This research aimed to analyzed the responses of readers regarding the characteristics of Arafo women in web manga. InÂ this case, the researchers want to see the responses of the readers regarding occupation, marriage, and the lifestyle of ArafoÂ women. With the reception theory by Hall, it could be seen whether the message from the author of the web manga aboutÂ Arafo women can be fully understood or interpreted differently by the readers. This research used a qualitative method withÂ the research steps; namely identifying the suitable respondents, planning the instruments in the form of the list of questionsÂ for an interview, collecting data through field study (related to interview), and literature review (related to the written data).Â Data analysis was performed with stages; namely processing the result of the interview, reducing data, grouping data,Â interpreting data, and concluding data. The research result shows that there are three types of readers based on the theory ofÂ Hall; namely dominant/hegemonic position regarding age and occupation of Arafo women, the negotiated position relatedÂ to issue of independence, and oppositional position related to issues of spouse and marriage. Different feedbacks from theÂ readers on the same text are affected by some factors; namely knowledge about the condition of Japanese society and ArafoÂ women, a difference of experience, and difference of perspective.
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