Kana’s Korner – Interview with Comfort and Adam

Kana’s Korner – Intervi

We got a chance to talk to Comfort Love and Adam Withers about the state of working in the comic industry. We also touch upon their series The Uniques ...
Musikal Makinations – 4TE’s MORE Single Review

Musikal Makinations – 4TER

Greetings denizens of The Fan! You might be thinking, "Wait, didn't Maki just review an album this month?" And the answer would be YES, I did! But, in my ever ...
The Wandering Witch – “Just One More Thing…”

The Wandering Witch – “

Welcome, all, again.  I find myself writing this column just a couple of weeks into a new season of anime, so I must decline attempting a premature evaluation of new ...
Musikal Makinations – Rick Rack’s First Mini Album Review

Musikal Makinations – Rick Ra

Happy New Year greetings, denizens of The Fan! Hope all of you had fun and safe holiday celebrations!
Kayarath’s Adventures In Nijicon

Kayarath’s Adventures In Niji

I believe the “Yaoi Manga” card from the Whack A Catgirl card game best describes Yaoi by noting that it is an excellent boy repellant.
Happy Birthday 91.8 The Fan!

Happy Birthday 91.8 The Fan!

It's another year where we get to see Brie, our lovely mascot, and the radio grow older. We asked some of the staff to share their memories of some of ...
Simulblast! Week 012 Fall 2014

Simulblast! Week 012 Fall 2014

The final week is upon us... Who is the champion, who will reign supreme?!
The Wandering Witch – Shirobako’s Beautiful Storm

The Wandering Witch – Shiroba

Welcome, all, again. Our subject this time is Shirobako, an anime about making anime. And while that might sound like an invitation to kid-glove treatment of subject matter ...
Anime Midwest Gallery

Anime Midwest Gallery

On the third day of Christmas, The Fan gave to me... three gender-bent Chun-Li's! What happened at Anime Midwest this year, why not click and see?
AnimeNext Gallery

AnimeNext Gallery

On the second day of Christmas, The Fan gave to me... two Miku's dancing! Some memories from AnimeNext!
Youmacon Gallery

Youmacon Gallery

On the first day of Christmas, The Fan gave to me... one Youmacon party! Here's our pictures from Youmacon, make sure to let us know which are your favorite!
The Alpha Gamer #5: Hunting and Being Hunted in the Evolve Big Alpha

The Alpha Gamer #5: Hunting and Bei

Just last weekend, Left 4 Dead creators Turtle Rock Studios opened up the Big Alpha for their next big project: Evolve. I was lucky enough to get a key into ...
Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Main Events & Concert

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Mai

After a day of prep at Square Enix's first Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival, Kanashimi was ready to tackle Saturday & Sunday head-on. If you're curious about the autograph signing ...
Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Review: Reception

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival Revi

Square Enix announced four months ago that they would be holding a Fan Festival in several locations for their two million users. Among the locations was Las Vegas, NV with ...

Anime World Chicago 2012 with The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on Aug 15 2012
Anime World Chicago 2012 with The Owl in the Rafters
Time for a little convention after action report, from The Owl in the Rafters!

A Crash Course in Giant Robots with the Owl in the Rafters – mk.2

Posted on Aug 01 2012
A Crash Course in Giant Robots with the Owl in the Rafters – mk.2
Welcome back to the Owl in the Rafters' Crash Course in Giant Robots: Round 2. Last time, I tried to go over as briefly as possible, the major stepping stones in the development of the Giant Robot genre of anime from its conception in the 1950s

The Owl in the Rafters is Getting 4 Shades of Desperate

Posted on Jul 04 2012
The Owl in the Rafters is Getting 4 Shades of Desperate
They say a good magician never does the same trick twice, so it's a good thing I'm no magician or this would somehow be in even worse taste than it already is.

A Crash Course in Robots with The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on Jun 14 2012
A Crash Course in Robots with The Owl in the Rafters
This month on The Owl in the Rafters, I'd like to start a two(maybe 3?) part review on a subject I've been keeping on the back burner for quite some time now. Let me start by saying that I am not an old man, I do not consider myself old, nor do I consider myself by any means "old school,"

Stealing the Tempest’s Thunder with The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on May 23 2012
Stealing the Tempest’s Thunder with The Owl in the Rafters
Welcome to a special update of The Owl in the Rafters – Anime In-Jokes, where I steal fellow content provider Tempest Wind's schtick for the week!

A Quick Pit Stop with The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on May 16 2012
A Quick Pit Stop with The Owl in the Rafters
Ok, so I lied when I said I wasn't going to update again until the 4th Wednesday of the month. I have a mini update to plug in before my next big article.

A Brief Rant from The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on May 09 2012
A Brief Rant from The Owl in the Rafters
After a bit of an impromptu break, The Owl in the Rafters is back with a convention related update! Anime Central, one of the largest anime conventions in the U.S.'s midwest region was this past end of April weekend so I'd like to go over some brief highlights and address my usual concerns with the state of the convention scene and, to some extent, anime fandom in general.

Celebrating Lupin III’s 40th with The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on Apr 04 2012
Celebrating Lupin III’s 40th with The Owl in the Rafters
So, last time we took a little crash course in Yoshihiko Umakoshi's roles as animation director and character designer in order to prep for the recent Saint Seiya Omega. This week I've got another hot reboot to cover and another talented animator to touch on: Lupin III - Mine Fujiko to Iu Onna

I Can’t Think of a Good Title for Yoshihiko Umakoshi and The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on Mar 21 2012
I Can’t Think of a Good Title for Yoshihiko Umakoshi and The Owl in the Rafters
Welcome back to the Owl in the Rafters, where I, Tyto, your host, not only can't think of a title for the week, but also desperately need to find a better way to open this article than saying "Welcome back" every week.

The Ghibli Quest Continues with The Owl in the Rafters

Posted on Mar 08 2012
The Ghibli Quest Continues with The Owl in the Rafters
Welcome back to the Owl in the Rafters! Today I'd like to talk about a lesser known side of one of the biggest names in anime: Studio Ghibli. American fans are probably already aware, but the US theater release of The Secret World of Arrietty was this past February 17th, and despite lagging behind the original Japanese release by two years (and the UK release by about seven months) the wait proved well worth it.