When you look at certain reports on any kind of fandom, you usually get the bad gist of it. You hear how fans are some of the worst or weirdest people on the planet. Fans are sometimes called delusional. But a recent anime adaptation of a sports manga shows the good side of fandom and how a hobby leads to challenge and growth.
This is totally worth your attention as burnout happens to everyone. It’s amazing to see how fans can do reviews of episodes and/or chapters on a daily basis. You have to wonder what keeps their flames going.
Some fans say that they want their lives to be filled with anime/manga, but too much of anything is a bad thing.
Sometimes you gotta take a step back to take a step forward, right?
Even though we have one Titan of an upstart, everyone knows who the true king of manga really is.
The ship that just keeps on sailing, One Piece, has 300 million copies in print all over Japan. To put that number in retrospect, that number is more than the number of copies sold for a majority of well-known book series in the world. We now have this wonderful advertisement in the New York Times, which brings out a powerful message.
One Piece has come a long way and that’s the biggest key to its success.
Manga fans got a treat this past week as Kodansha Comics had an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on Reddit and talked to many fans about their manga properties. While some of the questions and answers were your standard fare, a few were noteworthy. Especially this question with the answer in the form of a manga from one of the greatest manga creators today.
If you don’t know what Billy Bat is, get ready as I try to get you set for one wacky mind trip throughout history.
"What I did was wrong…I’m not going to ask you to forgive me after all that’s happened…There’s one thing…just one thing i want to ask of you. I don’t care if you make the entire world your enemy. Even if every other creature alive comes to hate you, your father will always be on your side. So please, promise me that you’ll come back!"
Parenting is a rough job, but are there times where parents stop and think about how their children can be capable of being cruel? Case in point - a young teenage girl who committed tons of bloodshed for a cause personally worth fighting for. Attack on Titan’s second story arc focused on a Female Titan that was determined to kidnap the main character, Eren Jaeger, for the sake of killing mankind. Her story reflects a world where society forces people to be more individualistic and possibly fall into ruin.
HUGE SPOILER ALERT after the jump for fans not familiar with Titan or starting out with the series.
Simon's New Drill - Win "Attack on Titan" Volume 1!
Looks like the winner of the Attack on Titan Volume 1 giveaway is one that makes reference to an anime/manga series that still hits many fans’ hearts long after its debut. After reading many emails on how Titan and anime/manga series inspired them, I would like to congratulate Anthony Morrison as his message on how Tengen Tappa Gurren Lagann hit home to him.
There were some great entries from fans and it was hard to choose a winner. This was my first giveaway, so I didn’t know what to expect. But as someone who has been through cases of depression, Anthony’s short essay spoke to me and made a good note about an important item in the Lagann universe. With his permission, I present to you what he wrote. This is for the Gurren Lagann fans out there as well.
The new wave of Shonen Jump continues to slowly make a mark in America as the deliciously popular "Shokugeki no Soma" is coming in English, thanks to VIZ Media. Some of you may be wondering what is Soma and why does it look perverted. Here are some details you should know for the food wars ahead.
Have you thought about what would it be like if we had a society of cannibals living among us? What if they happened to be supernatural in nature? What if we literally become them? One horror manga provides a stylish look at such a scenario in modern-day Tokyo. Ishida Sui’s Tokyo Ghoul is a series from the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Young Jump that covers a young adult who is in-between two different worlds. It’s a seinen manga that focuses on youth being forced to survive in the real world while being hated by it.
When you were young and read manga, I’m sure you thought it was very interesting and unique compared to other forms of media. What if it developed your brain? While browsing around for some psychological analysis of manga, a past study came up on manga and its cognitive effects on Japanese children. It has been said that anime and manga are good for kids. I can say that I’m a living example of this, but with comic books as a starting point towards manga.
Want a fresh volume of print manga in your hand? Especially one that’s blood-fresh. I’m giving away an English-version copy of “Attack on Titan” Volume 1 to a lucky reader for FREE! At New York Comic-Con 2013, I recently won a prize package from FUNimation that included the first volume of Titan. I already have Volume 1, so why not let someone have a taste of the hottest manga property today?
