Tag: manga

November 27, 2021 · 0 comments

Manga: The Knight Cartoonist

Manga: The Knight Cartoonist

By Jeannette Ng. Much as the Motion Picture Academy loves films about film-making and writers love nothing more than a protagonist who is also a writer, manga about making manga has become its own little subgenre. There is an art to balancing the indulgent navel-gazing and insider-jokes with the bluntly realist looks behind the proverbial […]

November 2, 2021 · 0 comments

Interviews with Monster Girls

Interviews with Monster Girls

By Jeannette Ng. Interviews with Monster Girls by PETOS starts off more or less as its title promises. Tetsuo Takahashi is a biology teacher who has long been fascinated by the existence of demihumans. Some combination of narrative contrivance and fate has resulted in him sharing a school with four of them — Hikari Takanashi […]

October 26, 2021 · 0 comments

Sanpei Shirato (1932-2021)

Sanpei Shirato (1932-2021)

When asked by an interviewer why he became a manga creator, the late Sanpei Shirato answered bluntly: “I needed to eat.” This seemingly simple reply encapsulated much of his own gritty, materialist attitude towards storytelling. He was always aware of the big picture, of the great weight of history as it marched along, but focussed […]

October 12, 2021 · 0 comments

Manga: A Silent Voice

Manga: A Silent Voice

By Jeannette Ng. I was running out of To Your Eternity (also by Yoshitoki Oima), which I was also absolutely loving, so I thought I’d read about the adventures of Shoya Ishida, repentant class bully. My interest in redemption arcs tends towards the melodramatic and fantastical – grand, blood-drenched villains who discover their heart of […]

October 9, 2021 · 0 comments

Manga: To Your Eternity

Manga: To Your Eternity

By Jeannette Ng. To Your Eternity by Yoshitoki Oima is the sort of story where I at once want you to know nothing about the premise but also everything. The surprises are both profound and matter not at all. There is something deeply fatalistic about “To Your Eternity” but — cue warnings about all the […]

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