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Weekly round-up

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 lands for Netflix’s Death Note

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.

Free! reveals compilation films and all-new theatrical anime 


The star swimmers of Free! convened at an event for the High☆Speed! -Free! Starting Days- film to announce two anime compilation films, as well as that “new screen project” Kyoto Animation have been holding out on since August.

Leiji Matsumoto plans to link all his creations in new work

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.

Naruto Shippuden anime ends with 500th episode

For better or worse, all things must end. And so this week’s episode of Naruto Shippuden was its last.

Fresh feature – Suffer little children: the naive unease of the anime zombie

Rounding out our little three-part supernatural series, covering witches and vampires in anime, we turn our thoughts to the recently undead.

Holy Hestia, we’re on Patreon!

You guys might already have heard, but just in case, we recently made our Patreon debut. If you’d consider becoming a patron, we’d really appreciate it. To thank you for all your support so far, we’d love to give some back by putting more creative control in your hands. As little as $1 a month would be a big help towards that, as well as building our site.


Now we’ve looked at everything blog-side, let’s get to the pieces we’ve been reading this week. Over to you!

JAPANime Talks – Owls Post – Home Away From Home: What Sanctuary Meant for a Zoldyck – This piece sums up wonderfully why I love Killua and Gon’s friendship in Hunter x Hunter. But not only that, Venus demonstrates how the Zoldyck oppression can be held representative of the prisons and sanctuaries we’ve all had in our lives.

Wave Motion Cannon – Ghost in the Shell: Echoes of the Present – Grant swan dives into the persistent relevance of Mamoru Oshii’s film, and why it’s a true masterpiece. To us, it remains a movie you can float away with, almost like a meditative experience. Its technobabble becomes a white noise that reassures us that this world is not our world…at least, not just yet.

Yatta-Tachi – 16 Female AniTubers You Should Subscribe To – Our buddy LitaKino and the magnificent Anime Reviewer Girl are far from the only fantastic ani-vloggers on this list. With folks who chat about mental health awareness to news, reviews and giveaways, if you’re on the lookout for a new YouTube fave, your search is at an end.

Wow, that’s it for yet another week! We’ll be taking a short break from the blog next week, but we’ll be back soon. In the meantime, don’t have too much fun without us!

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