June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312

Robinson, already famous for his Mars and Environment Trilogies, tackles the questions of returning to a degraded environment on Earth after the human species has been living in space habitats and colonies around the solar system for several centuries.

Anime Primer: Chihayafuru

On the surface, the game of karuta doesn’t appear to be particularly interesting or exciting, but the game’s simple nature belies the speed and intensity of competitive gameplay. The same could be said of the new show on Crunchyroll this season, Chihayafuru. On the surface, a series about the game of karuta does not sound all that compelling, but this simple premise belies the strength of the show’s artistry, characters, and storytelling.

Review, “Pilot” episode of Elementary

Sherlock Holmes reenters the American canon of detective fiction in the new series Elementary.

Gaijin Channel producing web series covering Japan’s traditional special effects films.

Gaijin Channel producing web series covering Japan’s traditional special effects films.

09/24/12

Tokyo-based production group Gaijin Channel is producing a new on-going documentary web series covering Japan’s traditional special effects films, including Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman and more.

Review of “PSY – 6 Rules,” aka “Gangam Style”

Review of “PSY – 6 Rules,” aka “Gangam Style”

09/22/12

Let’s be real here – I just want to talk about “Gangnam Style,” even if the review is a month or two late to the party. And soon!! You will get some delicious Gangnam goodness if you keep reading, because I wanted to take a unique angle to reviewing it.

Kimono: Modern Art for Modern Life

The following item was originally published on 7 September 2012 on Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio and is republished here with the kind permission of the author. Yuko Omori doesn’t want kimono to die out. The fashion stylist and TV costume designer has launched her own kimono line, Double Maison, to encourage young Japanese women to put their own spin on...

Anime Primer: Sword Art Online

What would you do if you suddenly discovered that your favorite video game – normally an avenue for escapism and cathartic release – had real-world consequences for each of your actions? What if it’s your own life on the line, and if you die in-game, your real life is forfeit? That’s the kind of dilemma that the players of Sword Art Online, a new Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online RPG, face inside this summer’s anime of the same name.

Review of “Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes”

This two-volume set embarks on the ambitious project of survey the most important and influential works of graphic literature in the American canon.

Anime Primer: Bodacious Space Pirates

They are known by many names: Pirates, Buccaneers, Privateers, Corsairs, Raiders, Filibusters, Freebooters. Their modus operandi is pretty much the same across the board: independent acts of robbery or violence, typically taking place on the sea, committed by one vessel against another vessel or town. Sometimes they are romanticized and revered, other times demonized and reviled; how they are seen depends on who they ultimately serve.

Fans ecstatic over news of new ‘Dragon Ball’ animated film.

Fans ecstatic over news of new ‘Dragon Ball’ animated film.

08/19/12

Yes, our hero Goku is coming back. The new “Dragon Ball Z” movie is scheduled for release on March 30, 2013. Believe it or not, it will have been be 17 years since the last “Dragon Ball Z” movie was released.