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Smartphones and social media positivity in anime

It’s easy to learn to depend on objects at the cost of ourselves, leaning on the things we own to weather the times alone. Smartphones are an apt metaphor for each of these problems. Social media and so many options for instant messaging encourage over-exposure to people, dependency, anxiety over the worth of one’s own voice. It can be hard to find a way back … Continue reading Smartphones and social media positivity in anime

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Love, acceptance, anime: an LGBT History Month round-up

This LGBT History Month brought the whole aniblogging community together to celebrate queerness in anime. LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance is a matter that’s close and personal to both of us here at the blog, and so we’ve experienced many wonderful moments in sharing this month with all of you. Thank you for your comments and feedback on our posts, and for all of your upbeat, … Continue reading Love, acceptance, anime: an LGBT History Month round-up

Simple pleasures: our favourite foodie anime

Food is a basic requirement for life, but that simplicity has the power of telling our most personal stories, while bringing us together under that human need. It’s the same in anime as in our everyday, the universal pleasures of cooking and eating opening up to powerful narratives of healing, sharing and growing. On an even simpler level still, anime can make us happy in … Continue reading Simple pleasures: our favourite foodie anime

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Only a phase: doomed queerness in anime

Queerness in anime is pure, poetic, an indiscretion amidst the self-questioning and humiliation of high school. That is also where it must end, so it would seem in many manga and anime. The tragedy of having loved someone who perhaps shares your feelings, perhaps not, passes into the locked treasure box of memory as another teen leaves childhood behind, with one last look over their … Continue reading Only a phase: doomed queerness in anime

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Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 31

It’s time for a new spate of Chunin Exams, and a new generation of Shinobi to prove their worth against legends come before. First step, a written exam. Spending several episodes in a classroom is far from the most riveting way to connect a new chapter of Naruto’s saga, especially when the man himself is nowhere to be seen. He’s off doing his duties as … Continue reading Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 31

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The everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters

In a medium as varied in voice as any other, the fight is on for anime creators to defend the right for gender non-binary (NB) people to be beautiful, proud and not just the shattered screw-ups on the sidelines. Though they may seem the buried few, there are more titles that make NB folks heroes than a quick skim of the surface would suggest. They … Continue reading The everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters

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Ready player none: five video games we want to see as anime

American production studios are starting to dig deep in the video game archives for their anime-inspired cartoons (hey there, Castlevania). But there are still so many titles we have the hankering to see on our TV screens, given a new lease of life and motion as Japanese animations. As soon as the two of us started talking about it, so many games came to mind … Continue reading Ready player none: five video games we want to see as anime

Rin solo camping by Mt Fuji in Laid-Back Camp

Why watch … Laid-Back Camp?

I wish I could have been a bit more like Rin when I was her age. She knows solitude doesn’t have to mean loneliness, or boredom, or helplessness. Getting away for a solo camping trip gives her time and space to reflect, warm up by the cheering light of a campfire and treat herself. In those times, her internal voice reveals some of what she’s … Continue reading Why watch … Laid-Back Camp?

Why watch... Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

Why watch … Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens?

A departure from the monochrome and long shadows of film noir, Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens is an exuberant and vividly animated crime show. It’s set in a city with a disproportionate number of hitmen organisations and business is booming. The neon lights blur and bleed, and the city comes alive to the sound of acid jazz, making the nocturnal scenes a delight to behold. On a … Continue reading Why watch … Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens?

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Lyrics for lovers: our favourite anime love songs

Sometimes, just a few lyrics can perfectly encapsulate something you never even knew you wanted to say. A song shared with someone you love can tie those words or that melody to that person for life, no matter the time or distance apart. Through this same power, music can give anime a resonance with our lives, and bond us to those special people with whom … Continue reading Lyrics for lovers: our favourite anime love songs

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

“And the work which has become a genre unto itself shall be called: Cowboy Bebop” This phrase is proudly emblazoned across the seminal series like manifesto, a mission statement that this stylish mix of music, form and story is entirely its own beast. Sure enough, while the series – and creator Shinichiro Watanabe – is indebted to western media, its aesthetic is unique, nurtured during … Continue reading Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

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Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 5 – The Broly Trilogy

It’s another day in Goku and Chi-Chi’s domestic bliss, stuck in the parents’ interview queue for private school admissions. It’s all Gohan’s mama can do to stop Daddy blabbing his penchant for punch-ups, thereby ruining his son’s chances of getting a better education. Perhaps it’s fortunate that the wrath of a legendary Super Saiyan interrupts Goku’s need to make small talk. The upshot is that … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 5 – The Broly Trilogy