This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

Though The Ancient Magus’ Bride is without doubt a fanciful and fantastical portrayal of England, it demonstrates perfectly how our country’s landscapes inspired our folklore. Amongst its withdrawn ‘cunning folk’ who practice magic, and faeries who prefer to be referred to as your good neighbours, we feel at home with every new episode, sequestered in childhood fairytale again. While we savour Magus’ Bride’s twilight episodes, here’s our list of … Continue reading This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

The shame and the power: bloodlines of the anime vampire

Anime and manga have had such a torrid romance with the vampire, you’d think Japan would have had some deep blood ties to its legend. Funny thing is, the vampire or the beast’s equivalent appears almost everywhere in Asian myth, except for Japan. Besides the ghoulish shadow spreading across the mainland of Southeast Asia, South India spawned the Raktharakshassu, the wronged deceased who returned for … Continue reading The shame and the power: bloodlines of the anime vampire

BECK and the monsters of rock: best of the Brit rock anisongs

BECK, the self-searching story of 14-year-old Yukio, a rock band and their dog, has been released in its complete form in the UK for the very first time. A fact that’s rather puzzling, given its worship of British monsters of rock and punk from The Beatles to the Pistols. While watching the show, the classic sounds and breezy riffs of its opening and ending themes … Continue reading BECK and the monsters of rock: best of the Brit rock anisongs