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A Manga for the Transgender Soul: Rumiko Takahashi’s Ranma 1/2

The legendary mangaka Rumiko Takahashi’s birthday is October 10, and as it approaches, I thought it might be a great time to chat about my favorite Takahashi manga: Ranma 1/2.

For me, Ranma 1/2 was more than a coming-of-age experience—it was an epiphany. This work not only challenged so many prevailing (and rather depressing) thoughts and philosophies about being trans—but did so as a manga.

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Meet Lan, the Donut Maker in Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars

The lives of three women—Katrina, Shizuka, and Lan—become entangled by chance and fate in Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure publishing September 28th with Tor Books. From the author:

Lan is my favorite character because she’s just so darn sweet. She has survived both personal tragedy and loss on a galactic scale, yet she has never failed in her duties to her family and station. And though such rigidity might have stunted her emotional growth, it has also kept her in some ways as innocent as a child. And yet, this child needs to be mother and captain to her entire family. I love Lan.

We’re thrilled to share an excerpt below—meet Lan, or check out the previous two excerpts!

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Meet Shizuka, the Music Teacher in Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars

The lives of three women—Katrina, Shizuka, and Lan—become entangled by chance and fate in Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure publishing September 28th with Tor Books. From the author:

Shizuka is my favorite character because I identify with her. I look at my past relations, and for each I have entire symphonies of full of regret. Shizuka is torn between the damnation she knows she brings, and letting herself exist and hope, anyway. With every breath, Shizuka recalls lost love, forgotten sonatas and ever-present regret…and still she tries to make herself beautiful for the music yet to come.

We’re thrilled to share an excerpt below—meet Shizuka, and check back later this week for additional excerpts!

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Meet Katrina, the Violin Prodigy in Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars

The lives of three women—Katrina, Shizuka, and Lan—become entangled by chance and fate in Ryka Aoki’s Light From Uncommon Stars, a defiantly joyful adventure publishing September 28th with Tor Books. From the author:

Katrina is my favorite character because although she is a young trans woman fleeing trauma and abuse, she still yearns to find a way to express who she is, and the music she contains. She may deny herself, and even sell herself to survive, but she is always aware of her music, and she has never lost the hope that her music will guide her home.

We’re thrilled to share an excerpt below—meet Katrina, and check back later this week for additional excerpts!

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