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  1. Manga You Don’t Have To Wait For: Ouran High School Host Club

    Welcome! <3

    An extremely popular anime, Ouran High School Host Club has charmed many an otaku. But I’ve found that strangely few fans have read the original source, authored by Bisco Hatori.

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  2. Looking At Female Characters in Anime and Manga Through a Western Feminist Lens

    Well, here it goes.

    The portrayal of female characters in anime and manga is a complex discussion, not only because of the various tropes that exist but also because of the cultural perspectives through which they must be filtered and digested. While the subject of female characters in anime and manga is not as frequently written about here at The Mary Sue, it nonetheless has become a topic of discussion not only by the Japanese consumers but those like myself.

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  3. President Otakubama Thanks Japan for Anime and Manga

    What about sushi?

    Japan's Prime Minster, Shinzo Abe, visited the White House this week to discuss trade within the Pacific Rim (the geography, not the movie). While it was, for the most part, a business visit, it was also a good chance for Obama to thank Abe for Japanese cultural imports.

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  4. Horror Director Adam Wingard Signs On For The US Adaptation Of Death Note

    Yes, there's a US adaptation of the Death Note anime coming to screens near you - but it might actually be good, thanks to the intelligent eye of newly-signed-on director Adam Wingard.

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  5. Anna Sui Reveals Her New Manga Inspired Bag and Wallet Creations

    A sight for the eyes. Huge, sparkling manga eyes, specifically.

    For any of you who are traveling to Japan this May, don't forget to stop by one of fashion designer Anna Sui's pop-up stores. There are some really unique purses, wallets, and pouches that you'll want to see.

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  6. Manga You Don’t Have To Wait For: xxxHOLiC

    It's binging time!

    There’s hardly anything I love more than curling up under a cozy blanket with a cup of tea and reading manga. Except, perhaps, sitting in the park on a sunny day and reading manga. Either way, the key denominator here is “reading manga.” One of the things I dislike most is reaching the end of a volume, and having to wait months for the next installment. I’m not a patient person. Thats why omnibus volumes are one of my most favorite things ever.

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  7. New Attack on Titan Movie Trailer Has Us Hungry For More

    Nom.

    A new Attack on Titan trailer surfaced on YouTube this week, providing an exciting new peek over the wall at the movie and its striking visual style.

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. First Trailer for Attack on Titan Prequel Hints at Levi’s Origin Story

    Survey Corps, assemble!

    Attack on Titan fans eagerly awaiting an update on the anime's rumored second season, theatrical releases and prequel episodes now finally have some proof that more colossal goodness is headed their way. The first trailer for a two-part prequel series based on the manga of the same name, Attack on Titan: No Regrets is finally here, and Levi enthusiasts curious about the personal history of the stone-cold bad-ass will not be disappointed.

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