Triumph of the School Girl

Simpler times.

by Keenan Thompson


The shojo genre was originally aimed at young, Japanese girls. Shojo kai was the first of a series of girls’ magazine’s begun in the early Meiji era as an attempt to increase the literacy rate. Soon after these magazines’ birth, short, comic manga strips surfaced. Usually the story followed the lines of some inept female heroine being rescued by a handsome man, but for a long time, shojo romance was taboo. Eventually the taboo of shojo romance was overcome and the genre became redefined by it. The stories, however, keep the same form of a girl waiting to be saved. [Read more…]

Keenan Thompson

I wanna be the very best.

Boku wa Keenan desu. I’ve liked Japan and its exports since Pokemon. I captured them all, but they captured my heart. Since Pokemon I’ve indulged in an anime or seven. I’ve always had an interest in martial arts. I started with karate. At some point I think Taekwon Do happened too, but I eventually graduated to kung fu because it was prettier. Sorry, Japan…and Korea. I’m a pretty big fan of Japanese music, namely: Nujabes, The Pillows, and Asobi Seksu.

I’m in my second year of Nihongo now. I love it because it’s almost as malleable as English in regard to slang, and the senseis are pretty sugoi. Since entering college I’ve taken every Japan-centered course I could, and I’ve learned a good bit. I hope to study abroad soon, so I want to learn as much as possible as hayaku as possible. For those of you who read and clicked to the end, here’s a picture of me as Jigglypuff.