Charles DunbarEssayist & Blogger / Study of Anime

Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him for his obliviousness. He’s also been attending cons just as long, and has been a guest lecturer at Katsucon, Ohayocon, Colossalcon, Youmacon, Anime Boston, Otakon, Anime Next, Anime North, and many other shows, often coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working on a series of short books based around his lectures, writing yokai stories, and adapting his lectures for Youtube. You can read his ideas at www.studyofanime.com or via Facebook.com/StudyofAnime