Welcome to this particularly rich volume of Mutual Images.
This Editorial is composed jointly by Marco Pellitteri, Mutual Images journal’s Editor-in-chief, and our esteemed colleague Herb L. Fondevilla, who operates from Aoyama Gakuin University in T?ky?, Japan.
Herb and Marco’s research paths have crossed figuratively as well as literally on several occasions during the years in which she (for more than ten years now) and he (for more than five) have been living in Japan. Herb was working at the University of Tsukuba until the beginning of 2017—when she obtained her current position in T?ky?—and Marco was conducting research as a research fellow at K?be University from 2013 to 2018. Our many shared academic interests have naturally generated several opportunities to meet at different events, such as when we first met in January 2015 at a well-organised international symposium on the aesthetics and cultural studies of manga and anime at Ateneo de Manila University, in the Philippines, and at subsequent venues held at various Japanese universities.
It is therefore with pleasure that [...]