moto: The Comics Journal Interview". Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  11. "Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture: The Man and His Work". Meiji University. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  12. 1 2 Noppe, Nele (September 3, 2014). "The cultural economy of fanwork in Japan: dōjinshi exchange as a hybrid economy of open source cultural goods". p. 100. (registration required (help)).
  13. Nishi, Keiko; Moto Hagio (February 1996). Four Shōjo Stories. Viz Communications. ISBN 1-56931-055-6.
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