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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 […]

Weekly round-up

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It may well be the back end of winter, but we’ve got some hot stuff this weekly round-up. Hot stuff in the streets with the first trailer for Banana Fish, hot stuff from the gender non-binary beauties of this week’s feature…you get the picture, anyway. So what do you say that, first of all, we get […]

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Bleach live-action film’s first trailer released

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As the live-action Bleach prepares for the soul-reaping, opening on July 20th in Japan, Warner Bros. have dropped a new trailer to keep us hanging on. The moment framed in this 30-second tease will be a memorable one for any fan, as it shows the beginner shinigami Ichigo heading out to take on his first […]

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Weekly round-up

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Happy Saturday, happy round-up, and hugs all around. We hope you enjoyed your Valentine’s Days, and even if not, found some warmth and happiness in anime and comfort food. This week, we bring you the cast of the live-action My Brother’s Husband being adorable, the new Japanese voice of our beloved Bulma, and the pieces we most […]

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Bleach animation director Hiroki Takagi passes away

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Even since its ending, Bleach has been a constant in the hearts of otaku everywhere. It’s the same for us, so we’re sad to bring news that Bleach animation director Hiroki Takagi passed away earlier this month. Patlabor co-creator Masami Yuuki, a close friend of Takagi’s, released a public announcement that the animator had died. He said […]

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Weekly round-up

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Hello there! This week’s been all go for Gun Gale Online, Cutie Honey and a brand new Sherlockian anime from the director of Voltron: Legendary Defender. What with that and all the great blogging and podcasting you’ve been doing, it’s hard to know where to start! Oh yes, that’s it – with the best of the news. News Bleach […]

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Bleach live-action film reveals its Rukia

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The live-action Bleach film sealed for release in 2018 has just revealed its Rukia in Shonen Jump magazine. Plans have been officially in place for this film since 2016, but knowing that Hana Sugisaki, fresh from starring in Mary and the Witch’s Flower, will be playing the Reaper to Sota Fukushi’s Ichigo is worth the […]

Weekly round-up

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We’re just about ready for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean we’re slowing down here. It was another busy week as usual at littleanimeblog HQ, chatting Alita’s eyes and our lingering love of Recovery of an MMO Junkie. Want to take a peek at the best bits? Go right ahead – read on! News Alita: Battle […]

Bleach mangaka thanks fans for help in finding sender of boy’s dying wish

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Last year, an ill and exhausted Tite Kubo pushed on through to complete his Bleach manga. A little while after, he returned to Twitter and shared the bittersweet story that gave him the motivation to keep creating until the end. That story was of a terminally ill boy’s final wish. He had eighteen months to live, and […]

Shonen Jump sets up one-shots for Bleach, Nisekoi and more

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Weekly Shonen Jump has closed out its 2017 year with a cover celebrating 20 years of One Piece, and good news involving some much-missed creators. A handful of heavy hitting mangaka will be coming back to Jump in 2018, the magazine revealed in preview of the year ahead. Yep, one-shots will be coming from Tite […]

Update: One Piece bids farewell to Toonami, slates three-week run for Marine Rookie arc

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As the Zou arc heads towards closure with the wind in its sails, One Piece is set to embark on its next anime-original arc. Shonen Jump magazine announced last week that the venture in question is the Marine Rookie arc, beginning on March 19th. Kadokawa’s Monthly Newtype magazine added on Friday that the arc will end on April 2nd. A […]

Update: Two new Bleach novels set for December, Spring 2017 releases

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The Bleach franchise is due for two new novels, which came of some comfort to those who are already missing Tite Kubo’s manga since it ended. The first, due in December, will be from Makoto Matsubara, who has written several previous Bleach novels including The Death Save the Strawberry. The second will be written by Ryohgo Narita, original creator […]