Category Archives: CULTURE

Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou! Episode 11 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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On this episode, Wells attempts to negotiate with Kurt and his supporters. Meanwhile, Well does some planning for Amalie and her two children.

The political problems between Wells and Kurt is getting much deeper due to Kurtz’s own jealousy or rage which is interesting. Also, seeing Amalie and her two children struggle during the hostility is kinda sad. Other than that, I hope there will be more fighting action instead of political development. Now what’s going to happen next? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more interesting political issues development. …continue reading

    

Literal Girl Power – Chainsaw Man

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I want to talk about one of my new favorite female characters in manga right now. She’s so hilarious and uninhibited to the point where I feel like this character is a good role model for young women (especially for women of color).

I’m talking about Power from Tatsuki Fujimoto’s Chainsaw Man.

For context about Chainsaw Man, the series is about a young man named Denji who becomes a half devil/human with the ability to turn his head and arms into chainsaws. In order to ensure his own safety from anyone who seeks to manipulate him and to live a somewhat healthy life, Denji joins a group of devil hunters that serve to protect the public. The devil hunters are a mix of both humans who form contracts with devils at the cost of their lifespan and fiends/devils.

One of those fiends/devils happens to be Power. She is known as the Blood Fiend as she’s able to use the blood in her body to make weapons. Power is introduced as Denji’s devil hunter partner and she gets immediate development as she tries to get Denji eaten by a bat devil in exchange for the safety of her pet cat, Meowy. When it turns out the bat devil was disappointed with Denji as its meal, it eats Meowy and Power instead. Denji ends up saving the two of them much to Power’s surprise. Both Denji and Power make up and the latter becomes a character that never ceases to bring laughs to readers and annoyance to the devil hunters that don’t exactly like her.

Power isn’t a saint. She’s rude, hates hygiene, quick to blame others when things go wrong, and is only willing to fight for her own self-interest. There’s some beauty in all of this as she’s …continue reading

    

Hello Kitty Speaks Out in Support of Black Lives Matter

We’ll admit it — we definitely did not have Hello Kitty taking a stand on our 2020 bingo card. But sure enough, Japan’s most popular export and the epitome of wholesome cuteness has issued a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Sanrio, the company that owns Hello Kitty, has been posting images […]

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MixBox Streaming Program Coming Soon

Source: Supaku Blog
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Bandai Namco Arts will be launching a free streaming service called MixBox. The 24/7 service will feature video contents and songs under the Lantis music label.

In addition, there will be a funding service for artists called MixUp!. Also, they will be having a 24 hour vimeo/YouTube live stream for beta testing on June 12. For more details, check out their official website and Twitter.

Official Website: https://mixbox.live/

Twitter (JP): https://twitter.com/Amane_LAN

Vimeo Live Stream: https://vimeo.com/event/21356

YouTube Live Stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1ePluiXIJY&

Note: Press release submitted to me by qdopp. …continue reading

    

Naomi Osaka, Illustrated by her Sister Mari Osaka

Tennis star Naomi Osaka appeared in GQ Japan’s June edition, in a cover that was drawn by her older sister Mari Osaka. A tennis player herself and also apparently a talented illustrator, Mari Osaka depicted her younger sister in a series of bold, beautiful and strong portraits. Naomi Osaka appears in a mask with the […]

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