First of all, many thanks to the audience member who attended Kathryn‘s and my Sakuracon panel “Cross-dressing for Fun and Profit in Anime and Manga”! You were all great, and we enjoyed your questions and feedback. We’re planning on publishing a version of our presentation on our blogs (and hopefully elsewhere if we’re lucky) complete with images and hyperlinks, so stay tuned.
Although we ended up having to rush through the section on Ôoku, there seemed to be a lot of interest in the series. I realized when I was writing down information on Ôoku for a lovely con-goer who approached us afterward to chat about the series and Hiraga Gennai that I really, really needed to better organize my Ôoku posts instead of sending people to the category, which is starting to get rather large.
The Ôoku masterpost is here, and you can also find it next to the “about me” tab above the masthead.
While we’re here and before the post on the panel gets written, I just wanted to share some (humorous) thoughts on discussing my favorite characters:
Phrases I used the most to describe Ouran‘s Fujioka Haruhi‘s attitude toward shojo gender tropes: “Could you not? I can’t even.” (I’m so sorry, audience, my version of Haruhi spends too much time on the Internet)
Personal title of my section on Hiraga Gennai (Vol. 8-10): “Gennai, though.”
(Secret title, tumblr-style: “Gennai, though, and also my FEELINGS, ugh you perfect precious puddin pop.” Very professional, I know.)
Thank you again to everyone who came!