Sannin Musume: The Biggest Female Stars of The Early Post-War Era [Yatta-Tachi]

After World War II, the occupation forces brought a cultural change to Japan. The opening of several nightclubs throughout the country saw the import of western musical styles that were popular in the day, such as bebop, jazz, swing, mambo, among others. This also led to the birth of Kayōkyoku (歌謡曲; Pop Tune), which is basically a mix of western and Japanese music, also considered to be the base of what we know as J-pop. Continue reading “Sannin Musume: The Biggest Female Stars of The Early Post-War Era [Yatta-Tachi]”

Gender Inequity in My Hero Academia [AniFem]

My Hero Academia is one of my favorite series in recent years. Thanks to its compelling, lovable cast and exciting world-building, it’s some of the most fun I’ve ever had with shounen and superheroes. Regrettably, though, it’s not entirely free of some of the most frustrating (and typical) shounen stereotypes that frequently undermine its strong female cast.

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Review: Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly

Ryo Onoda is a straight guy and he is three years younger than Harumi Deguchi. They have nothing in common and at first, they were just friends. But that’s not enough for Harumi- he wants more from Ryo and he realizes that he has fallen in love with him. Feeling anxious and emotional, he wants to tell him how he feels… but he can’t. Fearing rejection, he’d rather be just friends and not ruin what he has with him. Here- we have a story of pain, sorrow and happiness of being in love.

Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly is the side story featuring the couple Onoda x Deguchi from “No Touching At All.”

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2017 in Review

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!

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5 favorite visual gags from Ranma 1/2

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 expresses 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:

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How Yuri!!! On ICE helped me understand myself [AniFem]

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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