Sakura-Con 2014 by Caitlin Moore

I got there at around 10:45, just in time to wander around hopelessly lost in the labyrinthine convention center for a half an hour before finding my way to the “Crossdressing for Fun and Profit in Anime and Manga” panel. The title made me skeptical, but the description sounded good – there’s a lot of ignorance about gender-related issues in anime fandom as well as a good deal of ethnocentrism and things can get ugly pretty quickly.

Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con 2014 by Katie Cunico

Sakuracon has a lot going for it; it’s in the spring in Seattle, which even when it rains, as it did part of this year, is always nice and mild. It’s very suitable for any type of convention activity, whether it be lugging purchases around or costumes of any type. The neighborhood the convention center and surrounding hotels are in is a fantastic one – I’ve mentioned the Gameworks across the street before, and it remains a favorite after-con activity for many congoers, especially on Thursday night – and there’s no shortage of food or shopping or entertainment.

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Anime Matsuri 2014

This year, Anime Matsuri was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas from March 14-16, 2014. Now, Anime Matsuri has become a big name in Texas anime conventions since its beginning in 2007. They were notorious for promising big and delivering little, and even I had been warned about the cancellation of panels, guests, long line times and overall disorganization.


Attack on Titan

Hundreds of years ago, the human race was nearly wiped out by ferocious giants known as titans, which are many stories high with seemingly no intelligence to speak of, and enjoy consuming live humans for fun. From the brinks of extinction, mankind erects a city with tall walls higher then any titan encountered. In the present, it has been over one hundred years since the last titan has been sighted, but one fateful day, a young boy Eren Yeager and his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman witness the return of the titans when a super titan appears from thin air and destroys the outer wall of the city. The destruction of the wall paves the way for the titans to invade the outer perimeter and force the humans to run to higher ground behind their next line of defense. All the while Eren and Mikasa witness their mother being eaten alive as they escape. On that day Eren vows to destroy every single titan and avenge mankind.

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Yu-sibu – First Impressions

Sometimes even the most persnickety among us anime connoisseurs desires to mellow out and seek refuge in the warm bosoms of guilty pleasures, and this ridiculously long-named anime promises to be just the thing. Thus begins my report on I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job, or the Japanese shortened title Yu-Sibu.