December Updates: Goodbye 2021

Hello, all! Kate here.

Happy holidays and happy new year!

As we wrap up another year here at Reverse Thieves, I love to check out all the year end “best of” lists circulating the Internet discussing everything from anime to scientific discoveries. Al and I are working on lists of our favorites from the past year too, and I’m excited to share those in our January podcast. Plus, we are busy at work planning some fun surprises for 2022.

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support this year and every year!

Join us on Discord! Let us know your favorite anime, manga, and other things from 2021.

Manga of the Month: Our Dreams at Dusk

Our Dreams at Dusk by Yuhki Kamatani

“You give yourself a little breathing room. But that breathing room is only the thinnest barrier between you and the dangerous maelstrom of reality.”

At the start of Our Dreams at Dusk, Tasuku is reeling from believing he has been outed as gay in his high school. As he stares over the edge of a guardrail, contemplating suicide, a mysterious incident distracts him and leads him to a meeting house of sorts. It’s there he finds a new group of people whose lives and stories bring him a new perspective on himself and the world.

The 4-book series goes on to explore various queer identities, the successes and struggles of Tasuku and those he meets, and the incredible power of finding a community.

The series also touts some abstract and thematic imagery highlighting emotions and moments. Although I was at first wondering if there was a supernatural or magical realism element to the story (and I imagine you might wonder the same after reading just the first chapter), I came to see it more as an artistic choice than a literal one.

One of my favorite pieces of this story is the age range of the characters who gather at the meeting house. It highlights how self-discovery and -acceptance can come at any age, and showed deep empathy for everyone on their own journeys without a roadmap or a right time to finish.

Our Dreams at Dusk is a coming-of-age story that is ageless. It is a beautifully drawn series about people coming together to support one another which manages to be hopeful without shying away from difficult conversations and the pain we all sometimes inflict or endure.

“Even if we get hurt, we have the power to stand up. When we hurt someone, we have the heart to reflect on that.”

-Kate

The Speakeasy #132: Anime Secret Santa and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

In truly holiday spirit, Al reviews his Anime Secret Santa pick, Noein: To Your Other Self, and we finish off the year with the best present ever: a new season of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure!

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