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When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic GirlSequart Releases When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic Girl

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the release of When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic Girl, by Julian Darius. The first manga widely available in English, Mai, the Psychic Girl — written… [more]

akira_iconicMy Big Brother’s Secret Japanese Cartoons: How Anime Addicted Me to Serial Narratives

I’m ten years old, and you’re already dead. Your head explodes, and leather cringes while boots crush bone and dust swirls around a strange haired man in the desert. Buildings lay like corpses, luxury liners… [more]

MAI VOL 4 CH 13 PG 250Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl’s Final Act

Continued from our introduction to Mai, the Psychic Girl and parts one and two of our discussion of how super-powers are depicted in the series. In the story’s truncated third and final act, Mai’s life has… [more]

cbCowboy Bebop, Coolness, and Genre Mash-ups

There is an endless number of reasons to love Cowboy Bebop. This kung-fu, detective, sci-fi, crime, honky-tonk tinged mashed-upped masterpiece is cooler than any of us. Not because it wears the clothing of those genres,… [more]

screenshot from Oldboy (2003)Revenge, Hypnotism, and Oedipus in Oldboy (2003), Part 2

Last time, we began examining the 2003 South Korean movie Oldboy, directed by Park Chan-wook and adapted from the 1996-1998 manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. We just got to the movie’s big twist ending. So be warned:… [more]

shinjiMy Body is a Cage: Evangelions, AT Fields, and Hedgehogs

My body is a cage that keeps me From dancing with the one I love But my mind holds the key – My Body is a Cage, The Arcade Fire Talking about the soul is… [more]

MAI VOL 3 CH 12 PG 230Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl’s Second Act

Continued from our introduction to Mai, the Psychic Girl and part one of our discussion of how super-powers are depicted in the series. As the narrative shifts into its second half, in which the Wisdom… [more]

AkiraThe Noise They Make: Akira and the Bosozoku

Akira is an odd film.  Some like to believe it a riddle that if you can just get a crowbar into, you might crack it open and spill it’s meaningful contents.  And while it is… [more]

screenshot from Oldboy (2003)Revenge, Hypnotism, and Oedipus in Oldboy (2003)

The brilliant 2003 South Korean film Oldboy, directed by directed by Park Chan-wook, is a revenge story. As such, it has to negotiate this genre’s long history, which it manages to do rather successfully by simultaneously… [more]

1On Oldboy

Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy is a phenomenal film. A devastating meditation on vengeance initially disguised as a revenge thriller, Oldboy is disturbing, exhilarating, terrifying, and more. Chan-wook Park deftly juggles the tone of this film, all… [more]

MAI VOL 1 CH 02 PG 058Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl

Continued from our introduction of Mai, the Psychic Girl. Ryoichi Ikegami is one of manga’s most talented artists, and he’s certainly one of my own favorites. His cityscapes and vehicles are bafflingly realistic. And while… [more]

tumblr_inline_mragc65Swp1qz4rgp20th Century Boys Volume One

The last volume of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys I read was volume 22. The series only lasts two more volumes – 21st Century Boys Volume One and Two. These articles cover my attempted reread… [more]

scan0005On Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends

When I first read Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends, I stopped after the initial six pages and put the book away. For they were so perfect in themselves, so wonderfully concise and clever and moving,… [more]

Osamu_TezukaThe Grandmasters

I’ve been planning a series of articles about the all-time greats of the medium for a while. I was planning to focus on living greats, but with Sequart doing this Manga Week it seemed like… [more]

Mai, the Psychic Girl #1On Mai, the Psychic Girl

In early 1987, Eclipse introduced American comics readers to manga with three translated series. The first, debuting one week before the other two, was Mai, the Psychic Girl. The following week, Eclipse debuted The Legend… [more]

Oldboy (2013) posterIt’s Manga Week on Sequart!

In celebration of this week’s release of Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the 2003 South Korean film, in turn based on the Japanese manga, we’re running manga-related posts all this week on Sequart. Manga’s… [more]