This blog is a storage space for various thoughts, observations and musings centering on shōjo manga (少女漫画, Japanese comics for girls), josei-oriented manga (Japanese comics for women) and manga created by women (in the widest sense). Topics from other fields of relevance, such as music, art, literature and film may be discussed here as well.

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Learning Japanese in the year 2000

Now that I’m more or less free to do what I want until classes start again, I decided to look through some old stuff that’s accumulated in my room in my parents’ house to throw away the things I don’t need to keep and make room for new things. I found a huge stack of Italian manga which I bought when I was, well, in Italy. They already had all the cool stuff back in 1999 or something, when the manga market here wasn’t really as massive as it is now. I bought lots of random stuff, basically anything I could get my hands on, mostly shounen and seinen titles like Macross 7 Trash, Gundam and Cat’s Eye – sadly no shoujo manga, though. No matter where I looked, I couldn’t find any manga for girls even though they were said to be already quite popular in Italy at that time. (We only had Sailor Moon back then.)

I also found old manga scripts that I’d printed out to read Japanese manga. Ah, the good old days as a manga reader! Yes, we actually bought Japanese manga and tried to read them in Japanese with the help of scripts kind souls with admirable Japanese skills had provided for us on the internet. This is how I learnt Japanese! I taught myself hiragana and katakana, got myself a good dictionary and started reading manga with the help of English scripts. I found scripts for Tenshikinryouku/Angel Sanctuary and other old Yuki Kaori titles, CLAMP stuff like X, Tokyo Babylon, RG Veda and Clover and more light-hearted shoujo series like Emura’s W Juliet. This way, I acquired quite an impressive range of vocabulary which I’d probably never been able to use in every-day life in Japan, including words like “organic angel” (yuukitenshi)…

I might not be doing what I’m doing now if I’d gotten into manga just three or four years later when the scanlation business took off and people became lazy and didn’t buy manga anymore but downloaded it and read it in English. Back in the days, you just had to learn Japanese if you wanted access to all the good titles…

(Does anyone remember fansub tape trading? So last century! ^_~)


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Posted on Oct 8, 2008 (Wed, 1:06 pm). .

Coin Locker Babies movie?

Last week’s biggest news:
Coin Locker Babies is going to be made into a movie!

There was that quote by Oliver Stone (I think) on the back of the English edition of Murakami’s book and I thought ‘Fuck no, take your hands of that book >_< '. I was hoping no one from the USA would ever touch it and turn it into a movie. I always thought Coin Locker Babies could be to Japan what Trainspotting was to Britain. Both are shocking, dirty, bizarre and obscene, violent and grotesque. But of course, they are also powerful mirrors of their respective generations. Both have that fresh feeling because they don't fit into mainstream categories as they don't want to appeal to the masses. That's why I really hoped the Japanese would make a movie out of, and not the Americans. I don't want some half-assed Hollywood crap, not with that book! The Japanese can handle bizarreness quite well in film, I'm not sure what a mainly American team is going to make out of it. Sean Lennon has co-written the script though. Also, the production's gonna start later this year so there is no definite cast yet but Asano Tadanobu might be in it which means it won't be your typical Hollywood production and there will be a few (half-) Japanese people involved. (Other actors who might be in the film are Liv Tyler, Val Kilmer, Vincent Gallo and Asia Argento - all good to great actors who have proved their talent in smaller productions; plus they are all rather charismatic. So there is still some hope!


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Posted on Mar 20, 2005 (Sun, 12:15 am). . up

Here we go, is up.

It was one of these grey, rainy days again and I felt this sudden to urge to open Photoshop. Something I haven’t done in weeks. I absolutely had to do an Idlewild layout. They’re the only band I can listen to all day without getting bored. Roddy’s lyrics are some of the most intelligent I’ve ever heard/read, the music is just brilliant so how was I supposed to resist the temptation of a Rod’n’Roddy layout?

Well, for the time being this domain will be my blog’s new home. There might be a few more things to come, all personal stuff, nothing that’ll interest most of the visitors of That’s why I wanted to get a different domain for these things.

Please update your links, bookmarks and such. Thanks!

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Posted on Nov 1, 2002 (Fri, 11:27 pm). .