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Smartphones and social media positivity in anime

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It’s easy to learn to depend on objects at the cost of ourselves, leaning on the things we own to weather the times alone. Smartphones are an apt metaphor for each of these problems. Social media and so many options for instant messaging encourage over-exposure to people, dependency, anxiety over the worth of one’s own […]

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 […]

High riders: our favourite anime bikers

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The welcome return of Kino’s Journey got us mulling over our favourite bikers in anime, of which there are a fair few. But certain characters who burn the rubber exude the real thrill of the ride, bringing an extra dimension of excitement to watching them on screen. My dad being a biker, I’ve known the […]

Update: Astro Boy prequel Atom the Beginning announces premiere date

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The anime adaptation of Tetsuro Kasahara’s Astro Boy prequel manga, Atom the Beginning, has revealed a new key visual as well as the anime’s premiere date on Tuesday. Gearing up for its first episode on April 15th, the show will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on March 26th, which might give us some more last-minute details. […]

Update: Two new Bleach novels set for December, Spring 2017 releases

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The Bleach franchise is due for two new novels, which came of some comfort to those who are already missing Tite Kubo’s manga since it ended. The first, due in December, will be from Makoto Matsubara, who has written several previous Bleach novels including The Death Save the Strawberry. The second will be written by Ryohgo Narita, original creator […]

Genocidal Organ film announces opening date

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At the Tokyo International Film Festival, it was announced that the long-delayed Project Itoh movie Genocidal Organ has a new release date. It will now open in Japan on February 3rd, at which point the bankruptcy of studio Manglobe will have set it back by 15 months. Well, better very late than never. This reveal came with […]

Update: Friends reunited in Natsume Yujin-cho Go’s new promo

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It’s been four years since Natsume Yujin-cho, otherwise known as Natsume’s Book of Friends, had its last anime run and it’s been much missed since then. But it won’t need to be for much longer now, as Yuki Midorikawa’s supernatural shojo series will be back on our screens for a fifth season, called Natsume Yujin-cho […]

Update: Come face to face with team Shiratorizawa in new preview of Haikyu!! season 3

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On “Haiku Day” in Japan (August 19th or 8/1/9, pronounced ha/i/ku), or, going with an alternate pronunciation, Haikyu!! day, a Nico webcast celebrated with the release of a second promo video for season three. This one introduces us to Karasuno’s forbidding adversaries, the Shiratorizawa volleyball team. On July 18th, Shonen Jump magazine announced seven additions to the cast of Haikyu!!’s third series, […]

News: Umaru-chan studio’s lazy angel anime welcomes archangel Kana Hanazawa

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With the first promo video released on the official website for the comedy anime Gabriel Dropout, a main cast of angels and demons is revealed. The trailer below also confirms the staff and plot for the show based on Ukami’s ongoing manga. The anime stars, as follows: Miyu Tomita (Aikatsu Stars!‘ Yume Nijino) as Gabriel White Tenma […]

Animax UK adds Trigun, Full Metal Panic!, more MVM and Anime Limited titles

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With the big players in anime streaming upping their game as of late, our very own Animax UK are showing us that they won’t be left in the dust. They’ve announced that certain select titles from both Anime Limited and MVM will be boosting their current catalogue, as a number of other series and movies will be […]

News: Aniplex preview God Eater dub and reveal cast listing

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Aniplex of America have posted a preview of the English dub for their North American Blu-ray release of God Eater, a series that’s overcome some significant obstacles to get to this point in proceedings. During its original July 2015 premiere, only nine episodes of a total of 13 aired, the ninth ending with an announcement that […]

A Silent Voice anime movie reveals trailer, new cast and previews theme song

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Kyoto Animation’s anime film adaptation of Yoshitoki Oima’s A Silent Voice manga revealed a new visual and trailer on Thursday (July 7th). The video previews the theme song by AIKO, ‘Ai no Shita no wa’ (‘Loving Is’). The film’s official website also revealed new cast with their character designs, making seven additions to the previously announced leads, Osomatsu-san‘s Miyu Irino […]