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Samurai Jack Vs. AkuSamurai Jack: Aku’s Folly

I knew about Samurai Jack for a long time, but I never really got into it. It was just another cartoon that my brother and some friends were into that I just, at the time,… [more]

StevenA Myth of Love and Metals: Gem Fusion in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe

“So we thought, why don’t we all marry each other?” “Ta-da!” “And if that’s not human enough for you, we throw in a little being born and some dying …” “We’re very sorry for your… [more]

David Mann dragon image 1 featuredDragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’: Fun Time at the Theatre for Fans, Not the Equal of What Came Before It.

(Note: some spoilers, particularly regarding the ending) It’s that time again: beginning its return in earnest with 2013’s Japanese release of Battle of Gods, Akira Toriyama’s Shōnen manga titan and pop-cultural gamechanger Dragon Ball continues… [more]

Son GokuNalanda University Reincarnated: Goku’s Alma Mater

Nalanda University, recently refounded in India, has begun accepting students. In its own right this is a good thing because it will provide greater access to higher education both for Indian and global students. It… [more]

Monkey D Luffy and the Strawhat Pirates of One PieceJapan’s “New” Anti-Piracy Campaign for Anime and Manga

There has been much discussion of a newly enforced law in Japan regarding online piracy. A-Kon, for which I run various programs, and most other anime conventions do not permit bootlegging at events and internet… [more]

St.-George-Slaying-the-Dragon-Hans-Von-AachenKnights of Sidonia (Shidonia no Kishi): Mecha Anime and Primordial Evil

The Netflix Original Series Knights of Sidonia is a triumphal tour of the mecha genre and a major coup for Netflix as their first anime series. While it’s not a true original, as it aired… [more]

© Madman EntertainmentSturm und Drang: Germanic Influence on Shingeki no Kyojin

Seid ihr das Essen? Nein wir sind die Jäger Spoilers to follow: The bestselling manga Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama has been adapted to television, inspired several video games, and a commercially successful English… [more]

Kuroshitsuji Volume 1Indian Culture in Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)

I will warn you now: this article has spoilers. What I have in mind would be impossible without them. So, that said, allons-y! In the anime series Black Butler, episodes 13 – 15 introduce us… [more]

powerpuff -LGPowerpuff Girls: Too Hot for Comics?

A small furor erupted recently when a variant cover for the IDW tie-in to the Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls was withdrawn from circulation after criticism that it was too sexualized. Michigan comic book… [more]

akira_iconicMy Big Brother’s Secret Japanese Cartoons: How Anime Addicted Me to Serial Narratives

I’m ten years old, and you’re already dead. Your head explodes, and leather cringes while boots crush bone and dust swirls around a strange haired man in the desert. Buildings lay like corpses, luxury liners… [more]

Akira (Dark Horse version), vol. 1An Introduction to Akira

Akira is seen by the manga/anime community as the “beginner’s manga/anime.” That is to say, if you like this series, you’ll probably like manga/anime, and vice versa. While this is may seem derogative of Katsuhiro Otomo’s… [more]