Review: Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Vol. 1 (Manga)

The Star Wars saga begins with the specter of the Empire literally hanging over the rebellion, as a Star Destroyer approaches and attacks the Tantive IV, Leia Organa’s small vessel. A destructive and violent Darth Vader boards the corvette, but meets his match in the diminutive princess. Though he arrests her, she is defiant and… Read More Review: Star Wars Leia, Princess of Alderaan, Vol. 1 (Manga)

Interview with Lee George, Ivan Jasso, and Emi Lo of Appare-Ranman!

Following up our recent interview with the directors of Appare-Ranman, Caitlin Glass and Shawn Gann, we’ve had the opportunity to also speak with a number of the voice actors involved in the dubbed version of this wonderful anime about a diverse group of characters involved in a transcontinental car race. First up are Lee George… Read More Interview with Lee George, Ivan Jasso, and Emi Lo of Appare-Ranman!

My Neighbor Hayao: A Dreamy Collection of Miyazaki-Inspired Art

In 2017, Spoke Art opened an exhibition in its San Francisco gallery featuring pieces inspired by the works of acclaimed and Oscar-winning animator, Hayao Miyazaki. A success, they would repeat it in the following years, traveling the show to New York and then Los Angeles, showing hundreds of varied pieces with all this is common:… Read More My Neighbor Hayao: A Dreamy Collection of Miyazaki-Inspired Art

Otaku Reader’s Corner: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, TPN Side Story, and the Final Ao Haru Ride

Ao Haru Ride, Vol. 13 After thirteen volumes, Ao Haru Ride has come to an end, but instead of celebratory feelings, I couldn’t shake an irksome question: Why is it that this story just never really works? The unlikeable lead characters are one reason, with Kou and Futaba hurtling forward, especially in this volume, without… Read More Otaku Reader’s Corner: Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, TPN Side Story, and the Final Ao Haru Ride