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  1. Josei Gems: Anime for Adult Women

    Card games, jellyfish, and running from the cops

    Josei is anime and manga created mostly by women for an audience of adult and young adult women. Since it's aimed at an older demographic, it tends to focus more on the concerns of adulthood and is far more likely to include mature themes. The three anime and manga below show a wide range of stories that explore the rich experiences of a colorful variety of unstoppable women.

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  2. Bloodiest Timeline: Attack On Titan New Season, 2 Movies Rumored

    Something hungry this way comes.

    Ready your eye balls for gory delights: Bleeding Cool reports that Attack on Titan's second season is rumored to already be in production, plus two theatrical films may be slated for release beginning in November.

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  3. Six Leading Ladies of Shonen Anime Part 2: The 21st Century

    Meet the beast tamers and demon killers!

    We're continuing our look at dynamic leading ladies from anime and manga aimed towards boys, this time getting into more modern stories. Here there be monsters! Lots of monsters.

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  4. Six Leading Ladies of Shonen Anime Part 1: The ’90s

    In the world of anime, there was a girl who was a Slayer long before Buffy.

    Female leads in Shonen are important because not only do they give us more female action/fantasy heroes, they also teach boys that they can identify with female main characters. It's very interesting to look at how shonen female leads can differ from shoujo ones. After you read this two-part series, perhaps you'll discover some new stories and new things to think about!

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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