Mar 2022 media round-up

What I read/watched in March 2022

Argh, March is almost over and I'm not ready for it. April is a scary month of work for me...

Nichijou 1 by Keiichi Arawi

Jenny McKeon (translation), Grace Lu and Hiroko Mizuno (production)

Similar feelings as City by the same, which I read last month.

Blue Flag 1-8 (end) by KAITO

Adrienne Beck (translation), Annaliese "Ace" Christman (lettering), Jimmy Presler (design), Marlene First (editor vol 1-7), Rae First (editor vol 8)


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I'm taking a close look at whether this aquarium is overcrowded

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I have mind/intention overlaps with the author. I was side-eye-ing a lot of characters for their behaviour but then they schooled me re: empathy/gender/queer stuff after I found out what they were thinking. The ending was sweeter than I expected!!

Princess Bride at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Live music while movie was playing. The music is not particularly memorable in the series. There were many mask jokes and it felt too relevant because we were mask wearing during the pandemic... The movie still holds up, despite the age.

Fist of the North Star 2 by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara

Joe Yamazaki (translation), John Hunt (touch-up art and lettering), Adam Grano (design), Mike Montesa (editor)

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I enjoyed this dodging scene action. The usual, Kenshiro destroying people!

Cells at work and friends 2-4 by Kanna Kurono / Mio Izumi (Supervised Akane Shimizu)

animaru (production)

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Every character continues to be very unsmart, and I am grateful for it.

Blissful Land 2-5 (end) by Ichimon Izumi

Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphoutl (lettering), William Flanagan (editing)

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Another succinct series without any conflict, just good vibes. This cursed object made me laugh so much.

Snow White with the Red Hair 17 by Sorata Akiduki

Caleb Cook (translation), Brandon Bovia (touch-up art and lettering), Alice Lewis (design), Karla Clark (editor)

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Greed and drama! Obi steals my heart over and over again.

Otomen 10 by Aya Kanno

JN Productions (translation and adaptation), Mark McMurray (Touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Amy Yu (editor)

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It's dragon ball style this time hahaha. The plot is getting more and more ridiculous.

Turning Red (2022) directed by Domee Shi

I love cringe cry nerdy teenager. So many relatable moments.

digital colour fanart of Mei from Turning Red. She blushes as she draws crying anime boys in her notebook at her desk

The 4*Town songs are too good. Aarons got so little air time hahahahaha

digital colour fanart of two men, Aaron Z and Aaron T from 4*Town (from Disney/Pixar's Turning Red) posing for a photo. Their signatures appear near their heads. Aaron Z side glances at the camera, has a closed mouth smile, and his left hand is posed in a #1 index finger pointing gesture. Aaron T looks directly at the camera, has his left hand open and extended towards the viewer, and his right hand hovers near his face, by a bubblegum bubble. The colours are very saturated.

Embrace the Panda: The Making of Turning Red (2022) directed by Erica Milsom

I thought this was going to be more production-specific but it's actually more about the women leadership team behind it. Like a freetalk? Can't believe Domee got her parents to show us her old sketchbooks with anime fanarts HAHA...

Encanto (2021) directed by Byron Howard, Jared Bush, Charise Castro Smith

Glasses girl main!! Thematically overlaps a bit with Turning Red, but different sources of pain and trauma... Mirabel..I want you to sew me a cute animal too!! I also had/have Bruno song stuck in my head forever.

Pixar Sparkshorts : Nona, Twenty Something, Burrow, Out, Purl, Smash and Grab, Kitbull, Float, Loop, Wind

I watch all of them! And their making-ofs and the Sparkshort documentary with spotlight on Aphton Corbin and Louis Gonzales! All worth watching!!

Haikyu 8 by Haruichi Furudate

Adrienne Beck (translation), Erika Terriquez (touch-up art and lettering), Fawn Lau (design), Marlene First (editor)

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Continues to be great!

Blue Period 5 by Tsubasa Yamaguchi

Ajani Oloye (translation), Lys Blakeslee (lettering), Haruko Hashimoto (editing), Matthew Akuginow (cover design)

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I really feel Yatora in this chapter because of the uselessness and lack of colour sense...

Boys Run the Riot 1 by Keito Gaku

Leo McDonagh (translation), Ashley Caswell (lettering), Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini (editing), Phil Balsman (cover design)

Transgender teen story by transgender mangaka!! I wonder where Jin's confidence comes from...I definitely wasn't this steadfast as a highschooler!

Yona of the Dawn 2-3 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Ysabet Reinhardt MacFarlane (english adaptation), JN Productions (translation), Lys Blakeslee (touch-up art and lettering), Yukiko Whitley (design), Amy Yu (editor)

Turns out that the author likes to draw old men hahahaha.

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I was wondering why this series is sooo long but I can see why now...the journey they have to take...

A Sign of Affection 4 by suu Morishita

Christine Dashiell (translation), Carl Vanstiphout (lettering)

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Everyone is hooking up...and very...cute. Impressed at how dedicated the BF is to learning sign language. BUT what about the CHILDHOOD CRUSH!?!??!!!! CLIFFHANGER.....?

Jujutsu Kaisen 1 by Gege Akutami

Stefan Koza (translation), Snit Ahaton (touch-up art and lettering), Shawn Carrico (design), John Bae (editor), Erika Onabe (consulting editor)

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Can't believe this finger eating scene. The teacher reminds me of Kakashi from Naruto. I'm also into these summoned dogs like everyone else.

Go for it, Nakamura! by Syundei

Amber Tamosaitis (translation), Shannon Fay (adaptation), Kaitlyn Wiley (lettering and layout), Karis Page (cover design), Shanti Whitesides and Stephanie Cohen (proofreaders), Jenn Grunigen (assistant editor), CK Russell (production assistant), Lissa Pattillo (production manager), Adam Arnold (editor in chief), Jason DeAngelis (publisher)

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For whatever reason I thought this was NOT going to be as wholesome as it was (I was expecting more...supernatural/occult for some reason, maybe the influence of reading Saicoink's stuff haha), but it is very wholesome. My fav thing is the very clear love the main character has for octopus/tako. I could feel it.

The octopus is on top of takoyaki in the tank...!?

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The Yokohama scenes made me think of Yakuza 7~

The Right Way to Make Jump 1 by Takeshi Sakurai

Emily Taylor (translation), Jame Gaubatz (touch-up art and lettering), Julian [JR] Robinson (design), Alexis Kirsch (editor)

Behind the scenes of making Shounen Jump! I learned a lot about their papers! Fun look but also kinda sad that the production schedules are INSANE and people barely sleep/have rest.

I understand the author's self-deprecation...

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Today's music post: Just go listen to all three 4*Town songs on their website! Nobody like U, 1 True Love, and U Know What's Up! May as well throw in Encanto's (SPOILERS in video footage) We Don't Talk about Bruno and Dos Oruguitas!