Why Yandere Girls Are the Best

This article is presented as a sample of what will be published in the first issue of NYAAN – The Magazine. You can read the full article in the magazine!

Kotonoha Katsura 3People call me crazy when I talk about yandere girls. I’ve gotten quite used to having to explain why they appeal to me so much.

They really are amazing.

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The Pitfalls of Politics in Criticism

I’m acquainted with several gamers and anime fans who’ve described themselves as “apolitical,” which I’ve taken to mean less that they don’t have an opinion on political issues, and more that they simply don’t wish to discuss politics. Honestly, I don’t blame them, especially when it comes to politics in the anime and games they consume.

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Announcing: NYAAN – The Magazine

This is something I’ve wanted to pull the trigger on for a long time. We’ve mentioned it a couple times on NTR Radio, but only recently has any progress been made, and the project is progressing quite quickly, so I’m happy to be able to finally put this out there.

I’m proud to officially announce NYAAN – The Magazine: Not Your Average Anime Nerds.

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Why We Must Share The Things We Love

Icon-AnimeIcon-MOENot long ago, I saw a post questioning why people feel the need to share with others their pornographic preferences. While there’s certainly something to be said about keeping sexual preferences private simply due to their nature, there are many people in the anime fandom who are quite open about the kinds of fanservice, character designs, and even hentai they enjoy, and further, are eager to share that with others.

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What Gamers Can Teach the Moe Fandom

Icon-MOEIcon-GamingGamerGate is seven months old. It’s been seven months since gamers have revolted against the gaming press, who have been vilifying “gaming culture” for years, insisting that “gamers” are sexist, misogynist, racist, cis-het white men who are afraid of sexual, racial, and gender minorities in the gaming industry.

For three months, gamers have fought tooth and nail to restore integrity to gaming journalism and buck the “gamer” stereotype that’s being pushed by the gaming press.

How can this help the moé fandom?

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How To End a Conversation

Icon-AnimeIcon-GamingMany will stand up and proclaim that declaring a work of art sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. is a valid criticism of the work, and they’re correct.

Barely.

These are criticisms that, though appearing insightful and reasoned on the surface, have more to do with the critic’s personal inclinations, preferences, and sensibilities than with the work itself.

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Game Review: Crimzon Clover: World Ignition

I’ve commented before on my thoughts about the shmup genre. I’ve never been particularly good at shmups, but I respect the genre’s commitment to genuine challenge so much that I gravitate toward the genre anyway. I recently, however, found out about a shooter that I found to be perfect for people like me.

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Emotional Manipulation or Emotional Investment?

Icon-MOEHave you ever cried while watching an anime? Have you ever gotten angry at a character for doing something you find reprehensible? Have you ever pumped your fist in the air or jumped out of your seat in excitement when that mech you love does that really cool thing?

Congratulations: You’ve emotionally invested yourself in an anime.

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What is Anime? Why Does It Matter?

A friend of mine recently directed me to a Youtube video about the use of the term “anime.” Something I’ve seen a lot is confusion over what “anime” is, and that’s somewhat perplexing to me, because, for a long time, I didn’t quite understand what the point of contention was.

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Taskforce M.O.E.: A Negative Force?

Icon-MOEI’ve been accused in the past of being a negative element of the anime fandom, and that really baffles me, considering all the positive feedback I’ve gotten for Taskforce MOE, and all the personal “thank-you”s I’ve gotten from people who, through Taskforce MOE, I’ve helped to overcome their hang-ups about loving moé, especially considering that those hang-ups were caused by people committed to being derisive and hostile toward moé fans.

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