Weekly round-up

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Welcome to another weekly round-up, where we’ll be bringing you the very latest from our blog and the wider anime world. Whether it’s news, the best of the week’s aniblogs or features about magical girls, you’re well taken care of here. Especially if you’re after the latter, because we have two of those to share this […]

The sparkling heart of darkness: Madoka’s message of hope for mature audiences

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Magical girls have long been illustrious in empowering the feminine, and framing fragility as the groundwork for true strength. Sailor Moon may never have become fearless, but she did learn to face the terrors of her world – including death itself – with the resolve to defend her friends and the world she belongs to. […]

My Favourite Anime: Puella Magi Madoka Magica

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For this installment of My Favourite Anime, Ashley of Ashley’s Anime gives us a personal view into why she loves Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Read on, and find out why the love between its magical girls mean much more to her than your average otaku ship. Puella Magi Madoka Magica has been a widely accepted and loved […]

Update: Netflix to stream Gen Urobuchi’s Godzilla movie this year

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An anime movie starring Toho’s kaiju icon Godzilla is in production, titled simply Godzilla, and with a script by Puella Magi Madoka Magica‘s Gen Urobuchi. It’s now been announced that the movie will stream globally on Netflix this year, after its Toho theatrical release in Japan. We’re glad we’ll be seeing this one so close to its domestic release, as Urobuchi […]

Review: Persona 3 – Movie 1

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I’ll be upfront and honest about this. I’ve never played Persona, not so much as a single second. My first real experience of the franchise is with this inaugural instalment of the third movie, so I’ve come at it from the point of view of a consumer, rather than fan, and reviewed it as an […]

Seasons of the witch: the changing nature of witchcraft in anime

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I don’t know about you, but I much prefer anime’s view of witches to our overriding cynicism towards them here in the west, and boy is it loving them lately. This year alone there’s been Makoto the Flying Witch, then Izetta: The Last Witch, and in the not-quite-a-simulcast camp there’s even been The Ancient Magus’ […]

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 […]

Girls und Panzer der Film screenings ending after over a year

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Between November 25th and December 15th, Japanese cinemas will be ending screenings of Girls und Panzer der Film after more than a year of continuous showings. The film opened on November 21st, 2015, so for Tachikawa Cinema City in Tokyo who have listed their last screenings for the 25th, the movie will finally close on its 369th day. But before […]

Thunderbolt Fantasy sequel green-lit

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Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero and Psycho-Pass writer Gen Urobuchi’s puppetry extravaganza Thunderbolt Fantasy ended last week, rounding off with the announcement of a new series. With production green-lit on the sequel to the “chivalrous fantasy puppet show”, we can expect more info to appear on the project’s official website in the near future. 【速報】「Thunderbolt Fantasy 東離劍遊紀」続編制作決定!続報は公式サイトをご覧ください。https://t.co/JmH0YpixJM#サンファン #TBF_P pic.twitter.com/laMQ3QjiXb — サンダーボルトファンタジープロジェクト (@TBF_PR) September 30, 2016 […]

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 […]

Update: SHAFT’s March comes in like a lion anime previewed, premiere date announced

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The anime adaptation of March comes in like a lion, the Kodansha Manga Award and Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize-winning manga by Honey & Clover author Chica Umino, will debut on October 8th, as announced on Friday (September 2nd) on the series’ official website. Following the tranquil, mournful life of a shogi player named Rei, the show’s lead is voiced by Kengo Kawanishi, who also played Gundam: […]

News: Handa-kun anime posts new ad announcing cast additions

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A new ad has appeared for the Handa-kun anime based Satsuki Yoshino’s  manga, which gives a preview of the Fo‘xTails opening theme ‘The LiBERTY’. The video also makes the announcement of three more cast, with Please tell me! Galko-chan‘s Kaede Hondo as Miyoko Kinjo, The Comic Artist and His Assistants‘ Miku Ito as Maiko Mori, and Dimension W‘s Kimiko Saito as Juri. The series premiering […]