Event: Shin Godzilla and Evangelion clash in symphony concert

There will be a clash of the titans, as the Shin Godzilla vs. Evangelion Symphony crashes into Tokyo this spring. From March 22nd-23rd at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya, the music of Hideaki Anno’s Shin Godzilla and Neon Genesis Evangelion will be played in concert by a full orchestra. These four performances have been executive produced by Anno himself, sponsored by Rebuild of Evangelion‘s Khara, Inc., with composition, … Continue reading Event: Shin Godzilla and Evangelion clash in symphony concert

Learning to dive: one anxious girl’s outlook on anime

I’ve been learning lately. That I can’t go on like this, because it’s hurting me. That I’ve been lazy and selfish. That people can’t be expected to care, when I’ve been wallowing in my anxiety for over a decade. As hopeless as it’s made me feel, I’ve had to regress to move forward, find a place where I can let go of the years and … Continue reading Learning to dive: one anxious girl’s outlook on anime

My Favourite Anime: Haibane Renmei

For our very first My Favourite Anime, acyathedragon from The Mad Narrator gives us the low-down on cult series Haibane Renmei.  Haibane Renmei isn’t just my favourite anime of all time, it’s the greatest anime in all of existence! And I shall stand by that notion until the end of my days. So take your Evangelions and stick it square up your – (Note: This blogger has been … Continue reading My Favourite Anime: Haibane Renmei

Guest blog: Top five anime that focus on real-world issues

Dropping round for a cup of tea and a hearty discussion of some deeply meaningful anime, it’s Daziigirl of UNOTAKU. Stay with us a while, and see which anime she ranked among the best that deal with the real big issues. You might just go away with the series that gives you a new perspective on our little world. Kara no Kyokai (The Garden of Sinners) … Continue reading Guest blog: Top five anime that focus on real-world issues

The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

Grell Sutcliff, the supposed Burnett butler who unveils his true sexual identity in a brilliant red rush of flamboyance, would probably be considered gay by most. That is, if not for his blood-soaked love affair with Ciel Phantomhive’s dear aunt, Madam Red. Never mind that Black Butler is set in the Victorian era, where the “gross indecency” of homosexuality was barely whispered of, and bisexuality … Continue reading The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

Review: Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie picks up the thread spun in the standalone Arise episode ‘Pyrophoric Cult’, which saw the nascent Section 9 coming to blows with the memory altering computer virus, Fire-Starter. It posited that Fire-Starter was the natural next leap in mankind’s evolution, a step beyond the integration of technology with our own flesh. In order to refine itself, the virus … Continue reading Review: Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie

In a quiet moment: our top five quiet types in anime

Of all the character types we meet in anime, we here at this little blog feel a special affinity for the shy, withdrawn and quiet. They often feel the most like us, except maybe a bit cooler. Okay, so some are a lot cooler. But they all inspire us to step out of our comfort zones, to be brave and take a chance. And more … Continue reading In a quiet moment: our top five quiet types in anime

Review: Evangelion 3.33

You Can (Not) Redo opens with an orbital orchestration, where Evangelion Unit 01 – with Shinji Ikari sealed inside – is a lifeless partner puppeteered by pilots Asuka Langley Shikinami and Mari Illustrious Makinami. There is something unsettling but beautiful in its movement, in the way the camera floats and follows the action downwards to the lonely blue planet below. Fourteen years have passed since Shinji was sealed, … Continue reading Review: Evangelion 3.33

Tainted love: top five anime mad scientists

We all love a mad scientist. They’re extraordinary, tormented souls who accomplish the sorts of feats that we could only dream of, if not make us wake up in cold sweats in the dead of night. And so, they snip, calculate and drip-feed their way into a special space in our minds, hearts and various other internal organs. We can think of several examples from … Continue reading Tainted love: top five anime mad scientists

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