A Close Reading of Ichikawa Haruko’s “A 25-Hour Vacation”

Ichikawa Haruko is best known as the creator of Land of the Lustrous, but before that manga began publication, she published a number of one-shots which were collected in a two-volume edition simply titled Ichikawa Haruko Collection. These one-shots wound up being used as fodder for a rather infamous tumblr callout post accusing her of … Continue reading A Close Reading of Ichikawa Haruko’s “A 25-Hour Vacation”

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Overdates: Dream Dates with Overwatch Heroes (according to someone who knows nothing about Overwatch)

I have never played Overwatch. I have never even watched anyone play Overwatch, or watched any videos about it, or read any lore. Everything I know about the game is based on what I've absorbed via the cultural osmosis of having a Twitter account. But that doesn't stop me from having some extremely strong opinions … Continue reading Overdates: Dream Dates with Overwatch Heroes (according to someone who knows nothing about Overwatch)

Shin Devilman, More Like SHIT Devilman

Let me be honest: I am not fond of Shin Devilman. For those blissfully unaware, Shin is a one-volume spinoff of the original manga drawn by Go Nagai and written by his novelist brother Yasutaka, serialized from 1979-1981, in which Akira and Ryo travel through time and confront demons in various historical contexts. Unfortunately, it's … Continue reading Shin Devilman, More Like SHIT Devilman

“You know I’m a…”: On the Value of Liberal Translation

This post contains major spoilers for every iteration of Devilman. Devilman completed serialization in 1973, and didn't receive an official English translation until 2018, meaning that for approximately 50 years, the only version available to people who didn't speak Japanese (and even those who did, but couldn't get their hands on copies of the original) … Continue reading “You know I’m a…”: On the Value of Liberal Translation