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In Clothes Called Fat

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  353 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
From the pen of Moyoco Anno comes a stunning tale of self-image and self-loathing. In Clothes Called Fat details the lives of young women earnestly revealing the struggles women may have with their bodies and sexuality.

Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a loving boyfriend, but beneath a thin veneer is a young woman who is struggling with her s
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Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Vertical (first published July 25th 2002)
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Seth T.
Dec 11, 2015 Seth T. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
[A note: this review will contain depictions of nude women from the work being reviewed. Discretion is left to the reader.]

Review of In Clothes Called Fat by Moyocco Anno

The Ancient Near East was a land filled with gods and cosmologies at war with all others. The inhabitants of every nook and cranny had their own deities and their own religious customs and their own emphases. And as with the religions of today, the zealous devotees of one god were not particularly interested in tolerating the gods of their neighbours. It made sense for a cul
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Ruth
Aug 08, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, 2014-reads
If there is a manga that really establishes Anno Moyoco as the spiritual successor to Okazaki Kyoko, it is certainly In Clothes Called Fat. The subject matter, the darkness of human nature, and even the composition of scenes are reminiscent of her former employer–and yet very much all her own. Anno’s art is richer and more detailed than Okazaki’s, giving it a more polished look while still capturing the free spirit captured in the “sketch-like” style. It has clear influences from a great women’s ...more
Kate
Oct 31, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, lgbtq
This was a difficult read.
Meepelous
Mar 19, 2016 Meepelous rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, vertical
Considering how much I enjoyed this work, I couldn't help but feel like it was a tad bit simplistic - especially when it came to the dialog. I have no idea if this was in translation or not, this is the first story I've read by Moyoco Anno and I will definitely be checking out more.

Weight, body image and eating disorders are issues that a lot of us deal with on a daily basis, so it's easy to trivialize. That said, I can't recall ever reading a comic that dealt with this subject so head on or in
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Kristin
Aug 12, 2016 Kristin rated it liked it
This was very uncomfortable to read. The subject matter was difficult to swallow, but enjoyed the message all the same. The reason it is getting a 3 star is because of a few things. I didn't connect with any of the characters at all. I felt like the art was very messy and discontinuous at times, which lead me to reread entire pages.
World Literature Today
"Moyoco Anno’s In Clothes Called Fat is a gem in the sea of josei manga that succeeds in drawing the reader into a captivating tale of one woman’s quest for happiness in a body that just won’t allow it. In Clothes Called Fat isn’t a pretty affair. Instead, you’ll find a gritty read with perhaps no true heroes. Realistic circumstances married with raw emotion carried along by characters so flawed and realistic compel you to keep reading. Noko, once overweight and unhappy, keeps shedding pounds to ...more
Bahia
Jan 17, 2015 Bahia rated it really liked it
About bullying, self-esteem, and body issues, this slice of life manga captures the struggles that women face with their bodies and the dangers of eating disorders. The topic was unexpected in comparison to the type of manga that typically makes its way into translation, but in a refreshing way. This manga digs deep into the psyche of the main character in powerful ways, even as the rest of the plot is a bit under-developed. I would definitely recommend.
Alexandra
Sep 23, 2014 Alexandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-manhwa
Very interesting, and not at all what I'd been expecting. The MC gets seriously warped from bullying and there's not a happy ending. Hmm. Would have liked another volume.
Alisha Pants
Sep 24, 2015 Alisha Pants rated it liked it
gobbled this down in one sitting. guilty pleasure of a soap opera. almost believable but the antagonist was hard to relate with.
Alexandra
Jan 10, 2015 Alexandra rated it really liked it
I liked this, but it did not make me feel relieved or happy or at all encouraged.
xebec
Feb 25, 2016 xebec rated it it was ok
her drawings are beautiful, but the actual writing seemed pretty one dimensional
Anna
Mar 30, 2015 Anna rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
So hit-or-miss with Moyoco Anno. This was a definite miss. Everything was aw...ful.
Imibroccoli
Jan 07, 2015 Imibroccoli rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Plain awful. I have read manga my whole life and this is not IT.
Brian
Nov 20, 2016 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, health
This was disturbing, but it is supposed to be.
Rachel
May 26, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I picked this volume off of a bargain manga table not knowing what to expect. I read the blurb and was intrigued by the idea of the plot. I’ve never read a manga intended for mature readers, meaning it tells of aspects of life that are better dealt to the adults of the world. So liking the cover and the blurb and I bought it.

