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Love the Cosplayer, Respect the Cosplayer: The Happy Medium

Love the Cosplayer, Respect the Cosplayer: The Happy Medium

I have been a member of the anime fandom for about a decade, if not longer. In this time, I have attended my fair share of conventions and even hosted a few meet-ups of my own. At these events, I've come across more cosplayers, or people dressed up as their favorite characters, than mathematics can actually calculate a number to describe.

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Sakura-Con 2012

Sakura-Con 2012

Sakura-Con 2012 was by far one of the best cons I've been to in a long time, largely due to all the awesome friends I got to see and a total lack of drama. Furthermore, it was one of the con’s biggest years for guests. This year there were three major musical performances and a whole bunch of industry people. Voice actors, directors, and producers came in droves, and for good reason: this was Sakura-Con's fifteenth year, and the staff gave it their all to make it their best.

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An Insider’s Look at Japan: Asakusa

An Insider’s Look at Japan: Asakusa

When visiting Japan for the second time in March 2010, I was reminded of the interesting duality of culture there. Many of us see Japan and think of technology, high fashion, and modern pop culture. J-pop idols, maid cafés, anime, and manga are all prevalent, of course, but it's really interesting to see just how seamlessly Japan's old culture is integrated into the vast urban sprawl of Tokyo.

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An Insider’s Look at Japan: Akihabara

An Insider’s Look at Japan: Akihabara

Akihabara, the Electric Town. This is the crown jewel for anime, manga, game, and tech fans in Tokyo. Located only a scant 5-10 minutes from Asakusa, the famous temple district in Tokyo, this place has absolutely anything you could ever want, and there’s so much to see it took two trips to see everything I wanted to (or at least had time to). Akihabara has an interesting little history.

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Dropped! – MPD Psycho [Manga]

Dropped! –  MPD Psycho [Manga]

Some people stop watching an anime or reading a manga for several reasons. Sometimes it’s because a title is just so nightmarishly bad that they can’t bear to watch the rest of it to completion. Sometimes it’s because there are just too many episodes/volumes that it seems insurmountable. I stopped reading MPD Psycho for neither of those reasons.  For anyone that’s never heard of MPD Psycho, here’s the basic rundown, at least...

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