Review: Death Note

It’s difficult to imagine that Death Note is celebrating its 10th anniversary, crystallised as a modern classic before its 39-episode run had even finished airing. The series might be closer to the turn of the century than not, but its themes and struggles remain unquestionably relevant – a fact helped in no small part by this impressive Blu-ray release. Death Note was a cultural milestone, … Continue reading Review: Death Note

Review: Sakura Trick

Sakura Trick started out as Tachi’s seinen yuri four-paneller, and fittingly, this show tricks you into thinking the target demographic dominates the narrative. To begin with, it’s very much a straight lad’s yuri show, right down to girls behaving like horny boys where boobs are concerned. Seriously, girls do not obsess about other girls’ breast sizes like this. Unless the school lives outside my shy … Continue reading Review: Sakura Trick

For the love of curry

Even the most casual anime fans could point out the Japanese love affair with curry. While we at littleanimeblog.com love every iteration of curry (though Thai steals the top spot), the Japanese palate is attuned to Indian flavours. Funnily enough, it was us imperialist Brits that first introduced Indian cuisine to the land of the rising sun back in the Meiji era, when India was … Continue reading For the love of curry

Pearl Harbour, propaganda and anime’s first feature length

Art plays a pivotal role in the healing process in the wake of national disaster, channelling a country’s collective grief and creating something from the calamity. Director Makoto Shinkai said the success of Your name is due in part to the natural disaster at the centre of its narrative, chiming with a country still processing the fallout of its most powerful earthquake, the tsunami it … Continue reading Pearl Harbour, propaganda and anime’s first feature length

Seasons of the witch: the changing nature of witchcraft in anime

I don’t know about you, but I much prefer anime’s view of witches to our overriding cynicism towards them here in the west, and boy is it loving them lately. This year alone there’s been Makoto the Flying Witch, then Izetta: The Last Witch, and in the not-quite-a-simulcast camp there’s even been The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Next year, Little Witch Academia is making a comeback … Continue reading Seasons of the witch: the changing nature of witchcraft in anime

My Favourite Anime: Ouran High School Host Club

For the latest in our My Favourite Anime series, Sandra over at Japan Reviewer argues Ouran High School Host Club can more than hold its own against anime’s top dogs. If you weren’t a fan before reading, then you’ll be a convert by the end. The intro music might sound like Avril Lavigne’s ‘Sk8er Boi’ but this anime has a lot to like. While everyone else … Continue reading My Favourite Anime: Ouran High School Host Club

Review: Fullmetal Alchemist – Collector’s Edition Part 2

In Fullmetal Alchemist we have the immutable law of the alchemical arts, the fundamental architecture of the universe – equivalent exchange. The second half of the series transmutes the first, subverting the binary beliefs of the Elric brothers. As the duo inch closer to returning their bodies back to normal, quick fire revelations unstitch almost everything they thought they knew (or hoped) to be true. … Continue reading Review: Fullmetal Alchemist – Collector’s Edition Part 2

Review: The Tatami Galaxy Collector’s Edition

So many series are inseparable from their visuals, using wildly differing animation styles to express their themes and ideas in complex and compelling ways. The Tatami Galaxy is an experiment in style; a non-linear and multi-branching adventure into the human condition – love, loss and, um, strange sexuality. Comparing its visuals to any other single series is folly, being as it is more an amalgam … Continue reading Review: The Tatami Galaxy Collector’s Edition

Review: Nobunaga the Fool Part 2

The war of the Eastern and Western stars grinds on, defiant, often beautiful in its repetition of one bland giant mecha battle after the another. More new characters keep piling in as though in attempts to refresh the narrative, like notorious conqueror Alexander the Great looking just like he’s stepped out of the eponymous song by Iron Maiden, and Sengoku paladin Uesugi Kenshin. All crushed together, … Continue reading Review: Nobunaga the Fool Part 2

Poem: Equivalent exchange

  The sketched circle drawn at the intersection of science and mysticism; an alter set for cruelest nature and laid with blasphemous intent. The human condition, its hidden riddles, broken into each chemical constituent. The most complex equation made simple – the universe is laughing. Palms charged on the circle’s surface, a lay on of hands, disfigured evocation, pulling a thread in time undone in … Continue reading Poem: Equivalent exchange

Event: Shin Godzilla and Evangelion clash in symphony concert

There will be a clash of the titans, as the Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony crashes into Tokyo this spring. From March 22nd-23rd at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, the music of Hideaki Anno’s Shin Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion will be played in concert by a full orchestra. These four performances have been executive produced by Anno himself, sponsored by Rebuild of Evangelion‘s Khara, Inc., with composition, … Continue reading Event: Shin Godzilla and Evangelion clash in symphony concert