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Only a phase: doomed queerness in anime

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Queerness in anime is pure, poetic, an indiscretion amidst the self-questioning and humiliation of high school. That is also where it must end, so it would seem in many manga and anime. The tragedy of having loved someone who perhaps shares your feelings, perhaps not, passes into the locked treasure box of memory as another […]

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Lyrics for lovers: our favourite anime love songs

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Sometimes, just a few lyrics can perfectly encapsulate something you never even knew you wanted to say. A song shared with someone you love can tie those words or that melody to that person for life, no matter the time or distance apart. Through this same power, music can give anime a resonance with our […]

Growing pains: the philosophy of Kiznaiver

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Kiznaiver follows a group of high school students who are chosen to be a part of an experimental program which creates bonds between people by forcing them to share each other’s pain.  White haired and vacant, Katsuhira “Kacchon” Agata lives a half-life, neither fully present or entirely withdrawn, numb to the sting of experience and […]

Update: Yuri anime Netsuzou Trap reveals July premiere

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In November, it was announced that two beautiful yuri titles are in the spotlight for anime adaptations this year. First, there’s Saburouta’s sweet and sour citrus. Then, there’s the secrets and scandal of Naoko Kodama’s NTR: Netsuzou Trap. Both series are from Ichijinsha’s manga anthology Comic Yuri Hime, which launched citrus in January 2013 and NTR in November 2014. The latest news […]

Top 10 anime of 2016

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Here we are again, at the end of another year, albeit one filled with political and social upheaval and a sad spate of celebrity deaths. But it also brought a tour de force of new anime titles to get stuck into, with more than a few classics in the making. A new year brings the […]

Kiznaiver theme performers Boom Boom Satellites’ Michiyuki Kawashima passes away

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Michiyuki Kawashima, who made up one half of Boom Boom Satellites on vocals and guitar, passed away on Sunday, October 9th. He’d been living with partial paralysis after a fourth brain tumour relapse. The band’s official Facebook page said his death was caused by the tumour, and that while his wake and funeral will be private, a farewell […]

Update: Keijo!!!!!!!! reveals voice cast and character designs for Nozomi’s rivals

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Wednesday’s (September 7th) issue of Shogakukan’s misleadingly titled Shonen Sunday magazine revealed Nozomi’s rivals in Keijo!!!!!!!!, the swimsuit sporting anime adapted from Daichi Sorayomi’s manga. Alongside the voice cast listing for the three elite opponents joining the tournament, and the show’s premiere date announcement of October 6th, the girls were also given character design previews as below: […]

Update: SHAFT’s March comes in like a lion anime previewed, premiere date announced

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The anime adaptation of March comes in like a lion, the Kodansha Manga Award and Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize-winning manga by Honey & Clover author Chica Umino, will debut on October 8th, as announced on Friday (September 2nd) on the series’ official website. Following the tranquil, mournful life of a shogi player named Rei, the show’s lead is voiced by Kengo Kawanishi, who also played Gundam: […]

Update: Come face to face with team Shiratorizawa in new preview of Haikyu!! season 3

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On “Haiku Day” in Japan (August 19th or 8/1/9, pronounced ha/i/ku), or, going with an alternate pronunciation, Haikyu!! day, a Nico webcast celebrated with the release of a second promo video for season three. This one introduces us to Karasuno’s forbidding adversaries, the Shiratorizawa volleyball team. On July 18th, Shonen Jump magazine announced seven additions to the cast of Haikyu!!’s third series, […]

Trickster’s 2nd trailer reveals opening theme and antagonist voiced by Gackt

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The official website for the Edogawa Rampo-inspired anime Trickster released a second promo video on Sunday (July 3rd), this time revealing a connected opening theme song and antagonist. Gackt will not only be performing ‘Kimi Dake no Boku de Iru Kara’ (‘I’ll Be the One Only for You’) to kick off each episode, he will also […]

News: Cast from Haikyu!! and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure join Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan

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A new batch of cast has joined the anime adaptation of Shuichi Aso’s psychic comedy Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan, following close behind the commercial promo video which was released last week. The four actors added on to the series were announced in this year’s 29th issue of Shonen Jump as follows: Yoshimasa Hosoya (Haikyu!!‘s Asahi Azumane) as Aren […]

Young Black Jack’s Yuichiro Umehara joins cast of Rampo-inspired Trickster anime

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Having announced the collaborative anime effort between TMS and Shugo Chara‘s Peach-Pit earlier this month, the official website for Trickster: Edogawa Rampo ‘Shonen Tantei-dan’ Yori (Trickster – From Rampo Edogawa’s ‘The Boy Detectives Club’) revealed on Wednesday (June 15th) that that it has cast Young Black Jack‘s lead seiyu Yuichiro Umehara as Ryo Inoue. Umehara joins Log Horizon‘s Daiki Yamashita as […]