Living in the database: the appeal of the unreal

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Ever since the Wachowskis repackaged the themes and imagery of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk staple Ghost in the Shell for western audiences in 1999, the notion of living in a virtual world has become something of a fascination among creatives, consumers and conspiracy theorists. The most frightening aspect of The Matrix was in how perfectly the […]

Our only hope: anime’s most inspiring princesses

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We were both left stunned and saddened by Carrie Fisher’s death in December. It seemed she was gone before we really had a chance to appreciate all the hope and joy she brought to the world. As you might know, we’re both huge fans of Star Wars and the Princess-General Leia, and so for a […]

The medium is the message: how anime creates reality

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The nature of reality is amorphous, open to and yet immune to definition or explanation. The human mind still perplexes and eludes our greatest thinkers; narratives that explore the intangible ideas of reality are themselves abstract in nature. In anime we have an art form that is itself both conceptual and hyperreal in its depictions […]

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, […]

News: Trinity Seven anime film announced, Sentai Filmworks reveal TV anime dub cast

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The August issue of Kadokawa’s Monthly Dragon Age magazine will announce tomorrow (July 9th) that the Trinity Seven – The Seven Magicians manga is being adapted as an anime film. Kenji Saito and Akari Nao’s series was previously made into a 12-episode anime which aired in October 2014, after the manga was launched in Monthly Dragon Age in 2011. At the same […]

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: Handa-kun anime posts new ad announcing cast additions

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A new ad has appeared for the Handa-kun anime based Satsuki Yoshino’s  manga, which gives a preview of the Fo‘xTails opening theme ‘The LiBERTY’. The video also makes the announcement of three more cast, with Please tell me! Galko-chan‘s Kaede Hondo as Miyoko Kinjo, The Comic Artist and His Assistants‘ Miku Ito as Maiko Mori, and Dimension W‘s Kimiko Saito as Juri. The series premiering […]

News: Handa-kun anime’s promo video announces cast, staff and premiere date

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The official website for the anime adaptation of Satsuki Yoshino’s Handa-kun manga has now released the series’ first promo video. Listing the voice cast, staff, theme song performer and the July 7th premiere, these details follow the reveal of the anime’s key visual and character designs. Starring Nobunaga Shimazaki, known for playing Free!‘s Haruka Nanase, as the pessimistic […]

News: Log Horizon anime’s Twitter wishes fans farewell

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NHK’s official Twitter for the Log Horizon anime, inspired by Mamare Touno’s light novel series, has signed off for the foreseeable future. The account had been quiet since the latter part of last year anyway, but yesterday a post popped up wishing the fans farewell. 3月末の再放送の終了にともない、こちらの番組Twitterは近日中にいったん停止となります。第1シリーズ開始よりおよそ2年半、応援の声を寄せていただき、ありがとうございました!このアカウントも「立ち上がれ、もう一度」となることを祈りつつ・・・ #loghorizon — アニメ「ログ・ホライズン」 (@nhk_loghorizon) May 18, 2016 Sending thanks to followers […]

News: Log Horizon author Mamare Touno sentenced for tax evasion

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Daisuke Umezu, the author of MAOYU and Log Horizon under his pseudonym Mamare Touno, was found guilty of tax evasion on Tuesday after being charged last April. The ruling by the Tokyo District Court was reported by NTV News 24, and Touno has been sentenced to ten months in prison, though this sentence is suspended for three years. As long as […]