Throughout visual culture all over the world, sex and violence against women are constantly intermingled. The Danganronpa games, while hyper-violent stories, compartmentalize their portrayals of sex and violence, only intermingling them as a sign of deviance to give its themes greater weight. The anime-only sequel Danganronpa 3, on the other hand, makes frequent use of fanservice during brutally violent scenes, undermining its thematic elements and creating a snuff film atmosphere the games never had.
Due to the cultural dangers around me and my own family’s reservations (my wonderful mother excluded), Yukio Mishima’s Confessions of a Mask was a novel that, to me, reflected the violence and anxiety that society perpetrates against LGBTQ people. Although the book was published in 1949, that violence is still enacted upon the bodies and minds of LGBTQ people today; and because Confessions of a Mask was a mostly autobiographical novel, I decided that in these pages, I might find myself.
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This week: a breakdown of the much-cited interview where Yoshida claims Banana Fish isn’t BL, an open letter from Renta! to scanlators, and the entrenched discrimination of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party.
Part 3 of the 4-part watchalong of Den-noh Coil with Caitlin, Vrai, and Peter! They talk about the trouble with getting into two-cour shows, how digital footprints make it hard to let go of the dead, and the series’ awesome multi-generational women.
Part 2 of 2 in our super-sized Shoujo manga podcast with Caitlin and special guests Ashley and Lianne! Now that we’ve covered the basics of the demographic genre, the trio deep-dives into creators, licensing strategies, and audience understandings and expectations.