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Making sense of my pregnancy through anime

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It’s not just strangers, family or friends who see me differently now; every aspect of my life and view of myself has been altered by the fact that I’m a mother. During pregnancy, I’d wonder about the magnificent and cruel world around me, and how I’d teach my daughter its better lessons as a guard […]

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The mother’s absence in anime

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While reading Fruits Basket, I was shaken by a part of Tohru Honda’s story. She, like me, had lost the mother who taught her that she would always be loved, as long as she remained true to herself. The loss she’s suffered is why she wound up with nowhere to call her home, save a […]

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Guardian, neighbour, trickster: aspects of the anime faery

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Wee folk, fair folk, good folk. Faeries travel under many guises and by many names, the mischievous gatekeepers of nature’s small and secret realms of nature. But in all their forms they are irresistible, and humanity’s unified wondering about these oft-invisible beings is no less present in anime. In the latest instalment of our series […]

Weekly round-up

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Hi again! Only us, back to round up a week in which Breath of the Wild won all the awards, and Ryan Reynolds was named as Hollywood’s Pikachu while elsewhere Pikachu was named an ambassador of Osaka. Don’t worry, all this will start to make sense once you read on. Let’s get to it! News Game of […]

Mushi-shi director talks characters, cast of Stan Lee co-creation The Reflection

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At the FicZone event held in Granada, Spain on April 1st, Hiroshi Nagahama took the chance to feed us more details on his latest directorial work, The Reflection, co-created by comics legend Stan Lee. According to Anime News Network’s report, the Mushi-shi director announced that idol group 9nine will not only perform the anime’s theme song, but make prominent […]

Weekly round-up

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It’s been a quiet one this week, but we still have plenty to share with you from the cosy corner of our blog, and the wider anime world. We’ve got fantasy updates from all the way along the grimdark and whimsical spectrum, plus some zombies thrown in with our news this week. After that we’ll […]

Update: Berserk manga returns this month

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You heard right, Guts will soon strike back in the pages of Kentaro Miura’s manga. With the new anime season slated for April 7th, Berserk will return to Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine on March 24th. In September, Young Animal announced the demonic fantasy manga would go on hiatus until “around” summer 2017. That was after it had returned from a previous six-month hiatus in […]

Update: Dark Horse schedules 1st Berserk volume since 2013

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In September, it was said that Dark Horse were working on releasing Berserk‘s 38th volume in English. That promise has come to fruition after more than three years since their release of volume 37. The latest collection of Kentaro Miura’s manga will be on shelves from July 5th, but is now available to pre-order from Amazon. Here’s everything Dark […]

Psycho-Pass scriptwriter launches new cerebral crime manga

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Psycho-Pass writer Makoto Fukami and artist Kosuke Yamanami have launched their new manga title, Sekai o Yoku Suru Zankoku na Method (Cruel Method to Make the World Better). Its first double chapter ran in Ichijinsha’s Comic Rex magazine on December 27th, including 71 pages and a colour opening page. The story follows 17-year-old Gekitetsu Amo, who has never stood out […]

Mind Game and Berserk trilogy artist Tooru Hishiyama has died

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Studio 4°C posted to their official Twitter bearing the news that art director and background artist Tooru Hishiyama has passed away. The studio said that, before his death on October 15th, he’d been working with them for a long time, drawing wonderful background art for many of their works. They added that Hishiyama was always telling jokes, […]

Event: MCM Scotland 2016 hosts Reo Kurosu as guest of honour

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At MCM Scotland Comic Con 2016, it’s been announced that the guest of honour will be Reo Kurosu, producer of a little show called Fullmetal Alchemist. He’ll be there meeting fans on both days of the event – Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th – and on the Saturday he’ll also present a panel. The event is being […]

Crunchyroll bringing own titles to Blu-ray and DVD, including Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

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Crunchyroll had a big announcement to make at Anime Expo on Saturday (July 2nd), adding some extra excitement to the usual licensing reveals. The streaming service now plans to bring some shows it’s currently streaming, as well as a few surprises, to the home release market on Blu-ray and DVD. First standing up to be […]