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Revival reveries: our top five anime that need a sequel

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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 […]

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French manga Radiant adapted as educational anime

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An educational anime series based on the French comic Radiant by Tony Lavente has been announced by NHK for this October. The story will follow headstrong young magician Seth on his journey to greatness, hoping to defeat the monsters called Nemesis to cement his power. He joins a troupe of witches with the same goal, […]

Forget me not: anime’s amnesia problem

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Tropes help form the vital architecture that enables a storyteller to weave a narrative, but in so doing they become part of a wider dialogue. Art, as they say, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, meaning that all creative endeavours are inevitably in conversation with what came before. And so it is with amnesia, one of […]

Jun Maeda’s True Angel Beats! manga to follow spin-off Heaven’s Door

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The manga spin-off to the original 2010 anime Angel Beats!, Jun Maeda and Yuriko Asami’s Angel Beats! Heaven’s Door, ends in this month’s issue of Dengeki Comic magazine. But Maeda, co-founder of visual novel developers Key and creator of Angel Beats!, already has grand plans for a new manga set to launch in 2017. This series will replace Heaven’s Door in Dengeki Comic, […]

Update: CLANNAD and Charlotte writer Jun Maeda needs heart transplant despite being discharged from hospital

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Jun Maeda, writer and composer for visual novel studio Visual Art’s/Key, was hospitalised late in February this year, but on July 2nd, he posted on Twitter to let his fans know he had been discharged and returned home. He also revealed the name and nature of his condition, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (the unexplained enlargement and weakening of […]

Event: Hyper Japan comes to London’s Olympia this Friday

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The Hyper Japan festival is coming to the Olympia in London this weekend, bringing otaku fun, games and merch in their Game & Anime Park area, and with Crunchyroll and Nintendo in attendance from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th. Anime Limited have also tweeted that they will be represented at the festival, with more details soon to […]

Event: Vocaloid IA returns to Hyper Japan this year

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The Hyper Japan festival has announced another beloved musical guest, after welcoming My Neighbour Totoro singer Azumi Inoue. The sweet Vocaloid IA, who also made an appearance at the Hyper Japan Christmas Market last year, is returning to sing for her fans at the London event this July 15th-17th. The origin of IA’s voice is the J-pop star […]

Charlotte and CLANNAD scenario writer Jun Maeda hospitalised

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The visual novel and anime writer/composer Jun Maeda recently posted on Twitter notifying his followers that he has been in hospital since Monday. His exact illness hasn’t been revealed, but he has spoken about his poor physical condition in the media as of late, and his message to his fans read “I am going to […]