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Anime Fans! These Are 7 Influential Female Mangaka You Need To Know

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Japan is famous for its modern art, manga, and anime. Ever since the 1950s, Japan has been building and creating a specific artistic and narrative style through manga, a visual storytelling medium. For decades, manga has been telling any kind of the story of any genre for any age group.

Manga is enjoyed by people of all ages, from all over the world and some of the best mangas have been created by talented women. Even some of the shounen manga, which is traditionally made for young men, was created by the female mangaka.

Here is a list of the best female mangakas in the industry’s history:

1) Rumiko Takahashi (creator of Inuyasha)

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An absolute legend of the manga world, Rumiko Takahashi was born in Niigata, Japan, and has a fanbase of people from the entire world. Her biggest work, the long-running fantasy romance Inuyasha is still popular to this day. It began in 1996 until 2008.

Other than Inuyasha, Takahashi’s masterpieces, Ranma 1/2 and Maison Ikokku are well known too resulting in her as one of the hardest-working and highest-earning Japanese mangaka.

2) Hiromu Arakawa (creator of Full Metal Alchemist)

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Hiromu Arakawa or her pen name, Hiromi Arakawa, born in Hokkaido is the creator of the most celebrated shounen manga of all time, Full Metal Alchemist. She is also the original writer and artist of Brotherhood, the second anime adaptation of Full Metal Alchemist.

She began her manga career after moving to Tokyo in 1999 and now, she is a giant of the industry as Full Metal Alchemist will be remembered as one of the manga and anime world’s finest creations in history. The characters in Arakawa’s works defy genre tropes and gives something truly unique in the industry.

3) Natsuki Takaya (creator of Fruits Basket)

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This legendary manga series, Fruits Basket that ran from 1998 to 2006 has given Natsuki Takaya as one of the great mangakas of the last few decades.

The iconic manga was adapted into anime series in 2001 and recently in 2019, it was re-adapted into a more visually impressive anime. It tells the story of Toru Honda, a young woman who stays strong in the face of adversity. When this optimistic woman ends up living with the Soma family, she discovered that this family has a magical curse related to the animals of the Chinese zodiacs. From here, the story unfolds and balances well between tragedy and comedy.

4) Ichigo Takano (creator of Orange)

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The creator of Orange, Ichigo Takano is a very young manga artist that was born in Nagano. Her work, Orange, was adapted into a 13-episode anime series right before the manga wrapped. It was one of Japan’s most famous and hyped shoujo manga. The story follows a high school girl, Naho Takamiya who receives a letter written by her almost thirty-year-old self.

Born in Nagano and still very young for a manga artist of her renown and calibre, Ichigo Takano is the creator of Orange, a popular six-volume manga series which was adapted into a 13-episode anime series just before the manga wrapped. You can check out the complete collection here.

Due to the high school setting, this manga was a hit amongst high school and university students of Japan.

5) CLAMP (creator of Chobits and Cardcaptor Sakura)

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CLAMP, a group of stellar female manga artists and writers who were famous in the 90s. They started in the 80s with eleven members but as time passes, their numbers went down to four. The four remaining members, Nanase Okawa, Mokono Apapa, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Satsuki Igarashi were the writers of iconic manga such as Tokyo Babylon, Chobits, and Cardcaptor Sakura.

Cardcaptor Sakura was the one that gives CLAMP its legendary status. It was the trendsetter of the magical girl genre of shoujo manga that remains popular up to this day.

6) Kore Yamazaki (creator of The Ancient Magus Bride)

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A young rising star in the industry, Kore Yamazaki was born in Hokkaido in 1990. She has created The Ancient Magus Bride which is an ongoing manga series that began in 2013 and has been adapted into an anime.

Yamazaki is still writing and drawing the manga while the anime adaptation has finished. The Ancient Magus Bride tells a story about an orphan Japanese high school girl that was bought by an enormous demon-like British magus at an auction. It was a controversial series but it helps Yamazaki get her fame.

7) Fumiyo Kono (creator of In This Corner of the World)

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In This Corner of the World, a celebrated award-winning contemporary manga series by Fumiyo Kono was released in 2004. Another one of Kono’s popular manga series, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms is set in and around Hiroshima, alongside In This Corner of the World.

These two short historical masterpieces by Fumiyo Kono have both results in awards, accolades, adaptations, and universal praise for her. She is now one of modern Japan’s most inspiring manga artists.

Sources: Japan Objects

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YouTube Review: This Pilot Tells What Really Happened After Surviving Bermuda Triangle

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Bermuda Triangle has always been one of the world’s greatest mysteries. It is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico where more than dozen of ships and airplanes have been reported to disappear when passing through. Unsettling situations surround some of these accidents including the “Flight 19” case. A group of five U.S. Navy bombers disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle on December 5, 1945.

Posted by Ridddle on YouTube, the video shares about a pilot that ‘survived’ the Bermuda Triangle:

Beechcraft Bonanza, a single-engine aircraft had three passengers. The pilot, Bruce Gernon was on board with his business partner and his father. The flight was scheduled to fly from the Andros island to Miami beach on December 4, 1970, where the journey usually took one and a half hours. But on that day, they made it to Miami within 14 minutes.

The flight took off and was gaining altitude. As the aircraft reached 11,000 feet, Bruce saw a massive dark cloud ahead of them. It wasn’t the first time as he already managed to cut through some of it but it seems like the cloud was growing every minute. He had no choice but to move through the cloud, once again.

