A Rotten Boy’s International Quest for Shonen Jump Erotica

In which yours truly, a cis-gendered male, decides overnight to overpay for a plane ticket to Tokyo to buy one very specific publication, in one very specific fandom, in one very specific women-oriented doujinshi event. Part 1 of a true story.

Note: Tales from Tabata is not a NSFW blog, and this post will not contain sexual or pornographic content. However, because of this post’s subject matter, please consider reading this post in private to avoid awkward situations at work.

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Pop culture and protest art

As this blog has mentioned before, Hong Kong lives in perilous times. At the annual Ani-Com convention in Hong Kong last weekend, I found this Sign of the Times taped to a pillar in the main exhibition hall.

When I left, I eagerly played detective on my phone to find out more about this poster. The quote is from Lesson 526 of Gintama, where the protagonist, Sakura Gintoki says:

It’s the darkest before dawn.
But don’t close your eyes.
闇から目ェそらした奴には 明日に刺す光も見えねェ
Because those who turn their eyes away from the darkness won’t be able to see the light shining on them tomorrow.
たとえこの先 どんなに深い夜が待っていてもな
No matter how deep a night waits in front of us.

Fiction is most powerful when it holds a mirror to us and asks us to account for our vices and sins. I can only hope that Hong Kong can see the light soon.