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The story of anime’s crêpe craze

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In anime land it often seems like every day is pancake day, with any old shopping excursion or school trip winding up at a crêpe stand. But each craving you’ve endured in seeing a mountain of whipped cream and strawberries bursting from its light, fluffy, comfortably handheld confines is all thanks to Japan’s love of […]

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Revisiting citrus: an anime for queer women

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Our recent quickfire editorial on citrus and straight male viewers of yuri received some excellent feedback, which made us rethink some of the sweeping points made. No matter how yuri manga or anime is marketed or flirts with sex, there’s no margin for presuming that only straight guys will enjoy the eroticism. The concerns about […]

Sweetness and citrus: the mystery of yuri’s male audience

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This girl’s had her fair share of queer crushes in the past, and I can assure you, they weren’t nearly as torrid or tragically twisted as citrus. But it’s strange to think that stories like mine could be published perverse, and sold as get-off material for guys who like girl-on-girl. So, how did it come […]

Cowboy Bebop and my anime awakening

Cowboy Bebop and my anime awakening

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How do you make an otaku feel old? Remind them Cowboy Bebop is turning 20 this year. To celebrate its 20th birthday, we’ll be running a series of posts, articles and poems. To kick things off, I cast my mind back and explore how I first discovered the show. Time and places have a way […]

Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

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Western fantasy and sci-fi literature has long proven influential for anime, and an early example, shortly after the glamour of Howl’s Moving Castle, was the less well-known Studio Ghibli effort Tales from Earthsea. The late, great Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January, had broken through to literary greatness with her novel A Wizard […]

Kitsch, canoodles and KFC: a Japanese Christmas in anime

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Christmas as a concept is young one in Japan, having only existed for the last few decades. It shows its shiny youthfulness in being a time spent spreading and sharing happiness with one another, bearing no current connection to religion with so few Christians in Japan – well under 3% of the entire populace, in […]

Made in Abyss and being a role model

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Both of us are overjoyed to make a very special announcement. Ready? We’re having a baby! Since I was inspired to write a piece about Made in Abyss, and the daunting prospect of being a role model, it seemed perfect to share the good news by putting this piece here for all our otaku pals and readers. […]

In memory: Black Butler’s Tanaka and his portrayal of dementia

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That quiet, funny little man sipping his tea throughout Black Butler is nothing more than a comedic beat at first, like canned laughter. But with each passing episode he meant something more, as an indispensable part of what makes the show so special. Every so often, he’d turn up as someone you’d almost mistake for […]

Victory on ice: why Yuri!!! on ICE deserves to be Anime of the Year

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On Saturday, Yuri!!! on ICE was pronounced Anime of the Year in Crunchyroll’s first ever Anime Awards. But while voters and non-voters alike celebrated its win, certain people got a bit upset. Some said it didn’t deserve the acclaim, and that if not for its gay main characters, it wouldn’t have earned so many votes […]

For the love of curry

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Even the most casual anime fans could point out the Japanese love affair with curry. While we at littleanimeblog.com love every iteration of curry (though Thai steals the top spot), the Japanese palate is attuned to Indian flavours. Funnily enough, it was us imperialist Brits that first introduced Indian cuisine to the land of the […]

Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

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It’s time for another episode of Old Fogies Take a Dump on New Anime. Mamoru Oshii’s done it, taking pops at Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and all currently-airing anime in general. Now it seems Toshio Okada, co-founder of Gainax and so-called “Otaking”, wants to get on the boat and rock it too. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto […]