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Re:ZERO anime’s English dub cast announced

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Over the weekend at Kawaii Kon, FUNimation took the opportunity to announce their English dub cast for that isekai sensation Re:ZERO. Here’s a cast stuffed to bursting with beloved characters, so we’ll take a deep breath and run down that listing for you. Here we go: Sean Chiplock (Dragon Ball Super’s Future Trunks) as Subaru […]

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The everyday heroism of anime’s non-binary characters

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In a medium as varied in voice as any other, the fight is on for anime creators to defend the right for gender non-binary (NB) people to be beautiful, proud and not just the shattered screw-ups on the sidelines. Though they may seem the buried few, there are more titles that make NB folks heroes […]

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Goblin Slayer light novels get a gory anime

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The first volume of Kumo Kagyu’s Goblin Slayer light novels caused enough of a stir upon release that an anime project was pretty much inevitable. At last weekend’s Wonder Festival, it was announced that the series’ time to splatter blood, gore and various other gooey substances over TV screens is now. Here’s a teaser to […]

Top 10 anime of 2016

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Here we are again, at the end of another year, albeit one filled with political and social upheaval and a sad spate of celebrity deaths. But it also brought a tour de force of new anime titles to get stuck into, with more than a few classics in the making. A new year brings the […]

Rem voice actor Inori Minase cancels events due to death threats

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Voice actor Inori Minase has been pushed to cancel several upcoming event appearances in Japan and Taiwan, after receiving murder threats from an unknown individual. In a comment her agency Sony Music Artists recently released, it was confirmed that the suspect has not yet been brought into custody, as several news sites had reported that […]

Overlord compilation will be 2 films with Myth&Roid theme songs

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Nico Nico’s Overlord x Youjo Senki Joint Press Conference livestream event announced more details on the compilation film for the Overlord anime just yesterday. Not only will it be a film of two parts – Overlord: Fushisha no Ou (Overlord: The Undead King) opening on February 25th, then Overlord: Shikkoku no Senshi (Overlord: The Dark Warrior) following on March 11th – but they will […]

Re:ZERO nominated twice in Sugoi Japan Awards 2017

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Anime, manga and light novel fans in The Land of the Rising Sun are now casting their votes in the 2017 Sugoi Japan Awards. This recognition of works deserving of appreciation overseas was a project kicked off by The Yomiuri Shumbun newspaper, showcasing manga, light novels and ‘entertainment novels’ from the last 3.5 years, and anime […]

Re:ZERO, Kabaneri, your name. sweep victories in Newtype Anime Awards

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The Machi Asobi anime, manga and game event held its 17th run this past weekend, at studio ufotable’s home of Tokushima. There, this year’s results of Newtype magazine’s Anime Awards were announced, as voted by fans. Their top picks from anime released between October 2015 and September 2016 were as follows: Best TV Broadcast  Kabaneri of the Iron […]

Re:ZERO fans should rewatch anime episode to discover key character

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Whispers from the realms of Re:ZERO suggest that fans go back to the anime’s episode 11, and keep their eyes peeled for a maid with golden hair who makes a brief appearance in a flashback. Many of us won’t remember her, but she has a significant role to play in future novel volumes. Her name is Frederica Baumann, and […]

The medium is the message: how anime creates reality

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The nature of reality is amorphous, open to and yet immune to definition or explanation. The human mind still perplexes and eludes our greatest thinkers; narratives that explore the intangible ideas of reality are themselves abstract in nature. In anime we have an art form that is itself both conceptual and hyperreal in its depictions […]

Knight’s & Magic mecha fantasy gets anime adaptation

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A new anime, this time centred on a mecha otaku who winds up in another world, has unsurprisingly been getting a lot of buzz. The first manga volume adapting Hisao Amazake-no’s Knight‘s & Magic light novels announced that there will be a TV anime adaptation, after Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine teased that the volume would hold a big announcement. […]

Poem: Where the White Whale falls

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  The quickening mist breaks like waves under the lucent light that was the moon. A desperate exhalation, the dying dreadnaught of the sky. The sword that split its skin jewelled red on metal – an open wound still steaming a thousand lost souls skywards. The being broken, fractured in three, a trinity crowned purple […]