October 10, 2008

After some predictable, anonymous sniping, the discussion that follows Isaac Hale’s post on Yaoi Con turns interesting, with contributions from the likes of Jason Thompson, Tina Anderson and Erica Friedman. The whole question of “lifestyle convention” versus “product category convention” seems like a particularly messy one in this case.

They should be dancin’, yeah

October 10, 2008

Because the alternative is listening to my retirement plan gurgle feebly, and because I can watch anything on television for five minutes, I offer the following: my dream cast for Dancing With the Manga Stars!

  • Bambi from Bambi and Her Pink Gun!
  • FBI Agent Diana from Fake!
  • Dorian Red Gloria from From Eroica With Love!
  • Ginko from Mushishi!
  • Sho’s Mom from The Drifting Classroom!
  • Hyakkimaru from Dororo!
  • Mrs. Ichinose from Maison Ikkoku!
  • Jumbo from Yotsuba&!
  • Lucrezia Borgia from Cantarella!
  • Private Second Class Tamama from Sgt. Frog!
  • Nakaya from Shout Out Loud!
  • Nobara from Crimson Hero!
  • Yuji Yata from The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service!
  • It seems to me that there are certain types that must be included in every season of Dancing With the Stars: the athlete, the contestant with a potentially dramatic physical disability, the codger of either gender, at least one tertiary celebrity from a popular property, one hunky boy, and several air-quote stars, whose celebrity was either long in the past or of questionable provenance even at its peak. There must also be contestants who are engaging in career rehabilitation, and perhaps one that makes you think, “Surely he/she has better things to do with his/her time.”