A cute BL manga with an old-school rom-com feel? You just know we had to “go for it!” 

That’s right, just in time to commemorate the 5th anniversary of its conclusion and the recent release of its sequel, we recorded a retrospective of Syundei’s retro-feeling BL rom-com Go For It, Nakamura with freelance writer extraordinaire Anthony Gramuglia! 

Touted for being a comfy and queer throwback to 80s manga romcoms, we discuss the thoughtfulness and sincerity of Nakamura’s depictions of queer sexuality, making connections and forming relationships with other people, and being unafraid to be yourself. There’s a lot of nuance and depth to how Nakamura depicts and reflects on exploring queer identity through the consumption and creations of art, so don’t judge a book just by its cover memes! Nakamura is a story about being unafraid to vocalize your desires and express who you are, and we certainly don’t shy away from relating how resonant this series was for us, though maybe Lum reveals a little too much about how intensely they mirror Nakamura’s love of octopuses…


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PODCAST BREAKDOWN:

00:22 – Intro & Show Description
02:40 — Our FMA Analysts Guest Spot! 

07:23 – Introducing Anthony
10:37 – Introducing Nakamura
15:08 – Nakamura’s Sexuality
16:20 – Anthony’s Perspective on Nakamura as a Rom-Com
20:30 – Nakamura & Hirose’s Relationship
22:40 – The Octopus as a Metaphor for Queerness
28:54 – Great Teacher Otogiri
29:50 – Nakamura in Contrast to Classic Rom-Coms & BL
35:44 – Nakamura as a Wholesome Queer Rom-Com
40:46 – Nakamura as a Queer Fantasy
43:11 – Exploring Queer Identity Through Art
51:18 – The Meaningfulness of Positive, Sincere Queer Stories
55:55 – Nakamura’s Cover
56:45 – Nakamura’s Thoughtful Commentary on Queer Experiences
58:44 – Focus on Friendship & Acceptance
1:00:58 – Final Thoughts on Nakamura
1:03:56 – Nakamura as a Lens to the Diversity of BL
1:07:04 – Teachers, Threats, & Traumas
1:13:39 – Women in Nakamura
1:16:20 – Q&A: “Thoughts on the Octopus Motif as used in Nakamura?”
1:18:00 – Q&A: “Where did the Nakamura Cover Meme Come From?”
1:20:20 – Anthony’s Sign-Off & Plugs

1:23:21 – Community Shout-Outs

1:35:00 – Wrap-Up 

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.