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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 »

Punk Rock Queen: A Nana Review

Punk Rock Queen: A Nana Review

[Image from animedepot.net. Nana belongs to Ai Yazawa and Shueisha.] I would like to come forward with a confession: throughout most of college, I largely had to put my anime love on hiatus – not necessarily because I didn’t like it anym... Read More »

Debunking Lolita Fashion and the American Otaku Myth

Debunking Lolita Fashion and the American Otaku Myth

[Author’s Note: This article deals with defining the differences between Lolita fashion and the “lolita complex.”  As such, there is some discussion of sexuality and pedophilia, which may not be appropriate for children under a cert... Read More »

Cat Heaven: Neko-sama in Animanga

Cat Heaven: Neko-sama in Animanga

There is a small fishing island in Japan, Tashirojima, which has been dubbed “cat heaven” because of the phenomenal amount of stray cats living there – there are more cats than people! It sounds, to me, completely idyllic – wh... Read More »

The story so far: Space Brothers

Hello there! I’m going to be doing weekly discussions of current sf anime episodes and previews of upcoming shows in this slot. Since we’re going to be dropping right into the middle of a few series, I’ll start with a look at where ... Read More »

Adding the Human Element: An Interview With Juliet

Adding the Human Element: An Interview With Juliet

All right, so I’ve given you all some abstract thoughts about the anime world, and I’ve even thrown in a review.  But I think it’s fair to say that one of the most interesting things about any genre is the fans that love it.  In my ... Read More »

Jazz and Drama: A Kids on the Slope Review

Jazz and Drama: A Kids on the Slope Review

Image courtesy of crunchyroll.com Even casual fans of anime have heard of Cowboy Bebop, the jazziest, classiest, most sophisticated space opera anime to ever be created (whoops, my bias is showing).  Bebop’s director, Shinichiro Watanabe, and musical... Read More »

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