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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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BY JOAN LI Slice-of-Life without a Slice of the Pie If things were to go originally as planned, I would introduce Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi as a standout series in its genre. But then I saw Hayao Miyazaki’s latest and most likely last contribution to the anime industry, The Wind Rises, which spirited a piece of me away even after I walked out of the theater. Focusing on work was a struggle for the rest of that evening, as I drifted off into film’s beautiful animated sequences, hand painted sceneries, and poetic lines. Naturally, I was frustrated to see it cast …






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BY JOAN LI Cutting the red string with Honey and Clover “An ancient red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.” According to this ancient Chinese proverb, the gods above link soul mates together with a red cord that affirms that they are destined for one another. Japanese popular culture likes to call this the “Red String of Fate”, and boy, does this string get tangled a lot in anime and manga romances! Popular titles of the sh?jo genre, a genre targeted for …






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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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