Taking a bite of anime’s after-school snacks

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No matter how bad the school day has been, whether rejected by a crush, your club on the brink of closure or keeping your supernatural double life hidden against all odds, a feel-good snack can come to the rescue in record time. Anime is a veritable menu of choice nibbles for characters as a coming […]

Revolutionary Girl Utena

All for love: five heroic queer couples in anime

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Some loves show us the kind of acceptance we should display to everyone; selfless and open-hearted, without fear or pride. As two people who have each been afraid to express our identities, these queer couples define how we want to embrace ourselves and others. With our daughter close to coming into the world, it means […]

Sweetness and citrus: the mystery of yuri’s male audience

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This girl’s had her fair share of queer crushes in the past, and I can assure you, they weren’t nearly as torrid or tragically twisted as citrus. But it’s strange to think that stories like mine could be published perverse, and sold as get-off material for guys who like girl-on-girl. So, how did it come […]

Persona 5 arrives with launch trailer, spoiler deterrents from Atlus

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The delays seemed like they would go on forever, but Persona 5 is finally here. The game stole its way onto shelves in North America and Europe on Tuesday, and to mark the date, Atlus USA posted a launch trailer. Atlus then took the chance to post a warning against streaming or spoiling the game for other fans. […]

Better than a fairytale: our favourite anime princes

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This time of year turns our thoughts to romance, and soothing away the hardships and misery of the dark winter days. What better way could there be to warm our hearts to springtime than hanging out with our favourite anime princes? The most wonderful thing about them is that, contrary to their western fairytale counterparts, […]

Album review: Lipstick – Lipstick II

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The golden age of glam challenged social and sexual norms with provocative rockers and a catchy tune or two. It took pioneers like Marc Bolan and David Bowie to give the riffs and theatre some substance. The resurgence of glam in the new millennium has seen bands like The Ark pair the stylistics with deeply […]

Weekly round-up

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That up there is Mitsuha and Taki’s respective reactions to the Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature…not including your name. Wait, what?! Kicking off this weekly round-up instead, we at least have some good news from the Academy for the anime world. So before the Shinkai snub sinks in, chill out for a minute and catch […]

Sailor Moon makes up for Crystal sequel

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It’s been six months since season three of Sailor Moon Crystal and the Death Busters arc reached its end. The good news for all you Moonies out there is that the new phase is right around the corner. In celebration of Sailor Moon‘s 25th anniversary, a Crystal sequel has just been announced. While there are no further details yet, have […]

Uncut remaster of Sailor Moon R: The Movie gets 2-minute preview

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Sailor Moon R: The Movie has just been given a special premiere in Los Angeles this month, showing off VIZ Media’s remastered and uncut version of the 1993 anime. This new theatrical edition is now touring across more and more of the US, but thanks to IGN, everyone can see a two-minute preview of how lovely […]

Our only hope: anime’s most inspiring princesses

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We were both left stunned and saddened by Carrie Fisher’s death in December. It seemed she was gone before we really had a chance to appreciate all the hope and joy she brought to the world. As you might know, we’re both huge fans of Star Wars and the Princess-General Leia, and so for a […]

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’ […]

Weekly round-up

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We’ve done it! Finally made it to another weekend, and that means another weekly round-up. So get all cosy to spite Jack Frost, relax in your favourite reading nook, and let us bring you the top news stories of the week. No need to thank us, really, it’s our pleasure. Groundbreaking manga editor fights cancer […]