The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

Grell Sutcliff, the supposed Burnett butler who unveils his true sexual identity in a brilliant red rush of flamboyance, would probably be considered gay by most. That is, if not for his blood-soaked love affair with Ciel Phantomhive’s dear aunt, Madam Red. Never mind that Black Butler is set in the Victorian era, where the “gross indecency” of homosexuality was barely whispered of, and bisexuality … Continue reading The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

Review: Yona of the Dawn Part 1

As a tale of fate and faith – in love, in gods and spirits, and seeking truth – Yona of the Dawn takes a while to establish itself, but then again, so does Princess Yona herself after her father’s murder. Leaving the castle that sheltered her until she was sixteen to escape her own death, cutting the beautiful crimson hair her guardians so admired, and … Continue reading Review: Yona of the Dawn Part 1

Review: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Part 2

Determined not to let the past slip only into tragedy, Shiro was determined to become a hero of justice. Not because of a pre-ordained path, but because his misfortune has left him with the strength of spirit and the obligation to do so. Stripped of his command seals and bereft of Saber, both stolen by the rogue Servant Caster, this new loss binds him to … Continue reading Review: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Part 2

Review: Your lie in April Part 1

Your lie in April is a delicate reminder of the uplifting powers of music and love, covering a collection of heartbreaks – a series of photographic moments carried with each character and informing their stories with each regrettable glance. When Kosei Arima, stuck in a rut after once being a piano prodigy, first meets the violinist Kaori Miyazono performing with the touch of a wildling … Continue reading Review: Your lie in April Part 1

New Game! and the trouble with women in tech

Fresh out of high school, Aoba Suzukaze lands a dream job at the game studio she’s admired since childhood, Eagle Jump. Clearly the studio saw a spark of the exceptional, hiring her off the bat with no apparent experience in game design, something unimaginable here in England, or the further western world for that matter. Set as part of a wider environment that has a near … Continue reading New Game! and the trouble with women in tech

Beside the seaside: top 5 aquatic anime

We at the blog have been utterly charmed by the bright and restful Amanchu!, new girl in town Futaba echoing our quiet wonder as she experiences her new home by the sea. There, she meets Hikari Kohinata. With her arresting self-confidence and unrestrainably bonkers joy, Hikari has been diving off the coast of that town since she was little, and her view of the sea being … Continue reading Beside the seaside: top 5 aquatic anime

Review: Future Diary Collection 2

The mobile phone has become an unlikely accessory of emancipation, with charities like WITNESS adopting it as a powerful tool in its ongoing engine of social change. Elsewhere, it’s become knitted into our culture at almost every level, something synonymous with experience and self. In Future Diary, the mobile is venerated to the divine. It’s been a long wait since the frenzied climax of the … Continue reading Review: Future Diary Collection 2

Replies to regret: accepting our remorse through anime

We each go through life burdened by our own experiences; carrying our guilt like a sack of chains behind us. It clouds our outlook of the future, and is a murky lens through which we perceive the past. How different our lives might have been if only we’d decided on another course of action, or said yes where we might have said no. Regret is … Continue reading Replies to regret: accepting our remorse through anime

Futurology on screen: how anime anticipates tomorrow

At the intersection of science fiction and reality is futurology – or future studies – the tenets of which imagine our future economy, politics and technology and reverse-engineer our means of getting there. An illuminating New Statesman piece likens futurologists to “doomsday preachers” in their forecasts of tragedy and technology growing at a rate that would make Arthur C. Clarke blush. And yet there’s an … Continue reading Futurology on screen: how anime anticipates tomorrow

Review: Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 2

The second collection of the hit volleyball anime picks up in the midst of vigorous training under coach Keishin Ukai’s tough love approach, whipping the Karasuno boys into shape ahead of the interscholastic preliminaries where only one team in 60 makes it through to the nationals. In between bouts of ball-time, the team talk strategy and the roll call of attack plans, enemy teams and … Continue reading Review: Haikyu!! Season 1 Collection 2

Event: Otaku Speed Dating does away with awkward dates

As otaku, we’ve all been in that situation where someone asks, “So, what are you into?”, and you steel yourself up for that potential glazed look or condescending comment. On a date especially, it’s one of the biggest buzzkills. It would be so much easier if you could know in advance that your date understood and shared your fandom. And that’s what Otaku Speed Dating figured … Continue reading Event: Otaku Speed Dating does away with awkward dates