Fire! (manga)

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Fire! by Hideko Mizuno v1 cover.jpg
The cover of the first volume of Fire!
Written by Hideko Mizuno
Published by Asahi Sonorama
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Seventeen
Original run 19691971
Volumes 4
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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[1] and won the 1970 Shogakukan Manga Award.[2] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b 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
  2. ^ 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. 

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