About Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner

Welcome to Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner. I’m Lesley Aeschliman, and I served as the Anime editor for BellaOnline.com for about five-and-a-half years. During the time that I wrote for BellaOnline, I started to read manga, since many of the anime series I reviewed are based on manga series. As I began to read manga, my interest in it blossomed. I also wrote manga reviews for Blogcritics.org for almost two years, and many of my reviews were included in the site’s “Sixty Second Manga” feature. I have also been a columnist for MyAnimeList, and I also wrote manga and anime reviews and news for WatchPlayRead.

This blog features anime and manga news, anime and manga commentary, and anime and manga reviews.

The blog also has a Facebook page, which includes links to posts published here, as well as Facebook exclusive posts. If you enjoy this blog, please like and follow the Facebook page!

The best ways to contact me are through comments left on the blog or through the Facebook page.

At this time, Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner is only publishing reviews and articles that I have personally written; outside submissions are not accepted. However, I accept press releases and will write articles from press releases if I deem the news to be on-topic for this blog.

In addition to watching and reading manga, I’m also a regular visitor to the Anime News Network website, where I follow both the anime and manga news that the site reports on. I have posted at the site’s forum from time to time; my username at the Anime News Network forum is “ljaesch.”

Now a little about me and how I got into anime: My father was in the Navy when I was a child, and he was stationed in Japan from the time I was a year old until I was five; this was back in the late 1970s. I have some hazy memories of the time that I lived there, but one of the things that stuck out to me was liking Candy Candy. I would see Star Blazers on American television a few years later, followed by Voltron and Robotech. My interest in anime was rekindled after my children started watching shows like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! in the early 2000s.

Thank you for coming by Lesley’s Anime and Manga Corner.


  1. boazconstrictor · April 10, 2013

    Lesley, I just found your blog because I wanted to educate myself more about Anime since I haven’t seen nearly enough of it and I’m an avid movie lover. The site looks great and I look forward to following, thank you!
    I’m not sure if it would even slightly interest you, but I have a movie blog that I’m proud of, and Anime was on my mind because I just saw and reviewed From Up On Poppy Hill, if you’d like to check out my review or my blog in general it’s:

    Regardless, thanks for your great-looking blog!

  2. Alice Vega · July 24, 2013

    Hey Lesley! 🙂 Just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congrats and keep doing what you do!


  3. The MANGA Doctor · September 5, 2013

    This is a great blog!

  4. Jeanne Mizuno Kays · October 9, 2013

    Lesley, my 13.5-year-old daughter is a huge fan of manga. She is somewhat young for her age (she’s one of those special spectrum kids–and she really glams onto serials!). Recently, she has branched out into the teen manga from our local libraries. Your reviews are really helpful to me as I am not in familiar territory with manga (i.e., beyond Pokeman and Yu Gi Oh!), and especially the teen material. Now I’ll be able to discuss “fan service” with her…and perhaps direct her toward better quality material. I’ll be returning to your blog frequently, I’m sure. Thank you!!

  5. KuesutoSei · March 28, 2014

    Your have a very informative blog here! Wonderful work 🙂

  6. Jen · April 2, 2014


    I’m Jen from Another Castle, and wanted to drop a comment letting you know how much I’m digging your work. If you’re interested in expanding your readership, we’re always looking for contributors. You can post the same material you would on here and provide an ‘About the Author’ at the bottom of each of your pieces.

    As for us, we’re a small group of writers, mostly new, dedicated to ‘All Things Nerd’. We help train writers on journalistic style writing, how to develop media relationships, and provide support as a community. Our readership continues to grow month after month, currently providing news, reviews, previews, and lists for more than 15,000 readers a month.

    Let me know if this would be something you’d be interested in, and we can get you aboard almost immediately. Regardless, keep up the awesome pieces and I’ll keep coming back!

    Best of everything,


  7. nyankoto · August 22, 2014

    Starblazers!! I watched that back then, too. These days, when I mention it as my first anime, folks usually give me blank stares.

  8. fiddletwix · July 20, 2015

    Heya! I’ve nominated you for a Real Neat Blog Award! 😀 https://fiddletwix.wordpress.com/2015/07/21/real-neat-blog-award/

  9. tpcsufian · August 13, 2015

    Im familiar with Vampire Knight, Pokemon, Maximum Ride Manga, and… that’s about it. lol Do you recommend any other animes? 🙂

  10. fiddletwix · August 27, 2015

    Heya again, I’ve nominated you for an Infinity Dreams award! You can find the info for it here https://fiddletwix.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/the-infinity-dreams-award/

  11. Desperado · December 15, 2015

    I’m nominating Lesley’s Musings to take part in answering the 50 Anime Questions in honour of World Otaku Day 2015.


    Don’t forget to link back so we can read yours and add them to our list! Have fun!

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