Fixing Fanservice

Dean Talks Anime: Fixing Fanservice By Christopher Kinsey   Fanservice.  We’ve come to expect it as a kind of standard in today’s anime.  Not a season goes by without one or two titles explicitly shouting “Yarr, here be boobies!” and then the market being flooded with highly detailed...

Pokemon Plushes

As you know, we have that delightful link down at the bottom of these pages, directing you to Play-Asia, a fine website filled with many-a plush, game, and accessory to make your nerdy day brighter. To help you choose from the endless selection of options offered, a few members of the AO crew...

ANN Riff: The Hidden Depths of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid May17

ANN Riff: The Hidden...

The Hidden Depths of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid by Gabriel Peralta, Mar 17th 2017   And this is the text-based whooping of it done by Bonglorio That’s me, I’m Bonglorio. I’m named after my grandpa, he was a circus clown. My commentary is going to be in sexy italics. Headcanons...

The Lost Manga Artis...

Dean Talks Anime The Lost Manga Artists: Masamune Shirow By Christopher Kinsey There is something about the prolific manga artists of the 90s. There is a cycle of a successful or interesting series or two, then some lackluster animated features, and then the rest of one’s life is spent out in...

The Sinister Genius of xxxHOLiC Apr01

The Sinister Genius ...

The Sinister Genius of xxxHOLiC By Andrew Erickson     Recently, a friend and I discussed Lovecraftian horror, and particularly its latter-day torchbearers like Thomas Ligotti and Jeff VanderMeer. And while books like Authority might give readers a compelling look at the ways in...

The Afterlife is Ful...

Dean Talks Anime: The Afterlife is Full of Elves By Christopher Kinsey Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. An otaku (or NEET) has triumphantly finished his latest nerdy deed and has decided to celebrate by venturing outside for a favorite snack or two from the convenience store. As he...

Revolution Nein

Andrew in Steamland: Revolution Nein By Andrew Erickson As overused as the word “hipster” is, I have a hard time envisioning Revolution 60‘s target audience as anything but a coven of bald, bearded, Portland-dwelling journalist-activists. Our hypothetical player strokes his...

Dissecting Kill la Kill Part 2: Feminism Feb28

Dissecting Kill la K...

Dissecting Kill la Kill Part 2: Feminism by Andrew Erickson   Hey, kids, do you like fanservice? Statistically, some of you must or they wouldn’t keep making it. You don’t have to speak up; I already know and am silently judging you. Don’t worry, I’m not going to...

The Way We Were

Dean Talks Anime: The Way We Were An opinion by Christopher Kinsey I was told tales of the time before me.  How those nerds of the 80s had to scrimp, save, and find their own reels of Japanese anime to be played on old AV equipment through the empty classrooms of college campuses.  How the...

Christmas Anime I Ha...

Dean Talks Anime: Christmas Anime I Have Known A review/opinion by Christopher Kinsey   I seem to be one of those few nerdy folks that actually love the holidays.  Even before I had a kid to delight with the greed and grandeur that is Christmas morning, I would have get-togethers with...