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Weekly round-up

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Wonder of wonders, we’ve had honest-to-goodness snow over here in Blighty! But we didn’t let that slow down our blogging game. You see, we’re just that dedicated to you guys. So we have a new Classics Corner, anime’s lessons in healthy social media use and, as always, our favourite posts from you. But before that, […]

High riders: our favourite anime bikers

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The welcome return of Kino’s Journey got us mulling over our favourite bikers in anime, of which there are a fair few. But certain characters who burn the rubber exude the real thrill of the ride, bringing an extra dimension of excitement to watching them on screen. My dad being a biker, I’ve known the […]

Update: Amazon list Saekano Flat, DanMachi Sword Oratoria, more as Anime Strike exclusives

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Amazon Prime has quickly flourished as an anime streaming service. This winter season just passed alone, they brought us Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga. They also have exclusive rights to stream other noitaminA anime such as The Great Passage, ViVid Strike, Onihei, Crayon-Shin Chan Gaiden: Aliens vs. Shinnosuke and Chi’s Sweet Adventure. It was about time […]

Duffer Brothers: Stranger Things was influenced by Elfen Lied

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Any Stranger Things fans out there? With the hype in for the long haul, as season two of The Duffer Brothers’ Netflix sensation is slated for October, The Daily Beast caught up with the duo to discuss the show’s early production process, including its anime inspirations. Now, the canny among you will have picked up on the otaku […]

Manga Entertainment bring Yo-Kai Watch and more to the UK

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Watch out! What’s that heading for the UK? Why, it’s the little monster hit Yo-Kai Watch, courtesy of our friends over at Manga Entertainment. The complete season one is slated for May 8th on DVD, but it’s available for pre-order right now. Besides that, we’ll just have to wait for Keita, Whisper and Jibanyan to make the […]

Weekly round-up

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Here we are, just nine more sleeps to Santa, and another weekly round-up has rolled around. The cheer seems to be everywhere in the news too, the generations all coming together. Isn’t that what this time of year is all about? Anyway, we’re sure lots of you are still busy getting ready for your respective […]

Akira prototypes uncovered for unreleased Game Boy title

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Step aside Tomb Raider, Patrick Scott Patterson has unearthed some archaeological-level finds in his own field. Only in October, the self-proclaimed Video Game Advocate posted a video of some Game Boy cartridges he’d uncovered – ones that contained an unreleased Akira game. Find this hard to believe? Well, we wouldn’t blame you for that. Even considering each cartridge had a […]

Anime appropriation: hip hop, house and virtual bands

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Anime and hip hop are unlikely bedfellows; both borrow from sundry sources, putting existing pieces together to form something fresh. Hip hop, as well as sampling music from myriad other styles, absorbs pop culture in its fusion of social commentary, political allegory and spirituality. Despite vastly different origins, intentions and methodology, there are definite cultural […]

Review: Punch Line Season 1

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With Punch Line, Studio MAPPA’s original comedy ecchi, there is a sense of the creative team throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. In the first episode alone there’s an obvious nod to the glut of superhero series we’re seeing coming out of Japan, and a blatant nod to Akira. But as the […]

Event: Akira to screen in cinemas across UK to celebrate 25 years of Manga Entertainment

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Manga UK have been bringing us all manner of anime goodness for 25 years, and Akira‘s resounding success was the catalyst that brought Manga Video (as they were then known) into being. To celebrate, they’ll be screening the border-shattering cult classic in cinemas across the country. The showings will all take place on Wednesday 21st September on over […]

News: Blade Runner visions of live-action Akira flood early director’s concepts

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Akira‘s live-action interpretation has been stuck in development hell at least since 2002, when it was first publicly announced. Since then, various directors have hopped on and off the Warner Bros. project, and though now it’s looking like Fast and Furious and Star Trek Beyond‘s Justin Lin could be at the helm, it was a very different […]

Fast and Furious’ Justin Lin could direct live-action Akira

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As his latest film Star Trek Beyond, the third in the Trek reboot series, approaches its opening day of July 22nd, director Justin Lin is reportedly in talks with Warner Bros. about heading up the live-action adaptation of Akira. The project’s been trapped in development hell for years now, but it’s seeming that the rather unexpected, yet logical choice […]