Beautiful Fighting Girl

By Saito Tamaki To sum this book up: interesting, but unfortunately Freudian. Very focused on phallus centered interpretation and suffered besides from a bad case of male-gaze-as-only-gaze logical fallacy. Complete willing silence on female creators of manga, anime, and female characters, as well ignoring female consumers of such. Truly, some good insight is posed, it’s more of what’s unsaid – any and all female agency … Continue reading Beautiful Fighting Girl

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is a high estrogen thrill ride with plot twists, raunchy humor, and a feminist agenda. The title, which sounds a little odd in English, is the phonetic pronunciation of the Japanese title, which was the only way to preserve the clever pun: “kiru” when spoken can mean one of three things, either “to cut,” “to wear,” or “to kill.” A literal translation … Continue reading Kill la Kill

Natsume Yuujinchou

I don’t know why this wasn’t my first review – Natsume’s Book of Friends is probably one of my all time favorite series. If you’re interested in Japanese mythology, monster hunter stories, or spirit friendship, the Book of Friends is the show for you. Consisting of vignettes and short story arcs, this slice of life, bittersweet, feel good anime is the perfect watch for rainy … Continue reading Natsume Yuujinchou

Mahou Shoujo

Adams, Natalie, Alison Schmitke, and Amy Franklin. “Tomboys, Dykes, and Girly Girls: Interrogating the Subjectivities of Adolescent Female Athletes.” In Women’s Studies Quarterly 33, no. 1/2 (2005): 17-34. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40005499. Allison, Anne. “Cyborg Violence: Bursting Borders and Bodies with Queer Machines.” In Cultural Anthropology 16, no. 2 (2001): 237-65. http://www.jstor.org/stable/656538. – “The Japan Fad in Global Youth Culture and Millennial Capitalism.” In Mechademia 1, no. 1 … Continue reading Mahou Shoujo

Bakemonogatari

Sometimes visuals are more important than plot. The Bakemonogatari series follows a simple supernatural harem story: the major catches of the series are the stunning visuals and unique, fluid animations with beautifully detailed urban backgrounds in a silent, empty world – and the in media res beginning and surreal, nonlinear order that the series order follows. There are two ways to watch the series: the chronological order … Continue reading Bakemonogatari

The Ring

Barnett, Janet, and Randy Russell. The Granny Curse And Other Ghosts And Legends From East Tennessee. Winston-Salem, NC: J.F. Blair, 1999. Blake, Linnie. “Nihonjinron, Women, Horror: Post-war National Identity and the Spirit of Subaltern Vengeance in Ringu and The Ring.” In The Wounds of Nations: Horror Cinema, Historical Trauma and National Identity, 44-68. Manchester University Press, 2008. Bräunlein, Peter J. “Spirits in and of Southeast … Continue reading The Ring

Magical Girl of The End

By Sato Kentaro A high action, intensely plot driven zombie-apocalypse style manga that uses its genres for good. “Ecchi Horror Romance” is usually a sign of – what can most kindly be called – low brow gore porn; however, this series takes those assumptions and runs with them, all the way out of the park and into reality. The first chapter is rife with typical … Continue reading Magical Girl of The End