Tag Archives: Manga

September 02

Anime Attack: Sukitte Ii Na Yo

By: Meg Humphrey If you’re home sick from work on a Monday and/or are in the mood to have some feelings about a silly romance anime, Sukitte Ii na yo, or Say “I Love You” is the perfect medicine. The show is only 13 episodes long so if you’re dedicated, have nothing to do, or […]

August 24

Meg-chan in Wonderland: Why I Revert to a Weeboo When Distressed

By: Meg Humphrey It’s fair to say that most things I do involve fantasy and escapism. The bulk of what I read is fiction, I cosplay, I’m entrenched in the online Star Wars community, and I daydream often. All of these things add some adventure and excitement to my life, but what do I do […]

August 21

5 Fandom Friday: Crossovers I Needed Yesterday

By: Meg Humphrey Like all fangirls growing up, I have often thought of what would happen if so-and-so ended up in this-and-that show and what drama would ensue. Growing older, my crossover ideas have gotten a little less romantic, but no less obsessive! Here are my favorite from past and present. Alien vs. Predator vs. […]

January 12

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Gakuen Babysitters

By: Meg Humphrey I lost it over this manga. Absolutely lost it. The plot is pretty simple, newly orphaned Ryuuichi (15) and Kotarou (~2) are invited by the chairman of a private school to stay. In exchange for room, board, and education, Ryuuichi must spend all of his free time as a member of the […]

September 12

Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga

By: Leah Zoller and Kathryn Hemmann [A version of this series was originally given as the panel “Cross-Dressing for Fun and Profit” at Sakura-Con in Seattle on April 19, 2014, and was also published on the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature.] This past April, the ever-amazing Leah of The Lobster Dance and I gave a panel on […]

August 01

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Sugars

By: Meg Humphrey   I stumbled upon Sugars one night while I was half-heartedly reading through a couple other manga. Sugars, by Yamamori Mika, are compilations of one shots. Each chapter is a different story revolving around a different way to love. It’s also very interesting that although each story focuses on different characters, there […]

July 14

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Strobe Edge

By: Meg Humphrey The manga Strobe Edge by Sakisaka Io was a really refreshing take on the often told story of first loves. Ninako is a high school girl that has never experienced love before. Her friends tell her that her childhood friendship with the boy, Daiki (who is, in fact, in love with Ninako) […]

March 05

History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy

History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy: Ôoku: The Inner Chambers By: Leah Zoller In 1716, Tokugawa Yoshimune, the great-granddaughter of the first Tokugawa shogun, become shogun herself, despite being the third daughter of a branch family and having a low-ranking concubine as a father. During her reign as Shogun, Yoshimune enacted a number of reforms, […]

September 16

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Time Stranger Kyoko

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Time Stranger Kyoko By: Meg Humphrey Arina Tanemura’s work was what really got me addicted to shoujo manga. Not only are her illustrations breathtakingly detailed and beautiful, she had compelling fantasy stories. I started subscribing to the monthly volumes of Ribon (one of the many manga “digests” that featured 10-20 different stories […]

May 06

Shoujo Manga Maniac: Yuu Watase’s Imadoki

Shoujo Manga Maniac: Yuu Watase’s Imadoki By: Meg Humphrey  In comparison to Fushigi Yuugi, Ayashi no Ceres, Zettai Kareshi, and Alice 19th, I feel that Imadoki is the lesser known and unappreciated of Yuu Watase’s manga. This slice-of-life manga is relatively short at only five volumes and doesn’t feature any fantasy elements (unlike almost all […]

December 11

Shoujo Manga Maniacs

Shoujo Manga Maniacs: Tanaka Meca’s Kisu Yori mo Hayaku (Faster Than a Kiss) By: Meg Humphrey Not gonna lie: I have a thing for responsible-young-men-teachers. I’ve never met one in real life, but on TV and in manga they’re THE BEST. Keep in mind that this is all set in beautiful shoujo land where nothing […]

November 28

Takaya Natsuki’s Fruits Basket

 ~*~Shoujo Manga Maniac~*~: Takaya Natsuki’s Fruits Basket By: Meg Humphrey Let me preface this first installment of Shoujo Manga Maniac (I foresee more in the future as I spend too much of my time on scanlation websites) with the fact that I’m a manga (Japanese comics) nut. I have a fondness for anime, but it […]