Due to the subject matter of eating disorders, and their effect on this site in particular, I will recommend caution upon reading any further of this review, or even reading this manga (I debated not posting this at all).
Within In Clothes Called Fat, we get a peek into a screwed up world of people with passive-aggressive hatred, insecurity, and deep disturbance. As it turns out, it’s Japan in the nineties. This manga is clearly influenced by Japnese society, and everything that entails, but it’s something that can be related to anywhere. It was started by Moyoco Anno in 1997, and we see that as the main character, Noko, is typing away on her overbearing office computer. But this isn’t a piece sustained to one point in time. If anything we’ve gone downhill from there.
Everyone’s life experience is different in many ways, but the relation is undeniable. Noko is more than a doormat stepped on; she’s stomped on and berated constantly, covered with everyone’s dirt. It’s hard to blame this otherwise sweet girl for her decision. That’s the truth to In Clothes Called Fat. I won’t say it doesn’t offer hope, but it doesn’t deny the fact that Noko truly has no one in her life to care for her wellbeing at all. If anything it’s the opposite, as she becomes an object from which people can lash out with their own insecurities on. Noko’s boyfriend says it in honest depravity as he yells: “I like you fat, Noko.” What follows in this scene is unsettling, and proves that this may be one of the hardest manga ever to read.
It might even be too narrow to say that ICCF is a character study, because it doesn’t focus on just Noko, and it’s not limited to her experience. Somehow, within just one volume, Anno has created possibly the most real and deeply constructed characters ever conceived, of course in the most vicious way possible. To say that no one is likable is missing the point, even with Ms. Tabata, given so little page time, who may be the most twisted (or perhaps the least twisted) as she uses her own controlling and observant means to manipulate and hurt everyone in her office. It also has a lot to say by showing how almost all the people in Noko’s life want her to overweight for their own self-serving purposes. The strangest thing though is that the only person truly looking out for Noko is the brutally honest lady that runs a weight loss company.
Moyocco Anno’s artwork is perfect. It’s completely unique and fitting to this story, her characters all looking strung out on life, with the constant look of derangement in their eyes. I have unfortunately not been able to read too much of her work besides some Flowers and Bees and Sugar Sugar Rune (that will be remedied soon: talk about range) but I can’t think of a better scenario to show this incredible, sharp, and weird drawing style.
In Clothes Called Fat is a manga that might make you genuinely sick as you read it, as it tells its narrative and presents the subject matter in the most raw and realistic way possible. Anno is a fearless storyteller. It’s a dangerous work of art, something that will make you nauseous as you are reading it, but you will come out the other end with a better understanding of humans and life like never before.
T.W.: Eating Disorders
This was one of the most powerful manga I’ve ever read. It’s really intense.
ATTENTION!!! THIS is the CEO of the popular online store shopjeen (Erin Yogasundram) proudly wearing fucking black face on her Instagram page. DO NOT support this business. I am appalled that I gave money to this bigoted scumbag. Not to mention, their website had LOADS of “omg ghetto fabulous!!” garments and accessories modeled by - you guessed it - white models (sometimes donning cornrows). PLEASE spread the word as I know that this store is popular for Tumblr users.
Hi, so this post is utter bullshit.
If you took 10 seconds to go to this women’s blog before reblogging, you could easily find out that the person in this photo is not Erin. Erin is a WOC and looks like this:
From her tumblr, she wrote this:
The person dressed up as lil wayne in that photo is a small child. The caption, which was left out of the now viral tumblr post defaming me and my company was shaming and mocking the ridiculous costume choice.
and when the threats did not stop:
Again I’m NOT a small child with blue eyes. I’m a WOC, small business owner who is now receiving death threats due to a disgusting, defaming tumblr post that is surfacing. I did Instagram that photo on my personal account, with a caption MOCKING the ridiculousness of the Lil Wayne costume. It was pretty convenient to leave that part out, and frame me to be the person in the photo (who I repeat is clearly a CHILD). I am a full-figured, brown skinned woman with colored hair and brown eyes. Not to mention, I would NEVER do this.
I employ an extremely talented, diverse team and they make Shop Jeen the amazing success that it is. The thought that the spread of this inaccurate post hindering the company’s growth makes me sick to my stomach.
PLEASE fact check before you reblog stuff like this- this is serious.
I am absolutely distraught that my company’s name is being dragged through the mud without probable cause. This is traumatizing.
But of course, have I forgotten where I am? Ah yes, the land of tumblr where gullible is always written on the ceiling. Or so they say.
This really sucks for her. Tumblr is the worst at fact checking before spreading shit.
every woman on tumblr should have this on their dash
And every man
Look how nobody’s yelling or arguing or making things into a competition. Look how this is to straight up educate people through a different perspective. Look how effective that makes the message.
This story is on my blog and Facebook, but it’s not as big as thee Mike Browns, Ferguson or Trayvon Martins type of news, but it’s tremendously huge to me and some. This young boy dealt with bullying which is a major silent killer of the society we live in. He grew weary and took a gun to school to take his own life in the boys bathroom. This story was reported two weeks ago. Shaq was the young boy nickname as a metaphor bc he actually was bullied bc he had growing challenges, he was very small to be 14yrs old, his bodied wasn’t found until 11pm later that night…which is a mystery bc all day no one didn’t notice he was missing or concern. What makes the story more said is his parents moved to Florida from New York to stop the bullies attacking their son which apparently still didn’t work. Also they just buried their 3week old baby and now they will bury their middle son Shaq. My heart is extremely heavy, and hits to close to home for me. Suicide and bullying are massive silent killers. I want everyone to speak out against bullying and suicide. #RIPSHAQ #LAMARHAWKINS #SUICIDE #BULLYING 💔
Rest easy baby.
Jesus, that poor child and his family. Lord cover them and keep them in this time.
People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.
This is so important. Girls pay attention. Boys, if you are a brother, father, cousin of a girl, pay attention.
This is CRITICAL
This is sickeningly perfect.
"Are you holding on to something? Is there something in there?"
salute a real nigga when you see one
"The Bridesmaid" from Secret Romance #15 (1971) by Charlton Comics