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  1. The Top 5 Queer Voices in Anime and Manga

    You should probably go watch and read all of these immediately.

    Anime and manga hold a strange allure for teens. I was a total anime geek in high school, the kind that watched anime with friends at every hangout, stayed up late reading manga or sneakily catching bits of FLCL on Adult Swim, and attended anime conventions.

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  2. Visual Representation: Trans Characters In Manga

    Part two of three.

    When gender transition appears in manga and anime, it is often the result of a supernatural ability or used a comedic plot device.

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  3. Sailor Moon Crystal Recap, Act 11 — “Endymion”

    Another episode about Usagi and Mamoru. Yaaaay.

    So despite this episode not being terrible and even having some moments I liked in theory, I think I've maybe finally hit the point where I don't actually care about Sailor Moon Crystal all that much. Let me explain why.

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  4. Visual Representation: Trans Characters In Comics

    When there was a changing of the creative team in Batgirl earlier this year, many readers asked, “What will happen to Alysia?” Batgirl's roommate, created by Gail Simone, made headlines across the internet when she confided to her Bat-roomie that she was trans. Discussions sparked around how the depiction of Alysia would represent trans people: Would Alysia become a trope and fall victim to the ways that trans women have been previously characterized in media?

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  5. Check Out The First Character Posters For The Live-Action Attack on Titan Movie!

    No regrets!

    Holy colossus! The first official images for Japan's live-action Attack on Titan movie (due out Summer 2015) were just released, and feature some some new faces as well as a modernized twist.

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  6. Exploring Lesbian-Themed Comic Extravaganza Girls Love Festival 12

    In almost any large western convention’s Artists Alley, tucked away here and there in between the series parody bookmarks and postcards, the slash pictures and color posters of “cute male couple on TV du jour,” you can find comic artists doing actual comics. These comics are often some of the most interesting finds at a […]

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. All The Best Places To Read Manga That Aren’t Actually In Japan

    I’ll Make a Man(ga Reader) Out of You

    Like anime, the manga landscape has changed pretty significantly in the last decade. There are still tons of licensed titles out there from a variety of publishers, but they’re a bit more scattered than they used to be. So I’ve done my utmost to collect the best places for titles old and new in one nice, neat resource guide.

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