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Guardian, neighbour, trickster: aspects of the anime faery

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Wee folk, fair folk, good folk. Faeries travel under many guises and by many names, the mischievous gatekeepers of nature’s small and secret realms of nature. But in all their forms they are irresistible, and humanity’s unified wondering about these oft-invisible beings is no less present in anime. In the latest instalment of our series […]

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My Hero Academia season 3 reveals release date

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Never fear, season three of My Hero Academia is on its way. With the third volume release of the My Hero Academia: Vigilantes spin-off manga approaching, a preview of the cover from artist Betten Court has revealed that the anime will premiere on April 7th. Dependable as ever, our heroes at studio BONES are back […]

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The pop team: our favourite four-panel anime

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The four-panel manga uses the most basic of frameworks to fire off gags at startling pace, as well as offering unexpected, haiku-like views into life’s little dramas. It’s all on that third step of what’s known as Kishoutenketsu structure; the climax, an unforeseen development. Like or loathe it, the web-yonkoma-turned-anime Pop Team Epic uses the four steps […]

Yuki Yuna and YuruYuri creators collab on RELEASE THE SPYCE anime

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High school girls will go undercover as spies for an original anime revealed by Kadokawa, titled RELEASE THE SPYCE. And if you’re a fan of magical girls or a more sweet, less citrus brand of yuri, this is quite the exciting collaboration. YuruYuri mangaka Namori, on board as original character designer, is teaming up with […]

Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

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Western fantasy and sci-fi literature has long proven influential for anime, and an early example, shortly after the glamour of Howl’s Moving Castle, was the less well-known Studio Ghibli effort Tales from Earthsea. The late, great Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January, had broken through to literary greatness with her novel A Wizard […]

Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima shares more details about new work

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Back from la belle France and his Fauve Special Award win at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Fairy Tail creator Hiro Mashima had time to wind down with Twitter and a few fresh teasers about his new work. He said, “as expected, the most frequently asked question was about my new work”, and here’s the […]

Weekly round-up

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Don’t know about you, but we’re tuckered out from this rollercoaster of a week. A Silent Voice flung out of the Oscar runnings, Dragon Ball Super officially ending, and in amongst that feeling slightly starstruck by your thoughtful discussions of Darling in the FranXX. We’ve got it all covered right here in our round-up, so it doesn’t feel like so […]

Perfect Blue original novel out in English for first time

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Many of us know and adore Satoshi Kon’s anime adaptation of Perfect Blue, a devastating story of self-doubt, self-loathing and fractured fandom. However, the light novel which inspired Kon’s tragic vision always evaded us English readers. That is, until Seven Seas Entertainment came along to rectify that glaring fault. For the first time ever in English, […]

Review: Sword of the Stranger – Collector’s Edition

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Kotaro has been learning to live for himself since his only protector, the monk Shouan, bid him to flee alone from their faceless pursuers. The young orphan boy is wanted for his blood, the key to a mystic medicine which will bring immortality. Sengoku-era Japan is rent with war against the Chinese, a savage landscape […]

Review: Hyouka – Part 1

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Right from the get go, and under the glittering façade of Kyoto Animation’s visuals, we’re introduced to jaded highschooler Hotaro Oreki, who sees himself in shades of grey. Imagine that instead of being simply listless, Tanaka-kun was nihilistic, and you’ve got a fair approximation of Oreki, who shuns school clubs, romances and almost everything else […]

Mourning my mother through anime

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There is no fact of life harder to face, or conceptualise, than its ending. Since I lost my mother last year, I’ve been struggling for ways to guard against the fact she will never be a phone call away, that strong, vital voice of reassurance. There’s the regret that I should have treasured her more […]

Kakegurui and live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film head to Netflix

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When Kakegurui first aired on Netflix Japan back in July, it knew when to hold ’em and keep other territories on tenterhooks for its full release. But if you’ve been playing patience in the UK, US or the Phillipines, your turn is coming around. The streaming service has listed a February 1st premiere for Kakegurui‘s first season, all 12 episodes dropping […]