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The pop team: our favourite four-panel anime

The four-panel manga uses the most basic of frameworks to fire off gags at startling pace, as well as offering unexpected, haiku-like views into life’s little dramas. It’s all on that third step of what’s known as Kishoutenketsu structure; the climax, an unforeseen development. Like or loathe it, the web-yonkoma-turned-anime Pop Team Epic uses the four steps for its own kind of masterful nuts factor. But others, … Continue reading The pop team: our favourite four-panel anime

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 Amongst its withdrawn ‘cunning folk’ who practice magic, and faeries who prefer to be referred to as your good neighbours, we feel at home with every new episode, sequestered in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

For the love of curry

Even the most casual anime fans could point out the Japanese love affair with curry. While we at littleanimeblog.com love every iteration of curry (though Thai steals the top spot), the Japanese palate is attuned to Indian flavours. Funnily enough, it was us imperialist Brits that first introduced Indian cuisine to the land of the rising sun back in the Meiji era, when India was … Continue reading For the love of curry

Review: Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 Collection

For bubbly second year student Honoka Kōsaka, high school is everything, and Otonokizaka Academy is the epicentre of her self-confessed ‘perfect life’. But the school is faced with closure in as little as three years. After gawping over provincial school idols A-RISE, Honoka convinces her friends Kotori, the daughter of the school director, and the anxious Umi (a dead ringer for K-On!’s Mio), to form … Continue reading Review: Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 Collection

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