Despite a very cartoony, westernized animation style, Made in Abyss lets us know from very early on that this series is no child’s affair; by featuring children who get seriously hurt through dangerous situations in the opening episodes and a story centered on a missing parent, the anime hints at something sinister from very early… Read More The Right to Die in the Insanity of the Abyss
Today’s guest post is written by Amy Covel, a Baptist PK and a published author who writes about old fashioned ideals with a modern style. Her inspirational pieces can be read in Area of Effect: Wisdom from Geek Culture, and her poetry, published in The Penmen Review and The Titan Promethean, remind readers to embrace… Read More 5 Reasons Why Manga is the Perfect Medium for Presenting Classic Literature
Yes, Amazon Prime Day is here. For the uninitiated, that mean that for the next two days, Amazon is running a multitude of deals in a variety of categories, extending even to anime DVDs—we otaku have some earning power after all (even the shut-ins among us!). Here are five anime and anime-related recommendations running through… Read More Five Anime Recommendations for Amazon Prime Day
With the excitement surrounding Cop Craft, I was reminded of the anime classic, Full Metal Panic!, written and developed by the same writer, Shoji Gatoh. I’m a serious fan of that series—when it came out, Full Metal Panic! hit all the right tropes for me, and I loved Fumoffu, too, if not TSR so much… Read More Contest: Win Full Metal Panic! (The Complete Series) on Blu-Ray!
A thousand years after Christ, the world is raw and dangerous—the slave trade abounds, the new world is just beginning to be explored, and nations are at war. The Vikings are scattered among islands and peninsulas, many residing in peaceful villages and others living by the sword. Thors, a once great warrior, is now a… Read More First Impression: Vinland Saga
Fifteen years after an interdimensional gate opened in the Pacific, the sprawling community of San-Teresa has become ground zero for a meeting of the races, of alien and human. Enter Kei Matoba, a gruff police officer who is part of a special force meant to keep the peace in the city, but as he explains,… Read More First Impression: Cop Craft
TR, the administrator of Golden Plume Press, an OEL manga firm, covered Anime Expo for us last year, and has some thoughts for this year’s convention as well from a very different perspective. I think maybe you’ve shared it in some sense, too, if not at conventions, through just the difficulties of relationship in all… Read More Lessons from AX: Forgiveness & Freedom
Happy birthday, America! We know you’re going through a hard time—our prayer for you is that your people will learn to love one another, to challenge each other rather than fight, lift up rather than push down, and pursue what is right above self-interest. You don’t look your best this Independence Day, but we know… Read More Happy 4th of July!
Before the rising sun we fly So many roads to choose We start out walking and learn to run And yes, we’ve just begun So much of the first cour of Carole & Tuesday has been a whirlwind; without much thought, the girls came together, selected a manager (or rather gave in to Gus’ pushiness),… Read More Carole & Tuesday Episode 12: We’ve Only Just Begun
This article was originally printed on July 11, 2018 in Area of Effect magazine. It is reprinted here with permission. If you enjoy this article, we recommend you check out the Area of Effect anthology, containing pieces similar to this one and many more written by a cacophony of wonderful (and nerdy) writers. I read… Read More Totoro Recommends Leaving the Beaten Path