Anime

Art in Action: A Bakuman Review

Art in Action: A Bakuman Review

I spend a lot of time lately complaining about the state of anime and the series that have been created within the last five or so years.  In the course of this tirade, shounen manga has often been the main focus – mostly because the most popu... Read More »

Characters:  Clare of Claymore

Characters: Clare of Claymore

Claymore is one of the more interesting anime I’ve seen in a while. It’s a pretty standard story. Monsters, known as yoma, feed on humans, and the only ones who can defeat them are swords for hire known as Claymores. All Claymores are wom... Read More »

The Young Animators’ Project, and What We Can Hope For

The Young Animators’ Project, and What We Can Hope For

It has recently been brought to my attention that every year, the Japanese government pays a large sum of money to a handful of animation studios so that those studios will each produce a half-hour long piece, animated by their newest animators as a ... Read More »

Pretty Soldiers: Minako Aino

Pretty Soldiers: Minako Aino

Minako Aino revels in frivolity. She loves pop music and cake, she trades shoujo manga with her friends, she wants to be an idol singer someday. She loves fame and glamour and if she existed today, you can bet she’d be updating the official Sai... Read More »

Acceptance or Exploitation?

Acceptance or Exploitation?

Author’s Note: The following post will discuss depictions of sexuality in media. As such, content may not be acceptable for young children. Please read responsibly. In light of Zach’s recent post, I’ve decided to finally talk about ... Read More »

The Future of Manga Looks Dire

The Future of Manga Looks Dire

I tend to avoid bookstores these days – not because I’m opposed to them in any way; quite to the contrary, I have a ravenous book-owning addiction, and I prefer to remove temptation when possible.  But this past Thursday was my birthday, ... Read More »

Pretty Soldiers: Makoto Kino

Pretty Soldiers: Makoto Kino

The strength of characterization in Sailor Moon is, in my opinion, what has made it such an enduring series. When we were children, we chose our favorite and used her to represent who we were and who we hoped to be. And there was such a diversity of ... Read More »

Sex and the Senshi

Sex and the Senshi

(Author’s Note: This article deals with issues regarding sex and sexuality in a non-explicit manner. Regardless, it might not be safe for work.) Usagi, the titular character of Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon, is a great character. We watch her gro... Read More »

It’s Pretty – and Deadly: Horror Animanga

It’s Pretty – and Deadly: Horror Animanga

[Author’s warning: the following post contains images with some violent and/or graphic themes. Please proceed with caution.] Any of my friends could tell you how much I hate horror movies.  Whether it’s the hack-and-slash or the jump-out-... Read More »

The Fallen Magical Girl and the Crisis of Adolescence

The Fallen Magical Girl and the Crisis of Adolescence

The Fallen Magical Girl is a trope as endemic to the mahou shoujo genre as the transformation sequence.  Though she once swore fealty to ideals of love and justice, now she obeys only herself, or perhaps the whims of some dark master. Her altruism ha... Read More »

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