I remember Cardcaptor Sakura from the days when Cartoon Network (my then favorite channel) aired most of the big shonen and shojo hits of the era. Although I liked it (Sakura was the sole reason I owned a couple of roller skates), for some reason, I didn’t remember much of the show itself growing up. I suspect it might have been because it aired while I had school, which would, of course, mean that I never watched it much, but I’m not really sure. However, I’ve always wanted to go back to it, and the winter season bringing us a sequel was the push I needed it to finally do so.
2017 is over, so it’s time for a little reflection.
First of all, I decided to move from self-hosted to wordpress.com, mostly because I’m letting go of some projects, which means I won’t really need all the benefits of wordpress.org. I’m mentioning this to let you guys know that I’m still in the process of moving, and it’s going to take a couple of days before all the links are normal again.
Now, outside of Otaku, she wrote, this year I wrote for Anime Feminist and Yattatachi. I’m very glad that I did, because both sites have very warm communities that I’m now happy to be a part of. The Anime Feminist team it’s formed by writers whose work I really admire, and working with some of them as my editors were formative experiences. I also got paid (yay!) which is definitely a big accomplishment. Yattatachi it’s a friendly platform that’s often promoting my work, I’m very grateful!
Ever since I wrote about the troubling ways Ranma 1/2 deals with femininity, I was left thinking about the things I do like about Rumiko Takahashi’s works. One of them it’s the ways she express humor through her art. There are visual gags and quirks that can be found in practically all her works, but Ranma 1/2 it’s made of them, basically, which helps give the story that “anything goes” nonsense vibe.
That’s why I think it’s fitting to focus on this work to highlight said gags. Although there are plenty of them that I enjoy, some certainly amused me more than others. Here are my favorites:
Last year, Yuri!!! On Ice took the anime community by storm. Whether it was from the passionate portrayal of figure skating, the queer romance, or the sincere way it cared for its characters, it resonated with many. I’m no exception.
For a little context: I always felt a lot of interest in the LGBT community, even when I was too young to know it by name or understand its implications. I never got too deep into it, but Xena and Gabrielle’s relationship from Xena: Warrior Princess caught my attention in ways others didn’t when I was a little girl. Years later, I researched the history of homosexuality to defend it on a school panel, where I found, among many other things, tales such as the one about Pan Zhang and Wang Zhongxian.
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Spot the purple! Change In Land of the Lustrous: Yet another post examining the use on purple for scenes and character design.
My Fave is Problematic: Ranma 1/2: For Anime Feminist, I took a look at the problematic ways in which Ranma 1/2 deals with femininity. However, I still love this series, in big part thanks to the love I have for the female cast.
I’ve talked about the use of purple for scenes and character design before, focusing mostly on My Hero Academia. In case you haven’t read that post, I’ll briefly summarize it for you. On characters, purple can express femininity, mystery or refinery depending on the tone. On scenes, it can foreshadow a drastic change, or death. However, this are only a few of the possible interpretations of the color.
Now, this season is definitely keeping me busy with its ridiculous number of interesting shows, but Land of the Lustrous is consistently one of my biggest enjoyments each week. With the predicaments of its immortal, genderless gems and the moon people after them, Land of the Lustrous has created a world that’s as interesting as it is breathtaking. And after this week’s episode “First Battle” here I am, talking about purple again.
When I read Ranma ½ during my first year of high school, I fell in love with Rumiko Takahashi’s signature expressive art. I loved her colorful cast just as much, always getting caught up in over-the-top situations. Like many people, I remember it fondly. Yet the older I get, the harder it is to ignore some of the most problematic aspects of the series, especially how it deals with femininity.
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