Japanese anime and manga have been acknowledged internationally for crossing over nations and cultures. They are accepted in different ways depending on the context in which they appear. In some cases, Japanese anime and manga are highly appreciated as exceeding the range of subculture, and sometimes they are perceived as plain trash. In this context, Multiple Spirits wanted to consider manga and anime from a queer and feminist perspective. The following interview is a conversation between Pato Wiesauer, who is working as an artist focused on queer and feminist subjects, based in Vienna and Mai Endo, a Japanese performance artist challenging how feminism is being portrayed in Japan. Both have been influenced by Japanese manga and anime as well as fashion culture since their childhood, and this influence leads them their practices as artists. The interview was held at cafe Lazy life which hosts art events and talks.
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