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% […]

Review: Heavy Object – Part 1

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The opening lines of Heavy Object depict an Earth that’s already coming to be – the wealthy vacationing on the moon, and cruises across space now as easy as firing a laser. Even seeing our wondrous advancement reflected back at us, the first commercial swing around the moon set to […]

Review: No-Rin

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Treasured idol Yuka Kusakabe takes the stage for a packed-out concert, only to announce that she’s retiring. And poor Kosaku Hata just got done daydreaming about his on-stage introduction as the special guy she sings for. He’s been obsessed with her for years, so he’s distraught by the news. That […]

Review: A Certain Scientific Railgun Complete Season One Collection

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A few episodes into A Certain Scientific Railgun, you realise that it’s filling the gaps between the action that went on in A Certain Magical Index. So Tōma sticks his nose in when he loses Index, Index sticks her nose in when she loses a doughnut, and aside from that […]