A Fox's Love
American Kitsune 1
February 28, 2014
The story of a boy, a fox, and a whole lot of ecchi…
Kevin Swift has the worst luck with women. It’s not that he’s unattractive or even unpopular. He just can’t talk to them. He blames it on all those Shōnen love comedies he enjoys watching. Fortunately, or unfortunately―depending on who’s asking―Kevin’s love life is about to start looking up.After saving a fox’s life Kevin discovers that he actually rescued a Kitsune, a shape-shifter capable of transforming into a beautiful girl who appears to have popped right out of the pages to a Shōnen manga. Her name is Lilian, and she apparently wants to mate with him.Between dealing with an overly amorous vixen’s zealous attempts at getting into his pants, his inability to talk to girls and school, Kevin is going to have his hands full.
I don't read manga but I watch the ocassional anime with my son. I thought BVarnell has a cool concept going on here so I thought I'd share it with you all!
Transcribing Anime and Manga into the Written Word
By Brandon Varnell
You must be wondering why in the heck I'm talking about this. Don't worry, all will be made clear soon.
As a young boy, I watched my first anime when I was... I wanna say 9 years old. It was Pokemon which, back in the day, was what all of us cool kids (I.E. nerds) watched. Actually, I still think it's an awesome show and I'm 26 now. I guess I just never grew up. Either way, after watching my first episode of Pikachu, that lovable yellow rodent, shocking the main protagonist Ash Ketchum with its electric powers, I was hooked. It was only a matter of time before I expanded my repertoire to include many other anime, and it wasn't long after picking up my love for anime that I discovered manga. Having spent over a decade nerding out, I have gained a large collection of anime and manga that I've watched/read.
What's this? You want me to get to the point? Well, I guess I could do that, though I do so love rambling.
Having discovered my love for writing several years ago whilst in college, and having absolutely zero talent for drawing or animating, it is no wonder that a lot of what I write has become a parody of anime and manga. A good portion of my stories have been inspired by the many stories I've seen through these two mediums; tales of ancient spirits and powerful gods, of giant fighting robots and aliens that shoot beams of Ki from their hands, of high school romances and off the wall comedy. Japanese storytelling vastly differs from traditional American storytelling. Everything, from the tropes used to the way stories unfold is so different from what Americans, and most other nations, are used to. As writer, that is what initially drew me into writing stories based on Japanese tropes instead of American ones. I wanted to do something unique.
Writing stories inspired by anime and manga means writing something different. You're not just telling a story filled with unusual tropes. You're telling a story using a different culture entirely. Beyond that, writing a story inspired by my many hours spent watching and reading stuff like Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Death Note, Code Geass and hundreds of other tales that you won't find in American culture brings a smile to my face and, hopefully, it will bring a smile to the faces of others as well.
Brandon Varnell first got into writing when he was in college. Before that, he wanted to be a video game designer—until he realized that he couldn't make a video game to save his life—and before that, he wanted to be a rock star—until he realized that sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll stopped being a thing in the 80s. His life has been filled with ups and downs and various moments of ADHD driven high-jinks. It wasn't until he discovered his love for writing that his mind gained the focus necessary to commit himself to something as a (hopefully) possible career choice.
When not sitting in front of his computer typing, he can usually be found watching anime or reading a variety of books, manga, and Japanese light novels. His favorite book series are The Dresden Files, Spice and Wolf, A Certain Magical Index, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Legend of Drizzt, Sword Art Online, Highschool DxD, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Ballad of a Shinigami. He also enjoys taking long walks on the beach, watching the sun set and... you're not even reading to this anymore, are you?
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