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RI Anime Con 2024: Several Steps In The Right Direction

"The event is still feeling some growing pains. The decision to hold RI Anime Con on the same weekend as RI Pride and Fan Expo Boston undoubtedly hurt…

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Five Points Fest 2024: Henbo Talks With Anime Herald

"Akira was one of my favorite things I ever saw. My friend Mike, he was an illustrator in the same course as me, he introduced me to it.…

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Koala Anime’s Euca-lasting Impact On North America

Perhaps we’re not clamoring to purchase koala poop necklaces in North America, but our love of koalas and the shows inspired by them lives on in the efforts to…

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Just Communication: Exploring Skip and Loafer and When The Day Comes

“It doesn’t matter how different we are…I made an unforgettable memory that will last a hundred years.” 

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Anyone can access manga now. Here’s why that’s good.

And as manga becomes ubiquitous, I think manga fandom has become quieter. It has shifted from an interest that used to shout for my attention to a low…

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Lightbox Expo 2023: A Conversation With Dean Yeagle

"Design yourself, not when you’re working for them, or for anybody. When you design them yourself, they have to buy the copyright from you, and so forth."

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Final Results: Anime Herald’s 2024 Funding Drive

I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who backed us last month, as well as those who have been supporting us in the months and years…

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Koala-ty Entertainment: An Australian Anime Craze

The country’s economic boom in the ‘80s sparked increases in tourism to Australia, thus driving koala fascination further than ever before.

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Lightbox Expo 2023: Clover Complex & Toodlingart Talk With Anime Herald

Date: 10/28/2023 Location: Lightbox Expo 2023 Anime Herald: What’s the story behind the New York City rats? Clover Complex: My friend and I, Ant, went to

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Seeing Yourself in Strange Phenomena: God Bless the Mistaken as Disability Analogy

Nakatani Nio’s most recent series, God Bless the Mistaken, is a manga that provides an excellent example of an analogy done right. While the setting and experiences of…

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Katsucon 2024: A Truly Serendipitous Weekend

It’s still too early for me to know whether or not I’ll be able to go to Katsucon again next year, but as it stands, I’m certainly hoping…

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Lightbox Expo 2023: An Interview With Kai Lun Qu

Date: 10/28/2023 Location: Lightbox Expo 2023 Anime Herald: What’s a nice, classically trained artist like you doing in a place like this? Kai Lun

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Progress Report: Anime Herald’s 2024 Funding Drive

I sincerely can’t thank our subscribers enough for their support. They empower us to keep working to make Anime Herald a bigger and better publication.

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Animazement 2024: A Spectacle, And A Homecoming

I’ve been attending Animazement since 2018, and it’s always been interesting to see what returns and what is added.

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Anime Herald Fiscal Report for Year Ending 3/31/2024

I want to offer my sincere thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement over the years. We wouldn’t be here without you, and we are…

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Hail to the Queen: Queen Bee at Anime Boston

"People are always watching. If you’re doing something truly unique or special, in this modern age with the internet, we’ve entered an era where anyone can be discovered…

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Zom 100 Is the Most Important Anime of This Generation

While he is uncertain of what that future will look like, he is certain—as are his friends—that he will not return to the normal that exploited him mentally,…

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Mass Destruction: A Conversation With Lotus Juice

"It’s always challenging. Sometimes, you’re offered a song on something you don’t really listen to. But it’s a job. I try to make it better. It’s always fun…

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Panda-monium: World War II, Diplomatic Relations, and Anime

Arguably one of the most historically important and influential of these exchanges, though, was when China allowed a pair of giant pandas—Kang Kang and Lan Lan— to take…

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Castlevania’s Annette Brings Heritage and a Pantheon of Gods to Konami’s Classic Series

By using her African diaspora and Haitian heritages as a core part of the character, the show’s staff were able to craft a character who stands as fascinating…

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Anime Boston 2024: Bad Anime, Bad!

Table of contentsIntroduction: Time Stands StillGood Evening, Boston!The Main EventA Change of PaceWandering Perspectives Introduction: Time Stands Still

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Kagurabachi, the Smash Hit Born from the Modern Manga Hype Machine

What is happening? How did a brand-new manga instantly launch to such memetic popularity? The answer to this question reveals much about what’s going on lately in the…

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Babybeard Bares Their Souls (And Beards!) at Anime Boston

Interview With: Babybeard Location: Anime Boston 2024 Interview Date: 3/29/2024 Anime Herald: Do you want the most important question to be the first one

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Disastrously Not Knowing What to Do: The Life and Death of Always Breaktime

Always Breaktime churned out 8,842 hours of mind-numbingly derivative content, succeeding in its goal to be “longer than One Piece will ever be.”

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An Unexpected Gem: How Bocchi the Rock! Outshines the Competition

Bocchi the Rock, at its essence, is a story about how we find community and love by challenging ourselves to chase what’s meaningful to us.

