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Fullmetal Alchemist

  1. A Girl’s Gotta Have Guts: Representation of Women in Hiromu Arakawa’s Manga

    Beware passing housewives.

    As a creator of shonen ("boy's") manga, Hiromu Arakawa is a woman working in a male-dominated industry. I noted in my last article about Arakawa that she has spoken about how she actively tries to include a varied female supporting cast in her manga. Her efforts pay off—Arakawa's female characters are often well-rounded and dynamic with their own complex character arcs and personal goals.

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  2. The Philosophy of Fullmetal Alchemist‘s Hiromu Arakawa

    "There is no such thing as a painless lesson."

    Welcome to part two of my series on the work of Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa.

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  3. Get to Know a Manga Artist: The Unstoppable Hiromu Arakawa

    Grab your fighting panties and learn about the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist!

    As the creator of the award-winning series Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa is among the most successful manga artists of this century. It, as well as Arakawa’s other work, falls into the category of “shonen manga”: Japanese comics targeted at preteen and teenage boys. And, incidentally, Hiromu Arakawa is a pen name. Her real first name is Hiromi, and she is among the growing number of female artists in the shonen manga industry.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Things We Saw Today: The Captain Picard Facepalm, Immortalized In Cookie Form

    Make it dough.

    I think Jenn of JustJenn Recipes earned an extra pip with this batch.

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  7. More Bounty Hunter Fun In New Show From Creators of Cowboy Bebop [VIDEO]

    The Boob Tube

    Rejoice, fans of Cowboy Bebop!  Series creator Shinichiro Watanabe has brand new show called Space Dandy debuting tonight on Adult Swim. As an added bonus, the animation studio behind Fullmetal Alchemist worked on the show, and the animation looks slick and gorgeous. Obsession with breasts in the trailer aside, if this series is anything like Bebop or Watanabe's other great show, Samurai Champloo, we can probably look forward to some interesting ladies in the cast. Also, check out that awesome cat sidekick! Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  8. 10 of the Most Hardcore, Eyepatch Wearing Characters in Geekdom

    Power Grid

    Eyepatches have a long history of showing up on all sorts of characters, and most of the time they just make said character look even more badass. Sometimes we meet the character and they already have the eyepatch, and sometimes we are unbelievably horrified when a character who we’ve grown to love over the course of seven however many seasons loses an eye. As it turns out, there are a lot of characters in geekdom with eyepatches, many of whom are just cool, if not cooler, without their depth perception. Surprisingly, we couldn’t find a single pirate contender for our list, but we certainly encountered enough examples of the eyepatch of power to make up for it. Lets hear it for the runners up on this list: Doctor Who’s Madam Kovarian, King Lear’s Gloucester, and all the other characters who lost both eyes, and didn’t make our list. (Be warned, there are spoilers ahead. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and Venture Bros. fans, navigate with care.) Now feast your eyes on our list of amazing, eyepatch clad characters.

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  9. 10 Anime You Should Watch (And That Are Easy to Find!)

    Power Grid

    Getting into anime, let alone keeping up with it, can be quite difficult in the United States -- so, in order to make your life easier, I’ve compiled a list of 10, feminist-friendly anime to legally watch on Netflix and Hulu!

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  10. George R.R. Martin Is Worried He’s Not Writing Fast Enough For HBO’s Game Of Thrones

    Winter Is Coming

    This week's "DUH!" moment comes to us courtesy of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. Fans of his work know he's notoriously slow when it comes to writing, and Martin himself has copped to it, but with the HBO television series now in full swing, there's a new concern. Will Martin's novels be finished or will the show catch up before he's done? Hear what he had to say about it after the jump. 

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