Newman’s Nook: Goku the Absent Father

Goku’s tenacity, desire to defend the helpless, and incredible strength make him one of anime’s most admirable characters. But not everything about Goku is so praiseworthy, specifically not his parenting skills. Throughout the Dragon Ball manga, Goku appears to care for and love his family—however, he’s constantly absent from his children’s lives. He missed most… Read More Newman’s Nook: Goku the Absent Father

Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 8: More Than the Sum of Your Parts

It’s hard to end a story, especially one that’s become so successful that it has perhaps gone on longer than the author originally intended. This happens all the time with manga and anime—overbloated plots, meandering storylines, and too many characters often contribute to such failures. After two mediocre volumes, Battle Angel Alita is sitting on… Read More Battle Angel Alita, Vol. 8: More Than the Sum of Your Parts