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 all distances. So it is […]

Event: In This Corner of the World in UK cinemas from June

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Manga Entertainment have announced that In This Corner of the World will be coming to our corner of the world very soon. With exclusive preview screenings taking place across the UK and Ireland on June 26th, the film will arrive in further select cinemas from June 28th. Directed by Sunao Katabuchi of Mai Mai Miracle and Black Lagoon at studio […]

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 love, even if it’s just […]

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 to Akira. But as the […]

Update: Orange anime adds to musical previews with Tsutsumi soundtrack snippet

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The anime adapting Ichigo Takano’s time-travel romance manga Orange released a new promo video on the series’ official website on June 14th. The video introduces and showcases the anime’s theme songs, with Yuu Takahashi’s opening ‘Hikari no Hahen’ (‘Fragment of Light’) played first, followed by Kobukuro’s ending ‘Mirai’ (‘Future’). The latter was previously the theme song for the Orange live-action movie […]

News: Orange anime announces premiere date

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The official website for the anime of Ichigo Takano’s time-travel romance Orange has revealed that the series will premiere in the early hours of July 3rd. On Tokyo MX episodes will air each Sunday at midnight, and will also show on AT-X, BS11, and TV Aichi that morning. The shojo sci-fi series is directed by Steins;Gate’s Hiroshi Hamasaki, at production […]

News: Orange anime showcases scenery and setting concept art

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Little details of the anime based on Ichigo Takano’s sci-fi shojo manga Orange have been pieced together in the series’ promotion over the past few months, with the latest update being the full colour designs of most of the main characters aged 26. But with the background concept art now revealed on the official website, we can […]

News: Orange anime updates then-and-now character designs

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Around this time last month, the anime of Ichigo Takano’s manga Orange revealed sketched designs of all of its characters, except for Kakeru and Naho, at 26. Now, as the summer sun is beginning to shine, the same designs have displayed their true colours on the series’ official website, with the addition of Naho’s all-grown-up self. Here […]

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 for anecdotes and telling a […]