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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Myriad Colours Phantom World: rejoicing in innocence, discovery and acceptance

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I think by now we’ve all scrolled over someone’s disappointed wailings on Myriad Colours Phantom World. Maybe you were even one of those left feeling deflated, because you were expecting more from Kyoto Animation’s latest series. But then again, somewhere along the way, perhaps you caught a glimpse of something […]