Interview with Mirei and Dancing Dolls R

While anime conventions and anime blogging seem to be two neighbors on the same street, they're  drastically different culturally (though perhaps not unrelated on a spiritual level). Conventions are a brand new world for many of us, including myself and Annalyn, who recently attended her first con. But that's an awesome thing for this blog,… Continue reading Interview with Mirei and Dancing Dolls R

How to Survive Sakura Con

A huge part of the wonderful experience of being an otaku is going to conventions! I am not new to the convention world. I’ve been to all sorts of conventions around the west coast and Hawaii and I’ve even given a few panels. But even after all that, I was not prepared for Sakuracon 2018… Continue reading How to Survive Sakura Con

Interview with Actor and VA, Beau Billingslea

In September 2001, Cowboy Bebop debuted on Adult Swim. It originally aired in Japan several years prior, and the buzz surrounding its American premiere as the first anime broadcast on the first night of the animation block, was palpable. I can safely say it met all expectations. The series, of course, has become a classic,… Continue reading Interview with Actor and VA, Beau Billingslea

Caligula World Premiere at Sakura-Con 2018

CALIGULA, a new anime by Satelight, airs tomorrow, April 8, 2018. But those of us who attended Sakura-Con had a chance to watch the pilot on March 30, alongside voice actor Sawashiro Chiharu and producer Matsuoka Takanori. This was followed up with a Q&A with Sawashiro and Matsuoka. I must preface this post by saying these events… Continue reading Caligula World Premiere at Sakura-Con 2018

Review: Evangelion Exhibition

One of the primary attractions at Anime Matsuri in 2018 was the Evangelion Exhibition, a traveling exhibit featuring more than 1,000 art pieces from the Evangelion anime, movies, and manga. Attendees had to purchase modestly-priced tickets to enter the exhibition space and its official store, but despite the extra charge and long lines, it was… Continue reading Review: Evangelion Exhibition

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