Covers Claudine by Riyoko Ikeda (it’s only one volume long!)
Though Riyoko Ikeda’s classic manga featuring a transgender protagonist originally came out in 1978, it was officially released for the first time in the US in the summer of 2018 (40 YEARS LATER!). S&T host Ashley asks Jocelyne Allen, the translator of Claudine (and many other manga), about the use of gender pronouns and other translation challenges with this work that's set in early 1900s France, originally published in 1970s Japan, now being translated for late 2010s America. Plus, Jocelyne and Ashley walk through Claudine’s three romances, ponder if queerness coupled with tragedy are implied to be cyclical, and take a gender quiz that begs the question: Could Claudine be a mech?
- Claudine is available in English from Seven Seas Entertainment
- Riyoko Ikeda is most well-known for The Rose of Versailles, which was licensed in America by Udon Entertainment in 2015 but as of the release of this podcast, has not been released.
- Other series Jocelyne edits/has edited that were mentioned: Requiem of the Rose King, That Blue Sky Feeling, My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and its sequel, My Solo Exchange Diary
- Jocelyne was on the Manga Machinations podcast to talk about My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and My Solo Exchange Diary
- The Poem of Wind and Trees by Keiko Takemiya and Kageki Shoujo!! by Kumiko Saiki are some of Jocelyne’s favorite shojo manga
- Takarazuka theater troupe
- FREE ONLINE GENDER QUIZ that you really must take
- The Magnificent 49ers
- To Terra... by Keiko Takemiya
- Wandering Son and Sweet Blue Flowers are other great LGBTQ+ manga from Takako Shimura
- My Darling Kitten Hair is a great boy’s love manga
- Fashion lesson: Here's what a muff is
- Seven Seas Entertainment’s link to their monthly manga license request form is in the upper right of their FAQ
- Outro song: “Like Swimming” by Broke for Free
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- Follow Jocelyne on Twitter @brainvsbook
- Find Jocelyne’s writings about books on her website
- See what other series Jocelyne has worked on
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