Top 10 2014 moments- Side A

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The project of 12 days as an idea started as a sampling of moments but many bloggers like us take the chance to generally talk about the series we loved during the year that passed. But this year we thought it might be a good idea to actually do that in a seperate post where we collect the 10 astounding and 10 horrible moments from titles we haven’t included elsewhere. As the list descends, the moments have made better or worse impressions respectively. So here we start with positivity. Continue reading

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2014: 4th day of Animanga

010Though violence is a prevalent theme in modern animography, one needs to search very well to find truly disturbing themes and situations in mainstream titles. Even though I consider myself a fan of the horror genre, there simply haven’t been, in recent years, many cases where TV producers have given us quality animated horror. That’s the reason I was both excited and curious to see whether Tokyo Ghoul would be what I was looking for: an anime filled with darkness, sleaziness and raw brutality instead of just some second-rate Hellsing rip-off. Continue reading

2014: 2nd day of animanga

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I was between this and Koe no Katachi when selecting the titles for the 12 Days of Christmas, but since the latter will get an anime soon, why not spent this space to shed light to an unknown title that had me crying at each and every chapter no less. I tried to avoid spoilers as much as I could in this post, so please enjoy this review! Continue reading

Nekketsu men doing nekketsu things: An interview with Mane

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The original Getter Robo team. Left to right, Hayato Jin, Ryoma Nagare and Kuruma Benkei.

Introduction

Anime published in Japan during the 1970s-80s may often seem more simplistic than modern titles, yet one can’t deny that some of the most popular anime concepts and cliches were born at that time. Tough young men fighting for justice, beautiful strong women that accompany them, supernatural enemies from other dimensions and so on. Though it’s been a long time, there are still many fans of that era all over the world paying tribute to the awesomeness of retro anime.

One of them is Mane, a Spanish artist who currently resides in Japan. She designs fanarts  of titles like Getter Robo, Saint Seiya, Devilman, Ashita no Joe and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure like only a small number of people can. It’s worth mentioning that she is among the few that make little adjustments on the original material instead of completely changing it. Thus, her work is very close to the retro feeling. That doesn’t stop her from adding her own perspective on the stories and their protagonists.

We’ve wanted to interview her for quite some time. Now, with the release of her latest doujinshi “Dynamic Fiesta Heroes”, it felt like the perfect chance to ask. Friendly, talented and full of enthusiasm, we present to you, Mane. Continue reading

LGBTQ lives in collective societies- the case of Japan

identity_by_kidchanBeing LGBTQ is hard not because our sexuality and gender identity walk hand-in-hand with instability in mental health (it doesn’t), but rather because the people around us validate their way of living by perpetuating hate speech and violence against us. Because some societies and people still view the others as commodities for their self-gratification. This is especially true in collective, mostly non-Western, societies. In this post I’ll examine through manga the societal pressure LGBTQ individuals face in Japan.  Continue reading

The impact they had on us

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It’s been awhile since the last blog carnival, which beyond their promotional character (read: circlejerking if you prefer) they also help us get to know more about each other.

Some weeks ago our friends on facebook started making top10 influential lists; it started with metal band albums and spread to video games to manga and anime. So we thought why not? Diary of an Anime Lived focused on anime that echo our real lives; ‘The impact they had on us’ seeks to pinpoint the anime or even manga titles that aren’t just a mirror of us or even our favorites but to highlight these stories that changed the way we viewed the world.

List and talk about 5-10 anime/manga that have influenced your way of thinking and your actions. Let me know if you are interested and I can create a page where every post is collected. Our entries follow. Continue reading

The Sky Is On The Banks Of The Red River – a Red River Review

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The cover is from the German edition; I was upset that the English edition didn’t feature this illustration, because it really gives off the series’ adventure spirit and displays the equal standing of the protagonists.

Once upon a time there was a young girl experiencing her first love in the 21st century in Japan. Back in the 14th BC century in the Hettite empire, a powerful queen schemes to place her son on the throne. In order to achieve this a sacrifice is required. The young girl is literally sucked back in time and swept away by the political conspiracies. She’s called to survive to an unknown to her era and lead her way through traps. The third prince will give her a helping hand and will come to depend on her.

This is a title that sold 16 million copies in Japan and was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award in 2000.

Red River, for everyone who knows me well, holds a special place in my heart as a shoujo manga. I am very proud of owning all the 28 volumes and when the collection was completed, I hurrayed. The first time I read it, I saw through it in 3 days, devouring almost 9 volumes each day -it was that thrilling to me. A few years later I finished reading it for the second time; although I might frown at certain parts of the story now that I’m a more experienced reader and more aware of feminist narratives, I still feel inspired, so writing about it was in due course for awhile now. Continue reading