Review: Show By Rock!! – Complete Season 1

I think, at some point, we’ve all known the rut Cyan is stuck in at the start of a new school year. She wants to prove her worth as a singer and musician as part of her school’s rock band. But even with all her lines memorised, about to open the door to the club room, she crumbles under her fear. Quite why is still … Continue reading Review: Show By Rock!! – Complete Season 1

Poem: Death’s head and vectors

  Oh diclonius, crowned captive in horns – Pan’s disciple abstinent of guilt and ego. There you dance for masters bare breasted and masked, drenched in the rainfall of your reckoning. A perfect fruit of lesser wombs, man nurtures its own destruction in blindness. The truth of Plato’s cave is the end of fearful creatures. Dressed in your death’s head and vectors, beauty begun anew. Continue reading Poem: Death’s head and vectors

Album review: Lipstick – Lipstick II

The golden age of glam challenged social and sexual norms with provocative rockers and a catchy tune or two. It took pioneers like Marc Bolan and David Bowie to give the riffs and theatre some substance. The resurgence of glam in the new millennium has seen bands like The Ark pair the stylistics with deeply personal lyrics, while across the pond hair metal is still … Continue reading Album review: Lipstick – Lipstick II

Review: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb

Rikka’s first mission may have been to discover the ethereal horizon, but it’s now time to turn from grieving for her lost, to learning to accept the love she has in her grasp. At the start of their second year of high school, she and Yuta, her chunibyo-denying friend, have moved in together under the half-pretence of his helping hand till she finds her own … Continue reading Review: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb

Classics corner: Elfen Lied

Welcome to classics corner, our brand new feature where we get stuck into some of anime’s best and brightest offerings. The only caveat, they have to have clocked up at least ten years. If there’s a specific series you’d like us to review, let us know in the comments. Elfen Lied is infamous among anime fans and outsiders alike for its graphic violence and persistent nudity, … Continue reading Classics corner: Elfen Lied

Review: Owarimonogatari – Part 1

Few of us will be unaware of Monogatari, SHAFT’s idiosyncratic adaptation of NisiOisiN’s light novel series. Its fascination with theology and mathematics are well documented, while the different iterations at once conform to genre clichés and stand totally separate. I’ve been mulling over Monogatari for as long as I’ve been reviewing anime, certainly enough time to figure out what it is I like about the … Continue reading Review: Owarimonogatari – Part 1

The new punks: updating the sci-fi of Ghost in the Shell

Nineties nostalgia sees the collective consciousness turn to simpler times; the pre-digital age that was a cornerstone in speculative fiction. It was the decade that gave rise to the cyberpunk subgenre and its pluckier, more optimistic cousin – the Y2K aesthetic. Here, distant futures were exactly that, and the world we’ve evolved into is a satire of our own predictions. eSports are a lucrative career … Continue reading The new punks: updating the sci-fi of Ghost in the Shell

Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

Lucy has had her last memento of her father torn from her hands. The fabled Key of the Starry Sky was stolen by the Legion Corps, holy warriors working under the doctrine of the Zentopia Church. With that, the ambition of our beloved celestial mage could have gone to the clutches of thieves. But with her Fairy Tail friends at her side, none of them … Continue reading Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

The look of love: anime’s wonderful couples

Valentine’s Day may seem meant for two, but we think it should be a day of gratitude to everyone we love. So we thought we’d celebrate not only romance, but friendship, family and recovery from loss in our list of lovely anime couples. However you’re celebrating today, make it one for love, even if it’s just showing a little appreciation for the people who’ve been there … Continue reading The look of love: anime’s wonderful couples

Review: Yona of the Dawn Part 2

Yona has made a stand against hatred, rescuing the Blue Dragon from his segregation by the people of his village, who will doubtless go on believing that the power of his paralysing eyes was a curse. In giving him a name, Sinha, for ‘moonlight’, she stands at the centre of the cycle of feminine power – maiden, mother, and monarch. Developing its themes from the … Continue reading Review: Yona of the Dawn Part 2

Because we’re both girls: Scum’s Wish, first love and finding solace in yuri

Wrapped inside the searing heartache of being a teenager all over again as I watch the sakura petals of Scum’s Wish, I’m reminded of how special and significant it all was. But particularly in Hanabi’s relationship with her friend Sanae, I’ve come to reframe one of my own first loves in a new light. The scene in which Sanae confessed to Hanabi, crying out in … Continue reading Because we’re both girls: Scum’s Wish, first love and finding solace in yuri

History makers: a Yuri!!! on ICE round-up

It’s been just over a month since the final episode of Yuri!!! on ICE, but we’re missing it already, and we know heaps of you are too. To ease the Yuri, Yurio and Victor-shaped voids in all our lives, we thought we’d look back over the joy they brought us through the fall, and continue to even now through your blogs. So here’s our special round-up … Continue reading History makers: a Yuri!!! on ICE round-up