Growing up is a difficult and messy journey no one ever really feels ready for. It’s even more challenging if romance enters the picture. It can be hard to find manga that shows both the struggles and joys of that awkward period, especially if you’re not straight. That’s exactly why the Kase-san and… manga series is a breath of fresh air, a slice-of-life comedy that models what a healthy, queer romantic relationship can look like.
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.
This week: the anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, Sailor Moon being dubbed in Anishinaabemowin, and a theatrical re-release of Perfect Blue.
Con season also means announcements, both of new series and classics. What’s on your radar?
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.