The top three best-selling manga of all time are all titles you'd probably expect. Naruto comes in third, with around 235 million units sold, Dragon Ball squeezes in second with anywhere between 250-300 million units, and One Piece wins by a nautical mile with a whopping 451 million units so far. But in the top … Continue reading Detective Conan’s Western Popularity Case!: Why Case Closed Hasn’t Caught On In America
I regret to inform you that my anime podcast is back. Episode 28, "James Cameron's Corkscrew Dick," is now live! You can download it here.
This piece is dedicated to Fred Patten, a personal hero and inspiration who passed late last year. Arguably the first Western anime journalist, his writing on the medium and the culture that surrounded it had a profound impact on the way I approached my own fandom. When I shared a correspondence with him, in around … Continue reading Fear and Loathing In Anime Fandom
Growing up, Goku was my biggest inspiration as a human being. When I felt alone, when I felt weak, when I got picked on, I always looked to Akira Toriyama's riff on Superman to help guide me. It's because of Goku that I started working out, that I tried to believe in myself more, that … Continue reading Go! Hibari-Kun, or How I Found Inner Strength In An Old Anime
After thinking about it, I want more people to read my first novel, Emancipations! So I've decided to sweeten the pot, as it were - by dropping the price to 99 cents! You, yes you, can get inside the head of a chronically depressed former alcoholic who works a dead-end job at a dying mall! For less … Continue reading My Book Is Less Than A Buck, So Read It!
Though I'm remiss to say it out loud, I have to cop to the fact that I am, in fact, a really big fan of the battle royale genre. At first, I thought I only had a tangential interest in it - just kind of a passing, mild, "hey, this is a neat little thing … Continue reading Apex Legends, Overwatch, and The Strength of Character
It's hard to touch the original Resident Evil games. I know, I know - "tank controls," "fixed camera," "limited saves," so on, so forth. The laundry list of modern umbrages with the legacy entries is endless, and to a degree, I get it. Times have changed, and consequently so have our standards. To me, however, those things … Continue reading Review – “Resident Evil 2” (2019)