Hello there! This week’s been all go for Gun Gale OnlineCutie Honey and a brand new Sherlockian anime from the director of Voltron: Legendary Defender. What with that and all the great blogging and podcasting you’ve been doing, it’s hard to know where to start! Oh yes, that’s it – with the best of the news.


Bleach live-action film reveals its Rukia

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The live-action Bleach film sealed for release in 2018 has just revealed its Rukia in Shonen Jump magazine.

Gun Gale Online anime adds staff from My Hero Academia, Celestial Method

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A commercial for a quick look at Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online was released on its official website with key staff announcements for the series.

Cutie Honey Universe teaser unveils cast of Honeys

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Go Nagai’s 50th anniversary as a manga artist is bringing a new Cutie Honey to screens, after the blazing success that was DEVILMAN crybaby, the Netflix Nagai adaptation.

Sherlock Holmes inspired anime seeks Kickstarter funding

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A new Sherlock is on the case, but you can call her Skylar. Steve Ahn, director of Netflix’s Voltron: Legendary Defender, has a whole new project on the go called Blossom Detective Holmes.

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 high life: drug use in anime

Much of anime would have you believing that Japan doesn’t have a drug problem. But more and more titles are breaking down the cultural taboos around drug abuse.

Why watch … A Place Further Than the Universe?

In an all-new regular feature, we share our thoughts on why you should watch A Place Further Than the Universe. One thing’s for sure, you’re in for a journey.

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!

Initiating…the Aniblogger Coalition Podcast

Help, we’re being inundated with anime podcasts run by lovely anibloggers! As well as the eagerly awaited second episode of Innominate out now, the Aniblogger Coalition discuss several questions close to our hearts. Namely, just what is it about cute girls anime? And should you be watching A Place Further Than the Universe? (The answer to that is, as we’ve said, is yes.) Job well done to AstralGeminiIrinaPlyasmShokamoka and The Pantless Anime Blogger on a corker of a launch.

Crowdfunding campaign aims to house struggling animators

Animators in Japan are notoriously underpaid. Especially if they are new starters, they often struggle to afford their own living space. But Japan’s Animator Services Organisation are still campaigning to change that, having raised 10.6 million yen to maintain dorms for struggling workers – a noble effort we wish them all the best in going forward.

Yuri!!! on Ice storms the Winter Olympics

It had to happen, and it did. Japan’s Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara danced to the theme of Yuri!!! on Ice for the Winter Olympics’ figure skating program. The pair have performed this routine in Detroit and Japan, but this was their first time in front of a global audience, and as you can see from the short clip above, they made it beautiful for the occasion.

Your posts

You, friends, have been posting some powerful writing this week, as always. So much so that we won’t waste any more time gushing, and just get to sharing already.

Anime Feminist – DEVILMAN crybaby, legacies of queerness, and diversifying remakes – Vrai Kaiser writes an excellent critique of Devilman crybaby as a queer text, and how essential it is that Ryo is not the one tragic gay martyr of the piece.

Purposefully Lackluster – Hakumei to Mikochi, Violet Evergarden, and Historical Context in Anime – We’re suckers for historical context in anime, so we were bound to enjoy this one. Perlem has pulled out a piece that broadens the industrially inspired worlds of Hakumei and Mikochi and Violet Evergarden in a way that makes us appreciate both even more.

Manga Toritsukareru Koto – Continue, Don’t Quit : You Are Not in This Alone – Auri has poured out her heart and, in doing so, opened up a project that so many of us will need, even though we don’t always know who to turn to for help. Together with Irina and Remy, she has pledged to lend an ear to anybody feeling low or hopeless. So don’t hesitate to chat if you need it; you couldn’t find three sweeter or more understanding souls.

That’s all from us for another week, so we hope you enjoyed our time together. Have a great weekend, whatever your plans, and we’ll see you all again on Monday.


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Great round up and some great links.


Thanks for showcasing Auri’s post here. I am so proud of her for doing this. It’s an absolutely amazing project that deserves to be recognised and can’t be featured enough.


Just one tiny thing to add though 😊😅 I am a part of this project too, just like Irina and Remy, so my blog/contact page is open for people as well if they need a listening ear 😊