Reviews

Recaps, analysis, and critiques of media, events, and more related to Japanese pop culture.

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    Analysis: Gender Portrayals in Tiger & Bunny

    **This essay contains spoilers for Tiger and Bunny as well as the movie Tiger and Bunny: The Rising** As much as Tiger and Bunny is a story about superheroes, it’s also a…

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    Round Table Round-Up: Paranoia Agent

    Welcome to the first ever Round Table Round-Up, where we highlight topics and ideas discussed in a recent AnimeChicago Round Table. This article covers director Satoshi Kon’s television series Paranoia Agent. As…

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    Review: Summer of Scandal

    If you attended ACEN (Anime Central) over the Summer, you may have seen waves of con-goers proudly displaying shirts emblazoned with the letters S-C-A-N-D-A-L. In case you mistakenly thought that otaku throughout…

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    Heaven or Helles: Death Parade

    The series Death Parade centers around the lives and work of Arbiters, whose job it is to judge the recently deceased souls and determine those souls’ ultimate fate. The method that the…

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    Black & Wit: TekkonKinkreet

    For this month’s Anime Round Table, we watched Tekkonkinkreet, the tale of two orphan brothers, Kuro and Shiro, who are living on the streets of the dream-like Treasure Town whilst fighting against…

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    Cowboy Beerhop

    Welcome to our new column OTP where we combine anime with amazing things! AnimeChicago member Jeremy P. has an exquisite palette for great beer and great anime. Here are his recommendations on what you should drink while watching our January Round Table selection. Cowboy Bebop…

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    The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises review by Neil Clingerman Rating 10/10 (Masterpiece) “But he who knows the body, who knows life, also knows death. Except that’s not the whole thing — but merely a…

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    Kollision Con 2012: Recap

    Bal here, and here’s my recap from Saturday at Kollision Con 2012! Generally speaking, it was way smaller than Anime Central (not unexpected) but it was really nice that way! Brent knows what I…

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    AnimeWorld Chicago 2012: Recap

    Going on the basis of one that loves anime, it was refreshing to be in the same hotel with other like-minded people. AnimeWorld Chicago took place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare (Rosemont) on…

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    Reactor Meltdown

    Conventions are a big endeavor, so people weren’t surprised when con chair James Alsup announced Reactor 2008 would be canceled. Some think it was a poor decision to move to the new…