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The pop team: our favourite four-panel anime

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The four-panel manga uses the most basic of frameworks to fire off gags at startling pace, as well as offering unexpected, haiku-like views into life’s little dramas. It’s all on that third step of what’s known as Kishoutenketsu structure; the climax, an unforeseen development. Like or loathe it, the web-yonkoma-turned-anime Pop Team Epic uses the four steps […]

Idiots rule: our favourite anime dunderheads

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As someone a bit prone to airheadedness myself, I have a soft spot for characters who wear their fool’s colours with pride. Anime is packed with champions and their irreplaceable comrades who prove that having the fastest brain isn’t all-important in achieving your goals. As you’re about to see, a pure, kind heart and keeping […]

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% of the entire populace, in […]

Review: Re-Kan!

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Grief, regret, gratitude – none of these emotions are ever one-way between the living and the dead. Hibiki Amami knows this, and it isn’t just because her sixth sense lets her see those connections better than most. It’s her natural generosity and kind heart, which was likely the gateway to her gift, that opens her […]

News: Trinity Seven anime film announced, Sentai Filmworks reveal TV anime dub cast

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The August issue of Kadokawa’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine will announce tomorrow (July 9th) that the Trinity Seven – The Seven Magicians manga is being adapted as an anime film. Kenji Saito and Akari Nao’s series was previously made into a 12-episode anime which aired in October 2014, after the manga was launched in Monthly Dragon Age in 2011. At the same […]