Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

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Western fantasy and sci-fi literature has long proven influential for anime, and an early example, shortly after the glamour of Howl’s Moving Castle, was the less well-known Studio Ghibli effort Tales from Earthsea. The late, great Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January, had broken through to literary greatness […]

The princess and the portrayal: feminism and self-love in Miyazaki’s movies

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The set-ups of certain of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films make you feel as though you’ve returned to Disney’s fairytales. In Howl’s Moving Castle, downtrodden hat maker Sophie has her Cinderella moment when she’s waltzed across the sky by Howl. And the enduring curse catalyst is flipped onto the male […]

Guest blog: Top five anime that focus on real-world issues

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Dropping round for a cup of tea and a hearty discussion of some deeply meaningful anime, it’s Daziigirl of UNOTAKU. Stay with us a while, and see which anime she ranked among the best that deal with the real big issues. You might just go away with the series that […]

Seven Rules for Happiness: our anime take on Shigeru Mizuki’s wisdom

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Even after surviving World War II, beloved manga artist Shigeru Mizuki always kept his verve in both life and creativity. As you might expect, such a life left a wise imprint, but when he passed away last year at the age of 93, he left us with the lingering enchantment of […]