As stated above, the volume deals mostly with Noko, a young woman who is a little overweight. The plot takes place over several months and Noko’s dealings with her self ima
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Brett
Apr 13, 2016 Brett rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, josei
I will probably keep my review for this one pretty short, since most of what I feel like I'd say about this book is exactly what others before me have said - it's a difficult read, not afraid to shy away from happy endings and is all around a pretty ugly read into the darkness of human nature, and the dynamics of some forms of relationships.

Overall, I'd say it's worth a read if you find the premise interesting at all - you won't be let down in that regard. However, I did have a hard time reading
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Loveliest Evaris
If someone were to ask you what would be a good example of a josei manga, you should either direct their attentions to the wonderful works of Ai Yazawa with NANA or Paradise Kiss, or you can tell them to read this.

"In Clothes Called Fat" is a manga about a problem that is usually tackled by young adult novels with varying degrees of success. Honestly, it gets tiring because of course a teenager would have such problems with their sense of self. It's typical and expected and boring. In this story
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Jennifer
Jan 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Mayhem Books caught my attention when they focused a post on In Clothes Called Fat. The story focuses on Noko, an average girl who is rather fat. Her quiet disposition gets her bullied at work, and her weight is usually the point of harassment. She copes by eating food and leaning on her boyfriend- at least until she finds out that he is sleeping with her co-worker. Noko tries desperately to save her job and relationship by loosing weight.

By no means this is an easy read. The story deals with a
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John Pistelli
Mar 14, 2016 John Pistelli rated it liked it
Further beginner's adventures in manga. In Clothes Called Fat's creator, Moyoco Anno, was a protege of Kyoko Okazaki, author of Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly, which I thought was brilliant. This book, detailing the weight-loss struggle of an office worker named Noko, agreed with me less—though, again, I was impressed with the total refusal of piety or political correctness in dealing with subject matter that most western artists, male and female, would probably treat with mind-numbing moral ...more
Genevieve
Jan 26, 2016 Genevieve rated it liked it
A sad strange tale of a overweight office worker whose life is not going they way she planned. Noko is quiet, depressed and extremely unhappy with her weight. She's used by her boyfriend and bullied at work because of her appearance. Things will get better if she just loses all the weight; of course nothing is ever that simple and things don't magically become better once you're "beautiful". I really enjoyed this manga and while its depiction of the bullying and treatment Noko receives from ...more
Monique
Mar 18, 2016 Monique rated it really liked it
This book is dark. In its depiction of mental illness it pulls no punches. People are nasty, Noko is a broken human and there is no happy ending.

The cover of Anno's book is as striking and raw as the contents. This is a story of a woman fighting madness. Her eating disorder a closely linked to her lack of self-worth.

Anno seems to be making a commentary on bullying and society's obsession with thinness, but I found Noko's personal demons far more intriguing.

In Clothes Called Fat is not an easy
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Molly
Jan 06, 2016 Molly rated it really liked it
{3.5 }

I loved the story. I loved how angry I got certain scenes. Anything that gives me actual emotions is amazing. I wasn't a huge fan of the "main" story; if that makes sense. All of the characters, aside from Noko, seemed pretty flat. I mostly enjoyed reading Noko's thoughts/reasoning and watching her transform mentally and physically. I suppose I was expecting a story more about that. I read this in one sitting and very much enjoyed it. Disturbing — in an eye opening way. Aggravating — in a
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littlefaline
Aug 14, 2014 littlefaline rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, despite it being quite bleak and depressing. I found the main character quite likeable and understandable. the antagonist was interesting enough to be believable (particulary when Noko acts out like her, you can see a reflection of them in one another) and her partner was also someone i can see actually existing.

