There are more foreign-born manga artists active in Japan than you might think. You just may not notice some of them because they take on pennames that obscure their non-Japanese origins. For instance, “Minami Sakai,” whom Anime Feminist interviewed last year, is the penname of an American-born manga artist working in Tokyo, while “Yuu Kamiya” is the penname of the Brazilian-born manga artist and light novel author Thiago Furukawa Lucas.
We finally managed to co-ordinate across three timezones and record a podcast! This is very much a trial episode, and we need your feedback to know if/how we should continue.
When the first episode dub of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid came out, fans were quick to notice a problem: lines which had been accurately translated for subtitles had been revised for the dub. This is not unusual; lines must be expanded or trimmed to synchronise with lip flap movements, and jokes in particular can fall flat if not overhauled. But that’s not what happened here.
Another season of premieres reviewed! I have never found a season as disheartening as this one. It was five painful days before I finally found something to enthusiastically recommend, and I credit Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju for reminding me in that time of the heights anime can reach. It felt like a constant process of my bar for quality being lowered and lowered again, then occasionally spiked back up to where I had forgotten it could be.
Masamune Makabe was a fat kid who fell for a mean girl who called him Pig’s Foot and said she could never fall in love with him. A bunch of years and a lot of calorie restriction and home gym expenditure later, Masamune is finally attractive enough to have his revenge: making the mean girl fall for him, revealing his identity and childhood grudge then dumping her to cause maximum humiliation. In many ways this was harder to like than yesterday’s Akiba’s Trip, but at least this time I was prepared enough to have a glass of wine before I even started watching. This season so far is bad for the feminist liver. SPOILERS: detailed discussion of one scene, no major plot twists