If you want to win Volume 1, here’s what you need to do. Write a message to me answering ONE of the following questions:
"What moment(s) in Attack on Titan have affected you emotionally and how do you think you can benefit from it/them?"
OR if you haven’t seen the Titan anime and/or currently follow the manga:
"What manga has helped you grow emotionally and how?"
Send your answer in an email with the subject title, "Attack on Titan Volume 1 Giveaway", to tonyyao82 (at) gmail (dot) com. It can be pretty long or short, as long as it’s awe-inspiring. I’m expecting some interesting answers from you guys.
Entry submission will be open until November 4, 2013. I will email the winner with the best answer personally around that week.
Let the desperate yet insightful, motivational and courageous battle begin!
Looks like the dark side has some unique cookies. Some interesting research has come in recently as people pay more attention to villains than they do to heroes. Apparently, when a villain is about to be finished off, we tend to wonder whether this is it for him/her and/or they will be redeemed. A part of our brain called the “pain matrix” gets us to either empathize with or get interested about the bad guys. You probably know where I’m going with this.
New York Comic-Con 2013 - Titans, Titans Everywhere
This picture pretty much sums up the majority of the anime/manga presence at this year’s New York Comic-Con. It looks like we have ourselves the gateway anime/manga title for this decade. Even though anime is mostly cast aside at NYCC, you can’t stop fandom from making something out of nothing.
Enjoy all the lovely photos I’ve taken at the convention.
If you were told that you played a role in the success of something, how would you react? While attending New York Comic-Con 2013, I decided to stop by the Kodansha Comics booth to check out what was happening there. I got to speak with two of its key staff members, Ben Applegate and Dallas Middaugh, about the success of Attack on Titan in the U.S. What really shocked me was how Dallas said that Titan’s manga success was because of me.
Arguably the last super major-con of 2013 is here as I will once again be attending New York Comic-Con. There isn’t a whole lot of Japanese-related content as expected, but there are still a few goodies to see.
The Japan Foundation panels and the “Masters of Animanga” panel are definitely the highlights of the anime-related panels. Kodansha and FUNimation looks to be fun as there will probably be some Attack on Titan love going on there. The EVA 3.33 English dub premiere screening is going to be big too. NERV children, Titans, and Vocaloids running around New York, what fun!
However, it is quite apparent that looking for a big-time anime convention in New York will be a lost cause. Anyone looking for anime fun in Gotham will have to make due with the other various conventions in the East Coast and beyond. It is sad that the closest thing to an anime convention in metro NY is the Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
If anything, let’s be happy that anime and manga is still relevant in the West. Being a small niche isn’t so bad.
I’m sure this has happened to every fan out there - was there a point in your life where you lost interest in anime and manga? A colleague of mine, Charles Dunbar a.k.a. Study of Anime and a specialist in all things anime, talked about how he lost interest in anime until the past 2 years. He credits Psycho Pass and Attack on Titan for renewing his passion for anime.
Anime and manga can become stale in one’s eyes, thanks to possible hedonic adaptation. If you did lose interest, what gave you new reasons to enjoy those lovable Japanese cartoons and comics once more?
What’s interesting is how Charles talks about being more fascinated with the fan communities than the series themselves. You can always count on fandom to get conversations and keep the flow of ideas going.
And with that comes an end to an anime adaptation of one of the darkest shonen manga series in recent memory. With "Attack on Titan" ending its anime run (probably not the last) in grand style, it makes you think about the anime adaptations and why they are necessary for manga series that want to be bigger. In life, you have to adapt as well in order to keep on going.
"I’ll peel it all off. All the skin you’re hiding behind."
This world…is corrupted. It is filled with temptations that want to sway our hearts. Our hearts tend to harbor dark desires that we don’t want anyone to find out. If we get caught, we are labeled as perverts. But what is a pervert? Shuzo Oshimi tries to answer that question throughout his thoughful yet twisted ”The Flowers of Evil.” How much of that skin should we put on to live a life not affected by judgment?
