The cover of the first volume of Fire!
|Written by||Hideko Mizuno|
|Published by||Asahi Sonorama|
|Original run||1969 – 1971|
Fire! (ファイヤー! Faiyā!?) is a shōjo manga series by Hideko Mizuno about the rise and fall of an American rock star named Aaron. It was serialised in Seventeen from 1969–1971 and won the 1970 Shogakukan Manga Award. The hedonistic Aaron is neither a 'boy next door' character, nor a 'shining prince', and Sandra Buckley states that it was his 'non-conventional, rebellious behavior' that was part of the attraction for the fans of Fire!. It was innovative for shōjo manga by having the first sexually explicit scenes in post-World War II manga, and by having a male protagonist. The story has been read as a "conservative morality tale", but Buckley states that this ignores the two-year run of readers following Aaron's exploits avidly. There are accounts of teenage girls queueing for the next issue to come out.
- Buckley, Sandra (1991) "'Penguin in Bondage': A Graphic Tale of Japanese Comic Books", pp. 170-171, In Technoculture. C. Penley and A. Ross, eds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota ISBN 0-8166-1932-8
- 小学館漫画賞：歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 19 August 2007.
- Frederik L. Schodt (1983). Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics. Kodansha.