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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 […]

Review: Nurse Witch Komugi R

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From its early genesis, Nurse Witch Komugi R was a series built on parody, a conceit that means this latest release comes ready-loaded with pop culture references, nods to anime and video games, and all while offering a passable wind-up of the magical girl genre. Premiering last winter, the series […]

Review: Blood Blockade Battlefront

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It sounds almost like a thought experiment; if a typical individual is immersed in an abnormal environment, do they cease to be normal? Blood Blockade Battlefield poses the question, but comes up short on answers. With ‘normal’ characters in anime, there’s an inescapable sense of ‘they doth protest too much’. […]

Review: Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Three: Rebellion

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In the third installation of the Madoka Magica movie project, we’re delighted to see our favourite magical girls together again, in a reality where no-one fell prey to despair. But as they go about their lives, going to school, doing homework and dispatching the wraiths who took the witches’ place, […]