Part One of the most famous and popular shoujo series worldwide: Ai Yazawa's masterpiece, "Nana"Read More
Growing up, when I wanted to read manga, I'd always have to borrow from white friends of mine who had more of an expansive collection than most libraries (which were my second source to read, borrow (and sometimes never return) some of my favorite series).Read More
Just in case you were wondering, why, yes: I am a romantic and highly fond of eroticism (on Zane levels). That's why at least 94% of the books, manga, anime, video games (etc) I enjoy fall into genres of "shoujo" and "josei" and have 'and they all lived happily ever after despite some very real struggles along the way' endings that leave my faith in love renewed, and thinking for days about the one I'll share a lifetime with.
In that respect, nothing makes me happier than seeing my favorite OTP (One True Pairing) fiiiinally get together in series I've followed for years. Some canon and fanon examples include:
Storm and Thor (Marvel)
Kagome and InuYasha (InuYasha)
Tohru and Kyo (Fruits Basket)
Starfire and Nightwing (Teen Titans)
To be honest, this list could go on for days. However, there are now two more names I can add that have long since been synonymous with "hurry the hell up and get together" (and no, I'm not talking about Cloud and his infuriating "Kikyou issues" with Tifa).
Finally, after literally decades of torturous"Will They or Won't They" back and forth at the fans' expense and sanity, Gotham City's own caped crusader, Bruce Wayne, has finally popped the question to lifelong frienemy, Selena Kyle; ie, Catwoman.
At first I was like:
...That is, until Jennifer Zhang, one of the producers of Twin Galaxies, reminded me that if there's one thing companies like DC and Marvel absolutely loathe, it's a brooding superhero/heroine who have a shot at "normalcy" by way of true love, so the only logical thing to do is to kill off that love interest in the interest of 'character development'.
And with no great thanks to what is known as the "Women In Refrigerators" trope, the stronger the love the brooding hero(ine) has for their love-interest, the more brutal the death of the love-interest becomes.
Were superheroes actually a thing, I'm not even entirely sure I would be able to be with one, given saying "yes" to one date ultimately means my life is on contract moreso than the actual superhero themselves.
I could wind up being killed by the Joker:
Or killed by the Joker while pregnant and subsequently signal the end of Metropolis:
Or die ambiguously by the hero's hands himself while he soliloquizes on how good he looks and how useful his powers are:
Or have my body shoved into a literal refrigerator for my unfortunate love to find in the not-too-distant future:
With that being said, I find I can't be entirely excited about Bats and Cats getting together at long last. With the constant and unnecessary reoccurring trope of "Women in Refrigerators" (and comics in general) I'm hypervigilant when it comes to the relationships of the main character because I'm always waiting for the love-interest to die, and all for the sake of crappy "character development".
To be frank, it's impressive the writers let Catwoman's character survive this long. While I'm sure there's the semantics of "popular character" and "sex-appeal that sells" at play, here, Selena Kyle/Catwoman may be dangerously close to using up the very last of her ninth life in agreeing to marry Bruce Wayne.
Or, maybe I'm just jaded.
I'll be discussing this further in an upcoming video for NSZR, so be sure to stay tuned.
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Starring Jamie Foxx as the titular character, Django-- a slave that teams up with a white bounty hunter by the name of Dr. Schultz (played by Christopher Waltz)--the story is a roaring rampage of love, blood, and good ole' fashion revenge, set to the background of the darkest era in America's history (no pun intended).Read More
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One genre that is extremely underrated in the anime industry is certainly the sports genre. What many viewers don’t understand is that anime can make anything seem entertaining and that especially pertains to sports. Some of these shows exaggerate sports to the point where you’ll think you’re watching an episode of Dragon Ball Z, but it still manages to be extremely entertaining. Here are three sports anime, that were recently released over the past couple years, that I would definitely recommend.Read More