Kids on the Slope

The odd couple: our favourite unlikely anime friendships

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Friendship doesn’t always make perfect sense on the surface. Many a time, it’s only in reflecting on where we’ve been and how we’ve grown together that we realise why our bonds have stayed so strong. Despite the ridiculous arguments and petty differences, the obstacles overcome keep true friends connected across […]

The look of love: anime’s wonderful couples

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Valentine’s Day may seem meant for two, but we think it should be a day of gratitude to everyone we love. So we thought we’d celebrate not only romance, but friendship, family and recovery from loss in our list of lovely anime couples. However you’re celebrating today, make it one for […]

Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 27

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If there’s any truth in a calm before a storm, then this collection is exactly that. As the Fourth Shinobi World War rumbles on towards its zenith, Box 27 offers three distinct stories, connected in the shared chaos of the conflict and the allure of a dreamt utopia when everything […]

Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 26

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As The Fourth Shinobi World War continues to unfurl over tens of episodes, it feels a lot like the ninja equivalent of cold war. These two immeasurably powerful forces collide, taking inches of ground at a time. For the last few collections, the protracted battles have felt exactly like the […]

On falling out of love with anime

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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 […]

Review: Yona of the Dawn Part 1

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As a tale of fate and faith – in love, in gods and spirits, and seeking truth – Yona of the Dawn takes a while to establish itself, but then again, so does Princess Yona herself after her father’s murder. Leaving the castle that sheltered her until she was sixteen […]

Review: Naruto Shippuden Box 24

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Box 24 begins one episode into Shippuden season 14 with a continuation of the clash between Gaara and his father, an overall feel for the collection’s strong and weak points crystallised in the conclusion of this standoff. Though the surrounding story’s progression is close to stationery, for the characters this […]

Review: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Part 1

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In the suitably serialised episode 0, Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works struggles to shake off its visual novel origins even at the prefacing stage. Think of it like a tutorial, an info dump wherein you have to wade through waves of explanation to get to the meat of the combat […]

Review: 7th Hokage T-Shirt

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For too long, Great British anime fanatics have looked across the pond with wide-eyed wonder (read: raging jealousy). We’ve long been deprived of Toonami, and it’s taken until 2016 to get FUNimation to our shores. But worse than that is finding a good stockist or supplier of quality merchandise without […]