Forget me not: anime’s amnesia problem

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Tropes help form the vital architecture that enables a storyteller to weave a narrative, but in so doing they become part of a wider dialogue. Art, as they say, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, meaning that all creative endeavours are inevitably in conversation with what came before. And so it is with amnesia, one of […]

Review: Girls und Panzer OVA – This is the Real Anzio Battle!

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It’s the day of Oorai Academy’s tankery championship battle with the illustrious Anzio Girls’ High School. A chance to take a peek behind enemy lines, and ingratiate oneself with the delicacies of tactical planning glossed over in order to get to the meat of this match in the series proper. As witty as Girls und […]

Review: Girls und Panzer der Film

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It seems you can’t go far wrong with sticking teams of schoolgirls in tanks and letting them do their thing. Girls und Panzer takes a heartening satisfaction in friendly friction between rival schools and comradeship among the students of Oorai Academy, recently saved from closure by a school championship win in sensha-do, the esteemed martial […]