Broken Gem: A review of Bokura no Hentai

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From the good to the mediocre and memorably bad, most titles contain at least some minor flaws. Yes, that’s true even for your favorites. It’s very rare for these weaknesses to ruin an overall satisfying story. Rare but not impossible, as Bokura no Hentai (BnH) by Fumiko Fumi, one of the few manga that tries to deal with queer/transgender issues on a realistic, level-headed basis, unfortunately reminds us.

*The following review will contain some very important spoilers. For those of you who have come across our blog for the first time, I should mention that I am a transgender woman and social justice and identity will be a major part of my critique. Continue reading

This War of Mine

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Video games and war are like chocolate cookies and milk. Ever since their original mix the combination has earned millions of faithful fans who enjoy the many different versions of that trope. Gamers have been offered a great variety of perspectives and capabilities. Do you want to be a super soldier? Check out FPS, the mass-produced genre of our times, and you’ll find yourself to be a more capable mass murderer than a whole army. Do you want to be a general? Well, there are a thousand titles that let you lead your troops, use diplomacy and manage every aspect of your (military) state. Even RPGs and action games often use war as their main theme or at least a plot device. There was, however, one point of view that was always mysteriously missing from the big picture. That gap is what This War of Mine wishes to fill;  the war experience of a regular human being trapped amidst the chaos of conflict. Continue reading

Amon: Apocalypse of Devilman

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Amon: Apocalypse of Devilman is known as the third OVA of the Devilman franchise. Even though it was released as an adaptation of Yu Kinutani’s Amon: The Darkside of Devilman, one can often find claims that it was meant to be a continuation of the two previous films, The Birth and The Demon Bird. Unfortunately I didn’t find any credible source that clarifies what the truth is. This review/commentary will focus on certain scenes from the OVA, then try to analyze and compare them to other Devilman adaptations. I should note that the movie doesn’t explain much of the story’s elements, thus those unfamiliar with the previous releases should probably skip this review. Continue reading

Taming the Tiger- a Barairo My Honey review

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There are, generally speaking, two types of josei titles: the down to earth ones and the Arlekin-like ones. Barairo My Honey is definitely the second type; I mean, the main love interest is the tall black-haired stern-face specimen who just so happens to have been born in wealth. Of course, we also have a rival who’s the laid-back boy next door. However, Ohmi Tomu, known for her Midnight Secretary and Spell of Desire, was in the mood of gifting us with an utterly cute and fresh romance. Let me tell you why this three-volume captured my affections. Continue reading