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This is probably going to go a lot easier once we all accept that I'm not entirely sane. My friends are the best part of me; otherwise there's my attempts at wittiness to look forward to. Sorry for the random nature of my blogging and the occasional Classic Who liveblogging spams!
29 th
of Jul 2014
svetlania:

prynnette:

comicsalliance:

NOSTALGIA AS A WEAPON: THE SAILOR MOON RENAISSANCE IS A FEMINIST MISSION BEHIND THE LINES OF POP CULTURE
By Juliet Kahn
Sailor Moon did not enter my life so much as consume it. I was eight, and in the space of a few weeks I learned all the attack names, bought the first two issues of the manga, went through three different understandings of how to pronounce “Takeuchi”, and developed a tiered list of my favorite characters.
I spent hours spelunking the MIDI-laden cave that was Geocities, learning the language of dub-versus-sub wars, exploring webrings, indulging in awful pidgin Japanese, and realizing that I was not actually the only person in the world that loved this show. I filled the drawer of my nightstand with printouts of art book pages (I never did anything with them, but they were the most beautiful things I had ever seen and I needed to possess them somehow). I scraped up a special outfit — a white turtleneck and blue pleated skirt, with my hair in pigtails — just to wear while watching the show.
Opinions crowded my head, the first ones I’d ever really developed on my own: on translation choices, best and worst story arcs, ideal romantic pairings. I didn’t just write Sailor Moon fanfiction — I wrote Sailor Moon poetry. It was, by far, the most vivid and vital part of those last few playground years.
Today, Sailor Moon is inescapable. There’s the new anime of course, and the new musicals, the merchandise, and the retranslation of the manga. But it’s the emblem of a wider renaissance as well, a resurgence of love for mahou shoujo, or magical girl anime and manga — a movement led by women well out of their childhood years.
A quick stroll through Tumblr reveals Sailor Moon cupcakes, punky Sailor Moon jackets, heartfelt essays about what the portrayal of lesbianism in Sailor Moon meant to the reader, dozens of artists working together to reanimate an episode of the anime, Sailor Moon nail art tutorials, cats named Luna, Beryl, Haruka and everything in between, hand-sculpted figurines, ornate embroidery projects, and an endless avalanche of fanart. Sailor Moon as an Adventure Time character. Sailor Moon cheekily clutching a Hitachi Magic Wand. Sailor Moon as a vicious biker chick. Sailor Moon protesting the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.
Sailor Moon fans have not so much rediscovered their love for Naoko Takeuchi’s sword-and-sparkle epic as they have elected her queen mother of their imaginations and ultimate aspirational self. She is, simultaneously, symbol, cause, and leader.
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Probably the best thing I’ve written for ComicsAlliance so far. Enjoy! <3

AMAZING ESSAY, EVERYONE GO READ IT IMMEDIATELY YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT

svetlania:

prynnette:

comicsalliance:

NOSTALGIA AS A WEAPON: THE SAILOR MOON RENAISSANCE IS A FEMINIST MISSION BEHIND THE LINES OF POP CULTURE

By Juliet Kahn

Sailor Moon did not enter my life so much as consume it. I was eight, and in the space of a few weeks I learned all the attack names, bought the first two issues of the manga, went through three different understandings of how to pronounce “Takeuchi”, and developed a tiered list of my favorite characters.

I spent hours spelunking the MIDI-laden cave that was Geocities, learning the language of dub-versus-sub wars, exploring webrings, indulging in awful pidgin Japanese, and realizing that I was not actually the only person in the world that loved this show. I filled the drawer of my nightstand with printouts of art book pages (I never did anything with them, but they were the most beautiful things I had ever seen and I needed to possess them somehow). I scraped up a special outfit — a white turtleneck and blue pleated skirt, with my hair in pigtails — just to wear while watching the show.

Opinions crowded my head, the first ones I’d ever really developed on my own: on translation choices, best and worst story arcs, ideal romantic pairings. I didn’t just write Sailor Moon fanfiction — I wrote Sailor Moon poetry. It was, by far, the most vivid and vital part of those last few playground years.

Today, Sailor Moon is inescapable. There’s the new anime of course, and the new musicals, the merchandise, and the retranslation of the manga. But it’s the emblem of a wider renaissance as well, a resurgence of love for mahou shoujo, or magical girl anime and manga — a movement led by women well out of their childhood years.

