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The Story of Animerama: Legacy

The Animerama trilogy officially ended in 1973 with the failed release of Belladonna of Sadness and the closure of Mushi Productions.  That...

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The Story of Animerama: Belladonna of Sadness

 By 1971, things looked grim for the Animerama project and Mushi Productions.  Cleopatra had flopped, Tezuka had resigned from the studio i...

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Disaster Report: MIRACLE TRAIN - WELCOME TO THE OEDO LINE

 Japan is famous worldwide for its ability to anthropomorphize anything for the sake of promotion.  People have written literal books on the...

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The Story of Animerama: Cleopatra

  A Thousand and One Nights didn’t come together quite as smoothly as Osamu Tezuka and Eiichi Yamamoto hoped, but they did manage to make a...

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The Story of Animerama: A Thousand and One Nights

Osamu Tezuka, Eiichi Yamamoto, and the staff at Mushi Productions had nothing but high hopes for the Animerama project when it started.  Jus...

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Disaster Report: Angel Tales

There are many reasons behind what shows I choose to cover for Disaster Report.  Sometimes it may be due to its distasteful, even controvers...

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The Story of Animerama: A Fateful Meeting

Sometime in 1967, Osamu Tezuka met with two staff members: director Eiichi Yamamoto and animator Gisaburo Sugii.   He had an interesting pro...

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The Story of Animerama: Origins

In the 1960s, one of the first studios to make anime for television was Mushi Productions.  Towards the end of that decade, their desire to ...

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Nutcracker Fantasy

There are few stories that are more strongly tied to Christmas than that of The Nutcracker .  It has been impressed upon two centuries of ch...

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The Potluck Parable

This post began as an in-joke between me and my husband, who was the one who came up with the analogy of ambrosia salad .  The rest just…

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Disaster Report: WEISS KREUZ

This story begins with a man named Takehito Koyasu. He's a prolific seiyuu best known these days as the voice of Dio Brando, but in the mid...

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Anime Secret Santa: THEY WERE ELEVEN

This post is brought to you by this year's Anime Secret Santa.  Thanks to the folks at All Geeks Considered for hosting this year, and than...

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Disaster Report: JUNJI ITO COLLECTION

An anime based on the works of Junji Ito should be a success by any measure.  Ito's combination of Lovecraftian horror stories combined with...

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An Essay On Anime, Fandom, and Metaphorical Comets of Joy

Recently I've been thinking on those times when life is hard and then some piece of media comes blazing through your life like a comet, brin...

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Kabukibu!

The story of Anime Strike is a short and frustrating one.  Started on New Year's Day of 2017, it was meant to be a way for Amazon to…

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Disaster Report: First Love Monster

It’s hard to come up with a new twist on shoujo romance. We have over half a century’s worth of manga and anime on the subject, and often…

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Black Rose Alice (GN 1-3)

There are a lot of vampires in shoujo manga.   This is just a simple fact.   Poke around your local Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million and yo...

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The Man of Tango

It’s kind of shocking that it took Viz so long to start a yaoi imprint of their own, SuBLime. Over the years it seems that most of the…

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Commissions Are Open!

So as teased in the intro post, I'm opening myself up for commissioned reviews!  Here are the guidelines:$20A manga review of a single volume of your choosing$30One feature-length…

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Unico

Osamu Tezuka created many, many manga over the course of his career. Some were long-spanning and ambitious, exploring philosophical, even ex...

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Top 10 DMP Manga That Should Be Rescued

Once again, the rumor mill is churning about Digital Manga Publishing's future as one Kickstarter is all but confirmed to be dead and other...

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Sakuran

It's a difficult thing to write a story about sex workers. A big reason for that is that regardless of place or time period, prostitution is...

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Tableau Numero 20

"est em" is not a name you’ll hear on the lips of most manga readers.   She doesn’t have the multi-million sales of someone like Yuu Watase ...

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Crunchyroll Manga Sampler: Course Eight

It's been a good long while since our last course.  Indeed, just enough time for Crunchyroll to clean out a bunch of Kodansha titles and r...

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Fushigi Yuugi (TV & OVA)

Sit down everyone, because I'm going to tell you a story.  Long ago in the dark days of the mid-90s, if you wanted to enjoy a bit of…

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Crunchyroll Manga Sampler: Course Seven

t's been a while since we enjoyed our last sampler.  Since then, the number of manga on Crunchyroll just keeps growing, so the Crunchyroll M...

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Disaster Report: Hellsing

There are few things more thrilling for a manga fan than to see one of their favorite series make the jump to television.  It’s not just th...

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Bookwalker Manga Sampler

Bookwalker  is one of the few digital manga sites of recent years that could be considered a success.  It started merely as a digital spinof...

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood (GN 1-3)

Previous to the last couple of years, just about any anime and manga fan you could find would tell you the same thing:  JoJo's Bizarre Adve...

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Crunchyroll Manga Sampler: Course Six

his might be the weirdest sampler we've looked at yet.  It's time to plumb the bottom of Crunchyroll's manga page a little for our latest C...

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Crunchyroll Manga Sampler: Course Five

We may be currently caught up in the dark, cold, bitter depths of winter, so what better way is there to pass the time than to stay in…

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Disaster Report: Dog & Scissors

So stop me if you’ve heard this one before: there’s a story about a teenage boy.  He’s not particular good at social graces, lives alone fo...

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