Hi again! Only us, back to round up a week in which Breath of the Wild won all the awards, and Ryan Reynolds was named as Hollywood’s Pikachu while elsewhere Pikachu was named an ambassador of Osaka. Don’t worry, all this will start to make sense once you read on. Let’s get to it!
Let’s raise our Deku sticks in salute to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, by far the runaway winner at this year’s Game Awards.
Ryan Reynolds, we choose you! Just don’t screw up, ‘kay?
At last, relief from all the build-up to the mega reveal for Mega Man‘s big 3-0.
Gengoroh Tagame’s gay drama manga My Brother’s Husband is getting a live-action mini-series.
Dragon Ball mastermind Akira Toriyama revealed that certain specs must be in place if any Saiyan hopes to become that most vaunted of beings, a Super Saiyan.
Here’s where we wrap up the posts we’re most proud of from this week, just for you! Let’s see what we’ve got…
Japan is still healing from the atrocity that was Hiroshima, but the country is reclaiming its beauty and lost innocence through anime.
While we savour The Ancient Magus’ Bride’s twilight episodes, here’s our fave interpretations of England from the anime we love.
Cool stuff from around the we(e)b
It’s time to take a look back over a few of the internet’s finest fist-pump moments and bulletins from this week. What made you smile or brightened your day? Tell us your own cool moments!
Osaka’s ambassadors – the honourable Pikachu and Hello Kitty
Taro Kono, the Foreign Minister of Japan, appointed Pikachu and Hello Kitty as ambassadors to Osaka for the World Expo. The city will host the event for universal education, innovation and progress in 2025, where the cat and the mouse will wonderfully represent love and teamwork across all cultural borders.
Super Mario cereal coming to the UK after all?
In last week’s round-up we were very jealous of all you lucky across-the-ponders getting a Super Mario cereal with an amiibo box. But Kellogg’s have teased that the UK might get a taste after all. Oh please, let this happen.
Berserk and Hunter x Hunter return (again!)
It’s happening again, folks. Yoshihiro Tagashi’s Hunter x Hunter and Kentaro Miura’s Berserk manga are both due to return from hiatus soon. Whereas the latter will be back in Young Animal from December 22nd, Gon and the gang are holding off till January 29th. Let’s just see how long these stints will last.
While we wait for more HxH, Bandai Premium are opening pre-orders for a replica Greed Island card set. No Bomber or arms being blown off here, just a sweet momento of one of the highlight arcs from the manga and anime.
Buckle up for real-life Mario Kart
Did you know IRL Mario Karting was a thing? Us neither. But apparently it isn’t up to proper safety standards. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism is giving Akihabara’s MariCAR some brisk encouragement to install seat belts and brake lights. After all, a legal license is required to go karting, and despite its prohibition of turtle shells the mundane dangers of the road do still apply.
Trademark grab for ‘Cosplay is NOT Consent’ abandoned
So, um. A certain adult cosplay company claimed to have had the original idea for this phrase combating sexual harrassment against cosplayers at cons and events. However, Cosplay Deviants CEO Troy Doerner abandoned the company’s trademark appeal on the basis that the conversation became “not about the movement – but about the opinions about me, my business, and my motivations”. You’re darn tootin’, dude. Take your Tauros-poop profiteering elsewhere.
But enough of that, what have you guys been up to these past few days? Plenty of quality blog-posting, for one. Let’s go ahead and shine the spotlight on our favourite reading from this week, shall we?
Atelier Emily – Everything Must Have a Beginning: Dandelions and More Flower Language in The Ancient Magus’ Bride – This is the latest in a sweet series showcasing the poignant use of floral symbolism in our favourite show from this year. Magic permeates Magus’ Bride on every single level; these blogs beautifully encapsulate how flowers whisper their own enchantment of healing and hinting at the soul’s mysteries.
Andrea Ritsu – Re: Trap – We’re highly perturbed by the term ‘trap’ in reference to trans people and characters, and Andrea’s outlined why it’s so harmful as a slur. Get educated with this authoritative piece on the origins of ‘trap’ as a word inciting fear and aggression.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero – Fangirl Moment: Her Impact – Naja introduces us all to a manga to empower. Sadie Hiroshi, a boxer and woman of colour, takes the first steps towards her calling when she becomes disenchanted with her old career. This has us all fired up, seeing the #0 cover with Sadie rocking her gloves!
100 Word Anime – Friday’s Feature: Why Believing In Yourself As A Blogger Is Easy To Say But Hard To Do – Aw man, have we said how much we missed you guys? Checking up on your words from while we were away, we came across Karandi’s piece from a few Fridays ago. It’s clarified for us why we felt so pulled to come back to the blog; the courage you all have in sharing your thoughts and wisdom is so inspiring. Keep at it, because we believe in you, too.