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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 […]

After all these years: ten anime turning ten in 2018

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Some anime only grow in our love and all they mean to us as the years go rushing by, and so it is for all of these anime turning ten this year. Some of these series are personal favourites, some might count among yours, but we think anyone’s certain to […]

Dad goals: our favourite anime fathers

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While I hadn’t envisioned becoming a father in my twenties, news of our expanding family has left me elated. Now I can’t wait for the little one to arrive on scene. They say becoming a parent changes the way you view the world, and already I’m watching father-child relationships in […]

Stemming social anxiety in Soul Eater

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Soul Eater’s vision of Death City, a fictional Nevada metropolis, is as much inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Halloween Town as the dark and whimsical depths of mangaka Atsushi Okubo’s imagination. It follows the students of the Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA), a school run by head honcho Lord […]

Purrfect pals: our favourite anime cats

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Cats, while still seen as idols of wisdom, have come to be some of our most beloved friends. With an intelligence that feels ancient, they know when to sit by your side for comfort, and that you’re never too busy to play. They’re no different in anime, often representing the […]

The roots of love: cherishing friendship through anime

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Spring is stirring in the air and threatens twitterpation, but I wanted to appreciate a different kind of love that’s sometimes overlooked this time of year. Friendship, as we’ve all learned from anime, is a force to be reckoned with, bringing it home as something to treasure and celebrate as much […]

Best of the Brits: top five British anime characters

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It’s a lovely surprise when you see someone from your own country or culture in anime, and for us it’s been fascinating to see the different facets of how we Brits are viewed from a Japanese perspective. Apparently we’re smart, suave and occasionally sinister, but perhaps too much on the […]