Summer season—happened so fast! We hope you all had yourselves blast, ’cause a lot of our staff sure did. Travel plans delayed our recommendations for a few weeks, but here they finally are: the series that kept our staff entertained on all those summer nights.
As Gokusen was told and retold in other forms of media, its sheer audacity was intentionally dismantled and sterilized. Despite being a hardened gangster in the manga, protagonist Yankumi was stripped almost entirely of her gangster characteristics when translated to J-Drama. Her re-characterization allowed the J-Drama to play on gender expectations for laughs without ever challenging the common perceptions that the manga so merrily ignored.
This week: living as a disabled person in Japan, high death rates for Vietnamese immigrant workers and students, and a retrospective on .hack//sign.
What series and types of media would you like to see discussed here? (Please keep in mind that we cannot endorse scanlations.)
Vrai talks Boys’ Love (BL) and yaoi manga with special guests Devin Randall and Masaki C. Matsumoto!
Vrai, Caitlin, and Peter look back on the Summer 2018 season!