The Speakeasy #145: The Best of 2022 Anime

This month we talk about favorites from 2022.

  • Favorite Openings/Endings
  • Favorite Characters
  • Favorite Couple
  • Favorite Anime

The Type-Moon (Moment) Minute

  • New Melty Blood DLC
  • FGO new year’s news
  • Fate/Samurai Remnant game announced

Join us on Discord!

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Manga of the Month: Kowloon Generic Romance

Kowloon Generic Romance by Jun Mayuzuki

While the story of Kowloon Generic Romance does take place in Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, it is anything but generic.

Real estate agents Kujirai and Kudou work side-by-side day in and day out at Wong Loi Realty Co. dealing with eccentric residents and maintaining the properties around the neighborhood. There’s more than a little sexual tension brimming between the two but Kujirai isn’t quite sure what to make of Kudou or her feelings for him.

Kowloon Walled City is a character itself. Based on the real area which was demolished in 1993, Mayuzuki brings the walled city back to life in vivid detail using a nostalgic 1980s art style. An immensely crowded place filled with shops, restaurants, apartments, vice, crime, and maze-like corridors, it is a place that has inspired endless curiosity. In the KGR version, the neighborhood is also dealing with two corporations trying to exert their influence on it. The walled city is a place where the past, present, and future collide.

From the start you’ll figure out that the title is a bit tongue-in-cheek as little details about the setting are just off. And by the end of volume one the story really starts to reveal itself. Honestly, I hope I have you intrigued because I don’t want to give away too much. As soon as I finished the first book, I wanted to read it again with the new information.

Part romance, part comedy, part science-fiction, part mystery, Kowloon Generic Romance blends so many things that it becomes hard to define but it all intertwines mirroring the walled city’s mesmerizing existence.

-Kate

December Updates: 2022 Favorites

Hello, all! Kate here.

In the latest episode of the podcast I mentioned some of my favorite things from 2022: Only Murders in the Building, The Glass Onion, and You Must Remember This: Erotic 80s. I decided to add a few more things to the list looking back on on the year:

I was glued to the Winter Olympics and enjoyed hours of figure skating.

Our Flag Means Death delighted me with its humor and originality. I’m so glad it is coming back for a second season.

Finding a work life balance has been tough lately, but Severence took it to the next most-unsettling level. WHAT. A. SEASON. FINALE.

I’m sad to say I don’t have any novels to add to the list this year. I have been reading at a fairly steady pace but nothing has grabbed me enough to say I really loved it.

And if you’re wondering why there is no anime and manga on this list, never fear those will be featured in our January podcast episode!

Join us on Discord and let me know some of your favorite non-anime and non-manga things from 2022.

-Kate