Anime

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 »

Slice-Of-Life and the Open Ending

Slice-Of-Life and the Open Ending

I have noticed a trend in newer anime in the last few months: The completely open-ended conclusion.  To be fair, anime stories have always had a different flavor to their endings than Western cartoons, in my experience; seldom is everything wrapped u... Read More »

Anime roundup 6/2/2013: Graduation Day

Anime roundup 6/2/2013: Graduation Day

Hunter x Hunter #81 – Watch that fight scene in isolation, and it’s just another case of insanely exaggerated martial arts. But watch it with the weight of 80 previous episodes of struggling and training, and it’s amazing. We’... Read More »

Pretty Soldiers: Hotaru Tomoe

Pretty Soldiers: Hotaru Tomoe

Hotaru Tomoe is abused by her father. She suffers from an illness that leaves her breathless, weak and wracked with pain. She is picked on by her classmates. Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are planning to murder her. Her magical senshi power is to ... Read More »

The Trouble With Definitions; or, Not All Anime Fans Watch Hentai

The Trouble With Definitions; or, Not All Anime Fans Watch Hentai

[Author’s Note: The following post discusses hentai, which is a type of animated pornography.  No lewd images are present; however, there is a link to an erotic woodblock print.  The author asks that readers use their discretion.] Last week, my... Read More »

East vs. West: Comic Book Showdown

East vs. West: Comic Book Showdown

Though my position here, such as it is, is that of “anime blogger,” I think that my real interest in media from the Land of the Rising Sun is comic books, otherwise known as manga.  Despite being exposed to Western comics fairly early on ... Read More »

The Real Manga Blues: A “Me and the Devil Blues” Review

The Real Manga Blues: A “Me and the Devil Blues” Review

Of all the potential stories to succeed phenomenally in manga form, not many people expect a story centering around blues music in the deep American South to qualify.  Even less likely is a story about blues great Robert Johnson – the black man... Read More »

Hayao Miyazaki and Epic Fantasy

Hayao Miyazaki and Epic Fantasy

Since taking on this blogging position, I have been struggling to find works that would appeal to the audience that Amazing Stories has, particularly those who are interested in fantasy.  I would categorize a large majority of anime and manga works a... Read More »

5 More Anime and Manga Titles for HBO to Adapt

5 More Anime and Manga Titles for HBO to Adapt

Between Game of Thrones and the planned American Gods series, HBO has been drinking deeply from the Nerd Money well. This is, of course, part of that much-discussed wave of geek culture we’ve seen ripple across mass media lo these past ten year... Read More »

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 »

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