How to Get Away With Writing Lesbians

(Note: This piece was originally published on the VRV Blog in two parts; How a Japanese Lesbian Author Got Queer Content Past the Censors 100 Years Ago and The Struggle to Get Queer Content in Cartoons. However, as it appears the blog is now down, I'm cross-posting it here.) Part I – In 1920's Japan … Continue reading How to Get Away With Writing Lesbians

The Complicated Role of Race in Boys’ Love Stories

(Note: This piece was originally published on the VRV Blog. However, as it appears the blog is now down, I'm cross-posting it here.) It’s generally agreed that the origins of the BL (boy’s love) subgenre of manga can be traced back to the influential Year 24 Group, a loosely classified group of female shoujo mangaka … Continue reading The Complicated Role of Race in Boys’ Love Stories

The Summer You Were Here: Taiko no Tatsujin

Note: This piece was originally written for CapsuleCrit; however, as it's been several months since they said they were going to publish it and I still haven't heard anything, I'm putting it up here instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYk8Tk_qr40 I may have lived in Tokyo for two years, but the first time I played Taiko no Tatsujin was … Continue reading The Summer You Were Here: Taiko no Tatsujin