Darling in the FranXX

Forget ‘cool’, let’s just enjoy anime together

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Dear readers, friends and fellow otaku, Because it’s come to light that Kim Kardashian likes anime, at least enough to dye her hair pink à la Darling in the FranXX’s Zero Two, we’ve seen some fans feeling worried. As kids, maybe they were bullied or made to feel alone by their love of anime. But […]

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. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto […]

Event: Otaku Speed Dating does away with awkward dates

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As otaku, we’ve all been in that situation where someone asks, “So, what are you into?”, and you steel yourself up for that potential glazed look or condescending comment. On a date especially, it’s one of the biggest buzzkills. It would be so much easier if you could know in advance that your date understood and […]

News: Merriam-Webster notice “senpai” as possible dictionary addition

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Merriam-Webster, in keeping tabs on our ever-evolving language, regularly add words to their dictionary to reflect notable societal and cultural shifts. Last month, “dox” and “hella” were added to stand amongst 2,000 carefully considered entries, and now they’re looking towards representing the otaku community with the word “senpai”. It isn’t yet a certainty that it will be […]

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 having to endure the obligatory […]

Review: Oreimo Series One

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Finding an eroge squirreled away in an anime DVD box befuddles Kyōsuke Kosaka. As far as he knows, it doesn’t gel with anyone in his household. But though she’s avoided suspicion for some time, when faced with the offending article, his little sister Kirino can’t conceal her embarrassment. Since he’s already caught the gist of […]

On coming back to anime

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I’ll be upfront about this. When I was 17, I turned my back on all things anime like some mad reimagining of that classic Frank Sinatra track. It was a cold turkey kick, from cutting my ties with beloved shows, to ditching my manga and tossing out my figures. The reason? Well, self-loathing was setting […]

Review: Outbreak Company

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When Shinichi Kanō is given the chance to kick the habit of his lonely shut-in existence, with a job after his otaku smarts, he can’t bring himself to believe it’s real. But it all turns out to be better than real, as he’s tasked with nurturing cultural relations between our Earth and a parallel world, […]