New Bringing the Drama: City Hunter post on Manga Bookshelf

Head on over to Manga Bookshelf for a post on the drama City Hunter! This drama has everything! Evil spies, daddy issues, romance, and covert pants.

New Feature at Manga Bookshelf: Bringing the Drama

I talk about the excellent kdrama You’re Beautiful with some of my twitter buddies in a new feature over at Manga Bookshelf. Check it out!

Natsume Ono Manga Moveable Feast

This week’s Manga Moveable Feast focuses on Natsume Ono.

I’m not totally sure if I’m going to be able to participate in the MMF, because I’m not going to be able to get my hands on her new book Tesoro, and I’ve already read and reviewed a good chunk of Ono’s manga that has come out in the US. So I thought I’d post a round-up of the titles I have reviewed, and hopefully I’ll be able to carve some time out this week to reread House of Five Leaves (my favorite Ono series) and post some additional thoughts.

House of Five Leaves Vol 1
House of Five Leaves Vol 2
House of Five Leaves Volume 3

Ristorante Paradisio Vol 1

Gente Vol 1
Gente Vol 3

Dona Dona in manga and anime

One thing that I’ve always found a little odd the few times I’ve run across it is the occasional reference in manga and anime to the Jewish folk song “Dona Dona.” It generally is used as a shorthand way of referencing certain doom or despair for a particular character. I guess it is because this song that I’ve generally understood as a Holocaust metaphor (based on what I was told in Sunday School) is inexplicably popular in Japanese Elementary schools?

Here are a few references I’ve found, but I’m sure that there are plenty out there that I’ve forgotten or haven’t encountered yet. If you have any more please send them in and I’ll add them to the page. Thanks to ace Dona Dona spotter David Wolkin!

One of the longest and most overt references ever takes place in in Revolutionary Girl Utena, there’s a version of the song used when Nanami transforms into a cow (song kicks in at the end of the clip):

Here’s a panel from Detroit Metal City Volume 7:

And Slam Dunk Volume 1:

Do you have any Dona Dona references to share? Please let me know!

Karakuri Odette Wrap Up

We’re ending the Manga Moveable Feast for Karakuri Odette with a bunch of links!

I recorded a Manga Out Loud Podcast with Ed and Johanna, take a listen.

Over at Panel Patter, a look at volume one and how Odette isn’t the stereotypical teen girl robot we’ve come to expect from manga.

Reverse Thieves takes another look at the first volume

In Karakuri Odette: A Movable Feast’s rare delicacy Jason Yadao describes how he was able to get past the pink covers and enjoy the series.

Comics Worth Reading has a post on volumes 4 and 5 of the series.

Remember, you have until the end of the day today to enter the giveaway for Julietta Suzuki’s other series, Kamasama Kiss. I’ll announce the winner on Monday.

I hope everybody’s enjoyed the Karakuri Odette Manga Moveable Feast! I was happy to see so many bloggers picking up the first volume and trying the series out, which is what I think the Manga Moveable Feast is all about. I’ve always thought of Karakuri Odette as a bit of a hidden gem, but I hope that changes with all the increased attention from manga blogs this week. If I’ve missed any posts, please let me know, and I’ll do an additional wrap-up post and add the links to the archive page.

Take a look at the Karakuri Odette Manga Moveable Feast page for links to all the posts.

The next Manga Moveable Feast is going to focus on the classic Barefoot Gen from Feb 13th-19th, hosted by Sam Kusek.