The Urge to protect

The Urge to protect ! An older siblings desire
Hi! this is my first post. I hope it can stimulate serious discussion and I hope it isn't too long and boring.
this is most certainly full of spoilers
Beware of grammatical errors

It's a common theme in Anime and Manga that older siblings no matter how distant can never resist the urge to protect their younger siblings. what I find odd is that I don't quite see it in so much in American films.... I wonder why
Is this some cultural phenomena or is it just me?

Popular series like Naruto had a character like Itachi who singlehandedly killed everyone in his in clan family including his own mother and father yet he couldn't bring himself to kill his little brother. In fact as the series progressed we later find out he's been doing his best to protect him in his own way.
It’s certainly a common and strong theme in BLEACH with Ichigo who loves his family. As he displays anger at Sora for attacking his younger sister Orihime spouting his, or what I believe, his most a famed line
“ Do you know why the big brother is born first..? It’s to protect the little brothers and sisters that come after him!!”
Protecting despite their differences
In Eureka 7 Manga which is based, and very independent, on the anime series. Here we have Holland the leader of the faction Gekko state, that is against.. well.. and the state the later appointed colonel and main antagonists is Dewey who is also Holland’s older brother.
Holland and Dewey in their final confrontation-face-to-face, no barriers Holland emerges as the victor. What played out is actually interesting because n the end we see a flashback of the when there were much younger with Dewey saving Holland and in exchange lost his leg. Holland crying over his brother and Dewey comforting him with a faint smile on his face
I wondered despite always all their differences did Dewey still care about and wanted to protect Holland?
It’s not only seen between brothers eighter. Hilda in the comedy Manga Beelzebub also displayed this urge for her younger sister Yolda. The younger of the two hated the other for what can be assumed her entire lifetime and the feelings of the latter wasn’t really properly fleshed out and quite frankly originally appeared to be indifferent of her sister. Yet when the two were captured and the younger was nearly worked to death Hilda showed great concern and rescued her. When prompted why she responds "Why?.. As if I need a reason to help my sister.
I wondered how many other anime and manga characters felt this way

The few films I’ve seen with siblings displaying that urge was in the film X-Men: Wolverines Origin. In the beginning he have a sick Logan being treated by his friend who and unbeknownst to both his older brother. Throughout the film and in the other series within the Franchise Vincent has displaced his urge to protect Logan
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Matt Thorn to curate/edit a line of manga with Fantagraphics

If you haven't already stumbled across this in the 456,997 blogs and websites where it has been extensively discussed, you may commence rejoicing now! The fantastic manga scholar and translator, Matt Thorn, will be working with the publisher Fantagraphics on an as-yet unnamed manga line.

We even have two titles! The first is A Drunken Dream, which is a collection of Moto Hagio short stories that will offer a sampling of her amazing body of work over the years for English-language readers. One of the stories, "Hanshin," was previously published in the 2005 shoujo issue of The Comics Journal* (Issue 269, from July 2005). At the time, it was one of only two or three translations of a Hagio work ever officially published in English, and as far as I know, none of the other stories have been formally translated or published in English.

Dirk Deppey, who writes the TCJ's blog, Journalista (for my money, still one of the best comics resources around), and who is partly responsible for getting this arrangement with Thorn and Fantagraphics in place, says this will not be the last Moto Hagio title that Fantagraphics publishes. That's really thrilling news--Hagio is a major figure in manga history and a great artist, and she deserves to be as well known over here as Osamu Tezuka and Will Eisner. Fantagraphics is a classics-for-the-ages kinda publisher, so I think this is a good match. They put out really, really nice books, and they are not slaves to the sales figures. (Although I think they'd like it if you bought their books, anyway.)

The second title is the multi-volume Wandering Son, by Shimura Takako. I've read a little bit of that in scanlation already, and I am utterly thrilled to hear it'll be published in English; it's a gentle-and-sweet-and-sometimes-bittersweet story about two transgendered kids growing up in modern Japan. Takako is also the author of Sweet Blue Flowers, which is a lovely shoujo-ai staple (and another title I'd love to see published in English, someday...). (Deppey says that Fantagraphics is committed to publishing all the volumes of Wandering Son, more good news, although I don't happen to know whether it's still an ongoing title. I know enough about the vagaries of publishing not to take it too personally when a publisher drops an ongoing title, but as a reader, I must say that it's one of the most god-awfully frustrating experiences imaginable.)

Wandering Son a much more recent work than the Hagio stories, suggesting that Thorn and Fantagraphics will not be limiting themselves to older works. While publishers like Vertical and Dark Horse and VIZ (with its Signature line) have done good work in bringing over a variety of smart, sophisticated titles that break the Shonen Jump mold, and there's work from a wider variety of manga genres in English now than I ever dreamed five years ago, I thrill at the thought of getting to see what Matt Thorn picks out as worthy of our attention.

All in all, this is one of the most exciting developments in US-based manga publishing in ages, and a joy right up there for me with the piles of Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka manga we've been seeing from VIZ and Vertical. I pretty much had to wipe the froth off my mouth before I sat down to write this out.

More information (including a complete listing of the Hagio short stories) is available at those two links, and probably any comics site or blog out there that doesn't like to pretend manga doesn't exist.