As the aircraft entered the gigantic dark cloud, everything went black. No single ray of sun was passing through. Bruce was confused with his situation as the weather was pretty normal without any sign of rain or thunderstorm so he was wondering where could the dark cloud come from. As he braces himself through the cloud, he witnessed a blaze of light that could be anything but a flash of lightning. Bruce kept on flying but the cloud never seemed to end until he saw a small light where he immediately flies his aircraft towards the end.

To his surprise, the exit hole felt like it was shrinking and his navigation instruments began to malfunction. Eventually, he managed to get out of the dark cloud. As everything went to its normal state, Bruce contacted the ground control to determine their location but it was impossible because his flight was not showing on the radar. Not long after, the dispatcher announced that the flight has reached Miami and they had a clean landing. The flight had a speed of 180 km per hour and it is impossible for them to make a trip in just 45 minutes.

It remained a mystery until today even after Bruce consulted the aeronautical engineers and professors to provide him an answer to his ‘teleportation’ puzzle. Today, Bruce has written his own documentation book titled ‘Beyond the Bermuda Triangle‘.

Sources: YouTube Ridddle, History

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YouTube Review: Be Excited Arianators! ‘The Voice’ Promo Is Out And Ariana Grande Is The New Coach

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Ariana Grande is actually an American singer and also actress. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career including two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards and 26 Guinness World Records. She is a successful icon known all over the world.

Recently, she has been selected to be the next brand new coach for the new season of ‘The Voice’. According to the website, ‘The Voice’ is an American singing competition television series broadcast on NBC. It premiered during the spring television cycle on April 26, 2011. It has aired twenty seasons and aims to find unsigned singing talent, solo or duets, professional and amateur contested by aspiring singers, age 13 or over that are drawn from public auditions.

Ariana Grande has brought out the lions, eagles, and also bears in a new promo for Season 21 of the reality singing competition. NBC has released the trailer for the upcoming season featuring Ariana Grande who is the latest addition to the series’ panel of celebrity coaches. The Grammy-winning singer joins coaches such as Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton and also John Legend.

In the month of March, it was announced that Ariana Grande would join Season 21 of ‘The Voice’ replacing singer Nick Jonas. She made a guest appearance on the show in the year of 2016, where she performed her hit song that is ‘Into You’. This is just one of Ariana Grande’s recent projects, including a string of live performances from her latest chart-topping album that would be the ‘Positions’ album.

In the promo, Ariana Grande swoops in wearing a gorgeous silver dress on a giant floating crescent moon to join her fellow judges around a campfire. The newbie then got encouraged to sing a song around the campfire, serenades the entire forest of furry critters with the Olivia Newton-John hit ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, from the film ‘Grease’, which also starred John Travolta.

Sources: YouTube Cometa Exótico.

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(Video) ‘BtoB’ Fans! Here Are 7 Best Songs That May Be Your Favorite!

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BtoB, the acronym for Born to Beat is a South Korean boy band debuted in 2012 by Cube Entertainment. The member of the band are Seo Eun-kwang, Lee Min-hyuk, Lee Chang-sub, Im Hyun-sik, Peniel Shin and Yook Sung-jae. Initially, there were 7 of them but one member, Jung Il-hoon departed from the group in December last year.

Ever since their debut, fans have been blessed with perfect pitched voices, smooth rap lines, and emotional songs. Their appearance on Kingdom: Legendary War has brought them to international attention where people finally appreciate not only their good looks but killer vocals. If you’re new to BTOB’s fandom called ‘Melody’, here are some hidden gems that you can add to your playlist.

1) “My Girl” – Press Play (2012)

While songs like “WOW” and “Press Play” from one of BtoB’s earlier albums, “Press Play” are famous, the song “My Girl” is not getting the recognition it deserves. This song is catchy and you’ll immediately feel the warmness of the melody in this specific song if you’re familiar with BtoB songs. Perfect for spring or summer vibe, this song will make you feel all good inside.

2) “Ello Ello” – Beep Beep (2014)

 

The backstory of this song is about confessing our feelings to the person we like. It’s cute, happy, and so hopeful. The beat is catchy, it will lift your spirits and get you up dancing afterward.

3) “Hope You’re Doing Fine” – Move (2014)

This is the perfect song to blast on when you’re wallowing over a breakup. It starts with Changsub’s smooth and soothing vocals and continued with Minhyuk’s rap line that will heal your soul. The whole song is written to those who have gone through or are going through heartbreak.

4) “Yes I Am” – New Men (2016)

 

This one is BtoB’s most empowering and motivating song! It will drive you to be productive and inspire you to do whatever you have on your list. The build-up that leads to the chorus is emotional and the chorus itself is amazing enough to bring you a big wave of feelings.

5) “Red Lie” – Brother Act (2017)

 

“Red Lie” tells the story of a lover who has lost interest in their partner. Although it suits well to be a slow song, it is actually a bit upbeat but the melody is still solemn and melancholy.

6) “My Lady” – Brother Act (2017)

The album “Brother Act” is famous for its hit song, “Missing You”, but the track right after which is “My Lady” is also a bop! The song starts with the smooth and angelic voice of Changsub, combined with Minhyuk’s rap line. The song is the perfect combination of heartfelt and heartbreak.

7) “About Time” – Feel’eM (2017)

As usual, most of BtoB’s songs are produced by the members themselves. “About Time” is not excluded. It was produced by Minhyuk and former member, Ilhoon. Everything about the song puts you right in the feels and you’ll have it on repeat! It starts with the mellow rap of Minhyuk and the song just get even better with the poetic lyrics.

Sources: Soompi, YouTube BTOB 비투비 (Official YouTube Channel) 

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