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Soooo, avoiding NaNo has meant having a new fandom. And I tried so very, very hard for months and months not to get sucked in. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick in a needle in my eye. Because it makes me feel very old indeed to start freaking out alongside teenage girls demographic. I'm talking about Katekyo Hitman Reborn, of course, that fangirl bait of a series. It's got very pretty male characters (even the bad guys!) who are avidly slashed by fans, as if they're afraid it might go out of style anytime soon. Then why am I claiming defeat?

Because one character seemingly hits all my moe targets.

Ryohei Sasagawa:
- intense, one-track mind boxer
- has silly catchphrase that actually becomes endearing after a while (EXTREME!!!)
- good hearted but dumb (maybe it's undiagnosed ADD?)
- over-protective big brother
- fights bears/kangaroos/what have you
- handwraps, he wears them even when in suits

The final blow: when KHR skips 10 years and the guys are all in suits and ties. GAME OVER.

Oh, did I mention there were motorcycles involved? ASDFJLK; I'm so doomed.
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Half-Baked Scanlations has posted the scanlated last chapter of Lucky-kun, and thoughtfully added a link to an essay titled 'Yaoi-Ronso: Discussing Depictions of Male Homosexuality in Japanese Girls' Comics, Gay Comics and Gay Pornography'. There's a lot of great stuff to mull over in that essay, but first I want to start with a quick word on Lucky-kun.

Whole lotta manga terms and rambling under the cut )
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Read Complex and cried buckets at the end. Love borne out of friendship is best, non? I've always wanted to have someone like that. *blows nose*

Anyways, I'm still ill with the flu. Sorry [ profile] parlance1, I'll have to give you a call later! Hope everyone's doing okay, and I will absolutely do with a proper catch up soon. *waves*
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WTF. Looks like negotiations didn't go well. Was Kodansha not happy with the amount Tokyopop was willing to pay for the licensing? At any rate I did a quick Google search to see recent Kodansha news and nothing stood out. Tokyopop, however, went through a restructuring last year.

Press Release from Tokyopop

The Japanese publisher , from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits, Love Hina, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, Initial D, Kindaichi, Life, GetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new manga volumes.

What does this mean? TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progress; in addition, TOKYOPOP will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has been sold out, so once these series are sold out at retail, they will not be available for consumers to purchase. The reasons for Kodansha’s decision were not communicated to TOKYOPOP.

We have received many emails and phone calls about titles related to this announcement, and given the nature of the negotiations, we could not definitely answer any of those questions until now. We love all of these series, and we are disappointed that we will not get to enjoy the outcome of some of our favorite manga. We hope to see these series completed some day.... However, if they are ever published again, they will not be published by TOKYOPOP.

Thankfully the only manga I regularly buy now is Blade of the Immortal, and that's Dark Horse. If DH ever stopped translating and putting out latest volumes, I'll probably have no choice like the fans of Initial D and look for scanlations.



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