The Magical Girl’s Guide to Anime and Manga:

BY JOAN LI When the “Go”ing Gets Tough in Hikaru No Go I went to Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center last weekend and it was pretty much like seeing different fictional worlds enter 3D reality and crash together in one place. Cosplay — the portmanteau of “costume play” — is the norm at any anime convention. For 3 days, thousands people don completely different identities by wearing costumes of their favorite characters. Going (of course) as a magical girl, I was excited to scout out characters from my favorite series. Among the safari of Pokemon trainers and Japanese …






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The Magic Girl’s Guide to Anime and Manga

BY JOAN LI Introducing Pandora Hearts as a Gateway Series If you’re like me, then you suffer from a kind of wanderlust for places that neither the wondrous stretches of the T nor any amount of funding from the OIE can satisfy. That’s because unfortunately, you can only get to Hogwarts via platform 9 ¾ (or an enchanted car, provided that you know how to drive in the air) and to Pandora via some hyper-advanced space shuttle (as long as you don’t mind the 6-year ride). Luckily these imaginative cravings can be fulfilled by books, movies, and a whole list …






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