We’re feeling super sunny this weekly round-up, with lots of cool stuff to share. Did you miss out on the news that Kunihiko Ikuhara and Shinichiro Watanabe are back with new anime? Or our feature on the dead mothers trope in anime, and why it’s actually pretty positive? Just read on, and you’ll be caught up in no time. No, don’t thank us – we wouldn’t we here without you, after all.


Utena director Kunihiko Ikuhara unveils new anime Sarazanmai

Sarazanmai - Kunihiko Ikuhara

The first real details of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s new anime project are taking shape.

Naruto creator’s new manga will be a series


Masashi Kishimoto’s post-Naruto manga is a set-in-stone serialisation, it’s been confirmed by Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress sequel film revealed

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - Unato Decisive Battle

The Kabaneri train ain’t stopping. So says Fuji TV in their announcement that Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is getting an all-new anime film. Whoo whoo!

Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES reunite for original anime Carol & Tuesday

Carol and Tuesday

Almost in the same breath as revealing that new Kabaneri movie, Fuji TV announced the original anime Carol & Tuesday from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe.

Princess Leia manga to launch on Star Wars day

This year, Star Wars day has something special in store for otaku and fans of a galaxy far, far away.

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 mother’s absence in anime

Cardcaptor Sakura - Nadeshiko's ghost

This week, I discovered the healing positivity to be gleaned from the dead mother trope. After all, our anime heroes might never have found their strength without this life-altering loss.

Forget ‘cool’, let’s just enjoy anime together

Darling in the FranXX

Look, we understand that loving anime as a kid could be tough. But a Kim Kardashian Instagram post shouldn’t get our hackles up, and otaku culture will never be mainstream. So can’t we all just be geeky as one?

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!

So, Kim Kardashian likes anime – and we think it’s pretty sweet

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My hair inspo

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Further to our open letter on why it shouldn’t matter if anime is cool, put aside whatever opinions you have on Kim Kardashian, just for a moment. This week, the reality star said the medium was the “inspo” for her new pink hair. It’s simply a joy that with something as simple as a Darling in the FranXX-inspired hairstyle, anyone can transmit the greatness of anime. We live in wonderful times.

‘World’s first yuri textbook’ to be illustrated by respected manga artists

Kadokawa are releasing their “world’s first” yuri textbook, which will inform on the many flavours of yuri with art from 39 creators. Venerated artists such as Hachi Ito of Kindred Spirits on the Roof, Naoko Kodama of Netsuzou Trap and Yui Hara of Kinmoza will each contribute a page to illustrate the subtleties of student, sister, age gap, childhood friend, senpai and kohai themes, and beyond. Looks lovely; we’d like a slice of that sweet S.

Your posts

From reassuring to mind-blowing to just plain laugh-out-loud, you gave us all the feelings with your posts this week. Simply wonderful work.

Otaku Journalist – What I want the parents of anime fans to know – Lauren Orsini has some great advice for anyone with young family members getting into anime. She communicates the kind of honesty we want to nurture with our own kid, stressing that anime is a multi-faceted art form like any other – lewdness and all – and how important open and equal communication is.

KawaiiPaperPandas – TTT: Top Ten Tuesday-Psychological Anime You Need To Watch If You Want Your Mind Blown *Bang Bang* – Because we also loved a fair few anime on this list, including Death Parade and Paprika, kawaiipaperpandas’ suggestions here are going straight on our list of anime to hit play on when we want to give our brains a good wringing. Let’s face it, everyone needs that once in a while.

Anime News Network – Pop Team Epic (Review) – Pop Team Epic reviewed in limericks is good. Just pure good.

The Lily Garden – 5 Things I Learned or Wanted to Learn Because of Anime – Anime has always made us want to be better people, but this list from Remy is perfect for illustrating the depth and breadth of how anime can inspire us to enrich our lives. Has a character from a show you loved cooked something yummy? Make it yourself, and ding – you’ve learned something and become more fulfilled. So easy. So amazing.

We hope we could put a spring in your step for the weekend with this round-up, since you guys always brighten our week. Whatever you’re getting up to, enjoy, and we’ll see you again on Monday.

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