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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

The Fallen Magical Girl and the Crisis of Adolescence

The Fallen Magical Girl is a trope as endemic to the mahou shoujo genre as the transformation sequence.  Though she once swore fealty to...

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...

The story so far: Space Brothers

Hello there! I'm going to be doing weekly discussions of current sf anime episodes and previews of upcoming shows in this slot. Since we're...

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...

I, Shebot

If this photo gives you the creeps, congratulations, you may be human. But in another few years, it may not be so easy to tell. And as usual, science fiction is largely to blame.

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...