A quick stroll through Tumblr reveals Sailor Moon cupcakes, punky Sailor Moon jackets, heartfelt essays about what the portrayal of lesbianism in Sailor Moon meant to the reader, dozens of artists working together to reanimate an episode of the anime, Sailor Moon nail art tutorials, cats named Luna, Beryl, Haruka and everything in between, hand-sculpted figurines, ornate embroidery projects, and an endless avalanche of fanart. Sailor Moon as an Adventure Time character. Sailor Moon cheekily clutching a Hitachi Magic Wand. Sailor Moon as a vicious biker chick. Sailor Moon protesting the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling.

Sailor Moon fans have not so much rediscovered their love for Naoko Takeuchi’s sword-and-sparkle epic as they have elected her queen mother of their imaginations and ultimate aspirational self. She is, simultaneously, symbol, cause, and leader.

READ MORE

Probably the best thing I’ve written for ComicsAlliance so far. Enjoy! <3

AMAZING ESSAY, EVERYONE GO READ IT IMMEDIATELY YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT

bohemianrhapsodtay replied to your post “10yo Nadia and 15yo Nadia blogging~”

oh god you’re poor tiny baby eyes *goes back in time and piles blankets and pillows and plushies on you*

it was awful Taylor I was scarred for years

::hugs the plushies and pillows and clings to them::

I KNOW RIGHT??? HETALIA, FMA, OURAN, IDEK WHAT ELSE but heeeey now we can even introduce each other to the stuff the other missed knowing we both have great taste. ;D Did you ever read Hana Kimi?

That’s actually the TRUEST THING EVER and knowing that if one of us enjoyed it, the other probably would too! ;D FOOLPROOF METHOD.

I actually never did, though, but the title rings a bell! :O What’s it about?

OUUUUURAN yet another reason why I ask loudly “WHY DIDN’T WE KNOW EACH OTHER IN HIGH SCHOOL”

KIRAN, THOUGH, WE WERE IN ALL THE SAME FANDOMS AT AROUND THE SAME AGE, IT’S CRIMINAL THAT WE WERE ROBBED OF THE CHANCE TO FANGIRL WITH EACH OTHER

lizzozzil:
You never get tired of telling that story, do you?

Nope, never do! It’s the reason your tag is ‘the catalyst’ and it’s something I’m extremely grateful that you did and that I’ll never forget. :D

bohemianrhapsodtay:
10yo Nadia and 15yo Nadia blogging~

you also had 10 year old me, though, so here I am to oblige xD

would the answer be anything but Harry Potter, though, really? ::laughing:: I was a hyperobsessed kid and I loved Harry Potter more than anything, I was forcing my friends to play Harry Potter with me in the school yard and stuff, I thought I was going to write the last Harry Potter book, it was incredible.

also probably Artemis Fowl, though, I’m pretty sure this is right around the time I got into it (I can time it because I still have doodles of Artemis and Holly that I found lying around my room and I only decided to give up on drawing because I was awful at it and much better at writing when I was about 11 or 12 xD)! I was reading those books like mad and I was being a nerd about them too, like saying ‘D’Arvit!’ and stuff like that!

I might have also been posting self-insert fic and stuff and blogging about my ~~problems and stuff, I was very melodramatic. there would probably have been black and white hipster pictures and also some unidentified anime/manga pictures with “deep meanings” or whatever, that last one not only because I was being an overly dramatic little shit but also bc around that time I was still going to Chapters and picking up random manga that I thought sounded interesting (I stopped doing that at around 12 years old, because I accidentally happened upon some variation on hentai and was terrified) xD

sednamode:
15

good lord, you and two other people asked for 15 year old me, I wasn’t that interesting at fifteen but it’s interesting to see the hivemind at work

bohemianrhapsodtay and grandfatheraang, I hope you two see this! :D

hmm okay so at 15 I was ending sec III and going into sec IV…hm. at first, probably would have been blogging The Mortal Instruments series right about then, to be honest, I wrote fic and roleplayed it for a brief bit of time right around that age!

but! lizzozzil started watching Ouran right about that fall, fall 2009, and then in January 2010 at her birthday party after calling me Haruhi about fifty million times before that, she finally sat me down in front of her computer and said we’re gonna watch this and I was like ????

and then proceeded to fall down the Ouran High School Host Club rabbit hole, so into late fifteen-hood, I would definitely have been blogging a lot of Ouran, because I was talking about it with Leeza and a bunch of my friends all the time, I was writing fic for it, I was keeping up with the manga, I started up a roleplay account on facebook…definitely a lot of Ouran, I’m going to say. Which isn’t too different from when I actually got my tumblr in 2011, to be totally honest xD

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