Kids on the Slope

The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

Friendship doesn’t always make perfect sense on the surface. Many a time, it’s only in reflecting on where we’ve been and how we’ve grown together that we realise why our bonds have stayed so strong. Despite the ridiculous arguments and petty differences, the obstacles overcome keep true friends connected across all distances. So it is for these five weirdo pairs, whose faith in one another … Continue reading The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

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Revival reveries: our top five anime that need a sequel

Who would have thought we’d be hanging out with Cardcaptor Sakura again, after all this time? It’s a special feeling to be reunited with a show and characters that meant so much to so many of us in our younger otaku years. The trouble is, this ecstatic return has opened our hearts to mourning the many anime series we’d welcome back in a heartbeat. Here … Continue reading Revival reveries: our top five anime that need a sequel

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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

Nier Automata

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

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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

Revolutionary Girl Utena

All for love: five heroic queer couples in anime

Some loves show us the kind of acceptance we should display to everyone; selfless and open-hearted, without fear or pride. As two people who have each been afraid to express our identities, these queer couples define how we want to embrace ourselves and others. With our daughter close to coming into the world, it means so much to us that she knows she shouldn’t be … Continue reading All for love: five heroic queer couples in anime

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The pop team: our favourite four-panel anime

The four-panel manga uses the most basic of frameworks to fire off gags at startling pace, as well as offering unexpected, haiku-like views into life’s little dramas. It’s all on that third step of what’s known as Kishoutenketsu structure; the climax, an unforeseen development. Like or loathe it, the web-yonkoma-turned-anime Pop Team Epic uses the four steps for its own kind of masterful nuts factor. But others, … Continue reading The pop team: our favourite four-panel anime

After all these years: ten anime turning ten in 2018

Some anime only grow in our love and all they mean to us as the years go rushing by, and so it is for all of these anime turning ten this year. Some of these series are personal favourites, some might count among yours, but we think anyone’s certain to find a shiny new treasure among these anime from the archives. Let us introduce them … Continue reading After all these years: ten anime turning ten in 2018

Dad goals: our favourite anime fathers

While I hadn’t envisioned becoming a father in my twenties, news of our expanding family has left me elated. Now I can’t wait for the little one to arrive on scene. They say becoming a parent changes the way you view the world, and already I’m watching father-child relationships in a whole new light. But becoming a daddy is a scary prospect and so I … Continue reading Dad goals: our favourite anime fathers

Idiots rule: our favourite anime dunderheads

As someone a bit prone to airheadedness myself, I have a soft spot for characters who wear their fool’s colours with pride. Anime is packed with champions and their irreplaceable comrades who prove that having the fastest brain isn’t all-important in achieving your goals. As you’re about to see, a pure, kind heart and keeping courage in the face of imminent embarrassment have brought every … Continue reading Idiots rule: our favourite anime dunderheads

Going gaga: our top five cutest anime babies

They’re loveable, supremely snuggable, and the sweetest reminder of all the unconditional adoration we took for granted back when we were gurgling cherubs. But here’s to all the shameless, vicarious spoiling we’ll be foisting on our own precious bundle very soon. With our daughter on the way in two months’ time, the perfect chibi features of our favourite anime babies soothes our every worry over … Continue reading Going gaga: our top five cutest anime babies