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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...

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...

Weeaboos of the Renaissance

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...

Voice Net

This man foresaw the NSA scandal before cell phones were even invented. So why have you never heard of him? Blame the Japanese publishing industry--which makes Westeros look like the Oneida Community.

Erring On the Side Of Love: A Review of The Melancholy...

Catherynne M. Valente's new collection teems with floating lanterns and fox spirits, gods and baku and bears and animated calligraphy brushes, all revolving around the recurrent figure of a Western woman dreaming about a country she can never quite reach, even when she's there.

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...

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

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...

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...

ASM Blog Horde Interview with Felicity Savage

Welcome to the Amazing Stories BLOG HORDE INTERVIEWS! The ASM Blog Horde is a diverse and wonderful species. I have the privilege of talking with all...

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...

Your Majesty, I’m So Over You

Ranks and titles are powerful tools in the fantasy writer's toolkit. What a shame they are used so unimaginatively in general. I offer some inspiration alongside your weekly dose of young fogeyishness.

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,...

The Fantasy of Fashion

The clothes make the fan. Is extreme fashion a form of fandom? I say yes, but hesitate to approve of it.

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...

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,...

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

Why don't American kids dream of being astronauts anymore? In Japan, interest in space is at a historically high level. I get slightly snarky about AKB48.

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...

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...

The Meteor That Never Fell

Just kidding! Putin didn't really ride that meteor! But it was an uneasy thing to watch, and it prompted uneasier thoughts about other things that fall, and why I crave stories with endings.

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...

Foxes, Cultural Appropriation, and Japonisme

Here's how to do cultural appropriation right. Look at the man and his fox bride; you can tell he loves her.

The Empty Art of Onmyodo

We're all living on borrowed time, but it can take a fox to remind you that what you should fear most may be the very thing you desire. What does moe culture have in common with black magic? A lot, actually.

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. ...

From the In Box

Tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs New Haikasoru Release The John Carter Files website ran a very nice tribute to Edgar Rice Burroughs on the anniversary of...

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 -...