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Making sense of my pregnancy through anime

It’s not just strangers, family or friends who see me differently now; every aspect of my life and view of myself has been altered by the fact that I’m a mother. During pregnancy, I’d wonder about the magnificent and cruel world around me, and how I’d teach my daughter its better lessons as a guard against the negative. I’d rehearse whole conversations with my daughter … Continue reading Making sense of my pregnancy through anime

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Revival reveries: our top five anime that need a sequel

Who would have thought we’d be hanging out with Cardcaptor Sakura again, after all this time? It’s a special feeling to be reunited with a show and characters that meant so much to so many of us in our younger otaku years. The trouble is, this ecstatic return has opened our hearts to mourning the many anime series we’d welcome back in a heartbeat. Here … Continue reading Revival reveries: our top five anime that need a sequel

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Lyrics for lovers: our favourite anime love songs

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 lives, and bond us to those special people with whom … Continue reading Lyrics for lovers: our favourite anime love songs

The high life: drug use in anime

Like all art, anime is a reflection of the society that bore it, a means to echo its beliefs, traditions and behaviours. But in isolation, art alone is not enough to decode an entire coutry and can instead present a skewed image of a nation. There seems to be this shared assumption that Japan doesn’t have a drug problem, that its cultural conformity is a … Continue reading The high life: drug use in anime

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

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 in a new light. The scene in which Sanae confessed to Hanabi, crying out in … Continue reading Because we’re both girls: Scum’s Wish, first love and finding solace in yuri

Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

It’s time for another episode of Old Fogies Take a Dump on New Anime. Mamoru Oshii’s done it, taking pops at Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and all currently-airing anime in general. Now it seems Toshio Okada, co-founder of Gainax and so-called “Otaking”, wants to get on the boat and rock it too. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto Shinkai’s your name. Since Okada left Gainax in 1992, he’s … Continue reading Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

Beck, anime and the American Dream

Yukio Tanaka might come off gawky to his classmates, but far from his outward image, he’s despondent and directionless – a rock star in the making if ever there was one. Even at fourteen, he maintains that his life is already a dead end, and while this lead isn’t uncommon in anime, there’s something refreshing in Tanaka’s existentialism. We might expect him to get whisked … Continue reading Beck, anime and the American Dream

Review: HaNaYaMaTa

We all fear a future where we never amount to anything. But when it overwhelms you, it’s the loneliest feeling to bear. Naru Sekiya admits that she is painfully average, playing up to a realism that doesn’t exist in her any more than anyone else. In truth, she idolises fairytale princesses who dazzle away all darkness and doubt. She wants someone to take her away … Continue reading Review: HaNaYaMaTa

On falling out of love with anime

In its very definition, otaku, and by extension fan culture in its entirety, carries with it a whiff of the obsessional. It’s doubtful any fan would deny that. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little obsession. In fact, it can prove a most fertile ground, spurring on creativity, participation or just plain old-fashioned dedication. This blog was born in part from all three. Putting … Continue reading On falling out of love with anime

The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

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 the Victorian era, where the “gross indecency” of homosexuality was barely whispered of, and bisexuality … Continue reading The ‘greed’ of Grell and bisexuality in anime

The roots of love: cherishing friendship through anime

Spring is stirring in the air and threatens twitterpation, but I wanted to appreciate a different kind of love that’s sometimes overlooked this time of year. Friendship, as we’ve all learned from anime, is a force to be reckoned with, bringing it home as something to treasure and celebrate as much as romance. And when you see it captured in some of our favourite series, they … Continue reading The roots of love: cherishing friendship through anime