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Love, acceptance, anime: an LGBT History Month round-up

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This LGBT History Month brought the whole aniblogging community together to celebrate queerness in anime. LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance is a matter that’s close and personal to both of us here at the blog, and so we’ve experienced many wonderful moments in sharing this month with all of you. Thank […]

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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 […]

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The everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters

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In a medium as varied in voice as any other, the fight is on for anime creators to defend the right for gender non-binary (NB) people to be beautiful, proud and not just the shattered screw-ups on the sidelines. Though they may seem the buried few, there are more titles […]

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All for love: five heroic queer couples in anime

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Some loves show us the kind of acceptance we should display to everyone; selfless and open-hearted, without fear or pride. As two people who have each been afraid to express our identities, these queer couples define how we want to embrace ourselves and others. With our daughter close to coming […]

Sweetness and citrus: the mystery of yuri’s male audience

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This girl’s had her fair share of queer crushes in the past, and I can assure you, they weren’t nearly as torrid or tragically twisted as citrus. But it’s strange to think that stories like mine could be published perverse, and sold as get-off material for guys who like girl-on-girl. […]

My Favourite Anime: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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For this installment of My Favourite Anime, Ashley of Ashley’s Anime gives us a personal view into why she loves Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Read on, and find out why the love between its magical girls mean much more to her than your average otaku ship. Puella Magi Madoka Magica has been […]

Because we’re both girls: Scum’s Wish, first love and finding solace in yuri

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Wrapped inside the searing heartache of being a teenager all over again as I watch the sakura petals of Scum’s Wish, I’m reminded of how special and significant it all was. But particularly in Hanabi’s relationship with her friend Sanae, I’ve come to reframe one of my own first loves […]

History makers: a Yuri!!! on ICE round-up

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It’s been just over a month since the final episode of Yuri!!! on ICE, but we’re missing it already, and we know heaps of you are too. To ease the Yuri, Yurio and Victor-shaped voids in all our lives, we thought we’d look back over the joy they brought us through […]

Victory on ice: why Yuri!!! on ICE deserves to be Anime of the Year

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On Saturday, Yuri!!! on ICE was pronounced Anime of the Year in Crunchyroll’s first ever Anime Awards. But while voters and non-voters alike celebrated its win, certain people got a bit upset. Some said it didn’t deserve the acclaim, and that if not for its gay main characters, it wouldn’t […]

The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

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Grell Sutcliff, the supposed Burnett butler who unveils his true sexual identity in a brilliant red rush of flamboyance, would probably be considered gay by most. That is, if not for his blood-soaked love affair with Ciel Phantomhive’s dear aunt, Madam Red. Never mind that Black Butler is set in […]