This is in the “hey, wanna get really discouraged about the state of the publishing industry” class of books.
It’s that time again! When my schedule completely blanks out except for an endless sea of anime and also some Steven Universe, because Cartoon Network keeps conspiring to align those premieres. The deluge is half over, so here’s what we’ve got so far: BANANA FISH and also some other stuff.
Life Stuff meant I had to drop most of the weekly shows I was following this season, even the ones I was tentatively enjoying like Last Period, Golden Kamuy, and Megalobox. But I did manage to drag myself through to having thoughts about a couple.
Requiem of the Rose King was initially pitched to me as “lulzy queer Shakespeare fanfic with an intersex protagonist.” There’s basically no faster way to get me to pick something up. While I did burn through the first seven volumes (of an unknown planned number; the end of seven implies the story is at about the halfway point) in record time, the journey was much less of an uncomplicated laugh riot than I’d been expecting. Parts of this series struck me to the core and remain with me even now, but they’re complicated by some dubious and arguably outright harmful writing choices that I can’t simply put aside.
(Content warning for discussion of transphobia and sexual assault)
While we’re all dying for more queer genre films, at least we’ve got this really really good one.
This new Netflix series is the latest in Sanrio’s frankly welcome attempt to sell me shit by being aggressively inclusive. If you’ve ever had a shit office job with a shit boss, especially as an AFAB person, this series will speak to you. Or scream, as the case may be.
This episode might have one of my favorite bits that we’ve ever recorded.