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Weekly round-up

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Wonder of wonders, we’ve had honest-to-goodness snow over here in Blighty! But we didn’t let that slow down our blogging game. You see, we’re just that dedicated to you guys. So we have a new Classics Corner, anime’s lessons in healthy social media use and, as always, our favourite posts from you. But before that, […]

Bakemonogatari manga art by Oh! great

Bakemonogatari gets manga adaptation from Air Gear artist Oh! great

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NisiOisin’s Bakemonogatari novel is getting a manga nine years in the wake of the anime’s release in 2009. But which artist could be up to such a surreal task? After a teaser and two weeks of keeping Twitter guessing, Kodansha revealed that Ito Ogure (alias Oh! great) of the Air Gear series is taking on […]

Review: Hyouka – Part 1

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Right from the get go, and under the glittering façade of Kyoto Animation’s visuals, we’re introduced to jaded highschooler Hotaro Oreki, who sees himself in shades of grey. Imagine that instead of being simply listless, Tanaka-kun was nihilistic, and you’ve got a fair approximation of Oreki, who shuns school clubs, romances and almost everything else […]

Review: Owarimonogatari – Part 1

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Few of us will be unaware of Monogatari, SHAFT’s idiosyncratic adaptation of NisiOisiN’s light novel series. Its fascination with theology and mathematics are well documented, while the different iterations at once conform to genre clichés and stand totally separate. I’ve been mulling over Monogatari for as long as I’ve been reviewing anime, certainly enough time […]

The shame and the power: bloodlines of the anime vampire

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Anime and manga have had such a torrid romance with the vampire, you’d think Japan would have had some deep blood ties to its legend. Funny thing is, the vampire or the beast’s equivalent appears almost everywhere in Asian myth, except for Japan. Besides the ghoulish shadow spreading across the mainland of Southeast Asia, South […]

Vertical begin Bakemonogatari with 1st English volume in December

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Now the prequel novel Kizumonogatari is out in the world in English, publishers Vertical are getting ready to release the modern folklore mystery that first won our hearts. NisiOisin’s Bakemonogatari is stalking up fast, with Part 1: Monster Tale slated for December 20th. Part two will follow on February 28th, then part three will arrive on April 25th, all three […]

Re:ZERO, Kabaneri, your name. sweep victories in Newtype Anime Awards

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The Machi Asobi anime, manga and game event held its 17th run this past weekend, at studio ufotable’s home of Tokushima. There, this year’s results of Newtype magazine’s Anime Awards were announced, as voted by fans. Their top picks from anime released between October 2015 and September 2016 were as follows: Best TV Broadcast  Kabaneri of the Iron […]

Update: The Great Passage announces premiere date, 3rd promo previews opening theme

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Last Friday (September 2nd), Fuji TV’s noitaminA programming block released a second promo video for this fall’s anime The Great Passage, revealing and previewing the show’s ending theme, ‘I&I’ by Leola. Now there’s a third promo similarly showcasing the opening theme, ‘Shiokaze’ by Taiiku Okazaki, and you can watch them both below. Okazaki’s theme song performance for […]

Kizumonogatari Part II – Nekketsu-hen gets extended trailer

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Kizumonogatari Nekketsu-hen, the second film in Akiyuki Shinbo’s trilogy adapting NisiOisin’s Bakemonogatari prequel novel, Kizumonogatari, has been out in cinemas in Japan since August 19th, and is due to screen in the US this October. On Monday (September 5th), the movies’ official website unveiled a long version trailer, so you lucky Monogatari fans living across the pond can get a deeper […]

Final Kizumonogatari film slated for January

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Kizumonogatari Nekketsu-hen (Wound Tale: Hot Blood), the second film in Akiyuki Shinbo’s Bakemonogatari prequel trilogy, arrives in Japanese cinemas today (August 19th). To mark the opening, the movies’ official website has announced that the third and final part, Kizumonogatari Reiketsu-hen (Cold Blood), is slated for January 6th, 2017. The staff also revealed the film’s key visual, illustrated by Monogatari‘s regular character designer Akio Watanabe. […]

Update: Kizumonogatari Nekketsu-hen movie’s trailer affirms August release and announces new cast

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Monogatari writer NisiOisin’s official Twitter announced on June 3rd, which also marked Nadeko Sengoku’s birthday, that the new Nademonogatari novel set from her perspective has been slated for a July 29th release in Japan. This comes after the sunny promo material that confirmed the summer scheduling, which followed January’s note with Wazamonogatari‘s release that another two novels were set to […]

Update: Re:ZERO releases new character designs for second cour’s Royal Election arc

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The anime adaptation of Tappei Nagatsuki and Shinichirou Otsuka’s light novels Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- has been quite the sleeper smash, getting deep into the much glossed-over impact that being transported to a different world would truly have on a person. As the 25-episode series gets closer to its halfway point, six new cast additions have been […]