Anime

Evolution of an Otaku: Conflict of Identity

Evolution of an Otaku: Conflict of Identity

If you had asked me at the age of fourteen if I considered myself an otaku, I would have raised one snarky eyebrow at you and said, “Obviously.”  And it was pretty obvious, too, what with my too-big anime T-shirts and the constant presenc... Read More »

One Thousand Posts

One Thousand Posts

Today Amazing Stories achieves a milestone in publishing its 1,000th post (and then some!) When this project first began – the resurrection of the world’s first science fiction magazine – I had high hopes, huge ambitions and a treme... Read More »

Hidden Treasures: Review of a Manga Reference Book

Hidden Treasures: Review of a Manga Reference Book

Used bookstores are veritable treasure troves, as I’m sure many Amazing Stories readers will agree.  Digging through the shelves and piles of every type of book imaginable is a bibliophile’s dream especially when it doesn’t break th... Read More »

Anime roundup 6/21/2013: The Great Chain of Beating

Anime roundup 6/21/2013: The Great Chain of Beating

Hunter x Hunter #84 – One of the recurring features of shōnen series is a tendency to look at characters exclusively through who they can and can’t defeat in a fight. The shōnen world can be arranged like the early zoological idea of the... Read More »

Characters: Faye Valentine From Cowboy Bebop

Characters: Faye Valentine From Cowboy Bebop

My last article talked about Spike from Cowboy Bebop. I decided to write this week’s article on Bebop’s other fan-favorite character, Faye Valentine.   Originally a theif who trusts no one, Faye becomes an important – if annoying &#... Read More »

The Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

The Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

There are some artists who leave a lasting impression on every life their work touches.  I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Hayao Miyazaki is one of those artists; I know that his work has been with me since I was about eight ... Read More »

Michiko to Hatchin is the Best Anime You’ve Never Watched

Michiko to Hatchin is the Best Anime You’ve Never Watched

Michiko to Hatchin is as good as Cowboy Bebop. There, I said it. It’s also as good as Serial Experiments Lain and Neon Genesis Evangelion, but Bebop is the important comparison here. Did you enjoy the interplay we saw between Eastern and Wester... Read More »

That Fighting Spirit! Yankees, Bad Boys, and Yakuza

That Fighting Spirit! Yankees, Bad Boys, and Yakuza

Girls just love a bad boy, right?  At least that’s what we’re led to believe in Western media.  But I’ve never been into the bad boy trope myself (we are momentarily excluding Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Spike for a moment here... Read More »

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

I was recently in London – less than a week ago to be exact – and had the great pleasure of once again attending another MCM Expo at the Excel Centre in east London. It was amazing! The figures have not been released on attendance yet, but this was m... Read More »

Characters: Spike Spiegel

Characters: Spike Spiegel

Ask someone to name the most important SF anime of all time, and chances are they’ll say Cowboy Bebop. It’s hard to argue. The sometimes-drama-sometimes-comedy about spacefaring bounty hunters had most of what you could want. Great anima... Read More »

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