Author: Rine Karr

To an Earth of Green Purity: Technology and Environmentalism in Miyazaki’s Films

“I don’t understand,” I said one Friday evening as I stuffed crinkle-cut potato chips and French onion dip into my mouth and watched Princess Mononoke with my roommate during my first winter away from home at university. “Why are the animals so big?” I protested. “Why’s everybody yelling all the time? Ashitaka! San!” We laughed at this. “And what are those black blob things?” This last question lingered in the air without an answer. Princess Mononoke (1997) was my first experience of anime, since watching shows like Sailor Moon and Pokémon as a middle-schooler, and it thoroughly confused me. The...

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Denver Comic Con 2016. Star Wars! Cosplay! And Cary Elwes!

I consider myself a comics baby—okay, perhaps a comics toddler. I’ve been a copyeditor and occasional contributing writer at Women Write About Comics for about a year and a half now, and yet, I still have so much to learn about the comics world. Manga, like Sailor Moon, and standalone graphic novels, like Persepolis, have been my main areas of interest when it comes to comics. But since starting at WWAC, I’ve slowly, but surely found myself exploring beyond these categories. So this year, for the first time ever, I decided that it was about time I attended a comic con,...

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Anime At 30 – What To Do When You Experience Anime Burn Out

I’ve been a fan of anime for almost 20 years. It occurred to me recently that my fanniversary is around the same time as Sailor Moon’s 20th anniversary. And knowing that there are young women and men watching Sailor Moon for the first time with the new Crystal adaptation, I’m beginning to feel like an oldie. I started watching anime when I was in middle school in the late ‘90s, with Americanized dubs of shows like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, The Vision of Escaflowne, and Digimon, which is also celebrating an anniversary—its 15th—with Digimon Adventure tri. At the time,...

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Top 10 Redheads: Anime Edition

We at Women Write About Comics want to show our support for the red-haired people of this world! Back in 2014, Ashley Schmuecker put out her top ten list of kick-ass superheroes and villains with glorious red (and orange) locks. It’s about time we showcased more awesome redheads, isn’t it? WWAC writers have nominated and voted on our favorite red-haired anime characters, and voilà! First, the honorable mentions go to: A-ko Magami (Project A-ko) A-ko is a student at Gravitron High who is nigh-invulnerable, possibly the child of Superman and Wonder Woman (no copyright infringement though wink wink). She stars in what was meant...

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You Are What You Watch: Which Five Anime Shaped Your Life?

Whenever I’m asked about my favorite books, movies, anime, or video games, I hesitate to answer. For me, comparing my love of Haruki Murakami to J. R. R. Tolkien, for example, is like comparing apples to oranges or choosing between chocolate and vanilla. Murakami and Tolkien, apples and oranges, and chocolate and vanilla are all remarkable in and of themselves and not in comparison to one another. This is especially true for anime. “What are your top five favorite anime of all time?” I can never seem to answer this question. Top five anime? Top five anime by genre,...

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