Sunday, June 27, 2010

Two that fit in the hand

This week I am adding two entries as they are both short ones.

Both have a sexual context. What got me to do them was that I was checking my Google Analytics reports to see which terms are used to bring people to the Anime Companion Supplement pages. The majority of the terms were sexual. So I figured I'd do more from my lists of possible entries and had two short ones ready. There really are not that many more in my lists and I'll add more on occasion.

Now I am going to start looking at the non-sexual terms and try to add more related to those. I figure if folks are looking for something I better add more entries related to the broader subject.

sukeruton baibu (skeleton vibe, clear vibrator) スケルトンバイブ

waribiki tiketto (discount ticket) 割引チケット

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Recommended Manga additions

This morning I have added three new titles to my Recommended Manga page. All of them are by Urasawa Naoki.

Monday, June 21, 2010

dangō of another kind

This one falls into the obscure but interesting category. Actually I hope everything I add to the supplement is interesting in one way or another.

The example for this one is from Salaryman Kintaro and it was not easy to find information on this kind of dangō (collusive bidding, bid rigging) 談合.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hooking up

This week we travel back to the Tokugawa Period to look at a type of business no longer found in Japan.

The ageya (rendezvous teahouses) 揚屋.

Any requests for next week? I have some in the work but am always curious about any specific items folks may be interested in.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Colorful song

This weeks entry is on an annual TV broadcast done by NHK. One which I have watched on local (San Francisco) Tv for years and I'm happy to post here.

Kohaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Contest) 紅白歌合戦

Fanime Report 3 - The Japanese Sex Trade in Anime and Manga


My third report on Fanime Con 2010 is on the first adult only presentation I have ever done.

On Saturday night I had my Japanese Sex Trade in Anime and Manga presentation. This broke the record for any presentation I have ever done. Con staff estimated attendance was over 130 people. I will repeat this presentation at Fanime in two or three years as I have other presentations I would like to start doing at the con.

I began the presentation by stating that everything I was going to say had to be taken with a grain of salt. It is not easy to find reliable information on the Japanese sex trade. I noted that not only the web not a good resource for things Japanese it is significantly unreliable for the Japanese sex trade. Most web pages or online postings are either so vague as to be useless or riddled with fantasies that do not apply to reality. I also noted that I had no first had experience with the trade.

I covered several of the books that have been written on the subject and noted that the best is Pink Box: Inside Japan's Sex Clubs by Joan Sinclair. I also recommended Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein even though that book only partly covers the trade.

One important thing I mentioned is that any conviction of a prostitution related crime, or drug crime, will get you banned from Japan. This means if you are planning to work, study or visit Japan you should not engage in certain activities.

The reason I covered this subject in my own research is that I attempt to track down reliable information on any subject I see in anime or manga so I can add it to my Anime Companion Supplement web pages. The two volumes of the book had few entries on the subject due to the lack of good secondary sources.

The terms I used in the presentation, and many more, are listed in my supplement and can be located through the Topical/Subject Index under their related headings:
Business - The Sex Trade [for general terms]
Business - The Sex Trade - Business Types
Terminology Sexual

Then I covered adult entertainments that are not in the sex trade, such as geishas, and items that are on the margin, such as enjo kōsai (compensated dating), love hotels, hostsess and host clubs.

The items I covered, with some titles that include them, were:

chikan densha (pervert train) I showed an image of an actual one from Pink Box - Midnight Sleazy Train

enjo kōsai (compensated dating) - Gals (manga), Super Gals (anime) and IWGP: Ikebukuro West Gate Park v.1 (manga)

fasshon herusu (fashion health) - 20th Century Boys v.4 (manga)

fasshon massaji (fashion massage) - Wicked City (anime)

imēji kurabu (image club) - IWGP v.2 (manga)

kappuru kissa (couples cafe) - IWGP v.1 (manga)

kyaba kura (cabaret club) - GTO (v.13 ch.101) (manga)

nozokibeya (peeping room) - Chobits ep.7 (anime)

rabu hoteru (love hotel) - show up in many titles

sōpurando ("soapland") - My Fair Masseuse (anime)

terekura (telephone club) - Sexy Voice and Robo (manga)

ura fūzoku (illegal sex industry) - Cage (anime)

urisen bā (auction bar) - City Hunter ep.4 (anime)

