Review: HaNaYaMaTa

We all fear a future where we never amount to anything. But when it overwhelms you, it’s the loneliest feeling to bear. Naru Sekiya admits that she is painfully average, playing up to a realism that doesn’t exist in her any more than anyone else. In truth, she idolises fairytale princesses who dazzle away all darkness and doubt. She wants someone to take her away … Continue reading Review: HaNaYaMaTa

Review: Punch Line Season 1

With Punch Line, Studio MAPPA’s original comedy ecchi, there is a sense of the creative team throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. In the first episode alone there’s an obvious nod to the glut of superhero series we’re seeing coming out of Japan, and a blatant nod to Akira. But as the 12 episodes unfold, it becomes more and more apparent that … Continue reading Review: Punch Line Season 1

The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies

The set-ups of certain of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films make you feel as though you’ve returned to Disney’s fairytales. In Howl’s Moving Castle, downtrodden hat maker Sophie has her Cinderella moment when she’s waltzed across the sky by Howl. And the enduring curse catalyst is flipped onto the male protagonist Ashitaka, who goes on his quest for a cure and meets the daughter of the … Continue reading The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies

Guest blog: Top five anime that focus on real-world issues

Dropping round for a cup of tea and a hearty discussion of some deeply meaningful anime, it’s Daziigirl of UNOTAKU. Stay with us a while, and see which anime she ranked among the best that deal with the real big issues. You might just go away with the series that gives you a new perspective on our little world. Kara no Kyokai (The Garden of Sinners) … Continue reading Guest blog: Top five anime that focus on real-world issues

Poem: Totoro’s forest

  As the great beast snores his belly can be seen rising right from the entrance of his hideout if you’re close enough. Above, the trees breathe with him. The forest’s heart and hands, though he sleeps he’s on guard for any child who finds it in the long grass. His old friend is still here, but changed and scared into the underground, lamplight eyes … Continue reading Poem: Totoro’s forest

On falling out of love with anime

In its very definition, otaku, and by extension fan culture in its entirety, carries with it a whiff of the obsessional. It’s doubtful any fan would deny that. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little obsession. In fact, it can prove a most fertile ground, spurring on creativity, participation or just plain old-fashioned dedication. This blog was born in part from all three. Putting … Continue reading On falling out of love with anime

Guest blog: Essential watching – under the radar anime to binge on

I’ve found with time that many a great anime has gone unnoticed or has been forgotten about when talking with new watchers or those who just didn’t have access to a lot of anime when they first started watching. Yet now some of the best anime ever made is no further than a few clicks away! You get a small library with a Netflix subscription. … Continue reading Guest blog: Essential watching – under the radar anime to binge on