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  1. The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 3

    The host with the most.

    Welcome to a three-part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. Whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so let's get going with part three!

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  2. The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 2

    UTENA-SAMAAAAA!

    Welcome to a three part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. You can read part one here, but whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so lets get going with part two!

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  3. The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 1

    A rose by any other uniform would smell as sweet.

    Welcome to a three part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. Whether the series has a lot to say about gender or a little, there's still a lot to explore, so lets get going with part one!

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  4. A Delicate Balance: Why You Should Read Ai Yazawa’s Nana

    Morgana reviews Nana!

    It's hard to write about Nana without feeling as though I'm not doing it justice; this is more than a mere two-best-girlfriends-embroiled-in-romance story. The Nanas really exemplify a beautiful duality, the difficulty between balancing real love and a passionate career. And beyond that, the story is very realistic, with little room for romantic tropes or expected outcomes.

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  5. Otaku Dictionary: Japanese Honorifics

    Allow us to explain.

    When you first watch Japanese animation in its native language it's only natural that you'd come across words that you don't understand.

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  6. Nerd Semantics Cross Language Barriers With Yaoi, Slash, & Otaku

    Essay

    Words change, and words get used different ways in different places. Ask someone from the United States what word they use to refer to carbonated beverages, and you will hear at least two different answers. Sometimes three or more. English borrows words all the time from different languages, too. In anime and manga fandom, the words involved tend to be borrowed from Japanese. Words like otaku, words like yaoi.

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  7. Attack on Titan Creator, Publisher On Character’s Gender

    Today in Awesome

    Manga artist and writer Hajime Isamaya created Attack on Titan, a manga and anime that is beautiful, dark, and complex...and also extremely popular.  It also features a character named Zoë Hange who, despite their female first name, is consistently not gendered in the course of the manga or anime.  Isamaya has clearly done this deliberately, as he's repeatedly avoided giving Hange (or Hanji as the name is often written) a specific binary gender. Publisher Kodansha has now gotten in on the discussion via their Tumblr account and is attempting to keep the Attack on Titan manga as close to Isamaya's vision as possible.

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  8. “Throw Stones” Is A Stunningly-Beautiful Song Tribute To Sailor Moon

    In the name of the moon, she will make you cry.

    Singer-songwriter Mary Bichner is an incredibly-talented vocalist and composer - and also a huge fan of Sailor Moon. When you put her passions together, you get "Throw Stones," a haunting tribute to Sailor Galaxia (a character who appears towards the end of the Sailor Moon story-arc).

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Celebrate Christmas With the Hogfather

    Things We Saw Today

    Discworld's Mort Death as the Hogfather as a cake. By Jo Orr of Ciccio Cakes. (That's Nerdalicious)

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  10. Dramatic Manga Plates Will Make Your Meal Way More Exciting

    om nom nom

    You're never too old to play with your food, right? These plates are available on the Japanese site Comicalu, and they're guaranteed to bring the drama.

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