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

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 from the so-called “yaoi effect”. Our friends on Twitter will … Continue reading Victory on ice: why Yuri!!! on ICE deserves to be Anime of the Year

For the love of curry

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 rising sun back in the Meiji era, when India was … Continue reading For the love of curry

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

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 Shinkai’s your name. Since Okada left Gainax in 1992, he’s … Continue reading Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

Gimme shelter: the ‘not an anime’ argument

“Maybe I forgot how to think at all.” At the beginning of Porter Robinson’s music video for ‘SHELTER’, Rin is dreaming these words as she comes out of sleep in the simulation where she lives alone, but not lonely. She has whole worlds to build, running through rolling fields or resting at the crest of a glacier as she controls and creates her surroundings on … Continue reading Gimme shelter: the ‘not an anime’ argument

On falling out of love with anime

In its very definition, otaku, and by extension fan culture in its entirety, carries with it a whiff of the obsessional. It’s doubtful any fan would deny that. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little obsession. In fact, it can prove a most fertile ground, spurring on creativity, participation or just plain old-fashioned dedication. This blog was born in part from all three. Putting … Continue reading On falling out of love with anime

Futurology on screen: how anime anticipates tomorrow

At the intersection of science fiction and reality is futurology – or future studies – the tenets of which imagine our future economy, politics and technology and reverse-engineer our means of getting there. An illuminating New Statesman piece likens futurologists to “doomsday preachers” in their forecasts of tragedy and technology growing at a rate that would make Arthur C. Clarke blush. And yet there’s an … Continue reading Futurology on screen: how anime anticipates tomorrow

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and the art of storytelling

Despite our many differences, one aspect above all others unites us – storytelling. From the sequential stick figures on cave walls, to the percussive rhythms of tribal music and later the oral tradition. Although the latter has waned, certainly in western cultures, there remain whispers and glimpses in our penchant for anecdotes and telling a half remembered joke. But more than that, the oral tradition … Continue reading Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and the art of storytelling

The roots of love: cherishing friendship through anime

Spring is stirring in the air and threatens twitterpation, but I wanted to appreciate a different kind of love that’s sometimes overlooked this time of year. Friendship, as we’ve all learned from anime, is a force to be reckoned with, bringing it home as something to treasure and celebrate as much as romance. And when you see it captured in some of our favourite series, they … Continue reading The roots of love: cherishing friendship through anime

On coming back to anime

I’ll be upfront about this. When I was 17, I turned my back on all things anime like some mad reimagining of that classic Frank Sinatra track. It was a cold turkey kick, from cutting my ties with beloved shows, to ditching my manga and tossing out my figures. The reason? Well, self-loathing was setting in and I fancied trying to be somebody else. Instead … Continue reading On coming back to anime