Nijigahara Holograph: A Haunting & Beautiful Manga

Manga

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Nijigahara Holograph by Inio Asano (Solanin) makes you feel uncomfortable at times… well a lot. Its haunting story wrapped in beautiful illustrations  makes it incredibly atmospheric. Before I get ahead of myself, I should probably tell you what it’s about. Well… it’s about… uhh… it’s complicated. (Which is another way of saying it was confusing.) But it was confusing on purpose! So that makes it okay, right? The main reason why it’s so hard to describe is because it is all timey wimey and convoluted, except we don’t have a super genius timelord to help explain the story. Since it’s so…

“Say I Love You”: A Realistic Shoujo Anime… Sort of

Anime TV Talk

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Nana broke my heart, in more ways than one. So after I dried my tears, I put on some lipstick, my best dress and went searching for a rebound anime. That’s when I ran into, Say “I Love You” (Suki-tte Ii na yo.). I’m pretty picky with my shoujo since I typically prefer josei and seinen manga and anime. But of course, I find myself falling for some amazing shounen and shoujo like Bakuman and Ouran High School Host Club. I find a lot of shoujo anime too unrealistic for my tastes. I know, I know, that’s just the nature of the beast. But…

East of West #9: The Black Experience Done Right

Comics My Pull List Sci-fi/ Cyberpunk

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Writer: Jonathan Hickman Art: Nick Dragotta Colors: Frank Martin Publisher: Image Comics People of color are underrepresented and misrepresented in comics (we should all know that by now). However, there are some creators who do diversity right. (Quick shout-out to the creators of Chew, Saga and Nowhere Men, to name a few.) This issue of East of West took it a step further and not only had an issue full of black folk, but it gave them depth and realism. East of West is a crock-pot that’s brewing an oncoming apocalypse and each issue is an ingredient. Because of this, there isn’t much progression in the story, just…

Doki Doki: Anime & Manga Helped Me Get Over A Heartbreak

Advice Anime Manga

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Last year, I was going through some up and downs. Some of the downs had to do with love. I stayed home a lot because I was in a crappy mood and didn’t want to be crappy around my friends. Also, I just wanted to be alone a lot. Being a bum in my house was literally on my schedule. So what did I do? I turned to anime. Lots and lots of anime. Anime was doing a great job distracting me from being sad. Despite being a fan of many geeky mediums, anime is what I turn to when…

Manga & Millennials: How I Found Comfort in “Solanin”

Advice Anime Comics

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Solanin, by Inio Asano, is about Meiko Inoue, a recent college grad working a 9-5 that she hates. Sound like anyone you know? She fears she’ll end up a faceless employee, so she quits. Her boyfriend, Taneda Naruo is a freelance illustrator and doesn’t make enough to support himself so he permanently crashes at her apartment. Meiko, like many of us twentysomethings, is in that transitory stage where she’ll have to make critical decisions that may affect the rest of her life. She struggles with figuring out her place in society, which causes her to question if she’s even cut…

Girl Gone Geek’s Best of 2013

Anime Comics Fantasy Movies & Television Random Geekery Sci-fi/ Cyberpunk Videogames

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Let’s just dive right in, shall we? Game of the Year- Pokemon XY I’m 2 badges away from beating the game because I keep getting distracted by Pokemon-Amie (but like, how can you not?!). Comic Book Series of the Year- Saga What praise is left to say about Saga that hasn’t already been said? Saga is damn near perfect. Runner up: Nowhere Men Comic Book Issue of the Year- Batman #17, Death of the Family Conclusion The entire Death of the Family arc had me stressed. I was so concerned about Alfred’s wellbeing that I would think about him throughout…

Straight Outta Gotham: Geek Culture + Hip Hop Culture

Other Random Geekery The Internets

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There’s a unique bond that hip hop culture and geek culture share. If you’re a fan of both, you may have noticed their similar themes like alter egos, counter-culture and escapism. I’m one of the many that exist in that Venn diagram overlap where geek meets rap. A few weeks ago, I finally decided to mashup my love for these two sub-cultures with the tumblr, Straight Outta Gotham, where I feature rap lyrics that make geek references. The title of my blog came from N.W.A’s infamous Straight Outta Compton album. The G’ed up Batman mascot is made by the talented Steve Seeley. SoG‘s…

Breaking Up With “The Walking Dead”

Comics My Pull List Zombies

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I feel like I’m breaking up with a longtime boyfriend. I’ve been dating “The Walking Dead” for a few years now. Our first date was at the Compendium One and it was love at first sight. I was head-over-heels. Smitten even! I think it was partly due to having previously been in intense relationships with older men like “The Invisibles”, “Sandman” and “Transmetropolitan”. Albeit beautiful and brilliant, those relationships were filled with mind-fucks, counter-culture, social commentary and layers upon layers of metaphors. So “The Walking Dead” was a welcomed brain break from my “Top Three”. That’s not to say that…

Blog Crush: When Geeks Wed

Blog Crush

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I’ve been crushing on When Geeks Wed since its birth back in January of 2012. The title says it all, When Geeks Wed is what happens when two geeks have a nerdtastic wedding. Cassandra features everything from invitations, fashion, food and more! I can’t lie, her blog makes me want to get married every day just so I can have all sorts of geeky weddings. Warning: When Geeks Wed will have an addicting Pinterest-like effect on you! Blog Crush: When Geeks Wed Why do you blog? Cassandra: Originally it was to brush up on my web design skills for my portfolio…