Kabedon, an act of romance or dominance?

When you are reading a shoujo manga (Japanese comics) there are certain things, lets term them phenomenon, that are common and becomes a rage over a period of time. Kabedon is one such phenomenon and went on to become much more than that. What is kabedon? Let me explain you with a scene. Recently I…

My favourite mangakas

What is the difference between having a favourite manga and a favourite author? Lame question. Of course everyone knows that you like a manga because it is good and you like the author because you love two or more of his/her works. Well I have a lot of manga I love (I would have read…

Setsubun, where you throw beans so hard that it might hurt

I was reading this comedy manga ‘Baby Kokoro no Mama ni’, a Japanese comic that follows the story of a college student Ryuji, his one-sided love interest and baby Kokoro who seems to be attached to him. In the manga, Ryuji says: “Ah I feel bad for all the fathers in Japan today.” I wondered…

A Waifu and A Wife, for the 2D and 3D world

I love Joichirou Saiba, the genius Chef from the manga Shokugeki no Soma and father of the title character Soma. This guy rarely makes an appearance in the story. But whenever he does, boy does he make it count. Joichirou is an amazing Chef, whose dishes are so heavenly that it gives you an orgasm…

Manga with a dash of magical realism and good dose of reality

Reading manga is addictive, just like drinking coffee or smoking. It is habit forming, one very hard to break. You get sucked in not because it gives you a kick but it introduces you to so many ideas that you never thought possible. I have lost count of manga I have read till date, most…

Kotodama, spirit of words

Language or rather words, have power. I have often heard my grandmother or father advising my sister and I about the way we use words through anecdotes. My father would say, “Words have power. They attract the good and evil, positive and negative energy.” I would hear stories about how devas grant wishes by saying…

Shinsengumi, the Japanese version of Karna from Mahabharata

Who would not like tall, tanned men with taut muscles in sexy yukata that reveals their six-pack? Add that badass smile and tragic story, women are seriously a goner. That is what Japanese Shinsengumi are all about. Shinsengumi is a military faction formed to support Tokugawa Shonungate led by Serizawa Kamo, Niimi Nishiki and Kondo…

Kimi no na wa, a movie with a soul

You watch so many movies, some good, mostly trash and others that just refuse to leave your mind like Kimi no na wa (Your name) by Makoto Shinkai. I saw the movie when I was on the flight from Denmark to India two months back. It has possessed me since then. I chose the movie…

Youkai and its relevance in modern Japan

Do you believe in the supernatural? Not many would at this time and age when many are turning atheist. Well, how can anyone rationalise spirits and ghosts. But don’t you think sometimes the way supernatural beings manifests in literature holds deeper meanings? For instance, youkai in Japanese culture. For people who are reading manga, youkai…

Evolution of Japanese script

Japan as we all know is one of the most ancient cultures in the world. The world’s first novel Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu, was from Japan. But interestingly Japanese got their script later than most civilisations. The journey it took for the Japanese to create their own script is as fascinating as…