January 31, 2005

Well, maybe the superheroes should threaten them right back.

So it looks like another Gaaan! Doki doki! Comics aren't just for boys anymore! article is going around, and let me just make a grammatical point of note: "manga" and "shoujo" are generally considered to be collective terms, so sticking an "s" at the end of either word -- while not technically illegal -- does sound like a rather clunky way of attempting to pluralize them.

Even NPR is getting in on the manga phenomenon, but given the mixed response to Peter Carey's Wrong About Japan, is he really the guy to be talking about the Japanese pop culture explosion?

Akira Toriyama, the legendary creator of Dragonball, is now also the designer of a cute little electric car.

And finally, the back-patting for CLAMP just doesn't stop, as a museum exhibit in Kawasaki City opens this month.

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