Kitsch, canoodles and KFC: a Japanese Christmas in anime

Christmas as a concept is young one in Japan, having only existed for the last few decades. It shows its shiny youthfulness in being a time spent spreading and sharing happiness with one another, bearing no current connection to religion with so few Christians in Japan – well under 3% of the entire populace, in fact. Instead, the opportunity to celebrate the giving season is … Continue reading Kitsch, canoodles and KFC: a Japanese Christmas in anime

Review: Death Note – a Re:Anime short film

We wanted to follow the story of Light Yagami in Tsugumi Ohba’s original manga because, detestable though he was, he reflected the hunger for power in all of us. His rise was the fulfilment of our darkest desires, and his fall the masochistic comeuppance for the part of us that covets. It is the combined frustrations of the many which lead to such culminations of … Continue reading Review: Death Note – a Re:Anime short film

Our anime of the year: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

There have been many great shows jostling for our top spot this year, but one stood out above all the rest. It rounded up our year in the most beautifully fitting way, so we wanted to pay our respects to…The Ancient Magus’ Bride. A year of personal loss and new life for us both at the blog, also brought with it The Ancient Magus’ Bride. … Continue reading Our anime of the year: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Afflicted escapists: MMO Junkie, mental health and identity

As of this year the World Health Organisation (WHO) has posited ‘gaming addiction’ as its own bona-fide mental disorder. But even though “persistent or recurring gaming behaviour” can have a negative or damaging impact, naming so-called ‘gaming disorder’ as an illness is one that raises many problematic questions. True, gaming seems to be a draw for many people seeking escape from real life, and a … Continue reading Afflicted escapists: MMO Junkie, mental health and identity

High riders: our favourite anime bikers

The welcome return of Kino’s Journey got us mulling over our favourite bikers in anime, of which there are a fair few. But certain characters who burn the rubber exude the real thrill of the ride, bringing an extra dimension of excitement to watching them on screen. My dad being a biker, I’ve known the terror and then the exhilaration of running headlong into the … Continue reading High riders: our favourite anime bikers

Poem: Signature in satellites

  The comet crosses the panorama soundless and lonely in the long night. Its fluorescent contrail cuts the sky in two. Tethered time space, this umbilical through which the tides of all time are ephemeral. Where the water meets the skyline it forms an open wound, There I see your face and there I know your name, infinite and beautiful, and for a fleeting moment … Continue reading Poem: Signature in satellites

Streaming heaven: our top seven anime on Netflix

As UK-based anime fans, we pay close attention to the comings and goings of Netflix’s otaku offerings. While there are plenty of quality shows, we’ve taken out the hard work and put together the top seven, so all you have to do is sit back, Netflix and chill. (Not like that. Or like that, if you want. Who are we to judge?) Death Note The … Continue reading Streaming heaven: our top seven anime on Netflix

The death of innocence: how Hiroshima haunted anime

With frank discussions of war, death and destruction, this piece isn’t an easy read, and may upset some readers. In the first instalment of this series, we explored the origins of anime as a propaganda tool in Japan’s war effort, specifically around the bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941. The focus of this follow-up will instead be on the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and … Continue reading The death of innocence: how Hiroshima haunted anime

Review: Monster Musume – Everyday Life with Monster Girls

On paper, a story set shortly after new legislation is signed allowing for humans and non-humans to co-exist in a cultural exchange is an interesting one. Instead, imagine a cast of women characters completely devoid of agency or independence, and reduced to fetish for one desperately dull lead and the slew of teen boys he’s standing in for. The result is summer 2015’s most notorious … Continue reading Review: Monster Musume – Everyday Life with Monster Girls

This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

Though The Ancient Magus’ Bride is without doubt a fanciful and fantastical portrayal of England, it demonstrates perfectly how our country’s landscapes inspired our folklore. Amongst its withdrawn ‘cunning folk’ who practice magic, and faeries who prefer to be referred to as your good neighbours, we feel at home with every new episode, sequestered in childhood fairytale again. While we savour Magus’ Bride’s twilight episodes, here’s our list of … Continue reading This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

What’s in the bag: ani-blogger’s survival kit

Every Pokétrainer worth their salt knows that going out in the long grass without a bag or backpack is tantamount to jumping headlong into the abyss. Inside you’ll find a veritable reservoir of Poké Balls, potions, berries and more – everything the discernible catcher needs out in the field. And so it is with ani-bloggers. I could hardly conceive of leaving the house without my … Continue reading What’s in the bag: ani-blogger’s survival kit

Review: Norn9

Norn9 is a series of two halves, belying its otome game source material where, under any plot contrivances, the point is to woo males and form romantic relations. So often, these series act as straight-up adaptations, making for badly structured and poor plotted anime. The core conceit of 2016’s Norn9 is a compelling one. Set in Shanghai 1919, the titular Norn floats above the city, … Continue reading Review: Norn9