Here’s some very interesting news about the impact of manga outside of Japan. Manga published in the country of Algeria is hitting it off among the youth living there. What’s unique is that the artists are using Algerian influences for their storytelling. Leading this movement is Z-Link, the only manga publisher in Algeria and one that takes pride in the product that is labeled as “DZ Manga.”
It makes you wonder about how some fans feel about OEL manga artists over in the United States. Outside of Algeria, they tend to be criticized for not being Japanese by manga fans or too Japanese-influenced by non-manga fans. If it’s not done by a Japanese person, it’s not manga. If it’s too Japanese, it won’t sell. This ties into fan debates about whether animated series like “Legend of Korra” are anime or not.
Though you can arguably say that Algeria has a better support system for manga artists than in other countries. Of course you can argue that this is just another example of anime/manga fandom being self-entitled. What’s important for those who want to draw manga is to get influences from EVERYTHING around you.
Even the little things matter. Seeing two birds playing in dirt could unlock an idea in your head.
Prince Soma - From Spoiled to Enlightened (Black Butler)
With the fact that there are many spoiled, rich kids that don’t know what it’s like outside of home, let’s take a look at a character who once had an elite attitude in a series focused on the upper class. An early story in Yana Toboso’s Kuroshitsuji/”Black Butler” debuted a young Indian man by the name of Prince Soma Asman Kadar, who was searching for his missing older sister in London. What Soma got instead was a new search for meaning and an education that most young people these days don’t get on working hard to succeed.
Can being passionate be bad for your heart? But it might hurt so good. A recent article on Psychological Science put a focus on the link between people with Type A personalities and heart attacks. It heavily suggests that the worst traits, such as anger and hostility, of those with Type A blood tend to go through hits on the heart more than other blood types.
Perhaps the most significant Type A anime/manga character is BLEACH’s Ichigo Kurosaki. He goes through so much emotional pain and drama, thanks to the manipulations and desires of those around him. Ichigo is usually thrown around for the worst. Whenever Ichigo confronts someone, he is always tense. Can you blame him though? But Ichigo also has a tendency to stubbornly ignore close friends that he feels should get out of his way, like Tatsuki Arikawa for example.
Yet it’s not so simple to just say people’s personalities/problems are based off of their blood types. Whatever the case, don’t let the stress of life get to you.
If you’re Type A, make sure the A stands for awesome.
When you think about all the conflict between different groups/races throughout the ages, what if a small glimmer of hope was revealed to bring them together? But what if that hope possibly meant the extinction of one group? Tite Kubo’s BLEACH examined a brief moment where two members of the prominent races, Shinigami and Quincy, got to know each other in a moment of fate that would define the life of Ichigo Kurosaki forever. "Everything but the Rain" (Volumes 59-60) shows how life can be cruel when heavy rain pours down on you, especially a storm with such force as ingroup bias.
I think it’s best that we just continue to promote them in our own way and make small yet meaningful impacts. Free! fandom, "Attack on Titan" fandom, even if Japan may not be aware of your efforts, you have people’s hearts by creating communities for the better.
In the meantime, I started writing for Project Otaku, a site focused on keeping the otaku spirit strong. Here’s an article guaranteed to make you laugh, as there are photos of me being dorky from 10 years ago.
If we already have a Mr. Clean, does that mean we now have a Ms. Clean? :)
Everyone’s favorite Attack on Titan bad boy, Levi, is starring in his own shoujo manga series entitled, "Attack on Titan: A Choice of No Regrets." It’s a prequel about his past and how he met the Commander of the Survey Corps, Erwin Smith. We all know tough guys are softies at heart.
Rin and Yukio Okumura - Twinship on Rough Seas (Blue Exorcist)
"Damn! Why doesn’t he ever hesitate? I just can’t win!!" - Yukio Okumura on Rin’s determination (Volume 9, Chapter 37)
Whenever you ever get a sibling, the one thing that will happen for sure is conflict. Both of you will fight over serious and silly issues. Next thing you know, comparisons will be made and you become angrier. It can get much worse if you’re a twin. The Okumura brothers, Rin and Yukio, both go through this phase during their young lives in Kazue Kato’s Blue Exorcist. While walking similar yet different paths, the tense relationship between the two makes you wonder how much rougher it is being a twin, compared to just being a regular sibling.
