Because I’ve been catching up on reviews of DC on TV, Loki, and My Hero Academia, and giving presentations on Japanese Spider-Man, Edgar Allan Poe in Bungo Stray Dogs, and representations of disabilities in superhero texts, there’s a lot of ICYMI news this week.
Oh, and Marvel? Diversity is not why you have a problem. Don’t you dare blame that for declining sales when your CEO works for a bigot.
Anime and Manga
Call for papers: Anime Expo seeks academic presentations on anime and manga. Deadline May 19.
Ghost in the Shell underperforms in the United States, performs pretty well in Japan. Maybe it’s because the film can be seen in Japan as an adaptation of a familiar work, whereas here in the United States it’s another example of whitewashing. And maybe it’s because the film in Japan at least brought back the characters’ previous actors to dub it into Japanese.
My Hero Academia
Shameless plug: I’ve been reviewing the new season–and it’s off to a great start, keeping what worked from last season and fixing some problems along the way. I’m behind on reviews, but they’re coming.
We’ve created peak comics: Clueless gets an adaptation, while my Emma/Bungo Stray Dogs crossover fanfiction languishes. And The Librarians gets a comic, because given enough time, everything will be adapted as a comic.
Also: how do you insert antisemitic content in your own comic?! You do violence to people who are Jewish and Muslim with this nonsense, as it now feeds the typical islamophobic nonsense by conservative idiots (which is redundant). Cut that shit out. What is wrong with you this week?! Fix your house, Marvel!
I don’t know who asked for a John Cena talking bull movie–but it’s here, apparently.
I got a chance to watch the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 early before Friday’s debut–and it was hilarious.