ANNCast The Shojo Must Go On
by Zac Bertschy, Sep 2nd 2011
ANNCast 088 - The Shojo Must Go On
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This week we're chatting about all things Shojo - how shojo anime became a sort of gateway drug for fans in the late 90s, what's been great lately, how the entire genre has changed over the last few years, and a whole lot more!
Joining in is Ed Chavez from Vertical, ANNCast veteran and longtime shojo champion, and newcomer Emily Snodgrass, who literally runs the site Shoujo-Manga.com so you can see why she's on this show. (Also one of my litmus tests for being on a show about shojo was that we'd just keep referring back to Hana Yori Dango, and happenstance delivered.)
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NSFW Language Warning: I enjoy cursing, so yep.
ANNCast Episode 88 Breakdown
00:45 Ed and Emily introductions and the obnoxiously vague definition of 'shojo'
06:50 Shojo anime as gateway drug
14:10 Crappy shojo heroines, schadenfreude and Jersey Shore
18:30 Shojo didn't take off in America until manga took off
25:10 Is shojo manga dying as a genre in Japan?
32:50 Answer: no it isn't! It's just changing with the times and trying to compete!
39:10 Emily describes what might be the coolest shojo manga ever
41:30 The grand experiment of Shojo Beat
45:30 Twitter time! Our shojo favorites, the baffling concept of "fake-yuri" and more more more!
And that's it! See you next week!
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Theme Song: "Bucharest" by The New Division. Check them out on iTunes!
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