Have You Heard About Anime Jesus?: A Saint Young Men Review

Religious figures and anime make for a provocative mix.

Crossplay and Gender-bending Cosplay

Crossplay: who says Captain America has to be a guy? Who says that only girls can dress up as Black Widow?

Top 20 Vampires in Books & Literature

With so many vampires (vampyres) to choose from, you're bound to find one that tastes just right!

STUDIO GHIBLI, TAKE 2: PONYO and THE RED TURTLE

Hey, Rocky, watch me pull movie reviews out of my hat! This week Steve goes back to the subject of a 2015 column: Studio Ghibli, which has continued releasing movies without even asking him! Are they good movies? Good?—just watch (er, read)!

Debunking Lolita Fashion and the American Otaku Myth

A very prevalent facet of anime is the adorable female character, and the concept of "lolicon" and "Lolita," which are actually separate ideas.  Regardless...

Spring 2019 SF Anime Preview

Spring means another big helping of new anime heading our way, so let's run down the menu and see what looks good.

Novedades de Mayo en Hispanoamérica

Author and genre news from Peru, Chile, Mexico and Argentina

Yoshihiro Togashi and Growth As A Creator

A look at Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi in comparison with his other major manga-turned-anime, Yu Yu Hakusho

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

Last week, my roommate posted this Nerd 101 video on my Facebook wall and asked, "How did they do with their explanation?"  The video,...

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...

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...

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...

What’s new with South Korean science fiction? 

There are new platforms! America has graphic novels; Japan has anime; and South Korea has web comics. Web-based comics known as ‘webtoons’ are...

An Homage To Feminine Male Characters (And The Women Who Voice...

It has long been a fascination that the shonen manga industry has allowed male characters who are not typically masculine to be interesting, complex, and relatable characters, as well as allowing women to take on the roles of young men.

Novedades de Agosto en Hispanoamérica

Libros Editorial Bisonte y WhaltariBooks presentaron el 1 de agosto la novela “Nosocomium" del escritor Christ Gutiérrez-Rodríguez (Premio Copé de Oro, 2012). Los comentarios estuvieron...

Anime roundup 7/18/2019: Know When To Hold ‘Em

In this week's viewing: The rest of the summer premieres, plus some second looks.

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...

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,...

Meme Me Up, Scotty

I recently got to thinking about all the little posts that people put on Facebook and what others reply. Now, I have quite a...

Why “I Don’t Like Anime” Doesn’t Really Make Sense

Morgana Santilli discusses etiquette of how to say you aren't interested in anime, and the prejudice you show in saying you don't like anime.

Anime As An Art Form

One of the greatest things that anime ever did for me was give me the desire to create.  I was a really bookish kid,...

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...

Anime roundup 7/11/2019: On the Road Again

In this week's viewing: Time to pack our bags and head out for another new season's premieres.

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...

Characters: Jet Black frmo Cowboy BeBop

Rounding out the characters from Cowboy Bebop, we end with Jet Black, the Black Dog. Yes, there's still Ed, but what else can be...

Anime roundup 5/16/2019: The Ladies Vanish

In this week's viewing: Midnight Occult Civil Servants and Demon Slayer both tackle supernatural kidnapping sprees, RobiHachi finds a planet with a surprising gender balance, and more!

Anime roundup 11/15/2018: Second Acts

In this week's viewing: JoJo and Zombie Land Saga have the deets on characters' old careers, and more!

Cosplay vs. Inspirations, Side-by-side Comparisons

Being a member of several groups that enjoy cosplay, costuming, etc., does give access to a world of lively discussions. One recent discussion which...

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...

The Howl of Family: A Review of Wolf Children

To smile through any hardship is a commendable virtue for anyone to have.  Continuing to do so while having to raise two half-human, half-wolf...