Monsters, Just Like ...

Dean Talks Anime: Monsters, Just Like Us! By Christopher Kinsey It’s no secret I’m a fan of Dungeons and Dragons.  I have spent, and still spend, a lot of creative thought processes about mythical beings, their societies, and how they function within different settings.  I’ve even...

Azumanga Daioh and t...

Dean Talks Anime: Azumanga Daioh and the “Death of Anime” By Christopher Kinsey   There was a period of time not too long ago where I had a falling out with anime.  Partly it was my own changing life but there was also very little being translated that interested me.  It was around the...

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...

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 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...

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...

The Hard Truths of O...

Dean Talks Anime: The Hard Truths of Otakudom (As presented by Gainax) An Opinion by Christopher Kinsey Otaku.  Oh we like to dress up that word so much.  Our literal translation for the word is “Obsessed Fanboy”.  We paint it different colors, we analyze Japanese culture, and we point out...

The Works of Yoshiak...

Dean Talks Anime: The Works of Yoshiaki Kawajiri A review/Opinion by Christopher Kinsey It’s that time of year again.  The threat of a new school year has come to term, heat gives way to chilly rain, candy aisles lamely hold back encroaching Christmas displays, and we place pumpkin spices in...

Ani-Mayhem: the Card...

  Dean Talks Anime: Ani-Mayhem: the Card Game That Couldn’t An opinion/review by Christopher Kinsey     It’s Friday night.  You’re in the back room of a comic shop, or a specialty game store, or the final hours at your local library, or your mother’s kitchen table.  You look...