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Here at Experiments in Manga, I kicked things off with an introduction to Moyoco Anno and the Feast. I followed this up with my usual My Week in Manga column, featuring quick takes of all of Anno's manga currently available in English.
I was also thrilled to host an excellent guest post written by Erica Friedman of Okazu (among other places)--How a Non-Manga Fan Got Me Into Sakuran:
It was [Kiyoha's] anger that appealed to me most. That white-hot rage against the universe and all the people in it. Recently I was involved in a discussion about how tediously psychopaths were written these days in fan media. Kiyoha's genuine hatred for every single person around her read more realistically to me than anything I'd seen in ages.Over at Manga Xanadu, Lori Henderson also took a look at Sakuran. I was particularly happy to see Lori's comments on the relationship between Kiyoha and Seiji; it's an important relationship that is often left out of the reviews of Sakuran that I've read:
But beyond the usual lover/client relationships, Kiyoha has a deeper one with Seiji, a clerk who has worked at Tamagiku since she first arrived as a child. He has watched her grow, and seen her through all of her trials. There was never anything actually said between the two of them, other than Kiyoha’s sniping and Seiji’s retorts, but just through expressions and actions, a strong connection can be seen between Seiji and Kiyoha.And that's what we have so far! If I've missed your or someone else's contribution, please let me know so that I can add it to the archive. I'll also make sure to mention it on Thursday during the next roundup. Until then, please continue to enjoy the Feast!