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Loli and Lolita in anime (non-Hentai – Misused, Misunderstood, Misrepresented

Illogicalzen writes:

The Lolita or ‘Loli’ character has become ubiquitous in anime over the years, with numerous series employing younger characters or those dressed in Lolita fashion to varying affects. In a more general sense, Lolitas of ‘Lolis’ are young women and men who dress as anachronistic visual representations of Victorian-era dolls, covered from head to toe in lace, ruffles, and bows. This term in the west is most often associated with the title character of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 novel, depicting an adolescent girl who has a sexual relationship with her middle-aged stepfather; in Japan however ‘Lolita Complex (lolicon)’ also refers more generally to older men who are attracted to young girls. Part of the problem with these terms however is the way they are used an interpreted in conjunction with anime and the numerous ways with which the Lolita is represented in the anime medium.

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ExCest1401d ago (Edited 1401d ago )

It's definitely been overused in the wrong way. But that just means the word took on a slightly different definition as time wore one. Take the word "f*ggot"; it used to mean a pile of sticks. Now what is it? And neurotic took a slight change. And many other words as well.

BUT NOW LOLIS DOMINATE THE ANIME INDUSTRY! It's getting increasingly harder to find a show without one loli or more.