The art style is really appealing to me and you can tell that Anno has worked under Kyoko Okazaki. Okazaki's influence is very clear, but i think Anno explo
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Selena
This reminds me a lot of Pink and Helter Skelter. It is a look into the darker side of the human psyche.

In Clothes Called Fat follows Noko, a girl who is punished by those around her for being fat. She becomes determined to lose weight to the point of eating disorders in an attempt to escape the label of "fat."

This is one of those horrifying looks into society.
Miss
Jul 02, 2015 Miss rated it liked it
lord this book's universe is mean. it worked for me but. MEAN.

this book follows noko, an overweight office worker with an unhealthy though highly recognizable relationship with food (you've heard of the phrase eating your feelings? that). it deals with workplace bullying, poor self-esteem, eating disorders, and a host of other unpleasantness. it's...mmm, i don't want to say realistic because i think people use that word for anything dark or cynical and i don't actually think that's a worldview t
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Sophie
Aug 13, 2014 Sophie rated it it was amazing
I bought this yesterday, read it all in one sitting today. The artwork reminded me a little of Kyoko Okazaki - who I love! I also realized that I had read another of Moyocco Anno's work - Sakuran - and I was impressed to see the diversity of her work.

I would highly recommend this josei manga. It deals with the struggles of office bullying, self-esteem, fat-shaming, cheating, dieting, eating disorders, and alienation. It's done is a remarkably realistic way, the characters have complexity, and th
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Algona Public
Nov 05, 2014 Algona Public rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, mara
If you're interested in issues related to compulsive eating and beauty standards, this book will be of interest to you. This book tackles the subject of self-image and eating disorders in a very effective manner that can be hard to read at times. The central character in this story, Noko, is struggling to find her identity, believe in her self-worth, and express her true self to the world. While I appreciated the author's effort, ultimately this book lacked a cohesive narrative and tried to ...more
Alenka
Aug 07, 2015 Alenka rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is very dark and very real. Pretty much everyone in Noko's life uses her for her body and fails to treat her like a human being. Whether it's a mean girl at work, her screwed up, abusive boyfriend, or even a co-worker who is supposedly "helping" her get back at the woman who's ruining her work life, everyone hurts Noko because she is fat. Noko internalizes all the negative narratives swarming around her and spirals from stress eating into bulimia. A scary look at how eating disorders are ...more
m_miriam
Nov 02, 2014 m_miriam rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
I appreciated that this work tackles the subject of self-image and fatphobia, the internal dialogue of the main character, Noko, felt true to me and I also believed the ugly self-hatred and misogyny displayed by her inconsistent boyfriend. Also, the artwork is impressive and communicates a profound level of vulnerability and confusion on the part of Noko. That said this work definitely felt over the top, that the author tried to weave too many discordant story-lines, and it lacked a cohesive ...more
Emily
May 25, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I went into this book not really sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. It is not so much as a graphic novel with a clear linear plot as much as it is a portion of a character's life where she struggles with a eating disorder and the people around her who contributed to it. It's more about the way that people look at eating disorders and how someone feel into that position in the first place. It is an interesting read if you get a chance to pick it up
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Moyoko Anno (安野 モヨコ) is a Japanese manga artist and a fashion writer, with numerous books published in both categories. Her manga and books have attained considerable popularity among young women in Japan. Though she primarily writes manga of the josei demographic, her most popular series, Sugar Sugar Rune, (serialized in Nakayoshi) is targeted at primary school-aged girls. In a rec
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