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London Expo: October, 2013

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London Expo October, 2013

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

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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

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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 III: The Titilating Terror of Junji Ito

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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...

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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

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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...

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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

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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.

The Geek Test: What’s Your Score?

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I believe people of all types should be able to join in geek events and have fun whether they're sufficiently geek credentialed or not, but I wondered how one might one go about quantitatively evaluating "geekiness"

Review – Anime by Colin Odell & Michelle Le Blanc

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Anime is not intended as a definitive guide, but as wide ranging introduction to the field. Even so, seasoned anime watchers will find the book valuable for the opinions expressed

News That Can’t Wait For Sunday: the (Free) SBC Geek...

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SBC Geek Festival August 25th Cultural Center Neighborhood Baeta Neves. Plaza St. Joseph, s / n º, Baeta Neves.

Nobody Goes It Alone: Best Friends Make Anime Better

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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!)

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Back in March, the studio Animation Do released a trailer for a nameless anime about a group of hunky male swimmers.  The trailer caught...

Who Killed My Little Pony?

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I used to play with My Little Ponies. I hated dolls, kept my hair short, wouldn't wear dresses, but even I was susceptible to...

Doujinshi: Distinctly Japanese

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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

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

Wonder Woman’s Foreign Successors

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I’ve been reading Mike Madrid’s The Supergirls, a really fantastic look at  the history of superheroines in mainstream American comics. I just reached the 1970s,...

CHARACTERS: Rintaro Okabe of Steins;Gate

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Just so you all know, I didn't intend this series to feature so many anime characters. I wanted to talk about the characters from...

Who Got Cultural Studies In My Fandom?

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

Anime roundup 7/12/2013: The World Is Illusion

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It's season premiere time, so let's set aside the continuing shows for a week to look at new stuff. (Space Brothers is taking the...

Weeaboos of the Renaissance

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Weeaboos? Weeaboos? If you don't know what a weeaboo is, you probably aren't one. If you'd rather be quite sure, visit this link and play...

Gunbuster: Adventures in Shonen Tropes

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Studio Gainax veteran Hiroyuki Imaishi has been in the news lately for his upcoming project, Kill La Kill, which reminded me--I've been meaning to write...

Characters: Jet Black frmo Cowboy BeBop

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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...

Evolution of an Otaku: Conflict of Identity

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

One Thousand Posts

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Today Amazing Stories achieves a milestone in publishing its 1,000th post (and then some!) When this project first began - the resurrection of the world's...

Hidden Treasures: Review of a Manga Reference Book

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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...

Anime roundup 6/21/2013: The Great Chain of Beating

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Hunter x Hunter #84 - One of the recurring features of shōnen series is a tendency to look at characters exclusively through who...

Characters: Faye Valentine From Cowboy Bebop

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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 Lasting Impact of Miyazaki’s Princess

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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...

Michiko to Hatchin is the Best Anime You’ve Never Watched

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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...