“We’re here! Together!” COVID and Otakon ‘21: the Con at the End of the Rainbow

While dozing on the train home from Washington D.C., I imagined beginning this piece with something suitably poetic, or maybe even sappy — perhaps wiping an only somewhat performative tear from my eye about how American fans came together during COVID and showed each other a relatively safe time. I found Otakon 2021 to be […]

By Lydia Rivers

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That Time I Saw Nagito Komaeda At Whole Foods

It isn’t unusual for me to see anime characters in my neighborhood. I live near a DC metro stop that’s crammed with hotels, so Anime USA and Blerdcon take place here. To be honest, that’s probably why I shouldn’t have been surprised to see Nagito Komaeda at Whole Foods. I was out of Dino Nuggets […]

By Lauren Orsini