We’re feeling warm and cosy here at the blog with Christmas celebrations a-coming, so we’ll be winding down the anime antics until the New Year. Even keeping this last round-up until January on the short side, we still wanted to share a few goings-on, as well as some of your fine writing.

Blog spotlights

Our anime of the year: The Ancient Magus’ Bride 

A sensually elegant series that defined our year in more ways than one, we wanted to pay homage to The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Kitsch, canoodles and KFC: a Japanese Christmas in anime

To celebrate the holidays, take an anime sleigh ride with us through a typical Christmas in Japan.

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!

A blast from dubs past returns for Dragon Ball Super

Ah, this takes us back. If the voice of Cloned Vegeta in the latest dubbed episode of Dragon Ball Super sounds familiar, it’s because it comes from Dragon Ball days of yore. Brian Drummond voiced the sulky Saiyan for The Ocean Group’s Dragon Ball Z dub, the first ever English dub distributed overseas by FUNimation…and he’s back, guys. Get a load of him in Funi’s preview above.

Link’s next adventure already in development

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Surprise! As said by no-one. We have it on good faith from Nintendo that the next Legend of Zelda is getting wired up for production. Word came out in the book The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Master Works, which just launched in Japan and collects exclusive material from the making of the Switch flagship. No further details yet, and we know it’ll take a good while. But right now the main thing is that we can get excited!

Love x Peace x Plus Ultra in My Hero Academia music video

Kenshi Yonezu, Vocaloid producer, illustrator, and singer/songwriter of My Hero Academia‘s season 2 theme ‘Peace Sign’ has released a little something to see out the year. Take a look back over some of the anime’s best times from 2017 with a full MV, featuring beautiful anime footage especially enhanced.

Your posts

Now, and for the final time this year, our favourite bit. You lot have charmed us both with your writing once again, so here are the posts we loved.

Miandro’s Side – How would androids fit in our world? – We’ve seen a good deal of 12 Days of Anime posts that have made us pause for reflection, and Miandro’s take is no different. For anyone who naturally warms to androids the way we do, this entry is an affecting piece on Plastic Memories and the ethics of making machines in our image.

The Backloggers – Masamune-kun no Revenge – How Our Identity Can Affect Personal Motivations  Another 12 Days of Anime that struck us is The Backloggers’ whole thought-provoking series, with this entry a particular standout. Its discussion of how the masks we wear affect our lives made us rethink our piece from last week on mental health and identity in Recovery of an MMO Junkie.

Mage in a Barrel – Kyousougiga, An Old Love in a New Year – We adore pieces like this one, an honest and heartfelt look at a show someone loved enough that it made them see themselves differently. This one puts across perfectly the power of an anime made with love, that celebrates love and burnishes its simple wonder.

Two Happy Cats – Interview with Indie Otome Company ~ Anomalis! – Last but not least, a neat little interview with a company making absolutely adorable otome games. As well as discussing their game-making process, including their Christmas entry An Otaku’s Guide to Santa’s Reindeer, there’s also some great advice for anyone wondering where to start with developing their own games.

With that, we wish you all a fond farewell until next year. We can’t tell you how wonderful it’s been to come back to the blog and have you all waiting for us, with your inspiring thoughts and work ethics. We hope you all keep it up well into the New Year and beyond, because we wouldn’t want to miss a single one of you. So long, goodbye, be good and see you soon!

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TwoHappyCats

Thank you for the feature, I can’t wait to read all your posts next year :D!

raistlin0903

It’s so great to have you guys back again. Have a terrific Holiday Season and see you next year 😀😀