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Get to Know the Magic and the Mystery of Nightschool

For my birthday last month, a friend and fellow manga and anime fan gave me the first installment of a manga called Nightschool. As she knows me and my type of nerdiness really well, I knew this story was going to be right up my alley, and I couldn’t wait to read it. My hopes for it were more than fulfilled, and I’ll definitely be adding the rest of the series to my collection soon. Nightschool is written and illustrated by...

Rewatching Bleach Is a Complicated and Nostalgic Experience

As much as I love finding a great new anime to watch, there’s nothing like rediscovering a series I used to love. If it’s one I truly enjoyed when I first saw it, watching it the second time around is somehow both comforting and exhilarating, and it often brings back all kinds of great memories I forgot were in my brain. Most recently, I’ve had the chance to experience this with Bleach, one of my favorite series from when...

Battle Angel Alita Is an Oldie and a Goodie

It’s been nearly 30 years since the manga series Battle Angel Alita came onto the scene in 1990, but Yukito Kishiro’s dystopian masterpiece has stood the test of time. It’s simultaneously a callback to the retrofuturistic cyborg films of yesteryear and a still-fresh story whose relevance has only increased over the years. The series is all set to get the live-action movie treatment in 2018, and in honor of the upcoming film, the series is getting a digital exclusive release with an...

Ocean of Secrets Is a Fantastical Whirlwind

I was intrigued by the manga Ocean of Secrets by Sophie-chan as soon as I saw the cover art. And when I read the short description, which told of a young girl named Lia whose seemingly normal life is turned upside down when she’s swept away in a storm and rescued by a magical ship, that was all I needed to know I had to check this one out! My expectation going into the story was that it would have a steampunk feel...

Sekai Project and the Rise of the Visual Novel’s Western Audience

Although not especially well known outside the fandom community, the visual novel is a popular genre of video game among anime fans (not to be confused with the similarly named graphic novel). These games, produced in Japan, consist of narrative prose accompanied by pretty pictures in the familiar aesthetic found in anime and manga, and they play somewhat like a Choose Your Own Adventure book but with a longer story, the player making periodic choices that influence the direction the narrative...

Fairy Tail Is a Fun (and Fraught) Anime Adventure

Fairy Tail is, for me, one of those stories that sneaked up on me almost before I realized it. I first encountered it in manga form, when my husband gave me a copy of the first volume last Christmas. I was a little wary at first—I liked the premise right off the bat, but the story itself didn’t hook me very quickly, and there were some problematic elements that put me off a bit (more on that shortly). Still, despite these reservations,...

Halloween Anime Roundup: Scaryish, Scarier, Scariest

Halloween is almost here, and beyond causing me to contemplate which of my past cosplays I might repurpose as a Halloween costume, this season has me thinking about the scary anime I’ve seen . . . and have yet to see! In truth, there aren’t as many horror-themed anime series out there as one might expect—or at least, not many that have gained a lot of traction with fans aside from the most devoted aficionados. There are certainly a lot of...

Anime Roundup: Back to School!

We may be nearing the end of September, but back-to-school time is still in full swing. And despite the fact that my back-to-school days have come and gone, cooler weather and the sight of fresh school supplies never fails to bring back that old mix of nervousness, dread, and excitement. (I’m starting to think it’ll never really go away . . .) Thus, I’ve decided to embrace it by talking about some of my favorite school-themed anime! As anyone who’s watched even a little anime knows, I’m pulling from...
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