Cosplay is Not Consent, but Danger Still Lingers

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"It’s just not safe for young girls to go into events, especially in costume. We’re vulnerable." It’s been more than three years since “Cosplay is Not Consent” signs were erected throughout New York Comic Con. The movement, which seeks to educate about actions that should reflect common sense and decency, is now firmly set in… Continue reading Cosplay is Not Consent, but Danger Still Lingers

Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

There's a growing interest in how to minister to otaku, both here and abroad. Often painted in a broad stroke with comical or pitying tones, anime fans are far more than their image conveys; they are a complex and diverse group of individuals. Jesus Otaku is a ministry birthed out of Saddleback Church that is… Continue reading Interview: Jesus Otaku and the As You Are Artbook

Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

Every-so-often, creators like to throw their fans a juicy bone--putting favorite characters into high-action power fantasies, or allowing an emotional build-up "just for the feels." Fandom pandering can certainly lead to a watered-down story if creators cater to every imagined whim of their doting followers, but, sometimes, a little sprinkling of fan service can go… Continue reading Something More: Fan (Dis-)Service, Tsundere for Jesus, and “Playing God” until you Run out of Chimeras

TangleCast 17: The Convention Experience – US vs Japan

This week, JP (Japesland) facilitates a discussion between Casey (CutsceneAddict),and Kaze, who compare their vastly different anime convention experiences across the Pacific. Many American anime fans know what to expect at an anime convention Stateside, but what differences are there with conventions in the land of their origin: Japan? As always, every episode of The TangleCast will be covering… Continue reading TangleCast 17: The Convention Experience – US vs Japan

TangleCast 10: Crossplay

This week, JP (Japesland) and Casey (CutsceneAddict) share a discussion on an interesting and oft-ignored topic in the otaku world: crossplay. Don't know what it is? Well be sure to take a listen as Casey explains its place in the anime community and con scene, and also provides an argument for why those who raise their eyebrows might want… Continue reading TangleCast 10: Crossplay

Something More: Metaphysical Mushishi, Divine Dr. Black Jack, and Old Testament Anime… Sort Of

"Cartoons" aren't just for kids. Anime fans probably know that better than anyone. But it's not just mature content and convoluted plots that make anime an appealing medium for adults. Through animation's ambiguous limits, philosophy and theology can be easily conveyed in a manner that anyone can grasp (often without their realizing it). For example,… Continue reading Something More: Metaphysical Mushishi, Divine Dr. Black Jack, and Old Testament Anime… Sort Of

There is Freedom: An Interview with Vic Mignogna

On February 6, 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing the prolific voice actor, Vic Mignogna, famous most for his roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suoh in Ouran High School Host Club, Broly in Dragon Ball Z, Rin Matsuoka in Free!, and a host of others. Below are my thoughts integrated with… Continue reading There is Freedom: An Interview with Vic Mignogna

Something More: Cowboy Bebop Family, Heavenly Death Parade, and Kanade’s Not the Enemy

One of Christ's most interesting and off-discussed teachings is how he equates are internal hated toward others as murder: But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever… Continue reading Something More: Cowboy Bebop Family, Heavenly Death Parade, and Kanade’s Not the Enemy

Behind the Convention: Voice actors are people too.

Note: This article was written by Goldy, and is being posted here on her behalf. I've been meaning to write a post about my experience staffing my local anime convention, but every year before never seemed right until this year. I will give the disclaimer than I am volunteer staff and also a self taught… Continue reading Behind the Convention: Voice actors are people too.

OMG! There’s Jesus in My Anime!

And that's the title of my first convention panel.Later today, I'll be presenting at IKKiCON, an anime convention for the Austin area.  I've attended as press a couple of times previously, but this years, I decided to take a leap of faith and try something I'm very uncomfortable with - explaining in words that which… Continue reading OMG! There’s Jesus in My Anime!