The Impact of Women on Gendo Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Have you ever noticed how men tend to act differently when they are around women? Compared to when they are not near or are influenced by them, men become gentler and/or may become crazier. In Neon Genesis Evangelion, one of anime/manga’s most memorable fathers, Gendo Ikari, falls right into this shell.
He treats his son, Shinji Ikari, like garbage while treating one of his soldiers, Rei Ayanami, like a goddess. In addition to that, Gendo’s actions throughout the series have been motivated by his dead wife. His story is quite a look at how men transform when a women is involved in their lives.
Congratulations on not being a teenager anymore, but not yet old enough to drink and gamble! Then again, that’s what Vegas next year is for, right? :)
Just a heads up that I’ll be attending my first ever Otakon this weekend. I know I missed out on Anime Expo, but that will be on my agenda for next year.
For anyone going to Otakon, these are the events that I am most likely attending.
Friday, August 9
11:30am-1:00pm - The Real Life of a Manga-ka: Behind The Scenes of Rurouni Kenshin (featuring Kaoru Kurosaki, wife of Nobuhiro Watsuki)
2:00pm-4:30pm - Oreimo Season 2 Final Episodes World Premiere Screening (featuring Tsukasa Fushimi, Hiroyuki Kanbe and Kazuma Miki)
I’ll probably be lounging around afterwards and going with the flow on Friday. If you want to find me on Friday, this is what I will be carrying:
Saturday, August 10
11:00am-2:00pm - Rurouni Kenshin Movie Premiere (with introduction by Kaoru Kurosaki)
3:00pm-7:00pm - Saturday Concert featuring T.M. Revolution and Home Made Kazoku (tentative since I practically have to run out of the convention and rush to a long line at the concert arena like a school girl running with toast in her mouth.)
12:00pm-3:00pm - Sunday Concert featuring Chiaki Ishikawa and Yoko Kanno
I also am planning to head up to Mount Vernon to try a couple of restaurants on Friday night and Saturday night - an Afghan place called The Helmand and a cafe/restaurant called City Cafe. If anyone is interested in joining me and my roommate, let me know.
I will post up mini-blog updates through my Facebook, Twitter and Google+ whenever I can. I’ll be sure to take some great photos for you guys!
See you all next week with tales of Titans, samurais, little sisters and Japanese music joining forces to take out crime for one wacky weekend!
When You're Here, You're Not Family - Family Abuse in Loveless
“The abusiveness was something I wanted to draw from the beginning. I feel that parents who abuse their children are very bad. But at the same time, I was interested in how they become abusive.” - Yun Kouga on Ritsuka Aoyagi’s development through child abuse. (Yun Kouga Panel at Anime Expo 2009)
When you think about how life has put you down, a natural response would be to get angry. You look for something or someone to blame. What if you decide to take it out on a child? After all, children can be nuisances and make you agitated from time to time. They can’t fight back, no matter what they do, as you’re “stronger” than them. Yun Kouga’s Loveless explored the issue of child abuse with regards to the main character, Ritsuka Aoyagi, and his treatment by his mother, Misaki Aoyagi. What’s even more frightening is how another family member plays a role to the abuse and creates a vicious cycle. The power of abuse is something we continue to underestimate in reality and the Aoyagi family situation is a harsh reminder of that.
Samurais and Fortune - Strength and Girl Power Go Hand-in-Hand
With people talking about the importance of physical strength, mental strength isn’t spoken of as much as you would like. For anyone who’s strong internally but doesn’t feel that way, here are a couple of quotes from two notable manga series that I hope will reassure you that you are.
