is Some Kinda Crazy Japanese Sandwich, Right?
that explain some of the deeper regions of fandom and some
of the more confusing/culture-heavy aspects of the anime/manga/gamer/comic
etc. genre. Opinions are rampant, but the main purpose is
to educate. Particularly beneficial to those interested
in anime/manga/games etc. who don't quite understand why
shoujo comics have too many roses or why Gundam fanfiction
is intensely adult. For veterans and newbies alike; for
those new to Japanese animation/comics and whatnot, go here
for an introduction.
stay mostly within PG-13 area, although do discuss
some of the more adult aspects of titles and fandom and
such, so read with caution. ALWAYS surf from posted links
with caution, though writers try to provide some sort of
warning if a link leads to particularly adult material.
articles tread in some very adult concepts, though please
keep in mind that opinions given don't necessarily reflect
the values or beliefs of the writer, nor do all writers
hold the same values or beliefs by any means. Discussing
adult topics or linking to adult topics does not necessarily
condone such adult topics.
After being active members
in the anime/manga/gamer/comic communities for many years,
the staff of Sleep is for the Weak probably knows more of
the nitty gritty details than many hardcore fans (Lianne
has sat with the CEO of Tokyopop
and discussed anime and manga for hours, Bad Jew was at
one point receiving hundreds of e-mails a week from all
his mailing lists, etc.). Since it took them a great
long time to find out the things they currently know, and
since a lot of their experimentation resulted in accidentally
buying pornographic manga, they wish to educate fans and
would-be fans so the fan experience can be more pleasant
and efficient overall. These articles can also give insight
to the subculture that seems to be absorbing at least one
member per family.
After thinking out possible
uses for said manga porn, the staff came to the collective
conclusion of "kindling."
Can't Female Leads Be Happy Without a Boyfriend?
Comics vs Girls' Comics in Japan
many differences between shounen and shoujo
Shounen (boys' comics)
and shoujo (girls' comics) in Japan are two very,
very different genres. In our male-directed (yet coed)
comic market in The West, it can sometimes be hard
for us to understand just exactly what marks a "boys"
comic in Japan as opposed to what marks a "girls"
comic. This article provides an in-depth look at some
of the differing characteristics of shounen and shoujo,
from art style to character relationships to just
who gets naked and why.
As one of about 3 non-yaoi
(non boy/boy) fans on a large Gundam Wing mailing
list, and as a young man who has a tendency to be
surrounded by girls with overactive imaginations,
Bad Jew is certainly qualified to talk about those
who don't go for the "fan alterations" of
an all-male anime cast. Read here about the romantic
twisting fans perform on their favorite shows, using
Gundam Wing (one of the most famously tweaked) as
the specimen. Rated R.
Sweet Lordy, the Body Just Can't Bend Like That
from a boy inside a fangirls' world
I Lost My Life Savings
Jew's Otakon 2002 Report
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2002 was the first convention for the Sleep is for
the Weak staff, and since Otakon 2002 was an absurdly
fantastic anime convention, and since nearly all the
staff of Sleep is for the Weak was working the con
and therefore got nifty perks for doing so, there
are many stories to be told. Here is Bad Jew's, opera
singing escapade and all.
If you're broke but
still need anime frequently to avoid getting "the
shakes," Bat Jew's made an excellent guide to
getting cheap, fansubtitled, unlicensed anime. Includes
an IRC tutorial, which is something all of us with
IQ's lower than 270 need to start out with.
And yes, if we're not
careful Bad Jew will write all of our articles.
You Saying I Don't Deserve Free Stuff?
Guide to Getting Cheap Anime
and digisubs and other examples of why the otaku community
is cooler than all others
Apron Cosplayer, Why Do You Mock Me So?
Otakon 2002 Report
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of Lianne's published
Sailor Moon works, she was a guest at Otakon 2002
and got to hang out with important people in the anime
industry (such as the staff of Megatokyo).
Writhe with jealousy when you hear of her adventures,
and for the love of God, help her find the Sanji Apron
Cosplayer. Currently hosted on liannesentar.com.
Now you too can speak
like a geek! Because of the amount of genre lingo
we use all over this site, NotHayama helps cross-genre
understanding by having constructed this fantastically
huge glossary to rival any other on the net. Don't
know what a console gamer is as opposed to a tabletop
gamer? Confused about AU and OOC splashed all over
fanfics? Read, child, read!
Study, Study, Study ...
monstrous list that will define all the nerd
lingo you'll never find in a dictionary
God--Christmas is Tomorrow?
Annual Anime/Manga Shopping Guide
with anime/manga purchasing, because it happens to
a lot of otaku
(see the cleverly-changed title). Although posted
during the holiday season, this list can apply any
time of the year to the dropping of hard-earned cash
on Japanese goods. Written because it was requested--further
proof you should e-mail the staff with feedback and
requests because we are like slaves to you.
For anime and manga,
angst is a required element--every show that features
a bishounen will at some point have him standing sadly
in the rain. What often gets overlooked are those
few Western cartoons and comics that are shoujo at
their cores. Wanna angst? Wanna read.
Can Cry If I Want To
and cartoon sources of woe in the West
You Can Both Eat And Sleep, You Know You're
should be able to guess the content of this article
without a description
2003 was experienced by most of the staff, but Bad
Jew wrote up the con report that pretty much represents
us all (except for Amethist, who had her own crazy
adventures with T.M. Revolution). And no, it has nothing
to do with the fact that the rest of us don't want
Although Lianne and
NotHayama read (and enjoy) shoujo regularly, they've
noticed a surprising lack of commentary regarding
some of the newer, more dangerous shoujo titles that
have hit American shores. Do you realize how many
people actually find nothing wrong with the abusive
love story in Hot Gimmick? Read and comment; there's
a forum thread linked to the bottom of this one.
Was Asking For It
Dangers of Shoujo
of some of the new-to-America "older shoujo"
manga titles that need to be discussed