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The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

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 for these five weirdo pairs, whose faith in one another … Continue reading The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

Dragon Ball Z Fusion Reborn - Gogeta vs Janemba

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

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 their way across the earth, Goku decides to leave the … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 6 – Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon

Dragon Ball Z - Broly the Legendary Super Saiyan

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

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 Goku’s need to make small talk. The upshot is that … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 5 – The Broly Trilogy

Going gaga: our top five cutest anime babies

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 of our favourite anime babies soothes our every worry over … Continue reading Going gaga: our top five cutest anime babies

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

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 poppy colours, stylised fights and iconic animation can’t help but … Continue reading Review: Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 4 – Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound

Forget me not: anime’s amnesia problem

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 anime’s staple tropes. Yet when so many stories lean on … Continue reading Forget me not: anime’s amnesia problem

Better than a fairytale: our favourite anime princes

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, they don’t have to conform to a strict code of … Continue reading Better than a fairytale: our favourite anime princes

Album review: Lipstick – Lipstick II

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 personal lyrics, while across the pond hair metal is still … Continue reading Album review: Lipstick – Lipstick II

Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

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 her Fairy Tail friends at her side, none of them … Continue reading Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

Anime appropriation: hip hop, house and virtual bands

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 similarities between the spheres of hip hop and anime. Each … Continue reading Anime appropriation: hip hop, house and virtual bands

More human than human: anime’s best cybernetic beings

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 more. And now, what with Hollywood’s live-action Ghost in the … Continue reading More human than human: anime’s best cybernetic beings

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