There was a documentary on BBC Three a few weeks ago about a British schoolgirl from the Isle of Man, called Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14. She became an internet sensation after uploading a video of herself dancing to YouTube, that interest mostly came from Japan. The documentary follows her journey to fame, across Tokyo and London.
The film explores the fascinating world of Japanese anime and manga – crazes that grip millions in Japan and tens of thousands here – and shows that other girls see Beckii’s success and decide they too might like to be big in Japan. But although getting famous seems as simple as uploading a crazy dance, the implications of being famous at 14 are anything but straightforward.