Kids on the Slope

The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

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Friendship doesn’t always make perfect sense on the surface. Many a time, it’s only in reflecting on where we’ve been and how we’ve grown together that we realise why our bonds have stayed so strong. Despite the ridiculous arguments and petty differences, the obstacles overcome keep true friends connected across all distances. So it is […]

Dragon Ball Z Fusion Reborn - Gogeta vs Janemba

Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 6 – Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon

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A spiritual waste spill at the check-in point between Heaven and Hell sets the evil dead free to walk among the living. So commences this film duette’s final all-killer-no-filler flourish, beginning with Fusion Reborn in the last of the Dragon Ball Z Movie Collections. As the dearly departed, vampires and Hitler ooze, float and tank […]

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Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 5 – The Broly Trilogy

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It’s another day in Goku and Chi-Chi’s domestic bliss, stuck in the parents’ interview queue for private school admissions. It’s all Gohan’s mama can do to stop Daddy blabbing his penchant for punch-ups, thereby ruining his son’s chances of getting a better education. Perhaps it’s fortunate that the wrath of a legendary Super Saiyan interrupts […]

Weekly round-up

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Hi, hi, hi to you all and welcome to a round-up full of fun to brighten those mid-January blues. With updates on the latest, greatest otaku events incoming, and an elementary exploration of the anime detective, you’re sure to have something to smile about by the time we’re done here. Let’s go right ahead and […]

Going gaga: our top five cutest anime babies

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They’re loveable, supremely snuggable, and the sweetest reminder of all the unconditional adoration we took for granted back when we were gurgling cherubs. But here’s to all the shameless, vicarious spoiling we’ll be foisting on our own precious bundle very soon. With our daughter on the way in two months’ time, the perfect chibi features […]

Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 4 – Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound

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Released in 1992 and ‘93 respectively, the latest in FUNimation’s Dragon Ball Z movie remasters brings together Super Android 13 and Bojack Unbound – a title harder to take seriously since a certain Netflix series. Although both movies, clocking in at under 50 minutes each, have been digitally restored with all the blood intact, its […]

Forget me not: anime’s amnesia problem

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Tropes help form the vital architecture that enables a storyteller to weave a narrative, but in so doing they become part of a wider dialogue. Art, as they say, doesn’t exist in a vacuum, meaning that all creative endeavours are inevitably in conversation with what came before. And so it is with amnesia, one of […]

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, […]

Album review: Lipstick – Lipstick II

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The golden age of glam challenged social and sexual norms with provocative rockers and a catchy tune or two. It took pioneers like Marc Bolan and David Bowie to give the riffs and theatre some substance. The resurgence of glam in the new millennium has seen bands like The Ark pair the stylistics with deeply […]

Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

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Lucy has had her last memento of her father torn from her hands. The fabled Key of the Starry Sky was stolen by the Legion Corps, holy warriors working under the doctrine of the Zentopia Church. With that, the ambition of our beloved celestial mage could have gone to the clutches of thieves. But with […]

Anime appropriation: hip hop, house and virtual bands

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Anime and hip hop are unlikely bedfellows; both borrow from sundry sources, putting existing pieces together to form something fresh. Hip hop, as well as sampling music from myriad other styles, absorbs pop culture in its fusion of social commentary, political allegory and spirituality. Despite vastly different origins, intentions and methodology, there are definite cultural […]

More human than human: anime’s best cybernetic beings

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Soft robotics are all the rage after the unveiling of the super-kawaii silicone octobot, and each new android incarnation out of Japan seems smarter and closer to the real deal. With experimentation into robotics advancing ever further, we’re getting to a point where robots we can naturally relate to don’t seem quite so sci-fi any […]