I finished up with a short video clip from City Hunter 2 (ep.31) with Ryo saying "Kane no kireme ga en no kireme" (the end of the money is the end of the relationship) after he is cordialy escorted out of a club.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Fanime Report 2 - Manga for Grownups

While the title was Anime and Manga for Grownups I focussed on manga.

The criteria I use for this presentation is titles which I highly value but are likely to be little known and all titles have to be in print in English translations.

I'm often amazed how many good titles get only a few hands up in the room when I ask "Who has read...?"

Here is the list of titles I covered this year, all names are in Japanese order with family name first.

Azuma Hideo - Disappearance Diary

Hirata Hiroshi - Satsuma Gishiden

Inoue Takehiko - Vagabond

Inoue Takehiko - Real

Ishikawa Masayuki - Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture

Kariya Tetsu (story) Hanasaki Akira(art) - Oishinbo

Katsura Masakazu - I"s

Kikuchi Hideyuki (author), Shin Yong-Gwa (art) - Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist

Kobayashi Makoto - Club 9

Koike Kazuo, Lady Snowblood

Nakazawa Keiji - Barefoot Gen

Samura Hiroaki - Ohikkoshi

Takahashi Hiroshi - Worst

Takahashi Rumiko - Maison Ikkoku

Tamaki Nozomu - Dance in the Vampire Bund

Taniguchi Jiro - Times of Botchan

Taniguchi Jiro - Walking Man

Tatsumi Yoshihiro - Drifting Life

Watanabe Taeko - Kaze Hikaru

Yamada Futaro (story), Segawa Masaki (art) - Yagyu Ninja Scrolls

Fanime Report 1 - Older Titles for Newer Fans

The first list I will post are the titles covered in the Older Titles for Newer Fans presentation Jonathan Osborne and I presented.

All of these titles have been available in the US for some time, in fact all were originally released on VHS, and all are currently in print. The dates listed are for the original release in Japan.

Escaflowne [TV] (1996)

Dagger of Kamui (1985)

Cowboy Bebop (1998)

Doomed Megalopolis (1991)

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991)

Dragon Half (1993)

Hakkenden:The Legend of the Dog Warriors (1990-1995)

Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

From past Fanime Con panels (many are now out of print):


Captain Herlock - OVA - 2002

Farewell Space Battleship Yamato In The Name of Love - movie 1978

Macross - TV series -1982-83


Nadia - TV series - 1989-90

Fight Iczer 1 - OVA 1985-87 ( and sequel Iczer Reborn - OVA 1990-91)

Here is Greenwood - OVA - 1991-93


Bubblegum Crisis - OVA - 1987
Not to be confused with the weaker TV series Bubblegum Crisis 2040

City Hunter The Motion Picture - TV movie - 1997

Dirty Pair - OVA – 1987

Gundam 0080 - OVA – 1989

Macross Plus - OVA – 1994

Maison Ikkoku - TV – 1986

Otaku no Video - OVA – 1991

They Were 11 - movie - 1986

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fanime Report 0


Starting tonight I'll be posting lists and reports from Fanime which I promised people at my panels.

There will be two lists of titles discussed during Anime and Manga for Grownups and Older Titles for Newer Fans.

Then a report on my Sex Trade in Anime and Manga presentation.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Seafood in the shell

This week I'm posting a little late as I was at Fanime Con 2010 until last night.

Here are two posts in S, a popular mollusk and common way to prepare it:

sazae (turbo or top-shell) 栄螺 or 蓑座絵

sazae no tsuboyaki (sazae cooked in the shell) さざえの壷焼き