Kids on the Slope

The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

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Friendship doesn’t always make perfect sense on the surface. Many a time, it’s only in reflecting on where we’ve been and how we’ve grown together that we realise why our bonds have stayed so strong. Despite the ridiculous arguments and petty differences, the obstacles overcome keep true friends connected across […]

The look of love: anime’s wonderful couples

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Valentine’s Day may seem meant for two, but we think it should be a day of gratitude to everyone we love. So we thought we’d celebrate not only romance, but friendship, family and recovery from loss in our list of lovely anime couples. However you’re celebrating today, make it one for […]

Review: Punch Line Season 1

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With Punch Line, Studio MAPPA’s original comedy ecchi, there is a sense of the creative team throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. In the first episode alone there’s an obvious nod to the glut of superhero series we’re seeing coming out of Japan, and a blatant nod […]

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju and the art of storytelling

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Despite our many differences, one aspect above all others unites us – storytelling. From the sequential stick figures on cave walls, to the percussive rhythms of tribal music and later the oral tradition. Although the latter has waned, certainly in western cultures, there remain whispers and glimpses in our penchant […]