Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

“And the work which has become a genre unto itself shall be called: Cowboy Bebop” This phrase is proudly emblazoned across the seminal series like manifesto, a mission statement that this stylish mix of music, form and story is entirely its own beast. Sure enough, while the series – and creator Shinichiro Watanabe – is indebted to western media, its aesthetic is unique, nurtured during … Continue reading Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

Get a clue: the great anime detective

Television detectives can be loosely categorised into two camps. The first is the gruff, “too old for this shit” type drowning their sorrows in stiff liquor. The other is the kooky wunderkind, sporting an intimidating intellect and usually sitting somewhere on the spectrum. While the former often prioritises immediate action and brute force, the latter draws on deduction and a meticulous attention to the minutiae … Continue reading Get a clue: the great anime detective

Review: Death Note – a Re:Anime short film

We wanted to follow the story of Light Yagami in Tsugumi Ohba’s original manga because, detestable though he was, he reflected the hunger for power in all of us. His rise was the fulfilment of our darkest desires, and his fall the masochistic comeuppance for the part of us that covets. It is the combined frustrations of the many which lead to such culminations of … Continue reading Review: Death Note – a Re:Anime short film

Streaming heaven: our top seven anime on Netflix

As UK-based anime fans, we pay close attention to the comings and goings of Netflix’s otaku offerings. While there are plenty of quality shows, we’ve taken out the hard work and put together the top seven, so all you have to do is sit back, Netflix and chill. (Not like that. Or like that, if you want. Who are we to judge?) Death Note The … Continue reading Streaming heaven: our top seven anime on Netflix

Impact trinity: Misa and fan culture in Death Note

Death Note is a fable for the powers of faith, and how too much faith in power alone can only lead to destruction. This is also the danger of celebrity. Fans who believe in aggression as power can be seen wielding it against the idols whom they believe are undeserving of their platform. Taking another look at the much misjudged “Second Kira” Misa Amane, a … Continue reading Impact trinity: Misa and fan culture in Death Note

Review: Death Note

It’s difficult to imagine that Death Note is celebrating its 10th anniversary, crystallised as a modern classic before its 39-episode run had even finished airing. The series might be closer to the turn of the century than not, but its themes and struggles remain unquestionably relevant – a fact helped in no small part by this impressive Blu-ray release. Death Note was a cultural milestone, … Continue reading Review: Death Note

On falling out of love with anime

In its very definition, otaku, and by extension fan culture in its entirety, carries with it a whiff of the obsessional. It’s doubtful any fan would deny that. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little obsession. In fact, it can prove a most fertile ground, spurring on creativity, participation or just plain old-fashioned dedication. This blog was born in part from all three. Putting … Continue reading On falling out of love with anime

Review: Future Diary Collection 2

The mobile phone has become an unlikely accessory of emancipation, with charities like WITNESS adopting it as a powerful tool in its ongoing engine of social change. Elsewhere, it’s become knitted into our culture at almost every level, something synonymous with experience and self. In Future Diary, the mobile is venerated to the divine. It’s been a long wait since the frenzied climax of the … Continue reading Review: Future Diary Collection 2

Seven Rules for Happiness: our anime take on Shigeru Mizuki’s wisdom

Even after surviving World War II, beloved manga artist Shigeru Mizuki always kept his verve in both life and creativity. As you might expect, such a life left a wise imprint, but when he passed away last year at the age of 93, he left us with the lingering enchantment of the yokai from his seminal GeGeGe no Kitaro, an impression that even over five decades later is … Continue reading Seven Rules for Happiness: our anime take on Shigeru Mizuki’s wisdom

Best of the Brits: top five British anime characters

It’s a lovely surprise when you see someone from your own country or culture in anime, and for us it’s been fascinating to see the different facets of how we Brits are viewed from a Japanese perspective. Apparently we’re smart, suave and occasionally sinister, but perhaps too much on the boisterous side for comfort from time to time. Over recent years, we’ve fondly remembered our … Continue reading Best of the Brits: top five British anime characters