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Meet the Fabulous '49ers (The "Year 24 Group" Primer)

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bylithiumflower
Nov 14 2022, 12:00 AM | Updated Nov 15, 2022 12:23 AM
The Year 24 Group (24-nen Gumi/Nijuuyonen Gumi, also called the Fabulous Year 24 Group/Hana no 24-nen Gumi or the Magnificent Forty-Niners), is a group of manga artists who rose to prominence in the early 1970s. They are credited with introducing complex themes such as psychology, sexuality, and politics into shoujo manga, which until that point was primarily simple stories for little girls written by men who would migrate to male demongraphics as they gained notability.

Their name comes from the year 1949, or the 24th year of the Showa era, in which several members were born. Which artists merit inclusion is a matter of opinion, with the strictest including as few as just Hagio, Oshima, and Takemiya, and the most liberal including mangaka influenced by them and those who worked as their assistants.

Inclusion of titles in this list is based on a combination of popularity, notability, acclaim, availability in English, and (my) personal taste. Don't read too far into it if I missed a series you like.
Versailles no Bara
Manga, 1972
8.38
17,745
Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru
Manga, 1992
8.17
9,700
Kaze to Ki no Uta
Manga, 1976
8.10
8,916
Hanshin
Manga, 1972
7.34
5,423
Claudine...!
Manga, 1978
7.24
6,061
Thomas no Shinzou
Manga, 1974
7.88
5,619
Oniisama e...
Manga, 1974
7.59
4,780
Terra e...
Manga, 1976
7.69
4,363
11-nin Iru!
Manga, 1975
7.37
3,705
Shiroi Heya no Futari
Manga, 1971
6.95
3,386
Poe no Ichizoku
Manga, 1972
7.79
3,032
Orpheus no Mado
Manga, 1975
7.85
2,169
Iguana no Musume
Manga, 1991
7.67
2,159
Eroica yori Ai wo Komete
Manga, 1976
7.70
1,726
A-A'
Manga, 1981
7.13
1,486
Marginal
Manga, 1985
7.02
1,524
Banana Bread no Pudding
Manga, 1977
6.36
1,284
Natsu e no Tobira
Manga, 1975
6.20
1,146
Hatshepsut
Manga, 1988
6.00
1,061
Hi Izuru Tokoro no Tenshi
Manga, 1980
7.56
1,141
Barbara Ikai
Manga, 2002
7.40
1,064
Ten no Hate made: Poland Hishi
Manga, 1991
6.94
774
Wata no Kuni Hoshi
Manga, 1978
7.50
907
Gin no Sankaku
Manga, 1980
7.34
819
Andromeda Stories
Manga, 1980
6.82
641
Eikou no Napoleon
Manga, 1986
N/A
637
U wa Uchuusen no U
Manga, 1977
6.86
507
Terpsichore
Manga, 2000
N/A
320
Onshitsu
One-shot, 1975
N/A
248
Hiruko
One-shot, 1985
6.37
246
Angelique
Manga, 1977
N/A
202
Z
Z
Manga, 1979
N/A
189
Mari to Shingo
Manga, 1979
N/A
209
Umibe no Cain
Manga, 1980
N/A
245
Madan no Shashu
Manga, 1982
N/A
156
Afmet Oukoku Monogatari
Manga, 1987
N/A
149
Gou Gou datte Neko de Aru
Manga, 1996
N/A
107
Kinpatsu no Sougen
Manga, 1983
N/A
123

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