Glass Mask Anime (2005): The Rivalry between Maya and Ayumi

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Glass Mask is a classic shoujo manga that started in 1976 about a young girl named Maya Kitajima who dreams of becoming an actress and goes through plenty of hardships in order for her dream to come true.  Thanks to the anime adaptations that came out in 1984 and 2005, Glass Mask has gained immense international popularity and continues to be Suzue Miuchi’s best work. Continue reading “Glass Mask Anime (2005): The Rivalry between Maya and Ayumi”

BANANA FISH – A Bittersweet Experience

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The animated version of Banana Fish ended in late December of 2018 and I still feel exhausted.  I had a lot of hope that the anime would address the problematic aspects of the series and make much-needed updates to amend those issues, but ultimately for the better or worse the anime left a bitter taste in my mouth. Continue reading “BANANA FISH – A Bittersweet Experience”

Banana Fish and the Real-World Racial Politics of 1980’s America [AnimeFeminist]

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This article was published on November 7, 2018, on AnimeFeminist.  Banana Fish was probably the most emotionally exhausting series I have ever read.  Despite many painful moments, I was impressed by the immense research Akimi Yoshida did for the series and how she was able to depict how pervasive white supremacy is throughout all sectors of society.  However, those historical events depicted in the series can be painful for new QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) readers.  Please read the original article on AnimeFeminist.