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There’s Something About Night Vale

If you are a citizen of the internet - and especially if you are a Tumblr user - you have picked up on the...

Doujinshi: Distinctly Japanese

There are many expressions of fandom that cross genres and cultures - fan fiction, fan art, even cosplay.  But there is one form in...

Anime Neverland

One of the challenges of liking anime is having to sometimes admit that you prefer cartoons to more "grown up" forms of entertainment.  And...

Who Got Cultural Studies In My Fandom?

Bendições from Brazil!  By the time this post goes live, I will have been in this lovely country for two whole weeks, and will...

Evolution of an Otaku: Conflict of Identity

If you had asked me at the age of fourteen if I considered myself an otaku, I would have raised one snarky eyebrow at...

Hidden Treasures: Review of a Manga Reference Book

Used bookstores are veritable treasure troves, as I'm sure many Amazing Stories readers will agree.  Digging through the shelves and piles of every type...

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...

That Fighting Spirit! Yankees, Bad Boys, and Yakuza

Girls just love a bad boy, right?  At least that's what we're led to believe in Western media.  But I've never been into the...

Slice-Of-Life and the Open Ending

I have noticed a trend in newer anime in the last few months: The completely open-ended conclusion.  To be fair, anime stories have always...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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 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,...

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. ...

Punk Rock Queen: A Nana Review

I would like to come forward with a confession: throughout most of college, I largely had to put my anime love on hiatus -...

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...

Cat Heaven: Neko-sama in Animanga

There is a small fishing island in Japan, Tashirojima, which has been dubbed "cat heaven" because of the phenomenal amount of stray cats living...

Adding the Human Element: An Interview With Juliet

All right, so I've given you all some abstract thoughts about the anime world, and I've even thrown in a review.  But I think...

Jazz and Drama: A Kids on the Slope Review

Even casual fans of anime have heard of Cowboy Bebop, the jazziest, classiest, most sophisticated space opera anime to ever be created (whoops, my...

In Fear Of Dub: How Should You Watch Your Anime?

Ever since foreign film and television have become popular in the English-speaking world (and title cards were a thing of the past, of course),...

Anime Mondays with Morgana! An Introduction

Happy Monday, everybody!  I’m very excited to be joining the Amazing Stories Magazine blogging staff.  Every week, I’ll be posting something new, mostly focusing...