The Manga Moveable Feast is nearly upon us once again, this time co-hosted by Comic Attack!‘s Kristin Bomba and Animemiz Linda Yau. The subject this month is the ever-glorious Fumi Yoshinaga, which brings us to this week’s Saturday Spotlight!
Just over a year ago, I hosted a week-long celebration of Yoshinaga’s work here at Manga Bookshelf, including reviews, essays, and roundtables on series like Flower of Life, Antique Bakery, and Ooku: The Inner Chambers. So, in the spirit of next week’s Yoshinaga MMF, I offer you the index to that celebration.
Also, within that week, I’d like to direct special attention to both the Yoshinaga edition of BL Bookrack, co-written by me and the lovely Michelle Smith, and a roundtable on Gerard & Jacques, again featuring Michelle and me, along with David Welsh, Robin Brenner, Danielle Leigh, and Eva Volin. As someone who is often critical of some of the genre’s most pervasive tropes, I think it’s worth noting that Yoshinaga is the kind of writer who can make even my least favorite of these work, proving that there’s almost no hurdle good writing can’t overcome.
Please enjoy these year-old thoughts on Yoshinaga, and keep your eyes peeled for new ones as the Yoshinaga MMF gets underway!