High riders: our favourite anime bikers

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The welcome return of Kino’s Journey got us mulling over our favourite bikers in anime, of which there are a fair few. But certain characters who burn the rubber exude the real thrill of the ride, bringing an extra dimension of excitement to watching them on screen. My dad being a biker, I’ve known the […]

Streaming heaven: our top seven anime on Netflix

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As UK-based anime fans, we pay close attention to the comings and goings of Netflix’s otaku offerings. While there are plenty of quality shows, we’ve taken out the hard work and put together the top seven, so all you have to do is sit back, Netflix and chill. (Not like that. Or like that, if […]

This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

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Though The Ancient Magus’ Bride is without doubt a fanciful and fantastical portrayal of England, it demonstrates perfectly how our country’s landscapes inspired our folklore. Amongst its withdrawn ‘cunning folk’ who practice magic, and faeries who prefer to be referred to as your good neighbours, we feel at home with every new episode, sequestered in childhood fairytale […]

Better than a fairytale: our favourite anime princes

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This time of year turns our thoughts to romance, and soothing away the hardships and misery of the dark winter days. What better way could there be to warm our hearts to springtime than hanging out with our favourite anime princes? The most wonderful thing about them is that, contrary to their western fairytale counterparts, […]

The look of love: anime’s wonderful couples

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Valentine’s Day may seem meant for two, but we think it should be a day of gratitude to everyone we love. So we thought we’d celebrate not only romance, but friendship, family and recovery from loss in our list of lovely anime couples. However you’re celebrating today, make it one for love, even if it’s just […]

History makers: a Yuri!!! on ICE round-up

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It’s been just over a month since the final episode of Yuri!!! on ICE, but we’re missing it already, and we know heaps of you are too. To ease the Yuri, Yurio and Victor-shaped voids in all our lives, we thought we’d look back over the joy they brought us through the fall, and continue to […]

Our only hope: anime’s most inspiring princesses

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We were both left stunned and saddened by Carrie Fisher’s death in December. It seemed she was gone before we really had a chance to appreciate all the hope and joy she brought to the world. As you might know, we’re both huge fans of Star Wars and the Princess-General Leia, and so for a […]

Top 10 anime of 2016

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Here we are again, at the end of another year, albeit one filled with political and social upheaval and a sad spate of celebrity deaths. But it also brought a tour de force of new anime titles to get stuck into, with more than a few classics in the making. A new year brings the […]

More human than human: anime’s best cybernetic beings

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Soft robotics are all the rage after the unveiling of the super-kawaii silicone octobot, and each new android incarnation out of Japan seems smarter and closer to the real deal. With experimentation into robotics advancing ever further, we’re getting to a point where robots we can naturally relate to don’t seem quite so sci-fi any […]

BECK and the monsters of rock: best of the Brit rock anisongs

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BECK, the self-searching story of 14-year-old Yukio, a rock band and their dog, has been released in its complete form in the UK for the very first time. A fact that’s rather puzzling, given its worship of British monsters of rock and punk from The Beatles to the Pistols. While watching the show, the classic […]

Guest blog: Top five anime that focus on real-world issues

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Dropping round for a cup of tea and a hearty discussion of some deeply meaningful anime, it’s Daziigirl of UNOTAKU. Stay with us a while, and see which anime she ranked among the best that deal with the real big issues. You might just go away with the series that gives you a new perspective […]

Guest blog: Essential watching – under the radar anime to binge on

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I’ve found with time that many a great anime has gone unnoticed or has been forgotten about when talking with new watchers or those who just didn’t have access to a lot of anime when they first started watching. Yet now some of the best anime ever made is no further than a few clicks […]