Weekly round-up

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It’s that time again! You’d best get ready for some exciting stuff from Death Note, Free! and the ani-zombie crew, because we’ve got all that and more to beam your way today. In just a moment we’ll also catch up with the lovely stuff you’ve written this week. But first up, here’s the headlines. First trailer […]

Review: Snow White with the Red Hair – Part 1

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Somewhere down the line, we all began to question fairytales and their oversimplified, sometimes warped views of romance. Who does that Prince Charming bloke think he is, presuming to kiss a sleeping woman he’s never met full on the lips? We know he means well, but why is a kiss from an absolute stranger considered […]

First trailer lands for Netflix’s Death Note

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After an eight-year stretch of development hell and a rejig of rights from Warner Bros., we can finally start to see the direction Netflix are taking Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note. A trailer landed in the human world on Wednesday, announcing that the live-action film will stream from August 25th. So, without further ado, shall we […]

Update: Naruto Shippuden anime ends with tonight’s 500th episode

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February is the month of love, when spring first starts stirring in the air. So what better time could there have been to celebrate Naruto and Hinata’s marriage with Naruto Shippuden? Starting from the 16th with episode 494, the anime began adapting Sho Hinata’s 2015 novel Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding. This arc is ending […]

Leiji Matsumoto plans to link all his creations in new work

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Leiji Matsumoto, the Galaxy Express 999 creator and Daft Punk collaborator/animator, announced a grand plan while guesting at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival last week. He stated that he wants to create a story that will tie all his previous works together across space and time. “I’ve already decided on a title,” he said, but held back […]

Update: No Game No Life -Zero- slates July opening date

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The No Game No Life anime movie that went into the dark after last summer’s reveal is finally back with a title, a teaser trailer, and now a release date. With a list of returning cast and staff, it’s been revealed in poster ads from Kadokawa that No Game No Life -Zero- will open in Japan on July 15th. The twist, […]

Update: English Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry trailer enters the Dragon’s Tomb

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May 6th premiere and returning cast all in place, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry unveiled its second trailer last week. And what with Madman bringing the film to Australia and New Zealand sometime soon, they’ve posted an English-subbed version of this trailer, just as they did for the first. In the video, we discover the story of the Dragon’s Tomb. […]

Event: Hyper Japan welcomes back Laputa, Totoro and Kiki’s Kihara Hirokatsu

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Hyper Japan will be back for its next fest at Tobacco Dock, London from July 14th to 16th, and so will Kihara Hirokatsu. An anime professional who worked on the production desk for Laputa, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, he was a guest at last year’s Hyper Japan too. But he ruffled a few fan feathers while he […]

Free! reveals compilation films and all-new theatrical anime

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The star swimmers of Free! convened at an event for the High☆Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film yesterday, to announce two anime compilation films as well as that “new screen project” Kyoto Animation have been holding out on since August. The project, it’s finally been revealed, is an all-new anime film to come after the compilations Free! -Timeless Medley- Kizuna (Bonds) and Free! […]

Weekly round-up

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Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we’ll be bringing you the very latest from our blog and the wider anime world. Whether it’s news, the best of the week’s aniblogs or features about magical girls, you’re well taken care of here. Especially if you’re after the latter, because we have two of those to share this […]

The sparkling heart of darkness: Madoka’s message of hope for mature audiences

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Magical girls have long been illustrious in empowering the feminine, and framing fragility as the groundwork for true strength. Sailor Moon may never have become fearless, but she did learn to face the terrors of her world – including death itself – with the resolve to defend her friends and the world she belongs to. […]

Review: Heavy Object – Part 1

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The opening lines of Heavy Object depict an Earth that’s already coming to be – the wealthy vacationing on the moon, and cruises across space now as easy as firing a laser. Even seeing our wondrous advancement reflected back at us, the first commercial swing around the moon set to take place before next year […]