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...

Original Game, Do No...

Andrew in Steamland: Original Game, Do Not Steal   Mega Man is dead, doomed to exist only as a procession of half-hearted ports capitalizing on the segment of gamers who don’t know what emulators are. That doesn’t mean demand has gone away, though; there are plenty of people...

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...