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Manga Protection Law To Be Revised After Manga Author Backlash

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  March 12, 2019 • Tagged with manga, anime, culture, entertainment, law

Why are manga authors hopping mad over a proposed new law that supposedly protects their rights?

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Why a Virtual YouTuber Has Some Japanese Women Railing Against Anime Culture

Essay   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  October 23, 2018 • Tagged with feminism, women's rights, culture, anime, manga, women

Is anime "The New Orientalism"? A Twitter controversy over a virtual YouTuber has Japanese women questioning how the media depicts them both at home and abroad.

Manhole cover of Chibi Maruko-chan.

Remembering Sakura Momoko: The Very Japanese Life of the Creator of "Chibi Maruko-chan"

News   By Emma Ford  ·  September 12, 2018 • Tagged with news, people, manga, entertainment

The life of the legendary cartoonist and essayist Sakura Momoko was one of juxtaposition between traditional and modern Japan. A look back at the creator of Chibi Maruko-chan.

Chibi Maruko-chan in her original illustrated form.

Manga Artist Sakura Momoko, Creator of Japan's Iconic "Chibi Maruko-chan", Dead at Age 53

News   By Jay Andrew Allen  ·  August 27, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, manga

The author of the manga behind one of Japan's most long-running animes is dead of breast cancer at the young age of 53.

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You Don't Know Gunma! Series Pokes Fun at "The New Jersey of Japan"

News   By Emma Ford  ·  August 15, 2018 • Tagged with news, entertainment, anime, manga

A comic book about the quirks of "the prefecture that time forgot" received a movie version last year, and is now airing as an anime.