It may well be the back end of winter, but we’ve got some hot stuff this weekly round-up. Hot stuff in the streets with the first trailer for Banana Fish, hot stuff from the gender non-binary beauties of this week’s feature…you get the picture, anyway. So what do you say that, first of all, we get warmed up with the news?


Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? anime gets second season

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Get this message to your familia, because Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is up for a second season at last.

Goblin Slayer light novels get a gory anime

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At last weekend’s Wonder Festival, it was announced that Goblin Slayer’s time to splatter blood, gore and various other gooey substances over TV screens is now.

Bleach live-action film’s first trailer released

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As the live-action Bleach prepares for the soul-reaping, opening on July 20th in Japan, Warner Bros. have dropped a new trailer to keep us hanging on.

Banana Fish anime unveils first trailer and summer premiere

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Come for the title, stay for the street gangs and New York sunsets, as Banana Fish receives its first trailer and cast announcements.

Galaxy Express 999’s new manga to launch in March

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In celebration of the great Leiji Matsumoto’s 80th birthday, one of his most beloved creations will continue its story.

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 everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters


In this week’s feature, we hail the courage of anime’s non-binary characters, all of them heroes in their own right.

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

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It should be a crime that these games don’t have anime adaptations. Some of them are simply no-brainers. To us, anyway.

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!

Voice of Hunter x Hunter’s Gon cast as newest Powerpuff Girl

We’re geeking so hard over this. Megumi Han, the one and the only voice of Gon Freecss in Hunter x Hunter, has been cast in The Powerpuff Girls as Blisstina Francesca Francia Mariam Alicia Utonium. But everyone just calls her Bliss. Han was delighted to get the part, saying “I watched ‘Powerpuff Girls’ so passionately that I always came home in time for the TV broadcast in my elementary school days”. The five-part episode series ‘The Power of Four’, in which the seiyu will make her debut, airs next month on Cartoon Network Japan.

Staff of Laid-Back Camp went winter camping

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In their dedication to the realism of Laid-Back Camp, director Yoshiaki Kyougoku took production staff winter camping to scout out the series’ real locations. They too tried out campfire cooking and sleeping bag snoozing in the bracing cold. So, when you’re watching the anime, producer Kaoru Wada said you’re seeing and feeling the experiences of the staff. Got to admire that adventurous spirit.

Your posts

You stellar writers have pulled it off again, in another week of posts that inspired and warmed our hearts. If you haven’t checked these out yet, we assure you, you’re missing out.

Shoujo Thoughts – Victor’s Blush Means Everything (A Late to the Party “Yuri!!! on ICE” Post) – Here’s one from a long while back, but we wanted to credit Shoujo for reminding us of the sheer power of gay love in Yuri!!! on ICE this LGBT History Month. It’s easy to look down on this show for being queer in subtext, even for those of us who loved the show. But subtext, friends, can sometimes say everything that goes without saying.

Kotaku – New Anime Season Is Killing It With Shows About Ordinary Girls – Cecilia D’Anastasio gets right to the point of why we’re loving this season’s slice of life shows. In Laid-Back Camp and A Place Further Than the Universe, cute girls can get away from being cute for camera, be silly, practical, adventurous, and just themselves.

The Lily Garden – The Power of Smartphones in (Winter 2018) Anime – Sure, smartphones could make us all antisocial, unstrung and frayed yarn balls of stress. Somewhere along the way though, we’ve forgotten their everyday magic. With a simple list, Remy shows us not only how smartphones are used in anime, but how our favourite shows can teach us to have a healthy fondness for our phones.

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero – How to Woo an Otome Guy in Five Easy Steps! – We’re deep into a replay of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and can confirm this is relevant to anyone obsessed with dating in any game that allows it. Ah, the sweet frustration in relentlessly stalking a character for new conversation options. “Come on, notice us! We only want to love you!” Oh dear. Well, clearly we’re more yandere than we thought.

That’s it for another blogging week, but it’s been a fun one, all thanks to you. As ever, we appreciate all your words, work and comments. Do join us next week, so we can do it all over again.

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So awesome about Megumi Han! 🙂