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The Inaugural column kicks off with a listing of what shounen US publishers have brought over from the big three manga magazines in Japan. The amount of shounen manga that’s published year in and year out in the US is pretty high, and...

More Secret Shopping Tricks for Otaku

Here's five more secret shopping trips for anime, manga, LN, and gaming enthusiasts. About a year ago, I provided a list of shopping tips that every otaku should know. Well, here are a few more! #1: Target prorates their orders. For a lot...

Members Only!

From Amazon to Crunchyroll to Tokyo Otaku Mode, Krystallina analyzes the memberships anime and manga fans might want to consider signing up for. Let’s face it: there are a lot of subscriptions and upgraded shopping experiences out there....

HIDIVE

Krystallina checks if HIDIVE is worth your time and cash in this week's Please Save My Money column. Where do you stream your anime? Chances are you answered “Crunchyroll” or “FUNimation”. Maybe some of you thought of...

Of Contests and Cliches

Krystallina caught wind of a contest Kadokawa is doing, and that makes her think about all the cliches she's seen in media recently...Lots of creators and researchers say that every story has been told. And, depending on how broadly you classify...

The New York Times

Krystallina wonders why the NYT put Boomerang and Crunchyroll together in a piece, especially considering their target audiences.On May 11, 2017, The New York Times posted an article in their “Streaming” column titled “Boomerang...

By Krystallina on Jun 14th, 2017
Complex Age By Yui Sakuma

How do cosplayers feel about reading a manga about...themselves? Here's a few that share their thoughts on Yui Sakuma's manga. Complex Age, by Yui Sakuma, is a manga that revolves around Nagisa Kataura, a 26 year old temp-worker that is also...

By Justin on Jun 12th, 2017
Seiya in Hollywood

While there's seemingly a desire to turn JP media into Hollywood films, Krystallina shares her many concerns about adapting Saint Seiya into one.We are in the midst of a live action boom. Whether involving village maidens and prince-turned-monsters...

This week's Please Save My Money has Krystallina making six suggestions on how Barnes & Noble can make things a bit better for customers.Barnes & Noble has been on a steady decline overall, and the upcoming financial year-end report...

Japanese Notebooks released earlier this month, and the author and popular Italian artist Igort shares what Japan means to him. From Japanese Notebooks: A Journey to the Empire of the Signs by Igort, published by Chronicle Books A couple of...

By Justin on May 26th, 2017