The Temptation of Surrendering Control in Chainsaw Man (Part 1)

Source: Chapter 1, Chainsaw Man By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers If you haven’t heard of Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man, buckle your seat and get ready because you’re in for a wild one.  Chainsaw Man is a manga that began publication in 2018. Since then, it’s exploded and received an anime adaptation. Part 2 also began its serialization this month. The art is wonderfully over the … Continue reading The Temptation of Surrendering Control in Chainsaw Man (Part 1)

How To Break Into The Manga/Light Novel Industry – Notes!

4:30 PM – 5:20 PM (PDT) | Anime Expo 2022 | Friday 1 July 2022 Panel Description: Ever wonder what it takes to work on manga or light novels? Not sure what skills you need in order to go pro? Join us in a cross-publisher roundtable where actual hiring managers… Credit: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting Panelists: Jan Cash, J-Novel Club; Kristi Fernandez, J-Novel Club; … Continue reading How To Break Into The Manga/Light Novel Industry – Notes!

Henshin Dekinai: The Doomed Queen is Doomed No More

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting Years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a “doomed queen” in my LGBT+ Literature class. It came in the form of Andrew Holleran’s fictional novel, Dancer From The Dance, which, if you don’t know, is sort of like an updated version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby set in New York City and Fire Island. Both works … Continue reading Henshin Dekinai: The Doomed Queen is Doomed No More

Recommended Watch: WhytManga

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting With almost 500k followers on YouTube, many of you reading this are likely already fans of, or followers of, Whyt Manga on YouTube. However, if you haven’t heard of WhytManga (full name: Odunze Whyte Oguguo) yet, then let this be a brief introduction to this amazing creator! My first encounter with WhytManga on YouTube was about six months ago. … Continue reading Recommended Watch: WhytManga

Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part Two)

Source: Tatsuki Fujimoto, Goodbye, Eri By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Welcome back to Part Two of my Goodbye, Eri analysis. In Part One, I touched upon some of the themes in Tatsuki Fujimoto’s excellent one-shot and focused on how film is used to remember those we love and the conundrum of who deserves to be remembered. In Part Two, I’ll expand upon these themes. Thank you … Continue reading Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part Two)

Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part One)

Source: Tatsuki Fujimoto, Goodbye, Eri By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers What is there to say about Tatsuki Fujimoto, the creator of Chainsaw Man, Fire Punch, and the devastating one-shot, Look Back? We could dive into so many aspects of his works. I love Fujimoto’s stories because he does ultraviolence in a way that cracks open the shell of humanity. Fujimoto’s work is raw, funny, and … Continue reading Goodbye, Eri Analysis (Part One)

Ascendance of a Bookworm: I Don’t Understand Its Popularity

By: Peggy Sue Wood | @pswediting A few years ago, I read the beginning volumes of Ascendance of a Bookworm. I thought it was okay, but there was nothing in particular that hooked me. The explanations felt like the kind of tutorials and information I’d see in a Dr. Stone story, and the characters were as unrecognizable to me as almost any other reincarnation/isekai I … Continue reading Ascendance of a Bookworm: I Don’t Understand Its Popularity

Cultural Differences: Japanese Manga & American Comics

Speaker: Peggy Wood | @pswediting About This Presentation: This is a brief introduction to the basic differences between manga and comics from a cultural standpoint. There is, of course, a lot more to this subject and I would encourage anyone interested to look more into this as my discussion here is only a brief look at the depth of differences between manga and comics. Article … Continue reading Cultural Differences: Japanese Manga & American Comics

Paradise Kiss – Bad Romance Done Right

Source: Ai Yazawa, Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Edition By: Beata Garrett | @clearsummers Oh boy, Ai Yazawa has done it again. I’m always fascinated by how Yazawa depicts relationships and the incredibly messy emotional entanglements and issues her couples go through. I read the Paradise Kiss: 20th Anniversary Omnibus Edition, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while, and it did not disappoint on … Continue reading Paradise Kiss – Bad Romance Done Right

The Gentle Empathy of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer

Source: https://sevenseasentertainment.com/series/skip-and-loafer/ By: Beata Garrett  | @clearsummers In celebration of Skip and Loafer’s anime adaptation, I want to recommend the manga to those interested or on the fence about reading it. I can safely say that Misaki Takamatsu’s manga is one of the most feel-good mangas I’ve read in a while. Skip and Loafer begins with country girl Mitsumi moving to Tokyo and beginning high … Continue reading The Gentle Empathy of Misaki Takamatsu’s Skip and Loafer