Manga of the Month: Kigurumi Guardians

Kigurumi Guardians by Lily Hoshino

Lily Hoshino takes her experience from Mawaru Penguindrum and puts it to good use in her very own absurd, surreal magical girl series.

One day Sasakura comes home to find an animal mascot named Ginger living in her home. Her family willing accepts this as an experiment conducted by her school, and sure enough when she arrives to school the next day two other students have their own mascot companions. The student council president informs them they are chosen warriors who will protect people’s hearts from The Puppet Guild. The mascots can transform with a kiss into handsome warriors of their own to aid the heroes in defeating the evil invaders.

Kigurumi Guardians does a great job of mixing things up. The mascots are giant, human-sized, and they are the ones who transform instead of the warriors. There is a clear sexual charge to just about everything without the series exploiting the characters. An unease to the setup is palpable, you know right away that nothing is what it seems. Despite that, everyone in the series readily accepts the bizarre in a way that makes you as a reader just roll with it.

I found myself thrown off, then quickly on board, with this delightful, strange, and funny series. Kigurumi Guardians is both familiar and fresh. Lily Hoshino’s sleek and sharp artwork elevates everything in the series from the humor to the beauty of the student council president and everything in between.

~kate

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The 9th Annual Anime Secret Santa Project Opens!

It might seem early to be thinking about the holidays, but in order to get this ever-growing project off the ground we have to get started! Once again, it is time to call for participants for the 8th Annual Anime Secret Santa Project!

The idea of this project is for everyone who participates to be reviewing a show they might not have normally watched or may have overlooked. Everyone will get someone else in the project to review a series of their choice and in return review something picked by one of their fellow bloggers.

The goal is threefold for everyone involved:

  • Mixing up what you watch and review.
  • Getting other people to watch things you feel deserve more attention.
  • Interacting with others thus creating possibilities for cross-blog readership and other cross-blog experiments.

Here is how this little project works: If you want to participate send us your Name, Blog or Podcast Address, and MyAnimeList Link (or Anime Planet or some other equivalent listing) via e-mail (secretsanta.rt [at] gmail [dot] com) with subject: Secret Santa Participant. Due by Saturday, October 14th, 2017. Make sure that your MAL (or whatever!) is updated as much as possible before you submit it. Also, if you will not watch fan-subs mention that in the e-mail, too.

We will then make a circular list of everyone involved in the project that only we will know the order of. We will take care to make sure those who have watched a lot will be put with others who have watched a lot; those who are newer to anime will similarly be put with others who have not watched as much. From there the order will then be randomized.

Everyone will then receive the name, blog/podcast, and list of the person they are the Secret Santa for. You will then suggest three shows and two back-up picks for the person all of which must be 26 episodes or less (yes, you can suggest movies, too). The shows must be subtitled in some fashion. Remember that you are picking shows that you hope the other person will like and give an honest chance. Look over their list and whether they watch fan-subs then try to pick out something good but unexpected.

Once we get everyone’s picks we will then pass on the shows to the recipients. No one except us will know the names of the person who gave you your choices. You then pick the show you are going to watch. Everyone is responsible for getting their own material for the review. You will receive your show choices by November 11th, 2017.

You then have until late December to watch the show you were assigned and write a review. On the week of Christmas, everyone will post their reviews for the Secret Santa Project. We would prefer you to post your review on Christmas Eve but you can alter it as to the schedule of your blog or podacst. On Christmas Day, we will reveal the name of who had who as a Secret Santa along with a small post about the project.

Again: If you want to participate send us your Name, Blog or Podcast Address, and MyAnimeList Link (or Anime Planet or some other equivalent listing) via e-mail (secretsanta.rt [at] gmail [dot] com) with subject: Secret Santa Participant. Due by Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Just in case someone does not know what traditional Secret Santa is.

Why we don’t do manga secret santa.

Pre-New York Comic Con 2017: The Incredible Shrinking Artist Alley

(note: No Type-Moon Weekly News Round Up
or All Points Bulletin this week.)

PRE-NYCC 2017 PODCAST

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This year’s New York Comic Con hosts Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima, adds new construction to the mix along with more offsite venues, and of course has way too many options for what to do.

Our tentative schedule for the convention:

Thursday
11:15 AM – Wizards and Fairies and Spells – Oh My!
01:30 PM – French Comics Kiss Better: Bande Dessinée 101, Presented by the French Comics Association
02:45 PM – Here Lie Dragons & Eternal Beasties
04:00 PM – The Official VIZ Media Panel
06:00 PM – American Gods with Ricky Whittle, Pablo Schreiber, and Yetide Badaki

Friday

10:30 AM – BBC America Presents: Peter Capaldi Spotlight
12:00 PM – Pacific Rim Uprising
12:45 PM – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency – BBC AMERICA Official Panel
02:30 PM – Kodansha Comics Presents Celebrate Fairy Tail: Live-Sketch and Q&A with Hiro Mashima
04:00 PM – VIZ Media Presents: The Legend of Zelda Manga Creators – Akira Himekawa
05:15 PM – Classic SF Manga Featuring Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, Ghost in the Shell, & Battle Angel Alita
06:45 PM – Anime for Feminists

Saturday
11:00 AM – Kodansha Comics Presents Celebrate Fairy Tail: A Chat with Hiro Mashima
11:00 AM – DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, a Netflix Original Series
01:30 PM – Black Heroes Matter
12:15 PM – Making Ships Set Sail: Fandom & Relationships
02:45 PM – Telling Stories with Patrick Rothfuss, Jonathan Coulton & Friends
03:45 PM – Star Trek: Discovery
04:00 PM – PW Presents: The European Comics Invasion
05:30 PM – William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Force Doth Awaken Live!
05:30 PM – Crunchyroll Industry Panel
06:30 PM – Let’s Talk About Our Problematic Faves: Marginalized Fans & the Media
07:45 PM – Invisible Latinx
08:00 PM – Netflix Presents Black Mirror

Sunday
10:30 AM – World Premiere of Batman vs. Two Face
10:45 AM – Kicking Ass, Taking Names: Women of Color in Comics
12:00 PM – Queers for Fears – Understanding LGBTQ Villiany and Who’s Doing It Right
02:45 PM – Here Lie Dragons & Eternal Beasties
03:45 PM – NYCC Team Q&A
03:45 PM – Image Comics: The Future of Storytelling
04:00 PM – Kodansha Comics featuring Fairy Tail and Sailor Moon