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Guardian, neighbour, trickster: aspects of the anime faery

Wee folk, fair folk, good folk. Faeries travel under many guises and by many names, the mischievous gatekeepers of nature’s small and secret realms of nature. But in all their forms they are irresistible, and humanity’s unified wondering about these oft-invisible beings is no less present in anime. In the latest instalment of our series on supernatural creatures (after witches and vampires), let’s follow the … Continue reading Guardian, neighbour, trickster: aspects of the anime faery

Mourning my mother through anime

There is no fact of life harder to face, or conceptualise, than its ending. Since I lost my mother last year, I’ve been struggling for ways to guard against the fact she will never be a phone call away, that strong, vital voice of reassurance. There’s the regret that I should have treasured her more when she was here, made more time to be with … Continue reading Mourning my mother through anime

Poem: There but for the roses

  The poet deadheads the roses in the warmth of the morning sun, bidden by the thirst of flowers and his own heart a threatened clutch of thorns. Between the scented petals and stonewall he stole a glimpse and saw her, dressed in negligee sheer on skin that sipped the moon glow and eyes of violet requited. So one look sustained him until those last … Continue reading Poem: There but for the roses

Our anime of the year: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

There have been many great shows jostling for our top spot this year, but one stood out above all the rest. It rounded up our year in the most beautifully fitting way, so we wanted to pay our respects to…The Ancient Magus’ Bride. A year of personal loss and new life for us both at the blog, also brought with it The Ancient Magus’ Bride. … Continue reading Our anime of the year: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

Though The Ancient Magus’ Bride is without doubt a fanciful and fantastical portrayal of England, it demonstrates perfectly how our country’s landscapes inspired our folklore. Amongst its withdrawn ‘cunning folk’ who practice magic, and faeries who prefer to be referred to as your good neighbours, we feel at home with every new episode, sequestered in childhood fairytale again. While we savour Magus’ Bride’s twilight episodes, here’s our list of … Continue reading This weeb and pleasant land: England in anime

Seasons of the witch: the changing nature of witchcraft in anime

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’ Bride. Next year, Little Witch Academia is making a comeback … Continue reading Seasons of the witch: the changing nature of witchcraft in anime