Exploring Banana Fish’s Violent, Bizarre World

When there’s color, Banana Fish is filled with black and yellow. It dominates all covers of the series and most of its variations, it’s on guidebooks and merchandises, and now, it’s everywhere on the promo materials of the upcoming anime TV adaptation.

Like a warning sign, the meaning behind those colors alone tells us plenty about Banana Fish’s world: poisonous, dangerous and obsessive.

Continue reading “Exploring Banana Fish’s Violent, Bizarre World”

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.”

Continue reading “Review: Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly”

Sun, Moon & Stars: Cardcaptor Sakura Retrospective

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.

Continue reading “Sun, Moon & Stars: Cardcaptor Sakura Retrospective”

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 are present in practically all her works–which might not be unique to them, but are still used so effectively. Ranma 1/2 it’s basically made of them; it 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:

Continue reading “5 favorite visual gags from Ranma 1/2”

What My Hero Academia ignores with the absence of female mentors

One of my favorite series My Hero Academia just wrapped its second season today. Over this past few months, I greatly enjoyed watching new episodes each week, and it saddens me to see it end.

As a lover of both shonen and the superheroes genre, it almost seems like MHA and I were meant to be. It’s not perfect, of course, not even close. In fact, even though I’ve been a big fan of both genres since forever, they aren’t always easy to love.

Continue reading “What My Hero Academia ignores with the absence of female mentors”