Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 101: Creative Conversations with Laura Watton

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This month, I’m making my long overdue return to my “Creative Conversations” series! In these episodes, I’ll be talking to people in various creative fields making things today who were greatly inspired by anime & manga, and are using that inspiration today to make cool things! This time, I’m talking to illustrator, artist, and comic creator Laura Watton, who has been self-publishing her manga-inspired comic Biomecha in the UK since 1995! Listen as we discuss Laura’s influences, what the comic scene in the UK is like versus the American, and how it felt growing up as an anime & manga fan in the UK during the 80s & 90s.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Guest Spot: "Dear Brother" part 1 with Anime Is Lit


While you wait for this month's episode of my podcast (which will be out probably sometime later this week), you can listen to my guest spot on the Anime Is Lit podcast, where we talk all about the Osamu Dezaki anime adaptation of Dear Brother! This is a part 1 of 2, and is spoiler free for those who've never seen it before. I had a great time being on & I think we had some excellent conversation, so I hope you'll give it a listen!

Monday, July 12, 2021

Debunking the Myth of Naoko Takeuchi having "no friends".

A popular “wholesome meme” that has been periodically making the rounds over the last few years is a screenshot image of the text “Let's celebrate Naoko Takeuchi. She was a struggling artist when she created Sailor Moon. 'I was at a low place, so I write about girls I wished were my friends.'”

In the age of easily shareable, bite-sized quotes on social media, it's easy to get hooked into a feel-good, wholesome meme. So of course whenever this specific image is posted, it tends to go viral and spread like wildfire. It's been shared online probably thousands of times, everywhere from Facebook to Reddit to Twitter, and people share it because, well, Sailor Moon is important to its fans, and this seems like the underdog story of the century, right???

Except that all signs point to it being not true. At all.