Here’s the first one from Takehiko Inoue’s samurai epic, Vagabond:
"What is the meaning of ‘strength’? It’s to have a mind that doesn’t sway, while continuing to move and change." - Miyamoto Musashi
Musashi says this when he’s taking on the challenge of growing a paddy field for a starving village. If you ask me, true strength is about being committed to a purpose, person, or a ideal, while also being bold in questioning and acknowledging flaws in the process as needed. Basically, be humble. Many things will happen as you get older, but being able to work changes to your advantage in a positive manner is a sign that you’re growing.
The 2nd quote, from Yoshiaki Suweno’s comedy manga series, Binbougami ga!, applies to women, though you can say men can learn a thing or two from it:
"That girl (Sakura Ichiko)…Compared to when we first met, she’s really grown. It gives me this stinging feeling that girls are amazing and guys are just impatient…or something like that." - Keita Tsuwabuki
What’s cute about this quote is that one of the main characters, Momiji, teases Tsuwabuki and suggests that men should feel inspired by the actions of women. Women possess more power than most men would ever know. In some ways, men need women. Women do help men to evolve into being better human beings and get them to provide strength towards others.
With that said, the strength to be empathetic and humble goes a long way. By showing that you’re “human”, you’ve already won a huge battle that some people don’t care to win.
And THAT makes you one of the strongest people in the universe. Believe it!
The Small, Double-Edged Blade of Loyalty - Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)
"Eren…as long as you’re around, I can do anything."
When Attack on Titandebuted in late 2009, it took the manga world by storm and debuted a female character whose behavior is different from many other heroines in shonen manga. Mikasa Ackerman blew many readers (and anime viewers in 2013) away with her strength, determination and intelligence. What’s interesting about Mikasa is that her positive attributes have been honed due to the main protagonist, Eren Jaeger. She is loyal to him to the point where it seems romantic. Is it cute or creepy? Let’s find out, shall we?
CBLDF Presents an Awesome Manga Guide for You to Own!
Let’s face it - getting deep into the world of manga is no easy task. Sure, manga is a big hit with many young folks and certain types of readers out there. Yet its wackiness is something that takes time to get used to. What if your friends are not sure what to get into? Do some of them believe in certain stereotypes about manga? The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Dark Horse Comics has got you covered with their upcoming book, “CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices”.
While the book is scheduled to release in December, copies were sold at Anime Expo 2013. A friend of mine managed to get a copy for me and boy, is this book something that gets you thinking about how to recommend manga to people and more.
Life's Absurd When You're a Young Adult - Anime Bancho's "Turning Girls"
When you’re growing up, there always comes a time where you think to yourself “What the hell am I doing with my life?” When you reach that turning point, what do you do? Maybe you should just go “Ahhh, whatever!” like the 4 young women pictured above have.
The wacky anime video channel, Anime Bancho, started an ongoing series chronicling the lives of 4 young women dealing with life in their late ’20s called "Turning Girls". It is a series that pokes fun at notable tropes that are found in Japanese pop culture. From moe to BL to visual-kei, “Turning Girls” looks to remind us how hard it can be to find a balance between being youthful and being a mature adult. Oh, and if you’re a fan of Little Witch Academia, the writer of it is behind this as well.
Want to see how funny this series is? Check out Episode 5 where it features 28-year-old “idol”, Kaeru, and her attempt to live-stream an episode about her daily life….while still living at home with her parents. (Click on CC for English subtitles while the video is played)
Doesn’t this make you humorously wonder about your own life? “Turning Girls” makes you think about what the thought process of an adult is now compared to back then, given the amount of entertainment available to us today.
Character Development Power-Up Time! - Why We Need It
"Comics are carried by characters. If a character is well-created, the comic becomes a hit." - Kazuo Koike
You ever think about why character popularity polls in manga happen? It’s because of what the quote above is trying to point out. While doing some research on legendary mangaka, Kazuo Koike, I learned about his philosophy in creating great characters to drive the story. His approach revolves around strong character development. It’s a truth that I believe is very applicable to real life - emotional stories involving people/characters matter and you should think about using them to inspire others.
