[LINK] Beyond Yuri!!! On ICE: The themes and motifs of Sayo Yamamoto

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Yuri!!! On ICE might’ve been one of the best things about 2016. I know that’s is a low bar, but roll with me. It engaged viewers inside and outside anime fandom alike, it offered one of the most positive portrayals of a queer relationship I’ve ever seen in anime, and – most importantly – it’s offered me a chance to talk about Sayo Yamamoto, a director whose works have until now struggled to gain attention despite their high quality.

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Killing Stalking Excels at Depicting the Horror of Abuse

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It’s hard to find a title more straightforward than the manhwa (a Korean comic) Killing Stalking. The story opens on withdrawn, isolated Yoon Bum breaking into the house of the man he’d admired from afar for coincidentally saving him in the past – stalking. Bum makes his way inside and happens to discover a secret basement where a blindfolded and beaten women begs him to help her; his crush, Oh Sangwoo, comes home with baseball bat in hand and makes Bum the basement’s new resident – killing.

From there the story becomes a survival story, as Bum tries to make himself useful enough to Sangwoo to be kept alive while looking for a way to escape. It’s one of the most compelling horror stories I’ve read in years.

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Drunk Book Club: Prince Lestat

Not QUITE an episode of Trash & Treasures, but it felt important to begin 2017 this way: drunk and distracting ourselves with garbage.

Okay, so there are these vampires, right? And they all originated from this time a demon possessed a human, yeah? Well it turns out we’re all connected by magic ethereal blood tentacles and….
Yeah, lemme get a drink before we get any further into this.

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