Cover from the English paperback version of the Kamikaze Girls novel
|Written by||Novala Takemoto|
|English publisher||Viz Media|
|Directed by||Tetsuya Nakashima|
|Written by||Tetsuya Nakashima|
|Music by||Yoko Kanno|
|Released||13 May 2004|
|Written by||Yukio Kanesada
|English publisher||Viz Media|
|Original run||June 11, 2004 – ongoing|
Kamikaze Girls, originally released in Japan as Shimotsuma Story–Yankee Girl & Lolita Girl (下妻物語――ヤンキーちゃんとロリータちゃん Shimotsuma Monogatari-Yanki-chan to Rorita-chan?), is a 2002 light novel written by Novala Takemoto. It has been adapted into a manga and film.
Kamikaze Girls centers on two students, Momoko Ryugasaki (Kyoko Fukada) and Ichigo "Ichiko" Shirayuri (Anna Tsuchiya), who are from completely different backgrounds: one is a Lolita girl, the other, her antithesis, a Yankī. The story showcases their friendship.
The movie was released on DVD in the United States in January 2006 under the title Kamikaze Girls. The movie was filmed in the town of Shimotsuma, in the Ibaraki Prefecture in Eastern Japan. The movie premiered in 2004. The U.S. DVD has English subtitles hardcoded and the original Japanese vocals and musical score. The DVD extras include the original Japanese movie trailers, an interview with each of the movie's two stars, along with a music video by Anna Tsuchiya. A Blu-ray Disc of the film with optional English subtitles, the same extras and the short film Birth of Unicorn Ryuji was released in the United Kingdom by Third Window Films in February 2010.
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The book begins with Momoko talking about her life as a Lolita living in a small town in the Japanese countryside. She is the only Lolita in her town and has no friends, but she doesn't care and believes that her Lolita clothes are all she needs to make her happy. When she runs out of money though she becomes obsessed with getting clothes from Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, her favorite clothing boutique. She decides to sell some of her father's old bootleg clothes. When Ichiko, a member of an all-girl biker gang finds out about the bootleg apparel, she decides to take a look and is easily impressed with them. She soon shows up at Momoko's house almost daily to buy stuff for the members of her gang.
When it comes time for Momoko to show Isobe, the work she did on the dress he needed embroidered, she arrives on time and everyone loves her work. When it comes time for the photo shoot though there is an accident and the model can not do the shoot. Being the only person there the right size to wear the dress, Ichigo hesitantly agrees to model even though she hates Lolita fashion.
When the members of Ichigo's biker gang find out about her modeling, they are enraged and decide to throw her out of the gang. They plan to challenge her, which means beating her up very badly. Momoko finds out about the challenge and goes to Ichigo's aid. After accidentally scaring the gang out of their minds, Momoko is considered the winner and saves Ichigo, who she secretly believes to be the best friend she could ever have.
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- Momoko Ryugasaki (竜ヶ崎桃子 Ryūgasaki Momoko?) - Kyoko Fukada (Young Momoko Ryugasaki: Mayuko Fukuda)
- Ichigo Shirayuri (白百合イチゴ Shirayuri Ichigo?) - Anna Tsuchiya
- Dame Oyaji (Momoko's father) - Hiroyuki Miyasako
- Momoko's mother (Saionji Midori) - Ryoko Shinohara
- "Unicorn" Ryuji (一角獣の龍二 Ikkakujū no Ryūji?) - Sadao Abe
- Momoko's grandmother - Kirin Kiki
- Akimi (亜樹美?) - Eiko Koike
- Miko (ミコ?) - Shin Yazawa
- Akinori Isobe (磯部明徳 Isobe Akinori?) - Yoshinori Okada
- Yakuza boss - Hirotaro Honda
- Grocery store manager - Yoshiyoshi Arakawa
- Pachinko Parlor manager - Katsuhisa Namase
- Director - Tetsuya Nakashima
- Director of Photography - Shoichi Ato
- Production Designer - Towako Kuwashima
- Animation - Yojiro Nishimura (Studio 4°C)
- Music - Yoko Kanno
The manga version of Kamikaze Girls comprises only one volume and is a condensed version of the novel. The main part of the manga only takes up about half of the book, and afterward is a bonus story where Ichigo falls in love with the twin brother of the guy she fell in love with in the novel. Viz Media licensed the manga for an English-language release in North America and published it on February 7, 2006.
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