10 years later reborn


Cover designs of Yoneda Sensei’s fanart Doujinshis, in order of publication from new to old. It’s interesting to see the characteristics of her style, and how it has developed through the years. It was interesting to see the bird motif in Saezuru is resembles the titles in the Crows ZERO fanarts. If the “crows” in the Crows ZERO symbolize the bad boys in the original manga, it’s easy to assume the crows in Saezuru symbolize the Yakuza. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the first scene in “Don’t Stay Gold”, seems more like a fight between high school boys rather than a fight between a punk and Yakuza. And of course, REBORN! is staged with the mafia, and Giant Killing is a soccer story, so we can see she likes hard core guys.

 Talking about REBORN!, the “Tsundere” and sensitive quality of Hibari reminded me of Shima, while open-minded but inconsiderate Yamamoto reminded me of Togawa. It’s not to say the characters are the same, but I assume Yoneda Sensei’s interest in these type of characters made her want to draw them in her original works.

 I became interested in her fanarts, after I translated/posted Yoneda Sensei’s twitter post about when she was drawing her first commercial work, Doushitemo Furetakunai.  Since her editor’s initial response to her plot,was “it’s all right to do something like, people getting killed!”, I wondered what kind of fanart she was drawing to have the editor say this.

 I read what I could get hold of, but there were only a few, since it’s very difficult to get hold of her old Doujinshi. Moreover, I haven’t read most of the original work the fanarts were based on. So, I am in no position to discuss her fanarts in any depth, but the quality of the Doujin Mangas I read were clearly very high, and deepened my respect for her.

 List of fanart Doujinshi after the cut. (publication dates are according to Chil-chil)

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Doctor Who Revival 10th Anniversary

On the 26th March 2005, at 7:00pm, a legend was reborn. Now about 10 years later, Doctor Who has gone from long-lost TV classic to worldwide phenomenon. We’ve been through 5 Doctors, 8 companions, 3 TARDISes, 3 spin-offs, 2 head writers, 12 specials and 8 series. But we all have to remember where it all began, with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in the classic episode “Rose”, in which the Ninth Doctor got a new companion, Rose Tyler, and fought against the Autons and Nestene Consciousness, monsters he had already battled twice before. 

I propose that to celebrate 10 years of this beloved show being revived, fans of the show could rewatch Rose at the original air time, 7.00pm on the 26th March, but this time in 2015. We could maybe even live tweet it, with the hashtag #10YearsOfWho. It’s just an idea, but I know I will be doing it, to celebrate 10 years of being a fan.