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Meet the Japanator Team >>   Karen Mead
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★ Japanator | Features Editor ★
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Hi, I'm a former newspaper journalist who got tired of having a front row seat to the death of print. There probably could be some interesting story there about a disenchanted reporter moving on to the greener pastures of the internet, but I blogged for Japanator back before I ever touched newspapers, so I kind of killed that narrative. Someone else will have to write that story.

I'm a New Yorker, married to a fellow otaku named Wilson (he's the best) in an apartment filled with anime figures and Magic:The Gathering cards (I like one of those things more than the other.) When not working for Jtor, I also do freelance writing and some art for a few other clients. I also cook dinner and try not to burn it any more than absolutely necessary.

My personal blog can be found at Otakusphere. Also, if you happen to like urban fantasy, you can check out my Amazon author page to see the books I've written.
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Jtor AM 28: Ping Pong, Adventure Time, and undercover Canadians

This week, Tim and L.B. reveal the dark, seedy underbelly of Sakura Con -- or they would have, if they were invited to any of the cool parties, but they were too busy waiting on lines for that. Meanwhile, Ben and I share our ...   more

Jtor AM 28: Ping Pong, Adventure Time, and undercover Canadians photo

Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 3

The show wastes no time delivering on the double face-off we were promised, only it's not as exciting as I would have hoped. Yuzuki loses hard to Akira because she's an idiot, while Ruko wins because she's been practicing WIXOSS every night with her awesome grandma -- I mean, they don't say that's why she won, but it totally is, right?   more

Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 3 photo

First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure

This show probably sounds like a really good idea on paper. It's filled with cool concepts like treasure hunting and classrooms that attack you until you solve puzzles, but it's also filled with multiple girls in maid outfits...   more

First Impressions: Nanana's Buried Treasure photo

Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts?

This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must perse...   more

Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts? photo

Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2

In this episode we learn that Yuzuki's whole fixation on her twin brother Kazuki is even worse than we thought, but she gets a reprieve when the show introduces Akira, who is such an awful person that everyone else looks fant...   more

Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2 photo

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 5

When we last left our favorite humanoid Japanator android, she had acquired a DVD copy of the anime masterpiece Bible Black. After looking up the show in her extensive, internal anime database, she is faced with a difficult decision.   more

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First Impressions: Baby Steps

I really wish I was good at tennis. It's really the only professional sport that I have a lot of familiarity with, since my Mom often watched professional tournaments on TV dating back to when I was very young. I remember see...   more

First Impressions: Baby Steps photo

Jtor AM 26: All those horrible shows you love

This week's show is longer than usual because we discuss pretty much every show that exists. Join Tim "I think this show is stupid and you're stupid for liking it," Sheehy, Ben "I'm too nice to say you're stupid but I'll just...   more

Jtor AM 26: All those horrible shows you love photo

First Impressions: The Comic Artist and His Assistants

I wanted to like this. Maybe it's just due to super-fond memories of Doujin Work, but I have a bias towards any anime that happens to be about making comic books. So even though I knew this was going to be a series about a pe...   more

First Impressions: The Comic Artist and His Assistants photo

First Impressions: Selector Infected WIXOSS

While taking in WIXOSS, I couldn't stop thinking to myself, "This show really, REALLY wants to be Madoka Magica," and you know what? That's probably really unfair. After all, Madoka was a groundbreaking show; there's nothing ...   more

First Impressions: Selector Infected WIXOSS photo

First Impressions: Haikyu!!

If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...may...   more

First Impressions: Haikyu!! photo

Final Impressions: Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara was a show featuring intriguing ideas and frequently beautiful imagery, but it never quite gelled into a cohesive experience for me. For the show's entire 26-episode run, I kept feeling like the story was just...   more

Final Impressions: Nagi no Asukara photo