Weekly Links: Body swaps, BL and webtoon scandals

Without decent WiFi connection for most of the week, I spend the last two days catching up with 4 different anime. But I still found the way to dig around the internet a little. For me, this week has been high on emotions.

Movies

I finally watched Your Name… What a ride. This is why I love watching movies. I recommend reading Emily Yoshida’s review on Vulture. This report on Anime News Network estimates the movie has grossed over $2.4 Million over one week in North America.

Webtoons

Lezhin Comics “3rd World Contest” First Prize Winner Spring in the Heart was disqualified. The webtoon used the ever popular hanahaki disease as the main concept, which the the author didn’t know is copyrighted. It belongs to Naoko Matsuda for her manga Hanahaki Otome, licensed under Kodansha.

I’m so sad. This webtoon was so promising and I’m not ready to let go… But there might still be some hope. Fans have helped author Dami reach out to mangaka Matsuda on twitter, who has already contacted her editor about this matter. I’m anxious to see how this develops.

Features and everything else

Published BL (boy love) author Caroline Olsen writes about the history of the genre and how it’s faring today. A must read.

And while we are on the subject, Queer Fundanshi talks about BL tropes: Sudden death eating. The video explore the unfortunate but common trope of killing one of the main characters for the sake of his lover’s reaction. As a side note, another way to name the trope is bury your gays.

By the way, what are you guys watching this season? I’m currently on board with:

  • The Royal Tutor: deadpan and chibi humour, trashy beautiful boys
  • KADO: The Right Answer: negotiations, alien deities, what’s up with that cube and please tell me more about those “coworkers
  • WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?: Ridiculous long name but very promising premise and world building.
  • Attack on Titan: This season already feels better than the last.
  • Alice&Zouroku: I’m not into cutesy things, so episode 2 almost lost me. But episode 1 has too much promise, so i’m willing to keep up with it. For now.

And that’s it for now.

Lead screenshot via Collider

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