Today In “Things I Knew I Never Needed”: HP Lovecraft in an Anime

I was minding my business, looking at Funimation’s website to find out what upcoming anime series I can watch a single episode of and then never finish when I clicked on their link for folks to “Meet The New Faces Of Bungo Stray Dogs, Season 2” and saw none other than …

Howard Philips “So Racist I Named My Cat A Racial Slur and So Bad At Writing That I Only Achieved Serious Fame Posthumously and Had To Eat Beans” Lovecraft.

He — or a character representing him in some wildly inaccurate capacity in the context of this weird show I only watched two episodes of — is a new face in Bungo Stray Dogs’ second season and I am AMUSED.

Homeboy’s out here looking like a rather cadaverous bishonen.

I hate Lovecraft like I’ve hated few others (and one day will travel back in time to beat his pasty ass) but… I almost want to watch this series to see how ridiculous this is going to be.

If you want to see Lovecraft as a zombie bishonen (basically). check under the cut!

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(Finally, I’m a tiny bit grouchy because Bungo Stray Dogs seems to skip right over the Harlem Renaissance as a thing that matters and was responsible for a ton of brilliant literary works by amazing authors they could’ve slipped into the series with all of the other American authors the series uses from the same period.

I know the mangaka obviously isn’t from the US/UK but it’s a testament to how white the accepted literary canon in the West is that the creator of BSD got Twain, Hawthorn, and a bunch of other white folks but like… no one from the Harlem Renaissance…)

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Zina writes about comics, nerd history, and ridiculous romance novels when not working frantically on her first collection of short stories and complaining about stuff. One day, she'll settle down and write that novel.
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