My Wandering Warrior Existence (My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness)
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One house, three cats, and a lot of trouble! When a scaredy-housecat is home alone for the first time, he and his furry friends are forced to face monsters and their fears on a quest to save the day. This debut middle-grade graphic novel is filled with silly jokes, adventures and the cutest cat you ever did see. The social anxiety and instabilities are still strong within this autobiographical comic essay (the fourth such series from this author). It can be hard to tell how much of this is an accurate reflection of what happened and how much of it is narrative flourishes to make it more entertaining for readers (like, I'm pretty sure some of these emoting panels are exaggerations at the very least).
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My two boys love to invent creative “detective missions” to solve around the house, and I feel like this is the perfect little book to put in their hands for them to enjoy and spark their imagination. Anyway, this newest manga starts with Kabi wanting to do a photoshoot of herself wearing a wedding dress; she’s aware that she’ll likely never marry, and her mother had expressed a desire to see her in a wedding dress, so that’s what she does. During the shoot, though, Kabi grows increasingly depressed as she realizes how sad the whole thing (and her life) has become, although her mother is loving it; she’s taking photos of her own with her personal camera.Hans Rollmann (2018-08-16). "Nagata Kabi's 'My Solo Exchange Diary' and the Alienated Self". PopMatters. An interesting read, although for better or worse it is more of what we have come to expect style and content wise. A lot I could relate to, it still left me with a question or two. The author brings up confusion about her sexuality, her gender, and why she thinks she hasn't been able to love so far. Fascinatingly, she didn't know that all-encompassing romantic love was real until adulthood.
My Wandering Warrior Existence by Nagata Kabi: 9781648278822
This new autobiographical manga is similar in that it is literally a stream of consciousness with no depth. The author muses briefly about her gender identity, and how wedding gowns are gendered. This fly by approach is also taken in regards to her sexual orientation, and if she wants to have grandkids (and wondering if her parents might want grandkids). Because her parents had an arranged marriage (a subject not explored at all), she doesnt seem to understand that people can learn to love each other over time? And she seems confused about how romantic love works? (I thought there might be something here about being aromantic but this literally never comes up. Which is fine, since these are American concepts and even with the internet, it's not clear what people in other parts of the world know or what language they use to describe gender and sexual orientations in their own culture). She talks about her trust issues being at the root of why she’s so inexperienced with relationships, originating with a sexual assault when she was 6, which is understandable. But, I’m sorry, it’s so not interesting to read about someone figuring out how relationships work. She literally explains that people spending time with each other can learn about each other and, over time, develop feelings of affection for one another that can be called “love”.This book is less a tale of events than an essay about the search for love. One event does get narrated, a sexual assault that occurred when she was eight, and this stands out, but almost nothing else really happens except a remarkable focus on her identity in various nodes. The "triggering" event for Nagata is attending--for the first time!--a friend's wedding, and wondering why she can't have that, too, this love thang. She had doubted it really existed, sent a query out to her internet followers, who confirmed that yes, indeed, love is possible. In this gritty isekai a group of strangers must work together after they all suddenly wake up with amnesia in a fantasy world. The characters are so well developed that you get highly invested in them and are truly afraid for their survival. She also discovers (thankfully before she has any) that having kids doesn’t necessarily solve all family problems automatically, which, again, duh, but to her, of course, was a lightbulb moment. I think she’s in her 30s.