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 […]

Simple pleasures: our favourite foodie anime

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Food is a basic requirement for life, but that simplicity has the power of telling our most personal stories, while bringing us together under that human need. It’s the same in anime as in our everyday, the universal pleasures of cooking and eating opening up to powerful narratives of healing, […]

Review: One Piece (Uncut) Collection 16

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Tailing out the end of the gloriously gothic arc that was Thriller Bark, just before this collection hauls anchor for new territory, Zoro is given an unexpected platform to prove his dedication: to his dream of being a master swordsman, as part of the Straw Hat crew, and to Luffy. […]

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

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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. […]

More human than human: anime’s best cybernetic beings

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Soft robotics are all the rage after the unveiling of the super-kawaii silicone octobot, and each new android incarnation out of Japan seems smarter and closer to the real deal. With experimentation into robotics advancing ever further, we’re getting to a point where robots we can naturally relate to don’t […]

Beside the seaside: top 5 aquatic anime

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We at the blog have been utterly charmed by the bright and restful Amanchu!, new girl in town Futaba echoing our quiet wonder as she experiences her new home by the sea. There, she meets Hikari Kohinata. With her arresting self-confidence and unrestrainably bonkers joy, Hikari has been diving off the […]