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April Nostalgia for the Land of the Rising Sun

Morgana explores the wide-ranging consequences of watching anime. Cue the Vapors.

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

When A Hobby Becomes An Identity

Morgana does the self-observational thing regarding her fannishness: I am happy in my self-awareness and my obsessiveness and my over-thinking-it-ness. I am happy to live partially in my head...

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.

Thank You, Hayao Miyazaki

As we grow older, we are forced to accept the fact that those people who helped to form our childhood are also getting older. We are made to understand that being influential does not make one immortal, at least not in a literal sense. And so, thousands of people the world over are slowly coming to terms with the fact that Hayao Miyazaki is truly, truly retiring this time.

Why Hollywood Needs to Stay Out of Anime (At Least For...

Media apologists everywhere would have you believe that Hollywood only runs the way that it does because of this concept called "marketability." We could never have Asian-American headliners in an Akira movie because we don't have enough big-name Asian-American actors. We can't keep the integrity of the original story because it's not culturally significant to an American audience. God forbid a movie challenge an audience's perspective on another culture or give them an insight into how other parts of the world react to certain situations

Where (Comic Book) Art Meets Philosophy: A 1000 Ideas By 100...

A review of the art book: 1,100 Ideas By 100 Manga Artists

A Year With Amazing Stories: My Anime Blogiversary!

Morgana Santilli reflects on a year of posts and blogging. Happy Blogiversary!

Is the Anime Renaissance Upon Us?

An examination of the world of anime in its current state and with its current offerings.

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

Religious figures and anime make for a provocative mix.

What Were You Expecting, Baby?

A look at criticism of Space Dandy and some thoughts with relation to Cowboy Bebop.

Dandy Delivers the Goods, Baby

A look at Space Dandy, a new anime series.

Satoshi Kon and Christmas Miracles

You may have heard of the famous Japanese directors Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki. You should have heard of Satoshi Kon - and now you will....

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.

Itadakimasu! The Significance of Food In Anime

Can wisdom be found in a ramen noodle shop? Fans, Anime and Food collide - but there's no need to call in Senator Blutarsky.

Characters That Will Always Remain

Is anime a way for some of us to retain our childhood fancies? Or do we recognize ourselves in the characters we've chosen to admire? Morgana Santilli discusses her reasons for her favorite characters when she was younger and how her preference have changed with growing up.

RWBY: The Anime-Inspired Webseries I Can’t Stop Talking About

Morgana Santilli talks about what makes RWBY a great animated series, and webseries.

Consider the Magical Girl

With the Sailor Moon relaunch just a few months away, I seem to be seeing an onslaught of magical girls in the media.

Dubbing Gone Wrong: Americanization, Racism, and Willful Ignorance

It is extremely difficult, as a creator of any sort, to escape your culture.

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part VI (and Final): The Scariest Characters Make...

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.

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. As I briefly mentioned in my post last week, the Japanese have a very rich and far-reaching pantheon of spooks. The majority of these ghosts and their stories grew out of the Edo period (1603-1867; thus why a show like Mononoke asserts itself as particularly Japanese horror), and ghost stories with a certain antiquated style to them, or an air of the past, are usually referred to as kaiden (mysterious or strange recited narrative), whereas more modern horror stories would simply be called hora (a Japanization of "horror").

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part IV: Anime Horror At Its Finest

The time has finally come for me to attempt to review a series that I can find zero fault with, a series which is pure perfection. I touched upon it briefly, months ago, in my post "It's Pretty - And Deadly: Horror Animanga." But it's finally time for a full review of Toei Animation's Mononoke.

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

Do you like your comics with heavy inking? With a bit of body horror? With gruesome forays into the darkest parts of the human...

Ooky Spooky Animanga Part II: The Everlasting Impact of Kiki’s Delivery...

I don’t think there’s a single thing I dislike about Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service

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!

What Mecha Did For Me; Or, I’m An Anime Writer Because...

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.

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 continue to spring forth.

Drawing Classes with DC Pro Jack Purcell

I would be lying outright if I said that I didn't have a lot of respect for the profound effect of Western comics and their history on society

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.

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...