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12th December 2012

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Sakuran - Is It Our Nature to Deceive?

Volume cover to Moyoco Anno's "Sakuran"

"Castle-topplers whisper idle nothings to entrap their guests. Yet they become ensnared by their own traps."

With how the world is today, people often tend to deceive themselves to make sense of it. Reality is harsh after all. Especially if you grew up in a unsuitable environment for a child, as in the case of one young girl in Moyoco Anno’s Sakuran. The title takes a look at the lives of courtesans living in one of the craziest sex districts in history, Yoshiwara, Edo, Japan. You get to learn about the women being forced to work there and how they are groomed to lie to get ahead. At the same time, those women are prone to being lied to as certain men proclaim that they love them. It makes you wonder whether it is human nature to be full of deception.

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Tagged: KiyohaMoyoco AnnoSakuranVertical Inc.Yoshiwaradeception human naturejosei mangamangamanga charactermanga psychologypsychology of deceptiondelusional loveromantic love is a delusion

19th October 2012

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The Diagonal: Interning at Vertical for New York Comic Con →


On Interning: At NYCC

I already offered my thoughts on New York Comic Con from the attendee’s perspective, so here is the aforementioned and previously hinted at, (for all three of you regular readers) blog post about interning for Vertical at NYCC. There’s a fair amount to say about it, so I…

Photo of Vertical, Inc. interns with a Black Jack cosplayer at New York Comic-Con 2012.

Source: Vertical, Inc. Tumblr

A pretty good read for anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to work in the U.S. manga publishing industry. Much props to Chris as I know him personally and it’s good to see him do well.


Tagged: Black JackChi's Sweet HomeEd ChavezMoyoco AnnoNYCC 2012New York Comic-ConOsamu TezukaSakuranVertical Inc.interningmangamanga publishersmanga publishing

8th October 2012

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Japan/NYC Love! The Journey to New York Comic-Con 2012 Begins!

Official press logo for the 2012 New York Comic-Con.

It’s that crazy time of the year once again as the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention, New York Comic-Con, returns to entertain various fandoms over the span of 4 days (October 11-14, 2012).

Earlier this year, NYCC announced that it would shut down New York Anime Festival and incorporate it into NYCC. Despite there being a shortage of anime-related content (especially fan panels), it hasn’t stopped NYCC from bringing over some very notable guests from Japan. Here are the big Japanese names that will be coming to New York.

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Tagged: New York Comic-ConJapanese pop cultureNYCC2012Masakazu KatsuraDanny ChooCulture JapanYu AsakawaVOCALOIDLuka MegurineTiger & BunnyMasakazu IshiguroSoremachiYoshitaka AmanoFinal Fantasypop culture eventsMoyoco AnnoSakuran

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