Akira

Beautifully designed typefaces and tall, slender blondes are the treasures of a nation. Current favorite artists: - Eretto - Kantoku - Mizoguchi Keiji - Ueda Ryou - Morii Shitsugi

Three (FIVE?!) Way Action: THE (NON-SOBER) NEW YEARS’ SPECIAL (Episode 3)

Three (FIVE?!) Way Action: THE (NON-SOBER) NEW YEARS' SPECIAL (Episode 3)

Surprise, bitches— I’m back. (Not really. Just for right now.) After a night of revelry and watching the fireworks at Darling Harbour, Sorrow-Kun and I ran back to my friend’s house to record this very special hour-long (LIVE!!) New Year’s Extravaganza. We patched in Kylaran, delirious from Comiket 81, and also had two special guests— Furinkan and […]

On Usagi Drop

On Usagi Drop

Usagi Drop ended Thursday on a predictably positive note. I applaud it for staving off the Hallmark-esque barrage of vapid goodwill for so long.

Three Way Action – Episode 2

Three Way Action - Episode 2

Here’s Episode 2 of your favorite degenerates ranting and raving about everything under the sun. Well, not really— you see, Sorrow-Kun isn’t here. He’s… gone to a better (?) place. Instead, we have rookie podcaster eternal with us this time. We discuss serious stuff like why Mayo Chiki! should be a model for romantic comedies (in a way), why the […]

Capturing Soul in Cosplay Photography

Capturing Soul in Cosplay Photography

Too often in cosplay photography, the subject becomes an object. Cosplayers are fairly bad at doing anything other than looking sexy (?) and photographers focus too strongly on simply making cosplayers look good. I think we can do better than that.

The East is Burning Red: A Shanghai Otaku Story

The East is Burning Red: A Shanghai Otaku Story

While most of NHRV attended Anime Expo, I was halfway across the world. I stepped out of my air-conditioned taxi into the sweltering heat of Shanghai’s exburbs. Facing me was a dusty old factory, recently converted into a small convention hall. A dozen or so itasha were parked outside the hall’s entrance. A few dozen fujoshi were lined […]