50 Volumes of Delightful Crack - A Gintama Retrospect
"Gintama is probably the hotpot of seriousness and comedy. I don’t really think about it. I’m just a punk who does anything he wants." - Hideaki Sorachi from an interview with Quick Japan in 2009.
It’s arguably the most unique hotpot in manga, right?
Although not as big as the holy trinity of Shonen Jump, Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama recently hit the 50th volume milestone. This is a big deal considering the fact that the series is generally very episodic and a gag manga at heart. Yet with the help of the anime adaptation, Gintama has spawned a wide variety of fans from all over the world to talk dirty, make fun of people’s glasses, pick noses and believe in the power of sugar. Sorachi once mentioned that he wanted to end the series at Volume 30, but has pressed on to create even more insane moments over the past 20 volumes. Yet you have to think about Gintama’s appeal and why some folks still find it hard to appreciate a series such as this one.
Fandom Thoughts, “No!” Does Not Equal Consent and Being a Shoujo Heroine
When one opportunity goes, another becomes present if you look at things from a different perspective. As you know, I didn’t attend Anime Expo this year. Some complications led to this and I know I disappointed a few faces who wanted to see me at Los Angeles. Yet at the same time, perhaps this was a blessing in disguise.
There will be tons of things to do and see, so I’m a little nervous. I’ll be working with GoBoiano to provide tons of anime coverage for everyone. So follow their Twitter if you want to see what I’m up to.
I’ll basically be running around all over the convention center and freaking out over how big the crowds will be.
There will be manga panels from the big publishers that I hope to attend. They are:
July 4: Shonen Jump: Creating the World’s Most Popular Manga
July 4: Vertical Manga 2013
July 4: Digital Manga Inc. Presents: Manga Without Borders
July 6: Kodansha Comics
July 7: VIZ Media Panel (They have literally 3 freaking panels at AX. This one has to be the most manga-related.)
Of course, there’s other popular and quirky panels I will be attending like George Wada (producer of the Attack on Titan anime), K (Behind the Scenes & Q&A), SUNRISE, Kazuhiko Inoue, “Writing about Anime: Anime Journalism & the Web”, “Starting Up Your Own Anime Business” and hopefully a couple of academic panels.
Love - It's Complicated and Awesome (Kimi ni Todoke)
"What should I do? What do I want? Do I want a boyfriend? Do I want a relationship? Am I interested? Or not? Should I give up? Or expect something? Will I…like him someday?….Or won’t I?" - Ayane Yano (Chapter 67)
For those who are single and have not experienced love (or anyone that’s been through love for that matter), how do you know that you have that intense feeling inside? Can you say to yourself that it’s not just a simple crush? What if you’re afraid to find out? A while back in Karuho Shiina’s Kimi ni Todoke Volume 16, one of the more mature characters in the series, Ayane Yano, tries to address this concern in her heart with regards to the flirtatious behavior of Kento Miura. So when do those butterflies begin to fly in your stomach and should you let them float around?
You ever think about how your otaku lifestyle can be a direct result of how your parents behaved back then? What if your father’s history had a role to all this? What if you never knew until later in your life?
As most of you readers may know, I have a history of depression. I’ve been fighting depression for as long as I have been diagnosed with it. For a while, I thought there was no family history of depression. My mother often told doctors that there was no genetic inheritance. A few years ago, however, I learned more about my father and his battle with himself.
My father was tired of work and wanted to retire badly. He was complaining non-stop. I learned he had self-esteem issues in the past because of how his father treated him. His father always yelled at him for the littlest things. My mom told me that my dad was a lazy bum with little tact and self-confidence. She told me that if she never fell in love with him, who knows what would have happened. That’s when I understood why I have depression in the first place.
So why did my mom fall in love with him? I think maybe it’s because he really wanted to change. My dad tried to secretly escape China to Hong Kong via ship once. He was too late to get on-board, but he jumped into the water regardless and swam as hard as he could before authorities arrested him. My dad went to jail for a few months and was treated like crap. He even got his eye hit by the end of a rifle once.
