— by Lauren Orsini: In Not Your Idol, a teenage celebrity shuns the spotlight after being stabbed by a fan. But the most chilling aspect of this manga is that it’s based on real-life events.  

In Japan, meet and greet events between “idol” female performers and their fans have exposed multiple young women to violence. In 2014, a man with a handsaw assaulted two members of the girl group AKB48—both girls required surgery. In 2016, singer Mayu Tomita was stabbed over 20 times by a fan; the trauma of the event led her to quit her entertainment career…

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