The site is barely a month and a half old, but i went ahead and completely redesigned it. I feel like I’m still figuring out my general direction, but I’m more confident now in where I want to go. I’ll most likely keep making changes in the next couple days. Are the fonts okay? Is the site easy to navigate? I updated all the pages in the menu too. Any feedback would be appreciated!
Now, let’s see. Since launching, the site has produced three features and one reflection. Those are:
Lezhin BL hits: Why I crave for more compelling female characters I agonised a lot over this one because I feel like a have a lot to learn still about BL and its community. In the end, I published this anyway because it’s something I truly question. If you, dear reader, are out there and feel like I’m missing the mark or there is something lacking, I would love to hear from you. I’m really passionate about manga and comics and I always open to learning something new.
Antagonist or hero? The many layers of Lady Eboshi. I really enjoyed this character. To say she’s a badie feels like a big oversimplification. But perhaps, in real life, our “villains” are the heroes in other people’s eyes, and this is a representation of that.
Brainiacs need useless girls – Analysis of the popular romantic trope: This is one of the tropes that haunts me the most. In that post I finally put vent my frustrations, with examples.
Is YA the west equivalent to shoujo? – Reflection of a former YA reader: YA as in Young Adult novels. In this one… well, I think the title is pretty self-explanatory.
Outside of Otaku, she wrote:
Anime Feminist “Fan vs Service” section, Dee compares framing in World End (SukaSuka) to Hajime no Ippo. One of them went our of there way to sexualise a scene for fan service’s sake, the other simply provided a comedic moment.
Kelly Kanayama talks about how Star Wars is finally fixing its Asian erasure for the Nerdist.
Blushing boys, The Backstagers and Toxic Masculinity: Jon Erik Christianson reflects about what set’s apart James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh’s “The Backstagers” in a world that supports mostly toxic masculinity representation in media.
What Persona Is Still Teaching Us About Women Onscreen, 50 Years Later by Emili Yoshida. This is a very in-deep article that examines the reticence to portray female bonds in film. “Zombies, vampires, and werewolves come and go, but nothing has troubled filmmakers as enduringly as the mysteries of female bonding”. A highly recommended read.
A cute animated preview of manga Kase-san and Morning Glories was released.
Lead image by Toshihiro Gamo