“Ching Chong,” My Good Friend Said. Which good friend? My best good friend!

A little exchange between the optometrist and myself has become an unintentional annual tradition for me.  He or she (it occurs no matter who is examining my eyes) will tell me to open my eyes wide, which I do.  Then the optometrist asks the same question again, as if I wasn’t listening, and I reply,… Read More “Ching Chong,” My Good Friend Said. Which good friend? My best good friend!

Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: All Roads Lead to Otakon

Charles Dunbar, the Anime Anthropologist, posted a section of his masters thesis on his website, Study of Anime.  Entitled “All Roads Lead to Otakon – Pilgrimage and Anthropology of the Anime Convention,” the essay discusses the connections between anime cons and religious pilgrimages. To make his case, one idea that Dunbar stresses is that a… Read More Spirituality in the Anime Blogosphere: All Roads Lead to Otakon