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Contents 2
Features 3
Chasing Otakuism 10
Anime Briefs 11
Reviews 12
Web Showcase 26
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In this month's issue:

Cover Story:
By Adam Arnold

The anime industry is at an all-time high and the manga side of things is finally catching up. Seemingly out of nowhere sprang three new projects that could very well prove how much the print side can support. Newtype has jumped into the North American anime magazine fray and newcomer GUTSOON! Entertainment has done the impossible by making a weekly manga anthology a reality. But, at the same time VIZ has just unveiled the full line-up of monthly English version the legendary Shonen Jump magazine. Join us now as we take a look at what makes each of these new periodicals special.

By Holly Kolodziejczak

Last month's editorial by our resident content editor, Holly, told the story of a fangirl's churning excitement over her very first con. When the time came for her to go to Anime Expo, we thought it would be really funnyÖ erÖ we mean, interesting to make her take along a notebook and keep a journal of her fantastic voyage.



By Jack Blazkiewicz

They said lets meet at Anime Expo, it'll be fun they say. "Road trip," was yelled. I figured, "what the hay," my car is reliable; my driving endurance is above average. Let's attend one of the biggest west coast anime conventions. It's not like any other con you've been to. They were right...

By Dillon Font

In the summer convention season dominated by such large conventions such as Otakon and Anime Expo, what do small, genre-specific conventions offer? How about games like the Whack-a-Thon or Bobbing for Bishonen? Overnight marathons of yaoi? A dealer's room specializing in shoujo-related merchandise? More Sailor Moon cosplayers than you could shake a Moon Rod at? Animefringe takes an in-depth look at this year's Shoujocon.

By Dillon Font

The shoujo series that most fans swore would never be brought over has hit the States. Let's see, this manga has an overactive child actress, a manager who she refers to as her pimp, an eccentric mother who has a squirrel living in her head, pitted against arch-nemesis brat of the classroom. The lives of sixth graders, I can easily assure, has never been so interesting, or bizarre.

By J.P. Arevalo

Imagine you meet this really cute girl only to learn she is a real firecracker of a woman that could take you down a notch or two. But, then get this... What if that girl actually used to be a guy? Freaky thought, but one that isn't uncommon to anime. What is fairly uncommon is the gimmick being the means to bringing characters closer together. Tenshi na Konamaiki is just such a show. Megumi Amatsuka was born a boy, but after saving a magician he received a book that granted him one wish. He wanted to become the manliest man in the world and instead became the manliest woman in the world!

By En Hong

We risked our very lives and sanity to bring you an in-depth look at Puni Puni Poemi, the successor to Excel Saga. This OVA is crazier, more nonsensical, and has an higher concentration of pure weirdness per square second than anything else ever created. You cannot handle this series. Do not believe you can handle this series. Donít say I didnít warn you.

Editorial:
By Steve Diabo

In present-day America, with its overly-politically correct lobby groups and conservative advocates, anime finds itself in a rather sticky situation. Can our beloved Japanese export weather the storm, or will it fall by the wayside?


Reviewed this month:

Anime / Domestic
By Adam Arnold

Anime / Domestic
By Adam Arnold

Anime / Domestic
By Ridwan Khan

Anime / Domestic
By Patrick King

Anime / Domestic
By Ridwan Khan

Anime / Domestic
By Adam Arnold

Live Action / Domestic
By En Hong

Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King

Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King

Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King

Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King

Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King

CD / Domestic
By Patrick King

CD / Import
By Ridwan Khan


Web Showcase for August 2002:
Site by PTK and Laruku


Volume 3, Issue 8
August 2002


Layout Editor
Adam Arnold

Content Editor
Holly Kolodziejczak

Assistant Content Editor
Jack Blazkiewicz

Webmaster
Steve Diabo

Assistant Webmaster
Adam Arnold

HTML / Graphic Design
Steve Diabo

Translator
Ever Cheung

Contributing Writers
Adam Arnold
Steve Diabo
Ever Cheung
Jake Forbes
Ridwan Khan
Holly Kolodziejczak
Danielle D'Ornellas
J.P. Arevalo
Chris Foster
Patrick King
Jack Blazkiewicz
En Hong
Dillon Font

Development
Adam Arnold
Steve Diabo

Staff Coordinator
Steve Diabo


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