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animefringe july 2003 / table of contents
In this month's issue:
Cover Story:
By Patrick King

After the devastating Battle of Sekigahara, Mibu Kyoshiro has a burden to carry, for trapped within him is the spirit of the infamous Demon Eyes Kyo, the killer of a thousand men with eyes the blood red of a demon's. Set four years after the civil war that cemented the rule of the Tokugawa bloodline, there is far more to Kyoshiro and Kyo than is at first revealed.

By Patrick King

The classic anime TV series, Kimagure Orange Road, has finally arrived on 12 DVDs from AnimEigo. Does this coming of age tale pass the test of time sixteen years after it aired in Japan? With a great mix of comedy, romance, and characters you'll fall in love with, the answer is a resounding yes. Find out why!

By Ridwan Khan

Not many people are familiar with a Studio Ghibli-produced made-for-TV film entitled Umi ga Kikoeru. However, this nostalgic, delightfully-animated look back at the ambiguity of the teenage years is one that Ghibli fans will find endearing.

By Adilah Hussien

Get ready to be thrilled with awesome ninja battles, hilarious antics, and one grand story. If you haven't joined in on the Naruto bandwagon, then quit standing around doing nothing, read on and find out what it's all about!

By Dillon Font

Symbiotic alien helmets. Girls on rollerblades. Alien infestations. Pardon? Hitoshi Tomizawa's comic will probably be the oddest thing to come from Japan this year, and we are very grateful.

By Patrick King

A young man with a talking bird travel the world in search of only the most priceless treasures. The young man is Jing, King of Bandits, and thanks to his skills combined with his feathered ally's powers, you can be sure they're going to get whatever they want.

By Dillon Font

Rica is a fresh college student exploring the wilds of Tokyo's gay district, and falls for boyish art student Miho. "Rica 'tte Kanji", America's first piece of translated yuri doujinshi, is probably the cutest romance story you'll ever read, with some of the most original and exciting art you can find. Animefringe was also able to sit down with creator Rica Takashima to talk about doujinshi, fandoms, and the present and future states of yuri in both Japan and the West.

By Adilah Hussien

Titillating, repulsive, androgynous, enigmatic, whatever you think of him, Gackt is here to stay. But who is this guy, really? And why does he keep changing his hair color?

By Ridwan Khan

Hyped as the next Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, directed by Yimou Zhang and starring Jet Li, is poised to see release throughout the world this year. How does it stack up against Crouching Tiger?


Editorial:
By Patrick King

Japanese culture is just about ready to hit the mainstream in North America, but are we ready for it? Patrick takes a look at various brick and mortar outlets to see exactly how things are changing to prepare for the impending flood of new material - and what still needs to change.

By Ridwan Khan

As anime becomes more popular in the U.S., it is only natural that American fans begin to work on imitations of Japanese work. But are titles made in America "anime?"


By Ridwan Khan

Reviewed this month:
Anime / Domestic
By Adam Arnold
Anime / Domestic
By Adilah Hussien
Anime / Domestic
By Patrick King
Anime / Domestic
By Patrick King
Anime / Domestic
By Ridwan Khan
Anime / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Patrick King
Manga / Domestic
By Ridwan Khan

By Danielle D'Ornellas

By Holly Kolodziejczak

Word Searches:
By Adam Arnold
By Adam Arnold
Volume 4, Issue 7   •   July 2003

Layout Editor
Adam Arnold
Content Editor
Holly Kolodziejczak
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Sam Zimmerman
Neil Creek
Webmaster
Steve Diabo
Assistant Webmaster
Adam Arnold
Design / Graphics
Steve Diabo
Neil Creek
Translator
Ever Cheung
Staff Coordinator
Steve Diabo

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