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  1. The Mary Sue Interview: Medieval Full-Contact Steel Fighter Sandra Lagnese

    BRING THE BOHURTS!

    As I wandered through the hotel maze of Dragon Con a few weekends ago in Atlanta, Georgia, I found myself in the basement of the Hyatt looking at a sign that said "The Armory." While there I met Sandra Lagnese, who participates in full-contact medieval steel fighting—aka bohurts—and was one of the first women to join the Armored Combat League USA Knights team. Yeah, I was impressed too.

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  2. The Apocalyptic Anime Showdown—Attack on Titan vs Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Who's hungry?

    The end of the world sure is a hot topic right now, isn’t it? Even Japan has gotten in on the act with their massively popular series Attack on Titan. But some of you may remember that mainstream anime has actually tackled more or less this same exact subject material before. I’m talking, of course, about Studio Ghibli's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

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  3. Shining Seinen Part 2: Leading Ladies in Anime and Manga For Men

    Space pirates, wielders of magic hammers, and shout-outs to magical girls!

    Welcome to part two of my piece on female leads in Seinen manga and anime, or manga and anime aimed towards adult men.

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  4. Need Help Getting Into Anime? Use This Anime Matchmaker

    Sie Sind Das Essen Und Wir Sind Die Walker

    Ah, anime. That tempting treasure trove of imported entertainment, filled with all kinds of shows worth geeking out over. It seems like something worth checking out, but where in the world should you start? One way to go about it is to take your favorite TV show and find an anime series that offers the same kind of appeal. Luckily for you, the hard part’s already been done. Here you’ll find a broad selection of great ways to get started on anime, all paired with a fan-favorite US TV series.

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  5. Why Do We Love the Apocalypse So Much?

    It's the end of the world as we know it... and we think it's pretty cool, actually.

    We wouldn't be creating it over and over again in art if some part of us didn't want it to be true in life.

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  6. Shining Seinen Part 1: Leading Ladies in Anime and Manga for Men

    Explore the Silk Road, cyberpunk futures, and a world full of bibliophile superwomen!

    Seinen manga and anime is manga and anime that is aimed towards adult men. One might find it surprising considering the demographic, but this two-part series will explore an interesting range of female leads—not just super action heroes, but also teenage girls embroiled in romantic drama and 19th century brides.

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  7. A Look At the Six Fictional Animals That Broke Our Hearts the Most

    They all go to heaven, though, don't they?

    What is it with heartbreaking animals in movies, books, and TV? It's getting to the point that whenever an animal is introduced into the cast of something I'm watching or reading, I start waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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  8. Presenting the Great Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Showdown

    Ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny.

    Okay, so I know I’m supposed to be a game journalist, but my brain is coming off of the effects of heat exhaustion and is therefore out of commission. So instead of trying to come up with a relevant topic to write about this week, I’m just going to talk about something that I’ve been itching to address for a long time, but haven’t had the opportunity to yet. And that is… a comparison of storytelling quality between the first and second anime adaptations of Fullmetal Alchemist.

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  9. Late To the Game: Relive The Joy and Trauma of Playing Dragon Age: Origins For the First Time

    LOVE ME, ALISTAIR!

    Welcome to new series Late to the Game, where Sarah Ingram will review games that she's shamefully (shamefully, I say) left unplayed up to this point. It's like newbie recaps, but not. First up is Dragon Age: Origins, her review of which was originally published on The Geekmates and has been reposted in its altered form with permission. Scroll down below the review to see options for what she can review next. Mass Effect, Sarah? How do you live with yourself?!

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  10. Dear DC Comics, This Is Why You Shouldn’t Leave Creative Little Girls Behind

    A geek dad reports.

    For my birthday a few months ago, my buddy Matt gave me Justice League: Axis of Villains, a superhero board game by DC Comics and game maker Wonder Forge. “It say ages 8 and up,” he tells me, “but I read the rules. Cassie’s smart. She can handle it if you play together.”

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