Entertainment

Not Funny!

Before getting into the nitty gritty, however, I have to tell you an amusing story. I want to start the blog off with a lighthearted tone. Then I can get into the essence of Manga and Anime and why they merit your undivided attention. They are part and parcel of modern pop culture. It just

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Too Much Anime can be a bad Thing!?!

Have you ever gone on a binge of any kind? I don’t care if it was about food, shopping, or exercise. It might have been a session of home movies. I am talking about the time you did something for hours on end without noticing anything else in your environment. You didn’t stop to eat,

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Manga Convention

I look forward to a Manga convention almost as much as my birthday when my friends go crazy with anime theme parties and related gifts. I have dozens of cartoon-decorated items like backpacks, wallets, phone cases, key chains, notebooks, and the like. You could say I have a vast and comprehensive collection. I have illustrations

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Stuck at Work!!!

As a professional illustrator, I can work late at night (the proverbial late shift) depending upon immanent deadlines. While I do a variety of styles, I love it when I get an assignment to do something in the Manga or Anime style. Cartoonish characters are my forte and I do them often just for my

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Action Figures

My friends are a kick (pun intended). They love to play soccer most of all. Having drawn everyone I know in anime style, I want now to do all the team members in complete uniform, right down to their shin guards. I will duplicate their custom uniforms of course including each person’s number. The colors

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It’s Gonna be a Good Day

I hate waking up in the dark. It is so hard to throw off the blanket and put my feet on the cold floor. I realized that I needed a more pleasant morning experience and decided to search for the perfect sunrise alarm clock. I read about them in reviews on line and they sounded

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Like New

I sit at my desk staring at my trusty laptop searching for new articles and examples of the Japanese style of Manga and Anime. There are wonderful sites that are constantly renewed with new material. My desk gets a lot of wear and tear given the hours I spend enjoying my favorite pastime. I could

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Try a Con!

Something I like about anime and manga is that there are huge communities of fans. There are websites like mine written by one person or a team of fans. There are message boards where people trade DVDs and talk about different aspects of the genre that they like. But some stuff actually takes place away

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A Quick Lesson

Japanese illustration, or what we call anime, has been around for a long time. We have proof of it as early as the 1910s. Japanese artist ŌtenShimokawa, originally a political cartoonist, is credited with making the first true anime film, a five-minute cartoon released in theaters back in 1917. Another “father” of anime is SeitarōKitayama,

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Yakitate!! Rules!

My favorite genre is manga. Most people don’t think too much of it but they don’t appreciate all that goes into it. They don’t see the fun in it. They completely miss the underlying commentary. They don’t acknowledge the stylistic designs as a legitimate art form. They are missing out. First of all, nearly everything

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Best Way to Experience Something

I want to go to Japan. I’ve never travelled outside of my state before. I have never been on a plane. I know Japan is far and that it would be expensive but I still think it would be fun to go. I have been putting money aside for a few months. I want to

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Favorite Yakitate!! Ja-pan Episodes

I like a lot of anime but I love the Yakitate!! Ja-pan show best. Whether you are familiar with the show or not, I thought I would give you three episodes that are among my favorite and why I like them. I hope that if you are a fan of the show, you’ll like these

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