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The Fruits Basket Rerelease Is Here for the Nostalgic Anime Lover in You

In terms of my anime fandom, the Fruits Basket anime and manga series by Natsuki Takaya are synonymous with nostalgia. The manga is one of the very first series I got to know, way back in seventh grade when my friends and I would pass volumes back and forth, reading them surreptitiously under our desks when we had a spare minute in class. It was my entry point into the wonderful, endlessly varied world of anime and manga, and...

School Babysitters Is as Cuddly as It Is Comical

Cuteness, like beauty, is subjective. Some people prefer cuteness in the form of kittens and puppies. Others are more partial to fantasy-based creatures, such as the Chocobo from the Final Fantasy series, and still others fall in love with watching the innocent high jinks of young children. I myself do not fall into the last category, but to those who do, I present School Babysitters. Produced by Brain’s Base, the studio that brought us Durarara!!; Kiss Him, Not Me;...

Dropkick on My Devil! Perfectly Balances Laughs with Violence

A wise Mad Titan once said, “Perfectly balanced. As all things should be.” However, balancing genre elements in anime or manga—for example, romantic comedy and horror—takes a lot more discretion than the casual observer might realize. Much of a creator’s time and energy must be invested to ensure one element doesn’t overpower the other in their work, lest the resulting product feel rushed and thoughtless. Enter Dropkick on My Devil!, a supernatural comedy from 2018 that manages to establish...

As Miss Beelzebub Likes Is an Adorably Devilish Treat for Rom-Com Lovers

History’s various interpretations of the evil realm known as Hell have mostly been consistent: it has almost always been depicted as a fiery place beneath the crust of the Earth where people who have been bad in life go. Regardless of which culture’s interpretation of Hell you’re reading about, it’s safe to say it’s not a place most people would ever want to visit. That is, unless it’s the Hell of As Miss Beelzebub Likes, which is depicted as...

Hell Girl Is How to Do Live-Action Anime Adaptation Right

Whether it’s being done in Japan or here in the United States, the concept of trying to cash in on an anime’s popularity by remaking it with real-life actors and settings has been around for decades. Ask anyone who has had the mental fortitude to sit through even one of these remakes, however, and they’ll tell you that most of these cash-grab attempts have been mediocre at best. With this track record, it’s understandable that many anime fans aren’t...

The Worst and Best Fathers in Anime

Our fathers are meant to be people that we look up to and can rely on in times of crisis. What they do around us can carry a lasting influence on our lives; they can mold us into normal, functioning members of society or they can doom us to lead dark and unsavory lives on the fringes. Fathers in anime are no different. Just like in real life, they can help or hurt their children to a variety of...

Dragon Ball Creator Akira Toriyama Has Been Knighted in France

According to Anime News Network, based on a French-language story published by the Huffington Post, the French government named Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) at a ceremony held at the French Embassy in Japan on on May 30, 2019. ANN reports that Toriyama is the sixth anime or manga creator to receive this medal, and his work is credited with bringing manga...

Potemayo Is an Adorably Quirky Take on the Moe Subgenre

Imagine waking up one morning, as you do every single day. You walk down to the kitchen to get yourself a quick bite to eat before you head off to work or school. But when you open the refrigerator, you are stunned to find a pint-sized fairylike creature with cat ears and a tiny body squirming about amongst your eggs and milk. Even stranger, the mysterious creature instantly takes a shine to you, and the two of you are...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2019

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2019? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2019. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately at the bottom...

The Bleach Live-Action Film Is Goofy but Surprisingly Enjoyable

There’s just something about the anime series Bleach that triggers nostalgia for my time as an awkward, nerdy high schooler in a way nothing else does. Play me just a little bit of the soundtrack and I’ll be right back to my 17-year-old self, whiling away countless hours watching it with my brother on our parents’ desktop computer. Engaging with this series again always feels like opening a late-2000s time capsule and rediscovering all the reasons my love for anime...
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