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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...

That Fighting Spirit! Yankees, Bad Boys, and Yakuza

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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...

MCM Expo (Comic-Con) Part Deux

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I was recently in London – less than a week ago to be exact – and had the great pleasure of once again attending...

Characters: Spike Spiegel

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Ask someone to name the most important SF anime of all time, and chances are they'll say Cowboy Bebop. It's hard to argue. The...

Slice-Of-Life and the Open Ending

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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...

Anime roundup 6/2/2013: Graduation Day

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Hunter x Hunter #81 - Watch that fight scene in isolation, and it's just another case of insanely exaggerated martial arts. But watch...

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...

The Trouble With Definitions; or, Not All Anime Fans Watch Hentai

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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I spend a lot of time lately complaining about the state of anime and the series that have been created within the last five...