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    Wow, no...I'm sorry, Lotuslander, I've never heard of that particular Nippon phenomenon. Is it a sort of "Queer Eye for the Japanese Teenage Female Eye"?
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    I read the Archie comics. My little sister got me into them one day when she had bought a bunch and brought them home to show me.

    I've always been into mangas, though. I've read through Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo, and Pokemon. I started looking at Fushigi Yugi recently. It looks promising to me. The first tankubon was a little interesting with all the cross-dressing characters but oh well!
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    I forgot about Archie comics! I still read them and love them. Didn't they make some corny tv movie about the Riverdale gang as adults?
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    They did? Sounds perfectly awful!

    Anyway, speaking of manga, one of my favorite manga writers has to be Rumiko Takahashi. First work I ever saw of hers was the wonderful gender-bending, martial arts adventure, Ranma 1/2. After that, someone gave me her older stuff, the supremely wacky Urusei Yatsura. Later I read the short stories Rumic World, which were amusing but not my favorite. What really knocked me off my feet was the lyrical and hauntingly melancholy Mermaid Saga, a much darker offering than most of her other manga. Mermaid's Scar and Mermaid's Forest were also made into beautiful anime, as have much of the rest of her oeuvre.
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    Anyone else here love the Dave Eggers' McSweeney's crew?

    I have a subscription to McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and their latest edition is a 264 hardcover book totally devoted to comics and illustrated stories, featuring some of my faves like Lynda Barry (if you haven't read Cruddy, you don't know adolescent angst), Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Robert Crumb, Ira Glass, Jaime Hernandez, Art Spiegelman, and...John Updike?

    And the dustcover is this super-cool, large, 4 page, like, "comic strip broadside"--like the "funnies" section of your newspaper but infinitely radder. It's so beautiful, I'm scared to open it!
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    I got my issue in the mail two days ago, SFG. It's fun!
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    Lotuslander: Of the gay manga, I know of shoun-ai (softcore) and yaoi (hardcore: whips, chains, etc. ) Maybe one of these is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lotuslander
    Do you graphic novels, Japanese fans etc, know anything about these Japanese comic books or graphic novels in which the characters are young gay men, and are read by teenage Japanese girls? I forget the name of the genre, but I was reading about it awhile ago, and apparently, teenage girls can only feel equal to another man, if they imagine themselves as a man, or something to that gist. I thought it was so strange, but apparently these graphic novels are huge in Japan.
    Like Salome mentioned, you're either talking about shonen ai (mostly kissing, schmaltz...very tame stuff) or yaoi (w/ graphic depictions of nudity and penetration). But not only girls read it, I think - my favorite fruit does too. I'm not sure of the psychological impetus behind its sustained popularity in Japan, but I'd imagine it's nothing more complicated than whatever makes straight men like two girls making out. Same thing, y'know?

    Anyway, back on the subject of mainstream manga...Battle Angel Alita, hell yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowflakeGirl
    Wow, no...I'm sorry, Lotuslander, I've never heard of that particular Nippon phenomenon. Is it a sort of "Queer Eye for the Japanese Teenage Female Eye"?
    Yes, they're love stories, not porno at all, and there is a name for the genre, but I can't remember. I was reading about it awhile ago, and thought is was so bizarre, but apparently it's very popular. There's a name for the genre. Young Japanese cartoon men with big eyes and tragic love for each other, and the market for these comics are apparently teenage Japanese girls. There was a distinct one word name for the genre, but I can't remember. I was reading about how gay people are perceived in Japan, or what the culture is like there, how attitudes differ etc.
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    I believe it's called yaoi. And its opposite is called yuri. Some good examples of this type of manga can be seen in Fushigi Yugi, Sailor Moon, and Inu Yasha. It occurs in Tenchi Muyo as well. Not exactly my favorites but Fushigi Yugi is really interesting in the first six tankubon, and I absolutely love Sailor Moon! Then again, I think I've had this weird fascination with Sailor Moon since I was 3 yrs. old (had a weird deja vu when I was 10 when it was playing on Cartoon Network). I swear that I wanted to own everything Sailor Moon I could find (oh wait... I'm still like that!)...

    Has anyone else gone through Fushigi Yugi? I really like it. I admit that the first few are a bit weird but it looks way cool when you go farther into it. Does anyone agree?
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