Joseito (a school girl)
2006 / Japan / Color / HDCAM / 24min
Directed by Oku Shutaro
Original story : Osamu Dazai
Artwork : Tadashi Gozu
Music : Mako Kuwabara
Production : © TOEI ANIMATION CO.,LTD./ NEGA
“Joseito” is an animated version of the timeless novel “Joseito” about a young girl (English title: “A School Girl”), by Osamu Dazai (1909 –1948).
The great Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata praised the young heroine of “Joseito,” calling her, “sweet, appealing and noble.”
“Joseito” was a medium-length novel of Osamu Dazai’s middle period (published in 1939) and was written as a monologue following the experiences of the heroine one summer’s day (from waking up in the morning, to going to school, until she sleeps). The flow of the young heroine’s emotions, her moods, her impatience and her dual awe and hate of adults is eccentric and makes her accessible to young girls living in modern Shibuya and Shinjuku. Her endless monologues are scattered with popular words of the time, similar to the way in which young girls speak now.