Weekly round-up

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It’s been a quiet one this week, but we still have plenty to share with you from the cosy corner of our blog, and the wider anime world. We’ve got fantasy updates from all the way along the grimdark and whimsical spectrum, plus some zombies thrown in with our news this week. After that we’ll […]

Weekly round-up

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Welcome back to our weekly round-up, where we set you up for the weekend with a look back at this week’s best bits. That includes headlines from anime land, new stuff around our blog, and the pieces we most enjoyed reading from you guys. For all this, plus a very special guest piece, just keep […]

Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

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It’s time for another episode of Old Fogies Take a Dump on New Anime. Mamoru Oshii’s done it, taking pops at Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and all currently-airing anime in general. Now it seems Toshio Okada, co-founder of Gainax and so-called “Otaking”, wants to get on the boat and rock it too. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto […]

News: Martian Successor Nadesico’s Erina Won fed up with anime industry ageism

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We’re painfully aware of the ageist casting rife in live-action entertainment, especially against women in the business. But even though you never see the actor’s face in anime, this prejudice is just as much of an issue here, too. To please the fans, production teams are equally likely to cast young voice actresses over more […]

The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies

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The set-ups of certain of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films make you feel as though you’ve returned to Disney’s fairytales. In Howl’s Moving Castle, downtrodden hat maker Sophie has her Cinderella moment when she’s waltzed across the sky by Howl. And the enduring curse catalyst is flipped onto the male protagonist Ashitaka, who goes on […]

New Game! and the trouble with women in tech

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Fresh out of high school, Aoba Suzukaze lands a dream job at the game studio she’s admired since childhood, Eagle Jump. Clearly the studio saw a spark of the exceptional, hiring her off the bat with no apparent experience in game design, something unimaginable here in England, or the further western world for that matter. Set […]