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 much of a whirlwind. Take a breath, read on, and join us in getting caught up.

News

Dragon Ball Super will end in March

Yep, it’s official guys – Fuji TV has confirmed the Super saga will end in March.

Kakegurui and live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film head to Netflix

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.

Perfect Blue original novel out in English for first time

The novel which inspired Satoshi Kon’s tragic vision of Perfect Blue always evaded us English readers. That is, until Seven Seas Entertainment came along to rectify that glaring fault.

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…

Mourning my mother through anime

Since suffering the loss of my mother, I’ve turned to anime to assure me of my place in the world, and the bright future still ahead.

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!

animespot logo

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

If you want to win amazing merch from your favourite shows at Anime Spot, you still have a window of opportunity. The stellar store’s prize giveaway is open till January 31st.  If you fill in their form with your email, you’ll get a random 90% discount on their selection just for entering. So go on, make like a shonen hero and grab your 100% chance at glory!

Snowpocalypse 2018 brings out Tokyo’s best snow sculptures

This week, the first heavy snowfall to land on Tokyo since February 2014 brought the otaku out in force to revel in the rare white stuff. So while much of the city ground to a halt, Totoro, Catbus and a spate of Eevees came out to frolic.

Log in to Sword Art Online‘s augmented-reality event

Tokyo Anime Tourism will let you enter Sword Art Online without ever leaving the comfort of your own reality in their Digital Stamp Rally. Between January 28th and February 28th, while fans are touring Tokyo, they can pick up and interact with AR spots around the city. There they can summon their favourite characters from the franchise, and earn prizes based on the number of spots they hit. Check out this video to get a look at the special event.

Your posts

You guys have been super on point, especially about Darling in the FranXX this week. Your fascinating insights are giving us the will to stick with it, which at this point is no mean feat!

Purposefully Lackluster – The A-1 Protagonist – Taking into account that Darling in the FranXX is a Trigger and A-1 Pictures co-production, Perlem takes a critical stance on Hiro as the perennially puppet-like male A-1 protagonist. We want to see Hiro reach greater depths of vulnerability too, so we’re in agreement with this piece in hoping this character will find his wings.

Mage in a Barrel – Your Body is Not Your Own: Darling in the FranXX and Sexual Agency (or the Lack Thereof) – Even if Darling in the FranXX is leading us towards a skewering of the system that physically exploits its characters, it’s already hamstringed itself by screwing its characters every which way for fanservice’s sake. This piece slices through that abuse with a sharp commentary on how the show defies its own presumed morals.

Beneath the Tangles – A Silent Voice and the Value of Human Life – In the week that saw A Silent Voice snubbed by the Oscars, it was wonderful to see this piece exploring it as a story of every human’s flaws. Life is a journey towards learning to forgive ourselves and others – Teresa Christina beautifully draws the universality of that struggle from protagonist Shouyo’s depression.

Is that everything? I think so. Man, late January is fuzzy enough without so much going on. But as long as we have you lovely lot to keep us up to speed, I think we’ll see this month out alright. We’ll be back for the final Monday of this dozy month. Come on, we can make it!

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KimmieKawaii

Thank you for all these anime and manga related updates! While live-action has let me down in the past, I’m eagerly awaiting Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix. I heard it was coming in 2018, but thanks to your post, I now have a date to add to my calendar!

Karandi

There have been a lot of great posts around Darling in the Franxx. I don’t know whether I enjoy the show half as much as the discussions it has generated. Thanks for sharing links to some great posts.