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Anime Boston 2024: Queen Bee Brings The Fire To The Hynes

All photos for this concert were taken by Samantha Ferreira following Anime Boston's photo policies, and are used with permission. Table of

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My Cosplay Book Deal: By The Numbers

Even today, writers cling to the fossilized misbelief that books are the end-all-be-all of our careers. The problem is, nobody reads books. In 2023, only 54% of Americans…

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How Jojo Lost Its Mojo: A History of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Fandom in the West

A combination of factors—market shifts, brand awareness, and changing platforms—has left perceptions of the franchise stuck firmly in the early 2010s.

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The Amazing Overlooked Women in the Anime Industry

We’ve made massive strides compared to where we started, but there are still plenty of names that go overlooked—especially women, even on high-profile shows.

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Viewing Gundam Seed FREEDOM At New York’s Japan Society

The film, directed by Gundam Seed TV director Mitsuo Fukuda at Sunrise, continues the story that began more than two decades ago.

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How Bringing A Kid To An Anime Con Is Like Breaking A Bone

I’m grateful to the convention volunteers who thought outside themselves. Maybe if communities were run a little more like cons, we’d all be a little bit happier. 

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Dongpo: Life in Poems at Lincoln Center

The spectacle and drama of the evening proved to be enthralling, and conveyed the magic of Dongpo’s work in a manner most befitting of one who devoted their…

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Anime Boston 2024: One Piece Fandom in the 4Kids Era

Table of contentsA History LessonForward to the PastGiving a 4Kids Dub to a Show That Shouldn’t Have a 4Kids DubConclusion A History Lesson In this day

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The Apothecary Diaries: Unmasking Mysteries With Maomao, The Sherlockian Kitty

Elementary, my dear reader, for in the hallowed halls of deduction, Maomao pursues clues and unmasks mysteries with a feline grace that is truly enchanting. The Apothecary Diaries,…

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Anime Boston 2024: Cosplay Makes The (Anime) World Go Round

The capacity event saw countless cosplayers return to the Hynes. Their costumes covered the gamut of fandom, from loving, living tributes to Akira Toriyama, to stunningly accurate recreations…

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The Evolution of Abridged Anime Part 5 – TikTok And The Future

While TikTok is a massive and attractive platform for comedic anime fandubs, it does come with its own difficulties when compared to YouTube. The

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Anime Boston 2024: Dubs That Time Forgot

The world may have changed since Toole started this panel in 2002, but it’s clear that, even twenty years later, there will always be a need for folks…

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Anime Boston 2024: Opening Ceremonies And Babybeard Mini-Live

A line of attendees had already begun to form outside of the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium by nine o’clock, as fans staked out their spots for Anime Boston’s opening…

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American Comics Have a Shojo and Josei Problem

Even heroes I adored, like Starfire, could not rope me in when all I saw were women wearing next to nothing with body proportions that did not help…

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Absolute Boyfriend and the Tech Dystopia

...Reading this series in 2023, these comedic elements seem much more like a prediction, or a reflection, of the dystopian level of power tech companies have to manipulate…

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How to Get Paid to Watch Anime, Revisited

how much of your soul are you willing to part with? “Zero” isn’t an option.

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Exploring Comitia 146, A Thriving Slice of the Doujin World

Held several times a year at Big Sight, with satellite events in different prefectures, Comitia is another fascinating look at doujinshi culture in Japan.

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The Evolution of Abridged Anime Part 3: What’s In A Name?

On April 23, 2005, a nineteen-second video titled “Me at the zoo” made history as the first-ever video posted to YouTube. Even with videos capped at just

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So Long, Akira Toriyama, and See You On Snake Way

Toriyama has left in us a love for this industry, one that he helped build with his own two hands. Character by character, contribution by contribution, this is…

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Angel Cop, And the Enduring Legacy of Gag Dubs

Screenshot from Angel Cop that depicts the titular Angel holding a giant laser rifle. She's wearing armor that covers her top half, while leaving her butt - which…

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A Sketchy Proposal, Or How Fans Hide In Plain Sight

But often, the majority of anime fans are invisible. Even though I’ve interviewed anime fans in their 50s and 60s for my Anime Origin Stories journalism project, the…

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VHS Trading and Fansubs in the Modern Era

No matter what the future holds, it is obvious that anime fans are an industrious bunch who have a history of doing whatever it takes to access the…

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The Evolution of Abridged Anime Part 2: The Modern Progenitors

As anime fandom entered the new millennium, technological advancements placed San Jose at the epicenter of the next evolution in anime parodies. Until the

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From The Director Role to the Director’s Chair, John Swasey Talks With Anime Herald

Date: 4/7/2023 Location: Anime Boston 2023 Boston Bastard Brigade: So, so first of all, been a fan of yours for a very long time ever since the old…

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That Time I Saw Nagito Komaeda At Whole Foods

It isn’t unusual for me to see anime characters in my neighborhood. I live near a DC metro stop that’s crammed with hotels, so Anime USA and Blerdcon…

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