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Year in Anime – 2017

Year in Anime – 2017 

My interest in anime has been rather lacking since 2013. Despite occasionally re-watching classics or catching up on stuff that I missed, I actually thought anime had become rather repetitive and dull, and I was rather saddened by what I thought was an impending death of a creative media. Three years later, it is a […]

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Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review

Big Fish & Begonia – Movie Review 

So apparently China is making big animated movies now? Good on them. No seriously, that wasn’t sarcasm. Good on them. The more different animations out there the better. Especially if they’re as gorgeous and engaging as this movie. Seriously though, as anyone who knows me might be aware, I’m a fairly big fan of animated […]

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Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga

Seinen Manga: Maturity in Japanese Manga 

There has been much talk around the internet about Japanese form of comics known as manga. Most of the focus is on shounens which are manga aimed at children or rather for younger men and boys, generally from eight to eighteen years of age. Many people don’t realize there is another side of manga. Among […]

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Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Napping Princess) – Anime Movie Review

Ancien and the Magic Tablet (Napping Princess) – Anime Movie Review 

Ah… Now, how exactly do I describe this movie to a newcomer? Imagine Inception, except where the dream involved has a significantly more fairy tale/fantasy bent, mixed with a corporate political thriller and a huge dollop of anime tropes, including giant robots and school girls. That feels like it might be a start to describing […]

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Death Note – 2017 Movie Review

Death Note – 2017 Movie Review 

Death Note is a Japanese manga series created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata about a teenage genius, Light Yagami, who one day finds a notebook capable of killing any person whose name is written. Choosing to use the notebook to rid the world of criminals, Light comes into conflict with the genius detective known […]

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Castlevania – TV Series Review

Castlevania – TV Series Review 

You know, when I first heard that Netflix was doing a four-episode animated Castlevania TV series, I have to admit, I wasn’t really all that interested. I mean, let’s face it, video game adaptations don’t exactly have a great reputation these days. And, even without having actually played the games, I could tell that a […]

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki – Volumes 1-7 Series Review

The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki – Volumes 1-7 Series Review
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Do you like folklore? Pretty imagery? Stories reminiscent of fairytales without being a direct retelling or adaptation? If so, you should read The Ancient Magus’ Bride. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is the story of Chise Hatori, a girl who happens to be able to see into another realm. Unfortunately, what Chise often sees is frightening. […]

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A Beginner’s Recommendation Guide to Fantasy Manga: Shonen (Adventure Fantasy)

A Beginner’s Recommendation Guide to Fantasy Manga: Shonen (Adventure Fantasy) 

You know, it’s interesting to take a look at genres from different perspectives. Here in the West, we have a very particular view of the Fantasy genre, one forged by hugely influential works such as Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian and, more recently, A Song of Ice and Fire. But what about other […]

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Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Movie Review

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale – Movie Review 

If you’re anything like me (and gods help you if you are), you’ve spent a lot of time playing video games and watching anime. If that’s the case, you’ve probably already seen Sword Art Online, the immensely popular anime based on a light novel about a group of people trapped in a virtual reality MMORPG […]

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An Introduction to Anime and Manga

An Introduction to Anime and Manga 

In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in anime and manga by Western cultures. Before, mentioning the terms anime or manga in casual conversation would have been met with confusion, but more and more it’s met with “What do you watch?” or “Which one are you reading right now?” Most anime and […]

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Fantasy’s Tricksters

Fantasy’s Tricksters 

Fantasy loves a big, strong hero, almost as much as we love a big, scary villain. We love to see a good, old-fashioned epic showdown, preferably on top of a castle or inside an active volcano. However, there are some characters who weren’t blessed by being the biggest and the strongest. They may not be […]

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Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King

Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King 

It’s Chinese New Year, and in honour of the Year of the Monkey, I’ve gathered some my favourite adaptations of the Monkey King stories. The Monkey King is one of the most famous characters in Chinese literature, from one of its classic novels, Journey to the West. Published in the 16th century during the Ming […]

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