The death of innocence: how Hiroshima haunted anime

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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 […]

My Brother’s Husband live-action drama green-lit

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When gay erotic manga author Gengoroh Tagame opted for a change of tack, he created My Brother’s Husband. Since then it’s been rightly celebrated for its honest portrayal of queer love and family life, and now it’s getting the live-action drama treatment. The manga’s adaptation will be a three-episode mini-series, set to premiere in Japan on […]

Dragon Ball creator reveals what makes a Saiyan go Super

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Dragon Ball mastermind Akira Toriyama has revealed that certain specs must be in place if any Saiyan hopes to become that most vaunted of beings, a Super Saiyan. Specifically, they must have enough “S-Cells”, suggesting a kind of pseudoscientific chemical reaction or symbiosis akin to Star Wars‘ much-maligned midi-chlorians. When interviewed (via Todd Blankenship @Herms19), Toriyama said […]