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Happy 100th, Ladies & Drag Kings!

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Takarazuka, the Japanese all-female musical revue, is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and the post office commemorates with postal stamps! Lots of gorgeous feathers, rhinestones, and men’s black tie. It looks so romantic. Who wants to go with me to the show in Hibiya?

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An Ode to Hot English Chastity

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I am an idiot, but the phrase “hot english chastity” has me laughing aloud. “Hot chastity” is already funny, but “hot english” is almost as improbable in my mind. Is it true what the Japanese guy told me, that I am an “A-jia・sen”? Like “debusen,” or fatty-chaser, I guess “ajisen” is an Asian-chaser.  Nonetheless, the new Jane Campion film might be romantic and sultry indeed.

“We’re both Japanese, let’s play it a little vague.”

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I am loving season two of Junjou Romantica. The characters’ passion, denial and misunderstandings continue to be “innocently romantic.” I love Misaki’s protest to his lover: “What’s the big deal. We’re both Japanese, let’s play it a little vague.”

Can denial make desire more passionate?

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Somehow this anime makes behavior that would seem stalker-like in other contexts seem sweetly romantic.

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The screenshots are great, but the voice actors are also super-talented. The younger Misaki is excitable, quick to anger, and innocent. The older Usagi is deep-voiced, authoritative, and passionate.