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The story of anime’s crêpe craze

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In anime land it often seems like every day is pancake day, with any old shopping excursion or school trip winding up at a crêpe stand. But each craving you’ve endured in seeing a mountain of whipped cream and strawberries bursting from its light, fluffy, comfortably handheld confines is all thanks to Japan’s love of […]

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 […]

Goblin Slayer drama CD unveils English promo and cast listing

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GA Bunko, the publishers of the now-infamous dark fantasy light novel series Goblin Slayer!, announced last month that the fourth volume by Kumo Kagyu and Noburo Kannatsuki would be given a special edition with an audio drama CD. Now this latest instalment is available to pre-order in Japan ahead of its January 15th, 2017 release, and a […]

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 […]

Event: Hyper Japan comes to London’s Olympia this Friday

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The Hyper Japan festival is coming to the Olympia in London this weekend, bringing otaku fun, games and merch in their Game & Anime Park area, and with Crunchyroll and Nintendo in attendance from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th. Anime Limited have also tweeted that they will be represented at the festival, with more details soon to […]

News: Sentai Filmworks announce dubs for Ushio and Tora, Food Wars!, DanMachi and Umaru-chan

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Sentai Filmworks announced at their Anime Expo panel, held on July 2nd, that they will be producing English dubs for seven anticipated titles. Though release dates are yet to be revealed, here are the anime they confirmed: Ushio and Tora GATE Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Himoto! Umaru-chan Amagi Brilliant Park Monster Musume Is It […]

FUNimation announce Barakamon dub cast

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On Tuesday (June 28th), FUNimation revealed their English dub cast for Barakamon, under ADR (Automatic Dialogue Recording) director Mike McFarland of FUNimation’s Tokyo Ghoul, Attack on Titan and Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood dubs. They also posted a preview trailer, but this is region-locked to the US. With Attack on Titan and Black Butler head dub writer John Burgmeier working alongside scriptwriter Clint Bickham of CLANNAD, the starring cast are: Robert McCollum […]

News: Time Travel Girl anime gets first promo video

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The official website for Time Travel Shojo – Mari, Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi (Time Travel Girl – Mari, Waka and the 8 Scientists) began streaming the anime’s first promo video on Friday (June 24th). As well as meeting the stars Mari Hayase and Waka Mizuki, voiced by K-ON!‘s own Yui and Mugi-chan, Aki Toyosaki and Minako Kotobuki, we also […]

Time Travel Girl anime reveals its scientist cast, AOP theme song and premiere date

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As well as announcing that the “science adventure” anime Time Travel Shojo – Mari, Waka to 8-nin no Kagakusha-tachi (Time Travel Girl – Mari, Waka and the 8 Scientists) will premiere in Japan on July 9th, the show’s official Twitter has revealed the titular eight, real historical scientists that Mari and Waka will meet on their travels. They’ve also […]

A Silent Voice anime movie casts its stars

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The official website for Kyoto Animation’s anime film of Yoshitoki Oima’s Eisner-nominated manga A Silent Voice has announced the film’s main cast, as well as updating the staff listing and unveiling the movie’s poster visual. The reveal on Friday (May 27th) touches on the themes of redemption and forgiveness at the heart of the story, with the poster’s text […]

News: K-ON!’s Yui and Tsumugi star in July anime Time Travel Girl

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An original anime airing this summer, titled Time Travel Shojo – Mari, Waka to 8-nin Kagakusha-tachi (Time Travel Girl – Mari, Waka and the 8 Scientists), has opened its teaser site to reveal a key visual and the leading members of the cast and crew. Known simply as Time Travel Girl internationally, it’s directed by Hakuoki‘s Osamu Yamazaki, who’s also […]

Event: Vocaloid IA returns to Hyper Japan this year

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The Hyper Japan festival has announced another beloved musical guest, after welcoming My Neighbour Totoro singer Azumi Inoue. The sweet Vocaloid IA, who also made an appearance at the Hyper Japan Christmas Market last year, is returning to sing for her fans at the London event this July 15th-17th. The origin of IA’s voice is the J-pop star […]