Manga Tropes Revisited


A while back I wrote about some of the more popular tropes used in manga (and anime too!). A single post really doesn't do the topic justice, though, given the huge number of manga tropes out there. The tropes I covered … [Read more...]

How To Speak (Fake) Japanese


For some reason, imitating other languages really intrigues me. There's just something about being able to mimic a language you don't actually know while still getting enough right to make other people understand what … [Read more...]

You Might Be a Weeaboo If…


In the early 2000s, 4chan became the site of increasingly heated exchanges between those who were anime and manga fans, and those who, er, weren’t. Or perhaps they were just trolls. Well, trolls or not, their slur of … [Read more...]

Yakult: World Domination


Hey, heard of the Black Death? This delightful plague wiped out half the European population during the 14th century, and was caused by Yersinia pestis. So fatal was this modest bacterium it was once used as biological … [Read more...]

Happy Pocky Day 2012!


It's November 11th once again, and you know what that means -- it's Pocky Day! Pocky Day is the day that Japan - nay, the world - celebrates the iconic chocolate-covered Japanese sweet, Pocky. We have a complete guide … [Read more...]

Fall 2012 Anime Season Roundup


This anime season looks awesome. I can't remember the last time I was this impressed with an anime season's lineup. It's been a year since I started writing these quarterly anime roundups, and I can definitely say that … [Read more...]

John’s Top 10 Japanese Dramas


I really enjoy Japanese dramas. As far as Japanese entertainment media goes, dramas are right up there with anime for me. When I was first getting into Japanese stuff, I was all about the anime until one day I realized … [Read more...]

Why Japan Loves Iron Chef


Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin To some people, Iron Chef was just a TV show. It ran for about a decade in Japan and had a few, less successful spinoffs around the … [Read more...]