Living in the database: the appeal of the unreal

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Ever since the Wachowskis repackaged the themes and imagery of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk staple Ghost in the Shell for western audiences in 1999, the notion of living in a virtual world has become something of a fascination among creatives, consumers and conspiracy theorists. The most frightening aspect of The Matrix was in how perfectly the […]

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

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“And the work which has become a genre unto itself shall be called: Cowboy Bebop” This phrase is proudly emblazoned across the seminal series like manifesto, a mission statement that this stylish mix of music, form and story is entirely its own beast. Sure enough, while the series – and creator Shinichiro Watanabe – is […]

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Netflix to co-produce anime with WIT Studio, Production I.G and BONES

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Netflix have just announced a business alliance with Production I.G and BONES, the respective names behind Ghost in the Shell and the Fullmetal Alchemist anime. This new team up can only mean one thing. Sure enough, Netflix plan to co-produce with both studios, directly working on individual episodes of series and streaming them in 190 […]

Ghost in the Shell’s Tamio Ohki passes away

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The anime industry has wished farewell to yet another great talent. Voice actor Tamio Ohka, perhaps best known as Section 9’s esteemed Chief Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, passed away on December 14th, age 89. His agency Mausu Promotion made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that he was being treated for an unspecified illness. As well as […]

Production I.G produced Ultraman anime unveiled

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A countdown to a “major announcement” for the Ultraman manga came to fruition today, and it’s certainly major. Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi’s series is getting its own anime, but there’s also a major downside – we’ll have to wait till 2019 to see it. Not to worry though, as the staff announcements made at […]

Review: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

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Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell plays up to hyper-connection and disconnection felt from our own world, being so drenched in the constant techno-stream. Through the lens, everyone else seems to belong somewhere. The memories ourselves and others present to emulate that same belonging could just as well be fantasy, or mere glitches in our […]

Persona 5 arrives with launch trailer, spoiler deterrents from Atlus

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The delays seemed like they would go on forever, but Persona 5 is finally here. The game stole its way onto shelves in North America and Europe on Tuesday, and to mark the date, Atlus USA posted a launch trailer. Atlus then took the chance to post a warning against streaming or spoiling the game for other fans. […]

Japanese news station tests out first virtual newsreader

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We’ve established that we essentially inhabit Ghost in the Shell through our evolving reality, so a Japanese TV first that took place days ago comes as little surprise. Shizuoka Broadcasting employed its first CG announcer from Sony and Kyodo Digital News’ ‘News Manager’ program on March 31st, giving the futuristic method a test run. The program can […]

Weekly round-up

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It’s that time again! You’d best get ready for some exciting stuff from Death Note, Free! and the ani-zombie crew, because we’ve got all that and more to beam your way today. In just a moment we’ll also catch up with the lovely stuff you’ve written this week. But first up, here’s the headlines. First trailer […]

Weekly round-up

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Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we’ll be bringing you the very latest from our blog and the wider anime world. Whether it’s news, the best of the week’s aniblogs or features about magical girls, you’re well taken care of here. Especially if you’re after the latter, because we have two of those to share this […]

Ghost in the Shell anime actors return to record live-action film’s Japanese dub

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Happy as we may or may not be with the casting of the live-action Ghost in the Shell, the film’s Japanese dub will at least feature some welcome voices. Returning from the classic anime released in 1995, Atsuko Tanaka, Akio Otsuka and Koichi Yamadera will voice the Major, Batou and Togusa, respectively. But will there be […]

Weekly round-up

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Greetings, friends and readers! Even with Valentine’s Day behind us, it’s time to show some love from the aniblogging world in another weekly round-up. Read on for all the latest news and updates on our blog, as well the outstanding pieces you lot have been writing lately. Knighted manga artist Jiro Taniguchi passes away Jiro Taniguchi, […]