It's Independence Day here in the States! A great day for fireworks, camp-outs and backyard grilling. To tell you the truth, we're going to be busy at the Studio, catching up on some strips and projects under wraps - but any time off to focus is time I can use!
In the midst of everything, KS and I are attempting to branch out a little to spread the good word of nemu*nemu! We have officially opened up shop on Etsy.com.
There isn't anything "new" there at the moment, but we plan to have each of our unique handmade accessory pouches for sale with photos soon~ Other "one-offs" will be on sale sometime later this summer. For those who are on our notification list, you'll be some of the first to know!
In the meanwhile, come and visit us on Etsy!
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This past week, I've been catching up on some reading before bedtime and manga is always at the top of my list. Aside from the top-charting titles like Tsubasa:RC, Death Note and Bleach, I've been quite entertained by series like Kaze Hikaru.
I picked up this comic on a whim - the art looked nice and the story seemed plausible. (Sort of reminds me of old Japanese samurai dramas I used to watch as a kid on KIKU and NGN.) The first book was a little on the slow side, but I find most series are like that... so I gave it a second chance and picked up Book 2.
For those familiar with Tamora Pierce's "Lioness Quartet", this has a very similar feel. Kamiya Sei disguises herself as a boy (Kamiya Seizaburo) to join the ranks of the Mibu-Roshi (later to become the Shinsengumi). She is mentored by Okita Souji (as seen on the covers with... and a familiar name with Rurouni Kenshin fans) - while all the other men are infatuated with her... without knowing "he" is really a "she".
It technically is a shoujo manga - set in 1863 Japan. There is a lot of samurai-style action that goes on, with a dash of romance and humor. (Nothing explicit - just implied.) I find it is a sweet story in a well-researched historical background. Taeko Watanabe tries her best to stay as true to fact as she can, although in her short blurbs in the back of the issues she laments some of her mistakes. (I can totally relate!)
I'm not a huge fan of the Shinsengumi but all those samurai/ninja/Edo-period/Meiji-era Japan series remind me of late nights at home, watching taped episodes of Mito Komon and various Secret Agent ninja/samurai series. It's a good read and entertaining, although it's low on the radar.
I just finished volume 6 and have been scouring our used book shops for later volumes in Japanese (with no luck...) *sigh*
(Also note that this series is geared for older teens.)
Anyhoo! Have a great July 4th everyone! For those out of the States, happy Wednesday~