- Why Dragon Ball Z appeals so powerfully to black Americans. Cheyenne Ewulu has her own theory: “For me, I always looked at Saiyans as black people.”
- Finding your voice after a decade of blogging. Lolita fashion blogger Victoria Suzanne has been blogging even longer than I have and reminds us that it’s OK to change course. I definitely am not the same girl who wrote on Otaku Journalist back in 2010!
- Yuri!!! On Ice zines? Yuri!!! On Ice zines.
- When I worked in an office, it felt like the sloppier I dressed (I’m talking a daily hoodie), the less often people questioned my coding skills. So I sadly wasn’t surprised some men think Naomi Wu, a talented and gorgeous technologist in miniskirts and heels, is a fake.
- Land of the Lustrous and a metaphysical death. In her typically poetic way, Nana explores cycles of death and rebirth as experienced by this anime’s immortal cast.
- A shocking (to me, maybe because I’m white) tale of publisher discrimination in which an Asian author is told his characters “just do not seem Asian enough.”
- “In 2017, gathering your friends in a room, setting your devices aside, and taking turns to contrive a story that exists largely in your head gives off a radical whiff for a completely different reason than it did in 1987.” Dungeons & Dragons 20 years later.
Lead image: detail from “Dogo Onsen by Night,” Jake Jung.