REVIEW: In the Clothes Called Fat by Anno Moyoco

Title: In the Clothes Called Fat (SHIBOU TO IU NA NO FUKU O KITE)
Author:  Anno Moyoco
Received:  Free via iPad app Manga Storm. This book can also be read for free via MangaFox.

Synopsis:

(Taken from MangaFox)

A story that wonderfully depicts the emotions of an overweight woman with low self-esteem surrounded within the harsh environment of slim and good-looking women. She then decides to lose weight after getting dumped by her lover. The consequences and side-effects are explored further after the ‘achievement’..is it what she really wished for?

Review

Noko is a 20 something living in  Japan, working in an office environment. Her coworkers and friends are all skinny, making Noko stand out like a sore thumb. I think, because I am an American, seeing a fat person is pretty common. But maybe, culturally, it’s a huge deal in Japan. For Noko, she is often the butt of fat jokes and snide remarks.

in-the-clothes-coverI am not 100% sure if that is how fat people are treated in Japan, so I don’t know how realistic it is in that regards. But I can definitely understand her mind/thought process when it comes to eating food. Even though she is obsese, she has a long term boyfriend who she had been with for years. He seemingly accepts her for who she is and you’ll notice how I said “seemingly”. Whenever Noko has a hard day at work and feels like she should do something about her weight, her boyfriend insists that she doesn’t and gets upset whenever she talks about her body image.

When she discovers that her long time boyfriend is cheating on her, Noko feels that she has totally reached the bottom in her life and vows that she is going to make lifestyle changes and lose weight. Noko even joins a fitness program through a company (kind of like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, etc.) But this company is more extreme and really expensive. In fact, they really scream “scam”.

Someone is out to sabotage Noko’s diet and pays the company even more money to NOT help Moko lose weight. So imagine their surprise when Moko loses weight anyway? Not only that but she’s lost weight so fast that her own coworkers did not even recognize her.

But, is losing weight going to solve all of Moko’s problems? Not only that, but how exactly is she losing weight?  In the Clothes Called Fat is an interesting manga about self-confidence, self-respect, body image, and eating disorders.

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4 Comments

  1. Sinist says

    Engrossing read–Anno does a good job of getting the reader inside the characters’ heads. No one is particularly likeable, but it’s an interesting story.

  2. Hilary says

    The whole story line is really unexpected, and… rare let’s say. Fat Japanese is like some sign,, some surrealistic signature I’d even say.

  3. Jessica says

    Never read a Japanese author before. Maybe will take this as a first shot.

  4. Jessy says

    Oh these Japanese guys… they are so awkward usually.

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