Tag: Jonathan Clements

June 22, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: By Your Side

Books: By Your Side

By Jonathan Clements. The inauguration of Barazoku (“Rose Tribe”), a magazine for gay men in 1971, brought with it a sop to the ladies, in the form of a page for lesbians, for which author Ito Bungaku coined the term yuri-zoku, the “Lily Tribe.” Ever since, lesbian media have officially been a thing in Japan, […]

June 19, 2022 · 0 comments

Manga: Hikaru in the Light

Manga: Hikaru in the Light

By Jonathan Clements. Hikaru likes to sing while she is sweeping up at work. But she is good at it. Good enough to turn it in to a career? Nobody would take it that seriously, until her old friend Ran-chan returns from the Big City and announces that she is going to audition for a […]

June 1, 2022 · 0 comments

Hello World

Hello World

By Jonathan Clements. Kyoto teenager Naomi Katagaki’s world is invaded by a wholly unexpected arrival – an avatar of his older self, transported from a garish, rainbow coloured other realm to the year 2027, a man on a mission to save a girl’s life. For Naomi’s classmate Ruri is fated to suffer a terrible accident, […]

May 29, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Japan’s Carnival War

Books: Japan’s Carnival War

By Jonathan Clements. Many readers of this blog will be familiar with the boggling weirdness of Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, that animated oddity in which the child-hero from Japanese school textbooks is reimagined as a patriotic general, leading animal marines in an assault on foreign devils. But its not just the premise of Sacred Sailors that […]

May 27, 2022 · 0 comments

Pompo the Cinephile

Pompo the Cinephile

By Jonathan Clements. Joelle Davidovich Pomponette, or Pompo for short, is a pint-sized producer, grand-daughter of a studio founder, who simply loves making movies. In the fictitious movie capital of “Nyallywood”, she is known for highly-regarded B-pictures – the anime lovingly recreates posters for works such as Guns Akimbo and Zombizarre, alongside her latest horror-from-the […]

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