Although I find it easier to talk to my mom, my dad reminds me of myself a lot. I often get told that I look like him too. He is a very big kid at heart. My dad is almost always about having fun and making jokes with people. He loves playing with and talking to kids. I may not be great at the kids’ department, but with friends, I am like him. My mom jokes that she has to take care of three kids sometimes.
He was funny, angry, sad and kind. The best thing about my dad is that he was always there to play with my sister and I when we were kids. It’s sad how so many fathers are not there for their kids because they’re either off doing dumb stuff or in jail.
This is him now.
Guess this explains why I’ve become more eccentric than ever. Sometimes I wonder what if my father was an otaku. He actually watched Initial D with me when I was younger. Oh no, is this the main reason why yaoi has been slowly corrupting my brain? OYAAAAAAAAJIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!
When people say that children do take after their parents, you better believe there is some truth to this statement. My love of Japanese pop culture is a result of my father being young at heart.
For many anime/manga fans, Japanese video games, most especially role-playing games, are also a big part of their love of Japanese pop culture. In what was one of the biggest shockers of the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Square Enix unleashed trailers for two games fans all over the world have been craving for so many years. The re-branded Final Fantasy Versus XIII, now officially christened as Final Fantasy XV, and Kingdom Hearts III literally made the internet explode with glee. Or more importantly, the screams of the rising subgroup that is the fujoshi.
And here we are, at last, the final road to paradise! Without further ado, here’s a final list of great quotes from Volume 3 of Paradise Kiss. What parting advice do our favorite fashion designers and friends have to say?
"Paradise Kiss" Quotes to Take You to Paradise - Part II
And we’re back with more tickets to paradise! Picking off from where left off in Part I, here’s more quotes from Ai Yazawa’s amazing "Paradise Kiss" series, this time from Volume 2 of Vertical Inc’s re-release, that will get you thinking!
"Paradise Kiss" Quotes to Take You to Paradise - Part I
If there’s one classic series that that defined youth and coming-of-age, it’s none other than Ai Yazawa’s Paradise Kiss. From the creator of NANA came a series that was not only romantic, stylish, comedic and witty, but it was one that really hit home for many teenagers wondering where their lives will be headed after their school lives end.
The adventures of Yukari “Caroline” Hayasaka and her friends had some inspirational quotes that will take one to their intended paradise. Here’s a collection of quotes that really stand out from Volume 1 of Vertical Inc.’s 2012 re-release of ParaKiss.
A Night of Osamu Tezuka - A Celebration of Manga at Lacoste
The world of Japanese anime/manga culture spread its vibrant aura over NYC as famous clothing brand Lacoste held a party to celebrate its Osamu Tezuka line. What was even better was that Lacoste managed to get Anime Diet to do a panel on the history of anime and manga and how it has emerged to be a worldwide juggernaut.
The party also had a live DJ, catering and some artwork displayed and drawn by NYC-based manga artist, Hiroki Otsuka. Anime Diet’s panel went into a lot of detail about the history of Osamu Tezuka, anime, manga, conventions, cosplay and even pop fashion as well. They brought out a good point in saying if it weren’t for Tezuka, Japanese pop culture probably wouldn’t exist.
While there are criticisms against Tezuka, the fact of the matter is that our precious seiyuus/waifus/doujins/fanservice are his “great-great-great-grandchildren”. He did say comics was his wife and animation his mistress. Who knew tomfoolery could impact the world greatly? Then again, being surrounded by chaos can unlock creativity.
Enjoy the photos! And much thanks to Anime Diet for schooling folks with Anime/Manga 101!
This is the 2nd time Kodansha has quoted me on their slides as they did the same back at New York Comic-Con 2011. I feel like it’s time I do something special not just for Kodansha, but for anime/manga fans everywhere in the form of an infographic on the popularity of “Attack on Titan”.
An infographic is basically a visual image of information (data, statistics, etc.) displayed with text and pictures. It is often used as a cool way to present information. Readers tend to love them because it’s easier to process data through infographics than just reading walls of text. Here’s an infographic about One Piece. (Full image can be viewed through the picture below.)