Welcome back to the series that never fails, and that is my one-and-only; Monthly Favorites. After my… more curated selection last month: I am back. With vengeance. Maybe exactly vengeance, but there’s significantly more posts featured this month then last. Which was the goal! As always I am formatted so you can jump around to what’s you’re most interested in and you can come back to the other’s later.
A bit about me again…
So… I accidentally disappeared during this month. Whoopsie. I promise it wasn’t intentional since I usually get a post up to you guys when I disappear. I managed to recover enough to maintain my streak for Visual Kei&Anime, and Monthly Favorites. The simplest way I can say this is, due to getting my first dose of vaccine (second was yesterday!), my immune system was compromised enough that a normal day cold came along and ended up rocking my shit for three days. Not fun, but I am now safely recovered and all good. As you can imagine that uprooted my schedule on and off line, and I’m only just now getting back into the swing of things. I’m back to blogging regularly, and will be for a good while! Now on to the stuff you came here for!
It is in fact pride month, and many amazing bloggers have taken up the mantle to talk about various topics within the community. One such post is by Tea Time entitled “From Hibari to Yu and beyond – trans* characters in anime“. It’s great to see that trans characters are getting positive and more regular representation! It’s small time capsule of these characters, and really well written.
Next up, is Irina from I Drink and Watch Anime with “Stars Align But Not Quite“. I love seeing other people and their opinions about titles I enjoyed in the past. Since Irina and I both are pretty big fans of the SPORTS! genre, it’s always nice to read her take. If you’re still on the fence about this ‘odd’ series, be sure to give her review a read.
Pivoting away from sports, we have Lita from litakinoanimecorner with “THE SEXUAL AWAKENS FOR THE SEASON“. It’s a post that beautifully illustrates the themes found within the little talked about O Maidens in Your Savage Season, that came out in 2019. I’ll admit I was one of those who wrote it off as another CGDCT; turns out I was very very wrong. And glad to be as this is a series I might just pick up in the near future.
Hey! It’s another review from Karandi of 100 Word Anime talking about “Horimiya Series Review – Fascinating Anime Romance“. This month seems to be all about others talking about recent favorites of mine, and this one is no exception. Horimiya is the romance anime of the year, mark my words, and I’m just using Karandi’s review to reinforce that on everyone.
It also wouldn’t be a feature section of mine if we didn’t have a pivotal moment; another member to the
cult of Natsume Yuujinchou fanbase. This time we must welcome sushiiiwithsoysauce, since they wrote their thoughts about the series in “Natsume’s Book of Friends 1 – The anime that left me empty despite its warmness“. It’s a relatable feeling as a fellow member of the Natsume circle. Be sure to give them a warm welcome to our fandom, and check out their post.
To kick of the manga features is proseanime with “Boys Run the Riot Volume 1: Notable Newcomers“. I’ve seen this title floating around a lot on the manga side of Instagram, especially since it boasted some connections to pride. But Instagrammers rarely convey critical points, like that the author Keito Gaku is actually a trans person writing about trans experiences. That’s why I really appreciate their through, insightful, and relatively spoiler free look at the first volume.
And yes, this review has tipped the scales towards me buying the series when I have some money.
Mars is a title that many in the shojo/josei manga community hail as a holy grail. It’s been adapted several times as live action dramas so that’s why I know about it, but that’s neither here nor there. Biblionyan has been so kind as to explain why in their post “Mars by Fuyumi Soryō: A Dark & Mature Romance that Authentically Explores Tough Topics on Trauma – Manga Review“. It’s made me want to seek the series out, despite the OOP nature of it both in Japanese and English. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.
A very much a significantly lighter note, Al from Al’s Manga Blog has reminded me that “Wonder Cat Kyuu-Chan Vol 1-2 Review” exists. What’s not to like? It’s a cute, somewhat surreal if not at least easy to read story about a cat and their owner. Gotta keep some cat manga on deck to make sure you don’t get weighed down too much by the harder hitting stuff.
With a title like “I Think Our Son is Gay (1)” both the manga and the review seem pretty straight forward. The latter of course being provided by GrimmReads this time around. I saw this title circulating around social media for awhile as well, and I’m glad it’s getting recognition. It’s certainly on my list.
To wrap up the manga section, we have “Danganronpa Meets… Soccer?!: Blue Lock First Impressions (Volumes 1-3)” by Weeb Revues. I’ll have to admit, I’ve seen some… interesting re-colors of this series but didn’t know too much about it. While I don’t think it’ll ever top my personal favorite soccer series, it certainly is an interesting modern contender for unique twists on soccer and the sports genre.
JDramas and Movies
From Watching Asia Film Reviews, we have “Tezuka’s Barbara (2020) [Film Review]“. What can I say? A blogger of taste, and after my own heart since I quite enjoyed this flick as well. Their review is arguably more grounded and succinct then my own, so I highly encourage you to check it out. Especially since it has links to where you can pick up the DVD release which should be out by the time (or shortly after) this post goes up!
On a different note from Dramas with a Side of Kimchi, specifically from Telzytalks, they wrote “A Fangirl’s Japanese Drama Review- Fukuyado Honpo: Kyoto Love Story“. Personally, I’ll been eyeing this series for quite awhile since Yamashita Kenjiro is involved but prior reviews left me puzzled about what to reall expect. Without getting spoiler-y, Telzytalks reviewed the series so now I can (eventually) go into the series without setting the bar too high for myself.
Next up is Black & Yellow Otaku Gamers, the author being Minty, writing about “Drama|Fujoshi, Ukkari Gei ni Kokuru“. Now this was a series that made some rounds when it first came out. Most of my other friends universally panning the series due to the female protagonists actions and for the fact she was ‘one of those kinds’ of fujoshis. It’s really nice to see someone outside of those individuals give an alternative perspective to even some issues out, and really highlight the red flags. Much like Minty though, I’m more curious about the movie adaptation with Kamio Fuju coming in the near future.
Scott brings up a really valid point, “So What If Yoko Kanno Is Involved?“. I can hear the lighters flicking and the metal scraping of pitch folks and folks; it’s in regards to the Cowboy Bebop live-action adaptation. It’s really important food for thought, as some decisions truly are lighting in a bottle moments, and others… feel a bit too calculated for my tastes. Be sure to give it a read to figure out what that means.
“Should Translator Visibility Matter?” is the question posed in The AniManga Spellbook, earlier this month. There’s a lot more discussion about good and questionable translations, so it’s interesting to see other commenters thoughts on the subject.
And yes, this time I really can end on a music note! I told you this section had a lot of features! iScream, the latest unit from LDH Girls have officially debuted. They happen to be marketed towards an audience a bit younger then myself, but… music that bops, bops. Doesn’t matter who it’s meant to be marketed to, I can’t control it.
I know this is a big ask, but I really want these girls to succeed. I’m planning to do a write-up in the coming months to better convince you to stan (or at least bop to their music in the background), but could you please click and let the song play? I promise that the worst thing that happens is you get an ear-worm, and at best we’re going to stan them together. Sounds good right? I won’t keep you any longer, hit the play button and I’ll see you next month with another round of favorites!