Hey there, friends! Welcome to our first round-up of 2018. This week for us was all about that Devilman. We blitzed through DEVILMAN crybaby and felt so fired up we just had to write a feature about it. You can check that out as you read on, as well as the year’s top news stories so far and bulletins about all the cool stuff we’ve been seeing on the web of late.

News

Amazon shuts down Anime Strike streaming service

A little under a year after Amazon launched their dedicated Anime Strike service, the streaming branch has shut up shop for good.

Miyazaki slates first anime work since The Wind Rises

While we’re jumpy as a bunch of soot sprites waiting for Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming feature film, his newest short for the Ghibli Museum at least seems well underway.

Gun Gale Online anime fires up in April

The latest anime update for Sword Art Online is downloading fast, the official Twitter for Gun Gale Online announcing the series will premiere in April.

Fairy Tail creator aims to launch new manga in 2018

It’s hard to believe we can now say Fairy Tail came to an end last year. But as 2018 brings a fresh start for all, Mashima is getting in the New Year spirit by getting back to work on a brand new project.

your name. director denies unseen ending rumours

More than a few little birds have had it that the ending we know for Makoto Shinkai’s your name. wasn’t originally meant to be. But the director jumped on Twitter to soundly disprove the rumours.

Blog spotlights

Here’s where we wrap up the posts we’re proud of from this week, just for you! Let’s see what we’ve got…

The demonisation of youth culture in Devilman

Dominic had the heady task of distilling all our enthusiasm for DEVILMAN crybaby into this fine piece. Read on to discover how the themes and morals of Go Nagai’s Devilman were revived to potent effect for the Netflix series.

Idiots rule: our favourite anime dunderheads

Following up our collective parents-to-be squeeing over anime babies, we celebrate those loveable boobs who wear their fool’s colours with pride.

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!

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Anime Spot is your new merch stop + a prize giveaway!

Hankering after high quality anime merch? Then check out Anime Spot. All their figures are top-notch and, even better, you could win a lifetime’s free shopping at their online store! Drop your deets into their giveaway before January 19th, and you’ll get an assured prize of a random 90% discount. You literally can’t lose, so what are you waiting for?

Have you heard your Nintendo Switch say “goodnight”?

Well, you wouldn’t actually hear it, but there’s a little Easter egg in the Switch’s operating system that sends the string “oyasumi”, or goodnight, when you put it to sleep. There’s another cute bit of coding that also sends out “ohayo” when you boot it up again, which as many of us weebs will know means “good morning”. Too adorable for words.

Celebrate Devilman’s anniversary with a wicked tipple

A scotch the same age as Go Nagai’s manga classic (45, but don’t tell them we told you) is coming out in celebration of its author’s 50th anniversary as a mangaka. The ‘Devilman Label’ Invergorden Scotch will be limited to 252 bottles, and set you back a high-class 29,160 yen (roughly $261). We’ll take two!

Your posts

Yeah, we see ya, kickstarting 2018 with awesome writing straight out of the gate. Go you! But first, we wanted to bring your attention to a new initiative from Anime Feminist; one that’s vital to the social well-being of the otaku community, and deserves your support.

Anime Feminist – Anime Matsuri Moves to Silence Vlogger with Cease & Desist– John Leigh, a showrunner for US convention Anime Matsuri, has been outed for his sexual harassment in the past. But in a hamfisted attempt to keep his offences on the quiet, he has sent a Lolita vlogger who named and shamed him a cease and desist letter. In response, AniFem has put out a call for anyone who has been the victim of harassment by an authority figure in anime fandom to share their story. Read the editor’s note at the foot of the story for all details.

Thoughts That Move – Why I’m Not on YouTube– Branching out onto the ‘Tube looks like a lucrative opportunity, promising wealth and wide viewerships to those willing to put themselves out there on video and graft for it. But is it right for everyone? Thoughts has a few choice words on why they decided against the whole thing, and it’s definitely worth a read. Power to the written word posse! While you’re about it, be sure to check out this great piece on the power of brutality in DEVILMAN crybaby and Made in Abyss. 

The Lily Garden – Citrus and an Actual Cycle of Abuse(?) – Remy gives us an insightful first impression of citrus through the lens of its problematic view to abuse as intimacy. We will be sticking with this series for now too, in the hopes that Mei comes to heal from her apparent negative history with ‘romance’.

Bloom Reviews – The Mythology of Ancient Magus’ Bride: Part 1– Here’s a pretty sweet mini-encyclopaedia piece running down the references to mythology in The Ancient Magus’ Bride. We learned a good few things from this post ourselves, so if you’re in any way intrigued by the series’ magical background, do give this a read.

Anime News Network – A Journey Through Kyoto Animation – Nick Creamer takes us through his favourite shows from the glorious sweetness of KyoAni, confiding in us the values of tales of togetherness, quiet reflection and taking the time to laugh at life. It’s such a heartfelt piece, and so charming in its exploration of artistic honesty through personal vulnerability.

There we have it, a bustling fortnight of brilliance starting off 2018 in style. But we wouldn’t have expected anything less with you guys around. We hope the year has been treating you well so far, and wish the same for your weekends. Let’s all catch up next week, okay?

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Matthew

Nice! I visited the Anime Spot and it looks pretty cool. I do want to eventually get anime figures.

raistlin0903

Nice round up as always 😀 I hope to see Devilman somewhere in March, as I will than be focussing heavily on anime in my own blog 😀

kingdylbag13

Great post! Lots of cool stuff is happening!