Even with a new-look littleanimeblog now live (as you’ve almost definitely noticed) we’re both still the same ani-ramblers you’ve come to know and love. That’s why we’re back with our old familiar round-up, and a faery and fantasy-filled look back over the past week’s goings on. Let’s get to it!
Netflix have just announced a business alliance with Production I.G and BONES, the respective names behind Ghost in the Shell and the Fullmetal Alchemist anime. This new team up can only mean one thing…
Never fear, season three of My Hero Academia is on its way!
Time-travelling in more ways than one, Murata will soon be launching BTTF, his manga series based on the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy.
Back from la belle France and his Fauve Special Award win at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Hiro Mashima had time to wind down with a few fresh teasers about his new work.
An educational anime series based on the French comic Radiant by Tony Lavente has been announced by NHK for this October.
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…
Faeries go by many guises, but this otaku’s guide to our ‘good neighbours’ will give you a better chance to spot them. Or, at least, avoid their merry mischief.
Since we lost Ursula K. Le Guin this month, we honoured the perennial author’s memory with a look at how her Earthsea novels became a beautifully flawed Ghibli movie.
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!
Anime Spot is your new merch stop + get your FREE otaku swag!
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but at least Anime Spot are giving away free items to sate your hunger for merch. We’ll repeat: Anime Spot are literally giving stuff away, because that’s the sort of generous folks they are. As you’ll see above, you only need pay shipping fees for two kawaii kissing couple keychains, or a totem-pole Totoro cap. Deals like this don’t come along often, so go grab them while they’re still in stock!
Evangelion bullet train shutting down this spring
The Type 500 Eva bullet train is being retired this year, after its overwhelming popularity led to an 18-month extension of operations. It’s been ferrying its passengers from Hakata to Shin-Osaka from 2015, and in fact, we can remember writing about this when the blog first set up shop! Ah, memories.
Facebook heartily in favour of dad-to-be naming son Goku
With his wife requiring persuasion, Carlos Sanchez turned to Facebook for the million likes it would take to name his unborn son after Dragon Ball‘s Goku. Needless to say, he smashed that goal, and a follow-up post came along to confirm that Mama Sanchez would be keeping up her end of the bargain. From one pair of parents-to-be to another, we extend our congratulations on their little Saiyan, Goku Sanchez. May his power levels be over 9000.
Pokémon GO evolves into a nature documentary
See exactly how wild Pokémon would look in the real world’s natural habitats in a nature doc-inspired short released by The Pokémon Company and Niantic. Alright, so this might just be a cleverly camouflaged promo for the Hoenn region monsters now available to capture in-app. But with the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry backed by a gorgeous score from documentary composer George Fenton, it’s so easy to forget about that.
This week became one for breaking free of uncertainty as the first month of 2018 gave way to a crisp new February. These pieces got us feeling hopeful and reassured about where we’ve been and where we’re going, so definitely give them a read if your January blues are lingering.
through a glass – Weathering the Adolescent Storm: A Place Further Than the Universe and Liberation – Nana gets to the heart of why A Place Further than the Universe has such a strange, comforting melancholy. It’s all in that familiar dichotomy of adolescence; in wanting to follow close to those who mean the most to us, we, like Mari and Shirase, are still stumbling after our individuality.
The Afictionado – Coming Out of Your (World’s) Shell: Growing Up and Breaking Free with Cocona and Utena – Another lovely piece on adolescence here, but this time exploring those uncertain steps towards adulthood as an escape rather than a journey. The Afictionado takes a beautiful stance on the dreamlike worlds of Revolutionary Girl Utena and Flip Flappers as the space in which girls can become powerful women through their fantasies, and beyond.
I Drink and Watch Anime – Dear Blogger Friend, We’re in This Together – In an open-hearted and honest piece, Irina gives us a positive reminder that it’s okay to struggle with blogging. That, actually, it’s powerful. Our strength as writers comes from pushing through together, so don’t worry if you’re stuck in a rut. We’ve all got your back, because we know exactly how you feel.
And that’s it for our first new-look-yet-lived-in weekly round-up! What do you think? It’s been wonderful sharing our work and catching up with yours these past few days. So, as ever, we sign out with the hope you’ll join us again next week.