Amanchu!

Weekly round-up

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We’re feeling super sunny this weekly round-up, with lots of cool stuff to share. Did you miss out on the news that Kunihiko Ikuhara and Shinichiro Watanabe are back with new anime? Or our feature on the dead mothers trope in anime, and why it’s actually pretty positive? Just read on, and you’ll be caught […]

Carol and Tuesday

Shinichiro Watanabe and BONES reunite for original anime Carol & Tuesday

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Almost in the same breath as revealing the new Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress movie, Fuji TV have announced the original anime Carol & Tuesday from Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe. The studio BONES series is set to premiere on Fuji TV’s new anime timeslot +Ultra in April 2019, and you can catch a teaser […]

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

Dear Hollywood, leave Cowboy Bebop alone

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“And the work which has become a genre unto itself shall be called: Cowboy Bebop” This phrase is proudly emblazoned across the seminal series like manifesto, a mission statement that this stylish mix of music, form and story is entirely its own beast. Sure enough, while the series – and creator Shinichiro Watanabe – is […]

The high life: drug use in anime

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Like all art, anime is a reflection of the society that bore it, a means to echo its beliefs, traditions and behaviours. But in isolation, art alone is not enough to decode an entire coutry and can instead present a skewed image of a nation. There seems to be this shared assumption that Japan doesn’t […]

Cowboy Bebop and my anime awakening

Cowboy Bebop and my anime awakening

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How do you make an otaku feel old? Remind them Cowboy Bebop is turning 20 this year. To celebrate its 20th birthday, we’ll be running a series of posts, articles and poems. To kick things off, I cast my mind back and explore how I first discovered the show. Time and places have a way […]