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Pokémon Sun and Moon: The Journey Starts November 18th

Get your calendars out because the release date for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon has been revealed! That’s right, you can now begin your own Pokémon journey with your nintendo 3DS, starting November 18, 2016 in the U.S! Pokémon fans have had limited details since the announcement of the games back in February, which left us wanting more. Have no fear, the trailer is here! The new trailer for Pokémon Sun and Moon gives players much more insight: it’s our very own TM70 in the darkest of caves.

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 (feat. Koko)

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Koko is ready to roll!

On May 7th, comic book stores throughout the U.S participated in “Free Comic Book Day.” This event was kickstarted in 2002 by the North American comic book industry in an effort to encourage new readers and promote upcoming titles. As a newbie myself, I was interested in seeing what “staples” DC, Marvel, Image, and independent companies would offer to beginners and veterans alike. While I only had a chance to visit one store, I’ll be sharing both my loot and three of the series I look the most forward to in the coming months.

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Giving Hugs And Raising Hell: A Celebration of Anime Mothers

Happy Mother’s Day, readers! And what better way is there to start the day than with a riddle? Here goes: what do anime and Disney movies have in common?

You guessed it. Absent if not deceased mothers.

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Carla Jaeger from Attack on Titan.

While this treatment often extends to anime fathers as well, there’s something about the signature “deadly ponytail” that guarantees our main character’s mother won’t be making it to Season 2. Needless to say, the women we do get to know end up leaving a lasting impression. They can always be looked to for sage advice, warm hugs, and above all, undying love. Today we’ll be celebrating some of the coolest, sweetest, and most unconventional mothers anime has to offer.

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Little Girls in a Big World: My Anime List For Spring 2016

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The titular character of Aggressive Retsuko working when she SHOULD be watching anime.

Seeing as the New England weather has finally begun to feel like spring, it’s high time for hanging out with friends, soaking up the sun, and studying for those darn finals.

Or, we could just stay in and watch anime.

While I was hardly impressed by last winter’s lineup – with the exception of ERASED, of course – the current season definitely has a few shows worth looking into. I have a strong preference for anime featuring strong female protagonists, so the following list of three may seem limited to the Magical Girl genre. This is an issue I’ve had with Japan’s latest releases since, well, the beginning of their rise in popularity in the U.S. But nonetheless, Aggressive Retsuko, Flying Witch, and the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal have plenty of action and comedy to offer.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get watching!

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The Powerpuff Girls: An Adorable Return

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The Powerpuff Girls logo

Call me an old geezer, but I really do think that the 90’s had some of the best shows television had to offer – Craig McCracken’s The Powerpuff Girls included. Looking back, the show and its adorable crime-fighting trio of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup had many a lesson to teach their young audience. The sisters’ charm, strength, and willingness to work together in spite of their radically different personalities were, and continue to be, empowering.

Among the many series given new life in the past few years, I was the most excited by the return of Teen Titans Go! and The Powerpuff Girls. And we all know how I feel about the former that dares call itself a reboot. On the other hand, The Powerpuff Girls has donned a fresh but familiar look while staying true to its roots.

The first six episodes were cute, entertaining, and unlike other reboots, specifically tailored to fans of the original series.

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Convention Etiquette from a Con-Goer

Each year I try to go to at least one convention. While I’d like to go to more, some have proven to be more hassle than they are worth. One thing that always seems to be an issue and a big complaint amongst other convention-goers is the etiquette that we see from our fellows.

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Are Women in Anime Being ERASED?

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A promotional image for ERASED

Without a doubt, ERASED (also known as Boku Dake ga Inai Machi – The Town Without Me) is one of, if not the best anime to have come out of this year’s winter season. The story follows the deadpan Satoru Fujinuma as he travels ten years back in time in order to prevent the murder of his mother and classmates Kayo and Hiromi by a devious serial killer – one closer to home than he could have ever imagined.

Satoru’s search for the truth juggles elements of fantasy, slice of life, and mystery in a manner I haven’t seen represented in anime since Clannad After Story. But unlike Clannad, ERASED has an entirely different brand of emotional turmoil to offer. Amid physical abuse, child kidnappings, and murder, the show plays with the idea of being the master of your own fate. And like always, I found myself keeping a close eye on how the female characters were being portrayed. As much as I enjoy the writing of ERASED, the women in Satoru’s life – co-worker Airi, classmate Kayo, and his mother Sachiko – could very well be interpreted as “women in the refrigerator.”

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Bri’s Observations on Anime Boston 2016

Linecon 2.0? Son of Linecon? Linecon 2: Electric Boogaloo? Whatever you’re calling it, there’s no denying Anime Boston continues to be an impactful event every year for the Hynes Convention Center. I didn’t have much interest in the Sports Day theme, and the lines this year were daunting, but I didn’t let that get in the way of my favorite convention.

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Adventures in Anime Boston 2016 (feat. Koko)

Anime Boston 2016

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Koko is ready to roll!

Anime Boston is without a doubt one of the year’s most anticipated events for fans throughout New England – with hundreds of visitors taking the Hynes Convention Center by storm from March 25-27th. With Anime Boston 2016 being my second convention ever, I admittedly didn’t get much sleep the night before. But I’ve since recovered and am thrilled to be sharing my highlights with you all. And helping me with coverage and reenactment is none other than Koko, a lovely Meowstic plushie I discovered at the convention.

So without further ado, let the good times roll!

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