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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, […]

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Classics corner: Black Butler

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Dark and dirty in the streets and stately homes of Victorian England, Black Butler flirts with demons on far more levels than the theological. It’s the kind of series that charms the viewer into a false sense of security with slapstick comedy, food porn and sprinklings of ecchi until, somehow, we’re locked in face to […]

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Lyrics for lovers: our favourite anime love songs

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Sometimes, just a few lyrics can perfectly encapsulate something you never even knew you wanted to say. A song shared with someone you love can tie those words or that melody to that person for life, no matter the time or distance apart. Through this same power, music can give anime a resonance with our […]

Mourning my mother through anime

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There is no fact of life harder to face, or conceptualise, than its ending. Since I lost my mother last year, I’ve been struggling for ways to guard against the fact she will never be a phone call away, that strong, vital voice of reassurance. There’s the regret that I should have treasured her more […]

After all these years: ten anime turning ten in 2018

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Some anime only grow in our love and all they mean to us as the years go rushing by, and so it is for all of these anime turning ten this year. Some of these series are personal favourites, some might count among yours, but we think anyone’s certain to find a shiny new treasure […]

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 […]

This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

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Though The Ancient Magus’ Bride is without doubt a fanciful and fantastical portrayal of England, it demonstrates perfectly how our country’s landscapes inspired our folklore. Amongst its withdrawn ‘cunning folk’ who practice magic, and faeries who prefer to be referred to as your good neighbours, we feel at home with every new episode, sequestered in childhood fairytale […]

Update: Yuri anime Netsuzou Trap reveals July premiere

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In November, it was announced that two beautiful yuri titles are in the spotlight for anime adaptations this year. First, there’s Saburouta’s sweet and sour citrus. Then, there’s the secrets and scandal of Naoko Kodama’s NTR: Netsuzou Trap. Both series are from Ichijinsha’s manga anthology Comic Yuri Hime, which launched citrus in January 2013 and NTR in November 2014. The latest news […]

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 […]

Better than a fairytale: our favourite anime princes

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This time of year turns our thoughts to romance, and soothing away the hardships and misery of the dark winter days. What better way could there be to warm our hearts to springtime than hanging out with our favourite anime princes? The most wonderful thing about them is that, contrary to their western fairytale counterparts, […]

Update: FUNimation slate Seven Deadly Sins and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club for May

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FUNimation recently announced two anime acquisition biggies, which should also mean they’ll soon be along in the UK through Anime Limited. First, they revealed the anime adaptation of Nakaba Suzuki’s Seven Deadly Sins, announcing Free! Iwatobi Swim Club shortly after. However, the original plan for Free! in July has been bumped forward. FUNimation have now announced that Iwatobi Swim Club and Seven Deadly Sins will both be […]

In memory: Black Butler’s Tanaka and his portrayal of dementia

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That quiet, funny little man sipping his tea throughout Black Butler is nothing more than a comedic beat at first, like canned laughter. But with each passing episode he meant something more, as an indispensable part of what makes the show so special. Every so often, he’d turn up as someone you’d almost mistake for […]