Reading Kosuke Fujishima’s classic manga rom-com Oh My Goddess! reminds me of watching one of my (many) favorite ’80s or early ’90s movies. To be specific, it reminds me of rewatching them now, as a 30-something.

First, there’s that familiar sense of wistful nostalgia. Oh, to be back in the simple days of big hair, shoulder pads, and scrunchies. Then, there’s an acute sense of embarrassment and discomfort as I look through those innocent dreams, and watch painful stereotypes play out. The media of my youth, stripped now of its trappings, awkward growing pains bare for all to see.

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