Join Us Live for Our Anime Draft!

Hey, otaku! As I'm sure you know, a week from today the NFL kicks off the opening day of its annual draft, in which college players from around the country are selected to play professional football. I'm kidding of course—I know that you had no idea that it was next week. Most of you probably… Continue reading Join Us Live for Our Anime Draft!

First Impressions: Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

(Note: this "first impresssions" post covers both episodes 1 and 2.) Karen is a college student who has quite the complex over her tall height. She takes an interest in VR games since they allow her to live a different life, but as she tries out various games, their randomly-generated avatars are all tall girls… Continue reading First Impressions: Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

Ask Sensei! School Life Edition

The start of a new term seems to bring a fresh start for teachers as well as students. It's an opportunity for all of us to be honest about what hasn't worked so well in the past, while still retaining habits of mind and lifestyle that we have found helpful. For us teachers, it's always… Continue reading Ask Sensei! School Life Edition

Your Story is Infinitely More Interesting Than Asuna’s and Rukia’s

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I like to think that I'm a sophisticated viewer, one who not only appreciates but genuinely enjoys art house anime. But the reality is, while I do like some series that are unknown to many viewer, I also enjoy a number of popular shounen series, which is perhaps why the biggest disappointments I've had in… Continue reading Your Story is Infinitely More Interesting Than Asuna’s and Rukia’s

12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 10: Sword Art Online and Reality

Sword Art Online may not be an anime you would imagine to have anything to do with Christmas, since it's about getting stuck inside of an MMORPG (massive multi-player role playing game), then dying in real life if you die in the game. In fact, I forgot that there actually was an episode that had… Continue reading 12 Days of Anime Christmas, Day 10: Sword Art Online and Reality

Guest Post: How Anime Drew Me Closer to the Lord

We have a special guest post today from Teresa Christina, a blogger we first met here a couple years back. Since then, she's gotten to know some of our staff and become a strong voice in the aniblogging community. I'm delighted to present this piece about how anime has impacted her life. It all started… Continue reading Guest Post: How Anime Drew Me Closer to the Lord

Something More: To Akame Ga Kill or Akame Ga Save?, Berserk’s Mercy, and Shinigami Eyes for Christians

This will officially be my final column of Something More. It's been such a pleasure to use my Google keyword skills (ha!) to hunt down articles at the crossroads of faith and fandom. Never fear: you haven't seen the last of this column. Starting October, I'll be passing the torch to Samuru, so send him… Continue reading Something More: To Akame Ga Kill or Akame Ga Save?, Berserk’s Mercy, and Shinigami Eyes for Christians

Something More: Sexualized Shipping, Islamic Anime, and the Love of Asuna, Ackerman, and Ashitaka

Tangles is no stranger to tough topics, and the sexualization of anime by fans is one we've delved into at length. As a cosplayer and massive fangirl myself, I'm often directly in the middle of the otaku community and consistently surprised by how far characters and narratives are stretched in order to sexualize them. Especially… Continue reading Something More: Sexualized Shipping, Islamic Anime, and the Love of Asuna, Ackerman, and Ashitaka

12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Sword Art Online

While I was looking for an anime Christmas episode to write about, a friend sarcastically reminded me about Sword Art Online episode 3 (aka The Red-Nosed Reindeer). At first it seemed like a joke, but after re-watching it, I was reminded of a Christmas I had many years ago, and I decided to discuss this… Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Anime, Day 11: Sword Art Online

Something More: Holy (Menma) Ghost, the Infallible Bishamon, and Joseph Smith Agrees with Jun Maeda

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There are so many great articles from the past couple of weeks (as well as a few I listed that I missed linking in the last column). I hope you'll take some time to peruse the links below. I want to start with the one that's most meaningful to me, personally, written by D.M. Dutcher,… Continue reading Something More: Holy (Menma) Ghost, the Infallible Bishamon, and Joseph Smith Agrees with Jun Maeda