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Anime roundup 4/7/2016: On Your Marks

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In this week's viewing: The starting gun fires for the spring season! What's taking the early lead?

Spring 2016 SF Anime Preview

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Spring, and a young fan's fancy turns to a new anime season.

Anime roundup 10/24/2014: Left Behind

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In this week's viewing: Saying farewell to a few more shows, it's time to set the lineup for the rest of the season.

Anime roundup 9/25/2014: Au Revoir, Not Adieu

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In this week's viewing: Two more shows pack their bags, but only for a temporary absence, and more!

Anime Roundup 8/21/2014: Not Always Better Together

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In this week's viewing: Romance, family ties, their unhealthy flipsides, and more!

Anime roundup 8/7/2014: Smoke and Mirrors

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In this week's viewing: Mind games, plotting, and counter-plotting all over the place!

Anime Roundup 7/10/2014: Something For Everyone

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In this week's viewing: It's an uncommonly good start to the new season!

Summer 2014 SF Anime Preview

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Sailor Moon is finally here, and it's bringing friends! See what's coming your way with the new anime season.

When A Hobby Becomes An Identity

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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...

A Year With Amazing Stories: My Anime Blogiversary!

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Morgana Santilli reflects on a year of posts and blogging. Happy Blogiversary!

Is the Anime Renaissance Upon Us?

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An examination of the world of anime in its current state and with its current offerings.

Winter 2014 SF Anime Preview

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What's coming to the intersection of anime and sf worlds in January? (Spoiler: No Sailor Moon, unfortunately.) So many new and renewed shows you'd think it was Christmas or something!

Itadakimasu! The Significance of Food In Anime

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Can wisdom be found in a ramen noodle shop? Fans, Anime and Food collide - but there's no need to call in Senator Blutarsky.

Consider the Magical Girl

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With the Sailor Moon relaunch just a few months away, I seem to be seeing an onslaught of magical girls in the media.

Dubbing Gone Wrong: Americanization, Racism, and Willful Ignorance

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It is extremely difficult, as a creator of any sort, to escape your culture.

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...

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,...

Pretty Soldiers: Hotaru Tomoe

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Hotaru Tomoe is abused by her father. She suffers from an illness that leaves her breathless, weak and wracked with pain. She is picked...

Pretty Soldiers: Minako Aino

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Minako Aino revels in frivolity. She loves pop music and cake, she trades shoujo manga with her friends, she wants to be an idol...

Pretty Soldiers: Makoto Kino

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The strength of characterization in Sailor Moon is, in my opinion, what has made it such an enduring series. When we were children, we...

Anime As An Art Form

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One of the greatest things that anime ever did for me was give me the desire to create.  I was a really bookish kid,...

Sex and the Senshi

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(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...

The Fallen Magical Girl and the Crisis of Adolescence

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

Cat Heaven: Neko-sama in Animanga

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