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I recently defended my SSHRC funded PhD thesis, “Manga, Murder and Mystery: Investigating the Revival of the Boy Detectives in Japan’s Lost Decade” in Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. In short, my thesis examines Japanese manga that adapt, or are influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and his Baker Street Irregulars, and Edogawa Rampo’s Boys’ Detective stories. Specifically, my thesis re-centers discourses of nation and identity to youth itself, exploring the revival of what I call shōnen tantei manga, or the boy detective tradition in manga during the 1990s and early 2000s, in relation to the discursive formation of juvenile delinquents at the time. In Winter 2017, I designed and taught my dream course entitled “Sherlock Holmes & the Transcultural Imagination” at the University of Alberta, which I won in a department competition. I'm a former member of Edmonton’s Sherlockian Society, The Wisteria Lodgers, and currently the newest board member of The Bootmakers of Toronto: The Sherlock Holmes Society of Canada. If I wasn't a scholar, I think, I'd most likely be a sleuth. 

Primarily, my research focuses on adaptations of literary classics in contemporary Japanese visual culture, encompassing graphic narratives and video games. As a comparativist, I often explore transnational and transcultural aspects of these media forms through various methods and approaches. As a feminist scholar, I’m passionate about exploring questions of gender inequality within games cultures and industries, and I’m currently doing research with Dr. Rockwell (U of A) and his team that builds on my previous work on women and game development. For more info about about my research interests, see my monthly blog!

I was born in Miyagi, Japan but immigrated to Canada when I was 11-months-old. I've lived in Ontario for the majority of my life. I'm a bilingual speaker of Japanese and English and I'm currently studying to achieve Level 5 proficiency in Mandarin Chinese with Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì  (HSK)  and preparing to write the Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF). I also have a purple sash in Mantis Style Kung Fu from the Niagara Kung Fu Academy. I'm a self-proclaimed foodie (@mimirellaz) and collect anything related to Sherlock Holmes and Aoyama Gōshō’s Meitantei Konan--I currently have up to 95 volumes of the original manga series and counting! You can also find me on twitter.

It's my dream one day to visit the Gōshō Aoyama Manga Factory!