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Morgana explores the wide-ranging consequences of watching anime. Cue the Vapors.
A look at Hunter x Hunter by Yoshihiro Togashi in comparison with his other major manga-turned-anime, Yu Yu Hakusho
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...
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.
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.
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
A review of the art book: 1,100 Ideas By 100 Manga Artists
Morgana Santilli reflects on a year of posts and blogging. Happy Blogiversary!
An examination of the world of anime in its current state and with its current offerings.
Religious figures and anime make for a provocative mix.
A look at criticism of Space Dandy and some thoughts with relation to Cowboy Bebop.
A look at Space Dandy, a new anime series.
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....
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.
Can wisdom be found in a ramen noodle shop? Fans, Anime and Food collide - but there's no need to call in Senator Blutarsky.
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.
Morgana Santilli talks about what makes RWBY a great animated series, and webseries.
With the Sailor Moon relaunch just a few months away, I seem to be seeing an onslaught of magical girls in the media.
It is extremely difficult, as a creator of any sort, to escape your culture.
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.
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").
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.
Do you like your comics with heavy inking? With a bit of body horror? With gruesome forays into the darkest parts of the human...
I don’t think there’s a single thing I dislike about Hayao Miyazaki’s 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service
Autumn in New England serves to transport me immediately into a Halloween world - where one finds Vampires. In Anime!
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.
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.
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
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.
Back in March, the studio Animation Do released a trailer for a nameless anime about a group of hunky male swimmers. The trailer caught...
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