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In Clothes Called Fat

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  803 ratings  ·  133 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
Paperback, 264 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Vertical (first published July 25th 2002)
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Seth T.
Dec 02, 2015 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
4.5 stars.

Loved it! So relatable to anyone who is uncomfortable in their own skin.

What I didn't like though was that it basically tells you that if you throw up what you eat, you too can be skin and bones.

Not true. So not true. With Bulimia, most are just as ill, but most people's weight stays in the healthy weight range. I've meet enough people, (and been through personally), while being in hospital, who are going through this, and most are not deadly thin. Yet this book I understand is just ab
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, lgbtq
This was a difficult read.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-josei, manga
Re-Read Review: Warnings for sexual and unsexual nudity, emotional eating, bulimia, shaming during sex, workplace bullying, cheating, something like a sugar daddy thing IDK, and forced eating.
One of the first Josei titles I ever picked up I think, this book (for all its warnings) is a nostalgic reread for me. The one thing that really jumped out at me was how, despite everything happening feeling like the real world, this book felt like a horror title. I'm a bit on the fence on if I would call i
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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
Oct 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mangas
This manga was a vile piece of garbage that would likely be very damaging in the hands of someone struggling with an eating disorder.
Aug 09, 2016 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. ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been destroyed.
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-manga, manga
A really important topic but the depiction could have been better. The story is quite realistic but just because of this I wouldn't call it a good manga. Just didn't work out for me. ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Noko is a binge-eater, she suffers from major depression due to crippling insecurity issues and the stress of being bullied at work. To cope with her depressive episodes she eats and eats and continues to eat until she can forget everything. As Noko’s binge eating spirals out of control so too does her weight, which makes her feel even more insecure about her body. Noko is trapped in a vicious cycle of shame over her body and gorging herself. She is emotionally dependent on her boyfriend, Saitou ...more
Maria Morey
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
The main character is insecure, her boyfriend's an ass, her coworkers are a bunch of douches. I hate all the characters yet its compelling and I enjoy the art. I need to read it again before my feelings will solidify. ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
So hit-or-miss with Moyoco Anno. This was a definite miss. Everything was aw...ful.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
In Clothes Called Fat by Moyoco Anno
Long-Winded Review #8 (Thicc edition)

In Clothes Called Fat, by Hideaki Anno's wife Moyoco Anno, is a very solid josei manga about the insecurities we face every day, whether that has to do with our personal appearance or our psychological hangups.

For the most part, we follow an overweight girl, Noko Hanazawa, who is the constant target of workplace bullying and social ostracization. She blames all of her problems on her weight and thinks that once s
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fascinating if albeit grim to the point of being almost farcical look at sadism, perception, and poor-self image. I loved the art far more than the story itself, nevertheless, this was a wonderful exploration of how superficial appearance can warp our ways of thinking and lead to truly corrosive behavior.

Well worth the reader's time.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
This was...odd? I am very glad to see eating disorders, body image, and self-esteem being discussed through manga, but this was so miserable and every character was so cruel and it just didn't work for me. ...more
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Clothes Called Fat is a 2002 manga by Moyoco Anno, and ow is it a rough one. The ~200 page manga stars Noko Hanazawa, an obese woman in her mid-twenties, as she struggles with weight, body image, and most critically, the toxic people around her. It’s an unreservedly depressing work – there were quite a few moments when I just wanted to put it down and watch something fluffy – but also an extremely well-written drama and social commentary.

I discovered this work because I previously enjoyed Ins
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
Nov 13, 2014 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
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
Jan 17, 2015 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.
May 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga, 2016
I really don't know what to say about this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was a very weird story. I understand what the author was trying to say, but It was just hard to read. ...more
Sep 23, 2014 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. ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Plain awful. I have read manga my whole life and this is not IT.
Sep 24, 2015 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.
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
her drawings are beautiful, but the actual writing seemed pretty one dimensional
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Those wanting nudity in their "eating disorder episode"
The score honestly seems worse than it is, but I can't get myself beyond the feeling like "eh, it was okay." Would I buy it? I'd buy a number of other books in my wishlist before getting to this one and it'd have to be on sale, so probably not.

The Good
-The summery given on Goodreads is deceptive, Noko never appears to be having a great life. From page one she's berated and tortured internally by her self-loathing and externally by those around her. Even her boyfriend's comments about wanting he

This manga tells the story of Noko, who suffers from depression, insecurity problems, mobbing at work and a related compulsive binge eating problem that forms a vicious cycle. She is emotionally dependent on her boyfriend, who knows her weaknesses and manipulates her to stay by his side. Noko decides to lose weight in an attempt to solve her problems with herself and the people around her. Thus, she develops bulimia.

The manga shows this quite honestly, presenting the issue of eat
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
women can be evil - in Asia my impression has been that they can be particularly evil! is it the severe beauty standards pressed upon women in Asia what makes them so evil on occasion?! In Clothes Called Fat is another illustration (literally, ha) of how vicious bullying and beauty standards can be towards women in Japan. the main character of ICCF is Noko who is well known as "fat" by her coworkers and pretty much everyone else in her life. "Fat" is inescapably Noko's defining feature, no matte ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
I'm noticing that most reviewers are saying they couldn't relate to the characters and I wanted to protest that. As other reviewers have said, this book is undoubtedly valuable because of its raw, honest take on its main theme - the objectification of women. It's easy to dismiss the main character's experiences as a caricature, exaggerated, or symbolic of the book's theme of objectification.

While those are valid views, I want to emphasize that Noko's extreme experiences do exist in reality and
Jasmine Lui
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
In terms of satisfaction, 3 stars. But literary value? 4 stars.

When I finished it, I didn't feel satisfied with the ending and it was quite a queasy feeling. But that's the point. 'In Clothes Called Fat' was never meant to be an easy or a satisfying read. It's an introspective novel that examines the consequences of the objectification of women, and the close resemblance of the setting to our own is precisely what's most haunting about this graphic novel. Thankfully, the artwork has a relatively
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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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