Kiss me

I can’t quite get the topic of the week, josei manga, out of my head. Kodansha Comics has made a solid (if painfully protracted) start, and they scored about a zillion points for announcing Sailor Moon. That said, English-language manga publishers are thin on the ground, and if I’m going to nag one or two publishers about their shortage of josei offerings, fairness demands I nag them all. So here are two titles from Kodansha’s Kiss that intrigue me.

I’ve never made it all the way through Mrs. Doubtfire, but this doesn’t mean that I’ve got anything against nannies in drag. In fact, it’s safe to say that I would probably enthusiastically read Waki Yamato’s Babysitter Gin! It ran for nine volumes in Kiss starting in 1998, and it features a caregiver named Gin who fixated on Mary Poppins as a child and has wanted to bring joy to little ones ever since. As an added inducement, I would really love to see this kind of manga created by the woman who adapted The Tale of Genji into manga.

I know I’m not alone in my limited resistance to manga about people who see dead people, and I feel like I deserve the opportunity to confirm that I’d enjoy a josei take on the subject. This draws my beady eye to Madoka Kawagushi’s Shi to Kanojo to Boku. It’s a ten-volume series about a girl who can see the dead and a boy with supernatural hearing. They encounter mysterious forces and grow up along the way.

As an aside, it would also be awesome if Kodansha resumed publication of Nodame Cantabile. Just saying.

 

Comments

  1. A Kiss title I’d like to see is Hotaru no Hikari, which is another one of those career woman comedies where the heroine ends up with the boss. Does that improve its chances of being licensed? I don’t know. Anyway, it’s coming out in French from Kana, and five volumes (of a total of fifteen) have been released so far.

  2. Supernatural hearing?

  3. “Awesome if Kodansha resumed publication of Nodame Cantabile. Just saying.”
    So say we all!
    So say we all!
    So say we all!

  4. I just watched Jellyfish Princess and fell in love with the story, which is based on an awesome, award-winning, ongoing manga, which is published in Kiss.

    Kodansha, what do you have against shojo and josei? Seriously? I’m pretty sure Viz is out because Kiss is Kodansha, and I just can’t imagine Dark Horse picking it up, which leaves Kodansha Comics themselves, and they seem to be all about shonen right now.

    So I have no idea who might be able to pick up this title, but it would be awesome if it came here!

    • Jellyfish Princess rules!

      “Kodansha, what do you have against shojo and josei? Seriously? I’m pretty sure Viz is out because Kiss is Kodansha, and I just can’t imagine Dark Horse picking it up, which leaves Kodansha Comics themselves”

      How about a comics-in-general publisher like Fantagraphics or a books-in-general publisher like Macmillan?

      Jellyfish Princess might have better luck with one of *those* companies. Remember how some (definitely not all!) male geeks claim to be nice guys finishing last while they get rejected by cheerleaders and treat female geeks like we don’t exist? People with that attitude would hate Jellyfish Princess which admits female geeks exist and treats us as full-fledged human beings. The fewer of a publisher’s readers have that attitude, the less it risks by publishing Jellyfish Princess in English…

  5. “I can’t quite get the topic of the week, josei manga, out of my head. Kodansha Comics has made a solid (if painfully protracted) start, and they scored about a zillion points for announcing Sailor Moon”

    They score shojo points for that, not josei points. ;)


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