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The Cultural Cross-Pollination of Shōjo Manga

Jd Banks:

This speaks volumes!

Originally posted on Contemporary Japanese Literature:

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On January 18 of 2015, Ed Chavez, the Marketing Director at manga publisher Vertical, replied to a Twitter user’s question on regarding whether manga is becoming a niche entertainment industry outside of Japan. Chavez’s response was a definite “maybe.” After stating that shōnen manga is selling just as well – if not better – than it always has, Chavez added the caveat that, “Unlike the 00’s, where a shojo boom introduced a whole new demographic to manga, there hasn’t been a culture shifting movement recently.” Johanna Draper Carlson, one of the most well-respected and prolific manga critics writing in English, responded to Chavez’s assessment on her blog Comics Worth Reading. She agreed with him, adding, “I find myself working harder to find series I want to follow. Many new releases seem to fall into pre-existing categories that have already demonstrated success: vampire romance, harem fantasy, adventure quests…

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Okinawa: A Journey of Discovery

Jd Banks:

Something about the place I’m living!

Originally posted on 上り口説 Nubui Kuduchi:

I was just poking around YouTube, and happened upon this series, “Okinawa: A Journey of Discovery.” It is, I think, produced in part by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, and it is indeed rather touristy and cheesy in some respects – the series follows a group of seven Westerners with no previous experience/knowledge in Japan at all (let alone Okinawa), learning about Okinawa largely from the perspective of simply being interested, open-minded, travelers on a cool vacation.

So, yeah, it sort of has a “reality TV” feel, of these seven young people just having an adventure, and facing various “challenges” on each episode. The series also reinforces the image of Okinawa as tourist destination, as vacation destination, and I suppose that’s the point… but, at least it’s not emphasizing the resorts and beaches, but rather, devotes episodes to music, dance, food, and so forth. I wish they had spent more time…

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Happy International Sushi Day!

Happy International Sushi Day!

Jd Banks:


Originally posted on Japancentre blog:

As you might expect of us here at Japan Centre, we LOVE sushi, so naturally we love International Sushi Day. The umai team at Japan Centre work hard making fresh, delicious, original and colourful sushi every morning for the hungry people of London. Here’s a selection of our sushitastic Instagram snaps for you to feast upon with your eyes…

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Blogging Anniversary!


Today marks the day my blog alias, Machine’s Life, started on WordPress–and WordPress was kind enough to remind me that such a name is dead.

But Jade’s Escape lives on, and when its anniversary comes around, I’ll make my own achievement for everyone. Maybe there’s another contest around the corner.

Along with this good news, I do have an announcement: I’m moving from Japan back to the U.S. in August, so I’ll be busy with preparations. Trust me, it’s no joke! When I get the chance, I’ll write what living in the Japan means to me and how visiting will benefit Japan fans every where.

In the meantime, please check out my newer posts for manga artists, “Manga Paper If You’re Outside Japan“, and some additions to my anime club website, Anime Ascendant. Love you guys!

Manga Paper If You’re Outside Japan

Manga Paper If You’re Outside Japan

When you first started drawing manga, did you grab a few sheets from the printer stack? I know I did. Tsk, and a tsk. We didn’t know better then, but now we do. The type of paper you use to create your manga and comics makes a difference in line quality, erasings, and marker bleeds. Manga paper is nothing more than comic book or manuscript paper that’s thicker and more absorbent than regular printer paper. They can be expensive, but here’s a list from online retailers who’ll give you a deal.

Brand / Paper Type # of Sheets DickBlick Jerry’s Artarama Blue Line Pro Comic Artist Supplies Akadot Deleter Japanimation
Manga Art Boardz (150×220 mm) 25 $10.00
Manga Art Boardz (150×220 mm) 100 $35.00
Manga Art Paper #90 (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in) 25 $8.96
Manga Art Paper #80 (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ in) 25 $9.86
Manga Art Paper #90 (10 x 14 ¼ in) 25 $14.36
Manga Art Paper #80 (10 x 14 ¼ in) 25 $15.26
Canson Illustration/Comic Board (38 x 10 in) 3 $5.32
Canson Illustration/Comic Board (16 x 20 in) 5 $14.49
Canson Illustration/Comic Board (20 x 30 in) 5 $24.89
Canson Comic Book Art Boards (11 x 17 in) 24 $13.67
Canson Manga Art Boards (10 x 14 ¼ in) 15 $6.84
Deleter Comic Book Paper 110kg A4 (182x257mm) 40 $5.91 $8.89
Deleter Comic Book Paper 110kg B4 (220x310mm) 40 $8.86 $13.29
Deleter Comic Book Paper 135kg A4 (182x257mm) 40 $6.23 $9.39
Deleter Comic Book Paper 135kg B4 (220x310mm) 40 $9.52 $15.09
Canson Paper for A5 Book Comic Manuscript Paper 3 $5.50
Canson Paper for B5 Book Comic Manuscript Paper 3 $6.00

For the digital copy of this post, please click here: Where to Get Manga Paper.

New Gurren Lagann Manga Launches In Japan

Originally posted on Lesley's Musings... on Anime & Manga:

The May 2015 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Hero’s magazine has revealed that the magazine will launch a new Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann manga in the July 2015 issue, which will be published in Japan on June 1, 2015. The new manga is titled Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Otoko-gumi dayo! Hen (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: We’re Team Men!).

In the manga, Kamina and Simon’s hearts are drifting farther apart because of the mystery surrounding the sold-out yakisoba bread at the store at the Dai-Gurren Academy. A small tear in their bonds will before long blow up into a huge issue.

Previous manga inspired by the anime include the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Guren Gakuenhen school manga and the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Rasen Shonen-tan (Spiral Boy) manga that takes place in a parallel world. Both manga were republished as single-volume compiled book releases.

Gainax’s Tengen Toppa Gurren…

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