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 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,...

Anime roundup 5/26/2013: In the Long Run We Are All Dead

Hunter x Hunter #80 - The Chimera Ant queen has just collected the brain of a man so misanthropic that he founded an...

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...

Anime roundup 5/19/2013: Ant Misbehavin’

Space Brothers #57 - Everyone caught that piko-piko is the Japanese onomatopoeic equivalent to "beep", right? So we all know how the author...

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...

Anime roundup 5/12/2013: Failure Analysis

First, some big news for those of you in Spain and Portugal: Crunchyroll expanded its offerings for you as of May 9th. The specific...

Interview – The Amazing Art of Anja Uhren

I met Anja Uhren recently at an Easter egg painting event. She was casually painting a face on an off-cut of card and I...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Zachary Clemente

Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

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...

Anime roundup 5/3/2013: Photoeugenic

Hunter x Hunter #77 - Giant ants! Giant mutant intelligent ants! Giant intelligent ants which eat people and then practice Lamarckian evolution! I expect...

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,...

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...

The Beautiful Tiny Worlds of Animated Music Videos

  Music videos are a strange amalgamation of variant creative forces merging together, all too often used to further market or popularize a song with...

Anime roundup 4/28/2013: Tribal knowledge

Hunter x Hunter #76 - Hunter x Hunter was previously adapted for TV in 1998-1999 for a series that ran to the middle of...

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...

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...

Anime Roundup 4/21/2013: Fee Fi, Ho Hum

More international streaming sites have announced their spring simulcasts, and I'm afraid it looks like the entire world will get to see a couple...

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...

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...

Anime roundup 4/14/2013: This Will Be on the Test

A big stack of first looks this week, and then it'll be time to make decisions about what to add for the regular weekly...

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...

Anime roundup 4/7/2013: Stop the World, I Want To Get Off

First, a little awards news: Nominees for the Seiun for Best Media (roughly equivalent to Hugo nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation) include two anime...

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...

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,...

Spring 2013 Anime Preview

Every three months, like clockwork, Japanese TV remakes itself. A bunch of shows end, a bunch more start, and many continuing series bring out...

Anime roundup 3/31/2013: You Are In a Maze of Twisty Little...

From the New World, end - If there has been one theme running through every episode of From the New World from the beginning,...

The Pros and Cons of Comicon

It is the day before the first day of spring. As I sit in my office chair, working at my computer, the giant snow...

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...

It’s Pretty – and Deadly: Horror Animanga

Any of my friends could tell you how much I hate horror movies.  Whether it's the hack-and-slash or the jump-out-and-terrify, I'm not into it. ...