The high life: drug use in anime

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Like all art, anime is a reflection of the society that bore it, a means to echo its beliefs, traditions and behaviours. But in isolation, art alone is not enough to decode an entire coutry and can instead present a skewed image of a nation. There seems to be this shared assumption that Japan doesn’t […]

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 […]

Aniplex announce ERASED English dub cast

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Aniplex of America have announced the voice cast for their English dub of ERASED, the news of which was met with great excitement, but little surprise last month. Let’s face it, even without Satoru’s Revival, we could all see this one coming. The preview video below also came with the cast reveal on Tuesday (June 28th). […]

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 […]