Release date: 2007-10-02
"Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro" is the story about a schoolgirl who lost her father because of an mysterious accident.
To solve the circumstances of his death she makes a contract with a demon. The demon named Neuro happens to have a great interest in mysteries and so the two of them get along well.
The second episode is about a schoolgirl who gets murdered on a traffic crossing. The victim is a snobby girl dressed in lolita fashion. The lolita looks more like a cosplay lolita, but the viewer will know the meaning behind it. And of course her weapon is a frilly parasol!
I watched a few episodes but I think the series is not that good. The lolita episode made me laugh but for the moment that's the only highlight. Maybe the anime will get better in later episodes.
Gothic & Lolita ISBN: 978-0-7148-4785-6 Publisher PHAIDON 29.95€.
In over 270 pages you can see different styles and outfits of Harajuku-Fashion photographed by Masayuki Yoshinaga, with some information about the model.
The most pics are from lolitas and goths.
This photobook is like the well known 'FRUITS' photobook. Curious people in extreme outfits on the street get photographed.
The book ruined my illusions about sweet and pretty lolitas in Japan. The most shots are very unfavourable, the models look like cows or some unknown creature. But it shows a realistic picture of Japanese people. Not all Japanese look like Gackt or Ayumi Hamasaki (plastic-sugery ahoi!)!
And I started thinking that all lolitas in Japan wear the same dress from 'Angelic Pretty'...
It depends on the item how to wash it right. Some clothing needs special detergent and handling, like velvet as an example. If you don't know how to handle it right, please go to a professional dry-cleaning service, they may help you.
All the following information is based on what I have found trough research on the net. I in fact never have spoken to Japanese lolitas in real life, therefore the information might not be correct at all. Furthermore, I am not a member of any special lolita community nor do I attend gatherings of lolitas. I just like the style of dressing and wear lolita-themed stuff for my own sake.
These documents might be useful for the interested in lolita fashion with little to no prior knowledge about that matter.
Most of the following information handles the western lolita subculture. Please note that there are numerous differences between the lolita subcultures in Japan and the west.
The lolita (ロリータ, rorita, sometimes ロリータ・ファッション) subculture, also known as gothic lolita (ゴスロリ, gosu rori) in the west, has been existing since the early 1980s in Japan, is related to the gothic and punk subcultures and has nothing to do with the novel from Vladimir Nabokov or even cosplay.
In the later half of the 1990s, the lolita style got accepted as a regular fashion style. It is inspired by the European child fashion between the 19th century, especial the victorian and edwardian era and the mid of the 20th century. Another source of inspiration are artworks and novels that have their origin in this time period, i.e. 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', actors (i.e. Shirley Temple, whose name also appears as the brand of a Japanese lolita label, or Audrey Hepburn), antique dolls, anime and manga (Candy Candy, Lady Georgie or works of Ryoko Ikeda). There are elements of gothic and punk as well.
The foundations in the 1970s were laid by labels like 'Milk' and 'Pink', which designed cloths in style of 'Little House on the Prairie'. Remember Nelly Oleson?
A number of artists made the style popular: Mana from the group Malice Mizer/Moi Dix Mois is just the most well-known example. He created his own brand for 'elegant gothic lolitas' and 'elegant gothic aristocrat' named 'Moi-même-Moitié'.
Since the milleniums start, this fashion style got popular in the west, but was first seen as a deviation of anime cosplay, not as a subculture of it's own. This view is about to change, and the first western communities are forming.
Unlike cosplay, where fans wear self made costumes, the lolita fashion subculture emphasizes the importance of popular Japanese fashion brands (Angelic Pretty, Baby The Stars Shine Bright....). Certain jewelry brands like 'Vivienne Westwood' are also favoured.
In the early 2000s, it was very difficult to get pieces of Japanese brands in the west, because most of the stores only shipped within Japan. There were import stores like "Celga" or "Shopping Mall Japan" on the net, however. The large lolita community in the west was first noticed by famous lolita brand 'Metamorphose temps de fille', which started with an English-language onlineshop.
Today, there are lolita brands made in the west, like 'In The Starlight' and stores like 'Mustang Fashion', who operates from the Netherlands, or the desired 'Baby, The Stars Shine Bright' store in Paris. Western lolitas rejoice.
Most lolita styles are quite similar: they mostly consist of dresses with petticoats and ruffle bloomers, buckle shoes called "Mary Janes", alternatively plateau-shoes with wooden sole (Rocking Horse Boots), knee high socks, headgear like straw hats or headpieces with lace and ribbons, as accessory a matching handbag, lace gloves and lace parasol.
Make sure you have a big wallet or a dumb boyfriend, because lolita fashion is very expensive. For example a hat would cost up to €90,- and more from Japan including shipping and customs duty!
In the west the lolita lunatics are strictly following dresscodes and guidelines made for the fashion style, but no one actually knows who set this guidelines up. Western lolita seems like a irrational secular substitute religion based on myths, rituals and symbols. I have no clue if the same things happen in Japan.
In international communities, such as ' LiveJournal.com', they are mocking each other based on their specific way of dressing, to an extend that eclipses the mocking in cosplay communities. This led to most people generally disliking western lolitas, but please make your own decision!