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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

Poem: Divine intervention

  God-like and fragile, the boy Shun gave his lips to man and woman, whose touch he knew but couldn’t handle. Spectral in darkness in wait, him awake and slumbered, living yet lifeless, nothing and other. Brave Shun behind his white mask, a doll’s face devoid of all but the blankest expression, serenity of surrender. Born of fear and martyred this poor boy who loved … Continue reading Poem: Divine intervention

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Code Geass anniversary movies coming soon to UK cinemas

Anime Limited have announced that they are rescuing the UK from a life without Code Geass‘ 10th anniversary movie project. Praise be to Zero that all three films celebrating the legacy of Lelouch will be coming to cinemas across the country in due time. Here’s a trailer from the distributors to stoke the fires of your rebellion. But first things first, before we get ahead of … Continue reading Code Geass anniversary movies coming soon to UK cinemas

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Classics corner: Black Butler

Dark and dirty in the streets and stately homes of Victorian England, Black Butler flirts with demons on far more levels than the theological. It’s the kind of series that charms the viewer into a false sense of security with slapstick comedy, food porn and sprinklings of ecchi until, somehow, we’re locked in face to face with our encrusted wounds, and the desires we hide. … Continue reading Classics corner: Black Butler

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Smartphones and social media positivity in anime

It’s easy to learn to depend on objects at the cost of ourselves, leaning on the things we own to weather the times alone. Smartphones are an apt metaphor for each of these problems. Social media and so many options for instant messaging encourage over-exposure to people, dependency, anxiety over the worth of one’s own voice. It can be hard to find a way back … Continue reading Smartphones and social media positivity in anime

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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

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Only a phase: doomed queerness in anime

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 teen leaves childhood behind, with one last look over their … Continue reading Only a phase: doomed queerness in anime

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Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 31

It’s time for a new spate of Chunin Exams, and a new generation of Shinobi to prove their worth against legends come before. First step, a written exam. Spending several episodes in a classroom is far from the most riveting way to connect a new chapter of Naruto’s saga, especially when the man himself is nowhere to be seen. He’s off doing his duties as … Continue reading Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 31

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The everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters

In a medium as varied in voice as any other, the fight is on for anime creators to defend the right for gender non-binary (NB) people to be beautiful, proud and not just the shattered screw-ups on the sidelines. Though they may seem the buried few, there are more titles that make NB folks heroes than a quick skim of the surface would suggest. They … Continue reading The everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters

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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

Rin solo camping by Mt Fuji in Laid-Back Camp

Why watch … Laid-Back Camp?

I wish I could have been a bit more like Rin when I was her age. She knows solitude doesn’t have to mean loneliness, or boredom, or helplessness. Getting away for a solo camping trip gives her time and space to reflect, warm up by the cheering light of a campfire and treat herself. In those times, her internal voice reveals some of what she’s … Continue reading Why watch … Laid-Back Camp?