Category Archives: ANIME-MANGA

Being “Worshiped” At a Convention

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This year has been a complete wash for fan conventions. While convention organizers are trying their best with virtual conventions, there’s really no substitute for the intimacy that is being there in person with other people on-site. I miss being around people the most when it comes to conventions. But lately, I started to remember one incident that I don’t think I want to experience again.

About 9 years ago, I did an internet meme cosplay at New York Comic-Con. While getting ready to leave on the Saturday night of the convention, a white male in his teens recognized my look, got down on his knees and bowed to me like I was a god. I was like “Well, okay then.” I didn’t think much of it then.

Fast forward to 2020 and given how much people are looking for something/someone to believe in, I was reminded about that incident. While I wasn’t harassed/stalked afterwards, I look back at what happened and think to myself, “Everyone seems to want some kind of “god”/role model to look up to.” Everyone’s trying to look for heroes in such harrowing times in their lives.

I can’t say whether that kid became a better person, but I sometimes feel that we have to be careful who we worship/idolize. Many of those relationships are para-social at best. You’re never truly reciprocated. It doesn’t heal any persistent emotional vulnerability. Celebrities (and micro-celebs like cosplayers/streamers/bloggers/etc) aren’t therapy despite having therapeutic-like effects on those who love them.

I think I wanted to post this because I want to tell readers that while I’m appreciative of the kindness and respect I received from others, please don’t think of me as a hero and a role model. I have messed up so many times and will continue …continue reading

    

‘90s anime fans not happy with new character design as Tokyo Babylon gets reboot【Video】

A lot has changed in the last 30 years, but this is one evolution old-school Clamp fans didn’t want to see. Old-school anime/manga fans got a special treat this week with the announcement that Tokyo Babylon is getting a remake. One of the earlier titles from creative team Clamp (whose resume also includes Cardcaptor Sakura, […]

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92 great anime from the last 10 years to binge watch ASAP

Our resident otaku looks back on the last decade with year-by-year picks of the best of the best. While most otaku would argue that every day is “Anime Day,” the Association of Japanese Animators officially bestows that honor upon October 22. That’s because it’s the date of the 1958 premier of The Tale of the […]

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“It’s Not Your Fault” – A Mangaka Who Gets It

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So for those who haven’t heard, a really powerful josei manga, My Broken Mariko, has been getting a lot of attention this year. It’s a modern-age story about suicide, abuse, depression and grief. My friend, Lauren Orsini, interviewed the author, Waka Hirako, as the official English release is coming out in November.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the interview, but it’s very raw as Hirako tells all about what led her to create the story. I will post this part of the interview as it’s something I know a lot of us have been shamed for.

“Orsini: What would you want readers struggling with depression to take away from the story?

Hirako: The suffering you’re going through is absolutely not your fault alone. There may be burdens you’ve been forced to bear or blows you’ve been dealt without even noticing, whether that’s due to society or other individuals who have warped your perception of reality. I’m sure some of those burdens are things that you can let go of.

There’s no need to panic or rush; we have every right to take as long as we need to process and grieve. And we also have the right to let things go, and to forget. There may be things you don’t want to forget, of course, but perhaps you can put them aside for now, and confront them when you’ve recovered enough energy to do so? It’s hard to explain.

I myself struggled with depression for a long time and found it incredibly difficult to treat myself with kindness. Please, don’t make things harder on yourself with thoughts like “it’s my own fault for being sad” and “I should just be happy.””

Hirako says something not many people are willing to talk about – the …continue reading

    

There’s a touching reason it took so long for samurai and ninja to show up in One Piece

Creator Eiichiro Oda wanted to incorporate Japanese elements sooner, but held himself back. A lot of popular anime and manga draw from Japanese history and mythology. To name just a few, the ingredient lists for Demon Slayer, Inuyasha, and Rurouni Kenshin’s recipes for success all include samurai, ninja, katana, and/or yokai. Aside from a few nods […]

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One of manga/anime’s greatest love stories is the highlight of Norah Jones’ new music video【Vid】

Touching video for ”I’m Alive” stars the cast of Rumiko Takahashi’s Maison Ikkoku. With Japanese animation’s global popularity higher than it’s ever been, it’s not so shocking to see Western recording artists incorporating the medium’s aesthetics into their music videos. The new video for American singer/songwriter Norah Jones’ “I’m Alive” does more than just sprinkle […]

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Japanese theatres welcome Thomas the Tank Engine’s newest train, a Japanese shinkansen, in 2021

Spring 2021 heralds the Japanese theatrical release of a Thomas movie starring a Japanese bullet train! Few figures are so universally loved as Thomas the Tank Engine, the little blue engine with a perpetual smile and a host of speedy adventures set on the Island of Sodor, his fictional home. You’d think that Thomas, being […]

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Hanyou no Yashahime: Sengoku Otogizoushi Episode 3 Impression

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On this episode, Setsuna and Moroha gets transported to the modern world with a demon. Later, Towa gets corrupted by a demon parasite.

Wow, it was awesome to see a lot of Inuyasha backstory and references being explained. Also, they revealed how the twin girls are the daughters of Sesshoumaru and Moroha is the daughter of Inuyasha. Other than that, the demon fighting action is great as usual. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I can’t wait to find out. Overall, more awesome backstory details and demon fighting action. …continue reading

    

Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka III Episode 3 Impression

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On this episode, the Guild directly deploys the Hestia Familia to the 20th floor with Wiene. Meanwhile, Hestia learns about the monster situation.

So I like this arc development more and more. It’s wholesome to see Wiene and Bell continue being together and develop their bond. Also, seeing the Xenos finally being properly introduced is awesome. Other than that, Ouranos seems to be a truly nice open-minded God because he reveals his intentions to Hestia. Now what’s going to be the next plot? I’ll be looking foward to it. Overall, cool 20th floor journey and new characters introduced. …continue reading

    

Studio Ghibli releases 300 more images from six movies free to download online

Gorgeous anime stills include tantalising food scenes from some of the studio’s beloved films. Last month, Studio Ghibli wowed its fans around the world with a present they weren’t expecting: a collection of 400 images from eight feature films free to download online. It was a surprise gesture of kindness from a studio renowned for being […]

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