[Short Reviews] Documentaries

Since I’ve been watching a string of documentaries lately, thought I might as well compile a list here to remind myself of what was good and what was utter shit. Separated nebulously by category. All are available in the U.S. on either Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, at the moment I’m posting this.

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[Manga Rec List] Cooking/Recipes

Specifically, manga about cooking with explicit recipes, whether included as part of the story or included as an afterword.

There are a lot of general “foodie” manga, which are more about the consumption of food rather than the making of it, that I elected not to include here. Though there are plenty of great ones, so if anyone wants an addendum with those added, I would be happy to oblige.

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Vocaloid (Japanese Producers) Rec List

This was originally posted on my Tumblr in 2012, and since I spent quite a bit of time on it, I decided to transpose it here.

I haven’t had time to add a lot of new producers to it, so anyone who became active/famous after ’12 will probably be missing. Apologies in advance if some youtube reprints are missing/incorrect — I have not had the time to fix this yet. Will be editing later.

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[Manga Rec List] BL/Shounen-ai/Yaoi

Partially transposed from my Tumblr and edited.

This was originally written for my friends who were willing to try out BL but didn’t want to wade through all the shitty ones with terrible consent problems. I mainly enjoy romantic fluff in which the couple gets together within the first few pages and then spend the rest of the manga being domestic. There are some exceptions (like plot-oriented BL), but mainly that’s what you’ll see here.

If you want actual, true-to-life representation of queer folks in manga, please check out the other rec list. If you’re also interested in GL, I also have a separate list for that.

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[Manga Rec List] LGBTQI+ Characters

Moved from my Tumblr to here. Since Tumblr’s format doesn’t really make for good long-term posts.

As in, series that aren’t published in yaoi/yuri magazines, for lesbian or gay characters, and any series with bisexual/trans/intersex characters. (I have a separate rec list for BL, and one for GL as well.)¬†And by “bisexual” I mean any character who explicitly identifies as bisexual. None of this “you’re the only guy/girl I’ve fallen in love with” — these situations do happen, yes, but they aren’t really great bisexual representation.

I will try to focus on series that gives these LGBTQI+ character ample screentime, all the while not invalidating their identity, and actually allowing them some possibility of romance (if they so desire).

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