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Halloween in Japan

Halloween in Japan

In Japan, Halloween is pumpkins and ghosts, just as Christmas is Santas and reindeer. Read More »

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part VI (and Final): The Scariest Characters Make the Best Halloween Costumes

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part VI (and Final): The Scariest Characters Make the Best Halloween Costumes

The final installment of this year's Ooky Spooky Animanga series focuses on the best scary animanga character costumes, and how to put them together. Read More »

A Review of Flashback by Dan Simmons

A Review of Flashback by Dan Simmons

This book kicks posterior. It's a wild turbo-boosted ride through a shockingly plausible dystopia. Read More »

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part V: The Japanese Fascination with Spirits

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part V: The Japanese Fascination with Spirits

Every culture has its ghost stories. Here in the West, ours tend toward narratives depicting souls who died violent deaths and have returned to take revenge. Or perhaps we tell tales of those who have died too soon and only wish for eternal playmates... Read More »

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part III: The Titilating Terror of Junji Ito

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part III: The Titilating Terror of Junji Ito

[Note: The following post contains some images that are visually disturbing. It is recommended that the reader use caution.] Do you like your comics with heavy inking? With a bit of body horror? With gruesome forays into the darkest parts of the huma... Read More »

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part I: Vampires

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part I: Vampires

Autumn in New England serves to transport me immediately into a Halloween world - where one finds Vampires. In Anime! Read More »

What Mecha Did For Me; Or, I’m An Anime Writer Because of Space Robots

What Mecha Did For Me; Or, I’m An Anime Writer Because of Space Robots

I was deep into Gundam Wing starting in middle school, and it was the catalyst for me to start taking drawing and writing very seriously. Read More »

Animanga: Surprisingly Not A Man’s World

Animanga: Surprisingly Not A Man’s World

I am glad that I've never had to defend myself and what I love because of something so trivial as my gender expression. I can only hope that the entirety of fandom can grow to this point and further as dialogues surrounding hobbies and sexism conti... Read More »

Nobody Goes It Alone: Best Friends Make Anime Better

Nobody Goes It Alone: Best Friends Make Anime Better

This is the story of two little girls. They live down the street from each other, take the bus to school together, and are often mistaken for sisters. Read More »

Swimming Anime – Not Just Fan Service (Really!)

Swimming Anime – Not Just Fan Service (Really!)

Back in March, the studio Animation Do released a trailer for a nameless anime about a group of hunky male swimmers.  The trailer caught fire on the internet, with folks all over begging for an anime to follow.  In July of this year that anime, based... Read More »

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