Grave of the Fireflies

Darkly dreaming: the legacy of Isao Takahata

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Studio Ghibli has been a powerful part of both of our lives as otaku, inspiring nightmares, empowerment and the hope that we can each be heroes in our own way. It’s safe to say that its legacy wouldn’t have held quite the same place in our hearts without co-founder Isao Takahata, whom we have sadly […]

Taking a bite of anime’s after-school snacks

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No matter how bad the school day has been, whether rejected by a crush, your club on the brink of closure or keeping your supernatural double life hidden against all odds, a feel-good snack can come to the rescue in record time. Anime is a veritable menu of choice nibbles for characters as a coming […]

Darling in the FranXX

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

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Dear readers, friends and fellow otaku, Because it’s come to light that Kim Kardashian likes anime, at least enough to dye her hair pink à la Darling in the FranXX’s Zero Two, we’ve seen some fans feeling worried. As kids, maybe they were bullied or made to feel alone by their love of anime. But […]

Kiznaiver - Maki and Ruru

Only a phase: doomed queerness in anime

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Queerness in anime is pure, poetic, an indiscretion amidst the self-questioning and humiliation of high school. That is also where it must end, so it would seem in many manga and anime. The tragedy of having loved someone who perhaps shares your feelings, perhaps not, passes into the locked treasure box of memory as another […]

crepe service in Is the Order a Rabbit?

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 […]

citrus-blush

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. […]