I wished that an AI could help me write about Madoka Magica

I got my wish, but I’m not ready to sign a contract just yet.

2021-07-18 · 16 min · Frank Hecker

What’s a grown man doing watching anime?

Uhhh, enjoying it as a medium that tells interesting stories? Let me explain . . .

2019-06-26 · 9 min · Frank Hecker

Anime worth watching: Silver Spoon and school on the farm

Continuing my intermittent series of recommendation posts, today we’ll put aside more intellectual topics and focus on entertainment, albeit with a bit of a serious side. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of taking a young fan to Otakon at the Baltimore Convention Center. Like Comic-Con in San Diego, Otakon features lots of people dressing up in unusual costumes (the technical term is “cosplay”); however unlike Comic-Con, which at this point is dominated by the promotion of high-profile Hollywood blockbusters, Otakon and its sister conventions (including CHS Otaku Fest, right here at Centennial High School in Ellicott City) focus on the less well-known parallel world of anime (Japanese animated movies and TV series) and manga (Japanese comics)....

2013-09-21 · 7 min · Frank Hecker