Gokusen, a manga about a gangster-cum-teacher and her misfit students, features a lead who regularly beats up rivals with fists as opposed to magic, displays solid common sense, is guided by traditionally honorable gangster values, and is a woman. … [Read more...] about How Gokusen’s gangster heroine was softened from page to screen
At times, josei manga seems to be divided between two extremes. At one end are the socially-conscious dramas that helped to define the genre, such as the works of Kyoko Okazaki and Moyoco Anno. At the other end are the smutty Harlequin-esque ladicomi that seem to make up the bulk of the genre (not to mention search results on many a digital manga site). Then there are josei … [Read more...] about [Feature] How Everyone’s Getting Married tries to have it all
Last week we looked at the English language renaissance of josei manga. On Twitter, some commenters reminded us that increased availability in English doesn't necessarily mean increased availability in other European languages - an excellent point. As a result, this week we thought we'd ask about your josei manga and anime wishlists. … [Read more...] about [AniFemTalk] What’s on your josei wishlist?
For years, it was common knowledge amongst manga industry insiders and fans alike that josei manga—comics targeted at adult women—were simply too risky to license for English release. Sure, a number of publishers had tried to do so during the heyday of the 2000s manga boom, but their efforts were mostly met with middling sales and a lot of indifferent readers. The history of … [Read more...] about [Feature] The Josei Renaissance