Gin no sankaku: “The shore of Chiglis and Yuflates” and “The evening of dream hunts” — Hagio Moto

Ballet Manga — eien naru utsukushisa artbook

I received this in the mail today, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It was published to accompany the ballet manga exhibit at the Kyoto International Manga Museum, so I was expecting it to be more like an exhibition pamphlet. But it turned out to be a solid 140-page artbook containing so many more gorgeous color artworks than I’d expected, as well as interesting articles about the history of ballet manga, and interviews with people such as Yamagishi Ryoko, Hagio Moto, Takahashi Makoto, Ariyoshi Kyoko, and more. It’s packed full of gorgeous images and interesting text, fully worth the 3000 yen! Many of the author profiles and articles have also been translated into English, probably for the benefit of foreigners visiting the exhibit, so I’d recommend it to anyone who has an interest in shojo manga, vintage manga, or ballet. Although the interviews haven’t been translated, which is a pity.

The images are from an article at nataie.mu, where you can see more of the color images from the exhibition (but there are so many more in the actual book!).

Gin no sankaku — Hagio Moto

Gin no sankaku — Hagio Moto

Tokimeki Tonight and other Ribon furoku from 80s Girls Daihyakka mook

30 Day Manga Challenge day 30 — favorite ongoing mangaHunter x Hunter by Togashi Yoshihiro

I’m sorry, but any other answer would simply have been wrong and misinformed.

eta: DAMMIT CRAP I WROTE THIS AND THEN OF COURSE HE WENT ON HIATUS

30 Day Manga Challenge day 30 — favorite ongoing manga
Hunter x Hunter by Togashi Yoshihiro

I’m sorry, but any other answer would simply have been wrong and misinformed.

eta: DAMMIT CRAP I WROTE THIS AND THEN OF COURSE HE WENT ON HIATUS

Tokimeki Tonight furoku from 80s Girls Daihyakka mook

Tokimeki Tonight furoku from 80s Girls Daihyakka mook

30 Day Manga Challenge day 18 — favorite BL/yuri coupleMaya and Ayumi from Glass Mask by Miuchi Suzue

Mostly, I love the way Ayumi understands and respects Maya’s talent better than anyone else does, and how she did so before anyone else even noticed Maya’s hidden talents (with the exception of Tsukikage). And I love the way her rivalry with Maya brings out new sides to Ayumi that she probably didn’t even know she had. She becomes jealous and almost petty when it comes to her rivalry with Maya, something you can’t even imagine the intelligent, gracious, and collected Ayumi to become about anything else. She feels superior, inferior, jealous, defeated, victorious, vengeful, awestruck… Ayumi feels such an amazing array of strong and conflicting emotions, all because of Maya! She plans petty revenge against someone who hurt Maya! She almost kills Maya! The way Maya stirs up all these strong emotions in Ayumi that she never felt before reads almost like romantic love to me, to be honest.

Sometimes, when I’m reading Glass Mask, I feel almost sorry for Ayumi — not because I think Maya will end up becoming the Crimson Goddess, but because Maya seems so damn oblivious to Ayumi’s passionate feelings for her. Maya just goes on her own merry way, acting in ways she wants to, fleetingly feeling jealous of Ayumi but never as passionately as Ayumi feels jealous of Maya, and being preoccupied with Masumi and his antics. Sometimes I want to slap her and shout “HOLY CRAP MAYA DON’T YOU SEE HOW THIS PERSON CARES ABOUT YOU TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT IT’S ALMOST OBSESSION?!?!?!?!” I mean, I can imagine Maya ending up with Masumi once the manga finally ends (in 2034?), but I can’t imagine Ayumi to end up with anyone, because her entire existence is so wrapped up in Maya and no one else.

So I guess my yuri OTP is Ayumi/forver-alone-because-Maya-is-oblivious. Ouch. Poor, poor Ayumi.

30 Day Manga Challenge day 18 — favorite BL/yuri couple
Maya and Ayumi from Glass Mask by Miuchi Suzue

Mostly, I love the way Ayumi understands and respects Maya’s talent better than anyone else does, and how she did so before anyone else even noticed Maya’s hidden talents (with the exception of Tsukikage). And I love the way her rivalry with Maya brings out new sides to Ayumi that she probably didn’t even know she had. She becomes jealous and almost petty when it comes to her rivalry with Maya, something you can’t even imagine the intelligent, gracious, and collected Ayumi to become about anything else. She feels superior, inferior, jealous, defeated, victorious, vengeful, awestruck… Ayumi feels such an amazing array of strong and conflicting emotions, all because of Maya! She plans petty revenge against someone who hurt Maya! She almost kills Maya! The way Maya stirs up all these strong emotions in Ayumi that she never felt before reads almost like romantic love to me, to be honest.

Sometimes, when I’m reading Glass Mask, I feel almost sorry for Ayumi — not because I think Maya will end up becoming the Crimson Goddess, but because Maya seems so damn oblivious to Ayumi’s passionate feelings for her. Maya just goes on her own merry way, acting in ways she wants to, fleetingly feeling jealous of Ayumi but never as passionately as Ayumi feels jealous of Maya, and being preoccupied with Masumi and his antics. Sometimes I want to slap her and shout “HOLY CRAP MAYA DON’T YOU SEE HOW THIS PERSON CARES ABOUT YOU TO SUCH A DEGREE THAT IT’S ALMOST OBSESSION?!?!?!?!” I mean, I can imagine Maya ending up with Masumi once the manga finally ends (in 2034?), but I can’t imagine Ayumi to end up with anyone, because her entire existence is so wrapped up in Maya and no one else.

So I guess my yuri OTP is Ayumi/forver-alone-because-Maya-is-oblivious. Ouch. Poor, poor Ayumi.

Uryudo yumebanashi: “Children of the night” and “A visit in the afternoon” — Hatsu Akiko

30 Day Manga Challenge day day 26 — the last manga you read
various works by Hagio Moto

This answer isn’t actually accurate, because I read manga pretty much all the time, and I keep moving on to the next title before I can finish writing this post! But I’ve been hanging around at Moto Hagio Works Library (great site) lately, checking out whatever title caught my fancy, and there’s three Hagio books in my current amazon order as well, so this isn’t entirely inaccurate, either.

I’ve been thinking about making “stuff I’ve read by Hagio Moto and Yamagishi Ryoko” lists, because they’ve written so much I can hardly keep up or remember which tankobon and bunko I’ve already gotten my hands on. But I’m lazy and there’s so many other projects I should also be working on, wah.

Uryudo yumebanashi — Hatsu Akiko

Uryudo yumebanashi — Hatsu Akiko