Sunday, December 03, 2006


First, here's an amusing take on Futari Etchi (via John Jakala).

Second, the latest debate raging in the manga blogosphere is over Seven Seas' announcement that they've licensed Kodomo no Jikan, a manga which, while it apparently has no actual sex, has heavy lolicon overtones. Specifically, the question is whether the appearance of such a title is likely to provoke a backlash. ("Lolicon" is a Japanese word that American manga circles have taken up, denoting a sexual interest in pre-pubescent girls, or manga, anime, etc. which appeal to such interests.) If you want to follow the debate, the easiest way is to start with these posts by Dirk Deppey and follow the links. (Note that the second of these posts contains an NSFW* image.) For whatever it's worth, my two cents are in a comment to the first of these posts.

All I want to do here, though, is quickly look at the other comics the mangaka Kaworu Watashiya has done; or rather, look at their covers, which can be found on this page of her website (via Simon Jones; there's also an NSFW image at the Jones link). As you can see, it's a fairly eclectic assortment. Her longest-running series, Chibi to Boku, ("Chibi and Me") is about cats, while her next-longest running, Seishun Binta! ("Youth Binta!") is a young men's (seinen) manga, apparently about a busty young woman and her female friends. The one I'm curious about is a little less than halfway down, Ikkai Yarashite ("Just Let Me Have Sex with You"), whose cover image is a cartoony drawing of woman with her panties pulled down, holding aloft an object that might be a vibrator, a very large insect, or a cactus.

*Not Safe For Work

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