Owarimonogatari Part 2 just wrapped up, and with it came the end of Monogatari’s main story arc. Of course, this ‘End Story’ isn’t the true end of Monogatari; there are plenty more books left to be adapted. But we have now seen the end of Araragi Koyomi’s final year of high school, and with it, the end of an era. This story that’s been going on for 8 years is over at last, and it was a great ending. Everything wrapped up properly and although I’ll be happy to see what comes next, I don’t need to.
The first of these got a positive reaction and I was eager to write this one, so after only one day here’s the second of my three favorite ship posts. This one’s a bit longer despite having fewer ships, largely because I care more about them, so I expect the next one to be even longer. Enjoy!
I’ve made some pretty self-indulgent posts on here in the past, but this has to be the peak. In this three-part series, I’ll be listing all my favorite ships, describing why I love them, and basically just wasting the time of anyone who reads this. This first post is on ships I like a lot but don’t frequently think of. The second will focus on some of the ships I think of more often, and the final post will focus on my absolute favorites. Anyways, I don’t know why you’d read this, but if you do, I hope you enjoy. Also, almost none of these are straight, so be aware of that.
So far I’ve only been covering yuri manga, a distinctly Japanese genre in a Japanese medium. That’s fine, and there are plenty of great yuri manga, but if I limit myself purely to Japanese works and to manga then I’ll be leaving out a lot of good content. Yuri is a popular genre among queer women and people all around the world, and it’s had an influence on girl-girl works from many other countries. This week I’ll be looking at Their Story, or Tamen de Gushi, an excellent Chinese webcomic by Tan Jiu.
Princess Principal is, up to this point, one of the best anime of the season. It’s a show that understands its own absurdity and willingly engages with it, allowing it to pull off wacky episodes without seeming out-of-place. At the same time, it succeeds in its job of endearing the viewer to its characters, who are all sympathetic and likable. It’s set in a fantastically detailed world with a real sense of scale to it, something that’s often hard to find. And it does a great job at balancing some level of camp with a strong level of emotion, something that’s always worth appreciating when accomplished. When you combine these elements with its visuals and music you get a fairly unique tonal experience that you can’t really find in most other anime. In short, the show has a lot to like. One element that endears me to it is the presence of yuri, but unfortunately, that isn’t without its drawbacks.
Anime-original content gets a bad rap. It’s understandable why; years of boring filler and awful original endings have poisoned the well, leaving anime fans suspicious of adaptations which aren’t panel-for-panel and word-for-word. But as understandable as the resistance to anime-original content is, it’s wrong-headed. Direct adaptations may be preferable to butchered, poorly written original material, but a truly tailored adaptation will be the best option any day of the week. Good creators can imbue their own touch into the material, making mediocre works great and strengthening already strong works.
Husky and Medley is incredibly unique in the field of yuri manga. Like a few other works, such as this year’s fantastic My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness, Husky and Medley is based on a true story. What makes it far more interesting is that it wasn’t written by those in the story, and was instead made using info from a series of 2ch threads. In the mid-2000s there were a number of these 2ch real-life love stories, most notably Densha Otoko, and this is the yuri version of those stories.
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