Abstract

Hit-Girl, the ultra-violent eleven-year-old character in the 2010 film adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s comic book Kick-Ass (2008), strongly resembles the Japanese anime/manga characters known as the sentō bishōjo or “beautiful fighting girls.” A comparison of Hit-Girl with the girl assassins of the Japanese series Gunslinger Girl, in both its manga (2002–2012) and anime (2003–04; 2008) versions, highlights the differences between Western and Eastern responses to violence, innocence, and gender performance. All four texts challenge traditional gender binaries with their representations of nurturing masculine individuals and dangerous female children.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 506-532
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-24
Open Access
No
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