Waxing Philosophical: What We Can Learn from even the Trashiest of Romances

Valentine’s Day is behind us but I think it’s important to continue thinking about romance and the kind of impact these kinds of stories have on readers. It’s one of the reasons I created this blog and continue to return to romance series. Reading romance books and manga were majorly important to me when I … More Waxing Philosophical: What We Can Learn from even the Trashiest of Romances

Valentine’s Themed Episodes to Get You in the Mood

Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all! Even if you’re not celebrating with a special person today, you’re all welcome here. My fiancee has to work tonight, so I’m here to talk some anime and manga with all of you while I eat some sweet, sweet chocolate. So grab your candy and beverage of choice … More Valentine’s Themed Episodes to Get You in the Mood

Comics as Literature Part 2: Literary Graphic Novel Canon

What would be your response if someone inexperienced with reading graphic novels and comics came up to you for advice on where to start? What kind of titles would you recommend? I bet I can name a few of the ones you just thought of. Maus, right? The Watchmen? It’s easy enough to pull these … More Comics as Literature Part 2: Literary Graphic Novel Canon

Waxing Philosophical: Current Opinions on Comics as Literature, Part 1

Just this past week, the late and great Stan Lee passed away, one of the founders of the US comic book industry. He was and forever will be a cultural icon so many in the industry hold dear, and his passing reverberated across comics media and into the mainstream media. Unfortunately, the news reached the … More Waxing Philosophical: Current Opinions on Comics as Literature, Part 1

October Mythology Special: Kuchisake-Onna, or What Happens When Ghost Stories Get Too Real

You’re walking down a dark street at night. Mist is starting to cover the ground making the road ahead of you hard to see. Suddenly you see the shadow of a woman step out of the mist and walk towards you. She looks like a fairly normal Japanese woman and is wearing a surgical mask … More October Mythology Special: Kuchisake-Onna, or What Happens When Ghost Stories Get Too Real

October Mythology Special: Gashadokuro, the Hungriest of Ghosts

Japan is known for its hungry ghosts, yurei who come back to haunt those who have wronged them or come back to fulfill some unfulfilled purpose before they can move on. In the last post, we had the Manekute no Yurie or the beckoning hand that appears sticking out of empty rooms, and will only … More October Mythology Special: Gashadokuro, the Hungriest of Ghosts

October Mythology Special: The Disembodied Hands of Legend

I’m sure you’ve noticed just how much I’ve been talking about XXXHolic, and it’s not just because it’s that time of year when I want to read slightly spooky or mystical stories. The content of XXXHolic hits on a lot of humanity’s biggest fears and insecurities, including the ones from legends and folklore. In chapter … More October Mythology Special: The Disembodied Hands of Legend

October Mythology Special: Jorogumo/Tsuchigumo and Indigenous History

Japan Powered recounts one story about a curious thing that happened to a logger out in the forest: “One day a logger was going about his work. Since logging is an exhausting business, seeing as how this was Edo period Japan and the chainsaw hadn’t been invented yet, the man decides to take a short … More October Mythology Special: Jorogumo/Tsuchigumo and Indigenous History