No group of artists is more under-appreciated than fanartists. Whether we’re talking about music, fanfiction or designs, people seem to think that an artist working with material originally made by others is somehow lacking in comparison to the “competition”. I think otherwise. Cases like that of Saeko Doyle prove that artists who draw inspiration from already established characters can be just as creative and productive as those who create their own material. I asked Saeko to join us for an interview where talk about her work, the fandoms she loves and her future plans.
Regular readers of our blog know that shoujo and comedy aren’t our favorite genres. The former category feels too “innocent” and “sugary” for our tastes, while many anime trying to provoke laughter usually end up relying on pretty cheap, often sexist, jokes. That’s why we were very careful before our first encounter with Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun, a title claiming to combine the two genres on the surface (and I say surface because the manga is published in a shounen magazine, something that slipped our attention at first). What we weren’t expecting was just how much of a pleasant surprise this series would be. Continue reading