*By the by, the shoujo issue is absolutely worth reading, if you can get your hands on a copy--I believe you can order it directly from Fantagraphics, which is where I got mine. Very informative, very pretty, and I'd recommend it for Thorn's interview with Hagio alone, or for the translation of "Hanshin." Dirk Deppey's editorial, "She's Got Her Own Thing Now," on the success of shoujo manga with female comics fans in the US, is also kind of a highlight, and deliciously vicious towards the sexist, exclusionary, and short-sighted comics culture that's flourished for so long in the US.
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Kimi ni Todoke ch.38 response, with general shoujo manga commentary

Pasted here is my (very general and vague) Kimi ni Todoke ch.38 response, taken from my journal, which also touches on the shoujo manga trope of "she the therapist:"

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Other series that invert that infamous shoujo dynamic of "she the therapist:"

Kimi Wa Petto (josei, not shoujo, I understand, but still! it's a perfect example of this role reversal)
Tennen Pearl Pink
that subplot in Here is Greenwood


So, I was wondering what other series fit the ticket. Where else is the heroine's internal issue the main conflict of the series? Is there any messed-up-girl/boy-therapist series that I haven't heard about and MUST have? Or any other series wherein both the girl and boy have psychological conflicts to overcome, and which are resolved almost parallel to one another? (like Cat Street) Does anyone disagree with my classification of any of the shoujo items mentioned thus far?
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Hayao Miyazaki's Story Themes: How man and nature interact

In September, I visited the Ghibli Museum. Set in a heavily wooded park in Mikata, Japan, simply walking to the Ghibli Museum from the train station was an experience. The tree lined avenue was lined with beautifully carved poles, indicating the route to the Ghibli Museum. At the end of the avenue was a wooded park where school kids in perfect lines of twos, walked briskly through with their teachers. The museum crept up on me slowly, almost growing out of the forest like a hobbit house. It really got me in the mood for wonder.

Miyazaki's films really impressed in me that knowledge that an author either knowingly or unknowing discusses the themes important to his heart in many different forms, even though the shell of the plot appears different. Give many authors the same plot of a story, say write it and every author will edit the plot to explore an aspect of the story that speaks to their hearts.

I’ve picked three stories of Miyazaki that he both wrote and directed. My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away all share the same overall theme. click for full article.

Villians of manga

I don't know what it is, but manga have at once the scariest villains i've ever experienced, and the prettiest. When I started writing this list, I realized the huge contrast with European/American/non Japanese :P stories whose villains are old, ugly, dark-skinned, overly manly and manga villains who are young, pretty, feminine, and fair skinned.

I'm going to list a couple of villains that have just freaked me out and try to analyze why. Other than the first villain, they are in no particular order.

Monster by Naoki Urasawa

Johan Liebert. He takes the #1 place as the scariest villain that i've ever experienced. The most interesting thing is that he didn't appear fully except when we were well into the series, and I only became aware that he was a 'monster' and became terrified of him when he began to cry in empathy with another character in the story. The brilliance of this character is that I always hesitated just a moment to long trying to figure out if he really was as harmless as he appeared, plus he was the kind of character that if he talked long enough, you just might realized life wasn't worth living after all.

Again, don't know if I just post the whole article as it's long. so just posting an excerpt. The rest with pics can be found at


Location, location, location! Why most manga are set in schools!

Hi, I wrote an article about this topic on my blog, Myth and Manga. Not sure I can post the whole thing, so I've just posted a teaser below and you can go to my blog for the rest.

Ok. So you've read a lot of manga and watched a lot of anime. You’re tired of the high school hero boy or girl spiel and you've decided that you want to write your own magical adventure story. You break out your MS Word, you have the characters, the plot, the theme, but what about the setting?
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Q.E.D (Quod Erat Demonstrandum)

Have anyone hear about Q.E.D manga??'s a manga by Katou Motohiro, relased on 1997. SO far it has 33 Volumes and still ongoing~
The manga is a bout ::
Touma So is an MIT-graduated-student who comes back to Japan because he wants to know how it feels to be a high school student. In the other hand, Mizuhara Kana is a strong girl who loves sports. Together, they are a partner of solving cases that happens around them.

And since September 3, 2009...
OrionWave (a scanlator group) started to working on it. So far we *cough*I'm the cleaner*cough*
already cleaning & translating for 4 chapters (Thanx to Draco1988 for the RAWs)

You can read Q.E.D here on mangafox :

or on Onemanga :

enjoy and hope you like it~
see you around <3

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[Opinion] The Samurai Reimagined Gallery exhibit Review (sorta)

The Samurai Reimagined: From Ukiyo-e to Anime
The Samurai Re-Imagined explores the roots of the popular Japanese art forms of manga (graphic novels) and anime (animation) in the traditional arts of Japan by examining images of the iconic warrior, the samurai. By juxtaposing depictions of samurai in Edo era woodblock prints, ink paintings, historical photographs, animation cels and drawings, original manga panels, and toys, the exhibition will demonstrate the ongoing links between fine art and popular culture in Japan.
- Blurb from the Pacific Asia Museum Website

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x-posted to my private journal