The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith-Spark
 

The Court of Broken Knives

ARC Review

 
SPFBO3: The First Five Fall…
 

The First Five Fall...

SPFBO: Round One

 
Castlevania – TV Series Review
 

Castlevania

TV Series Review

 

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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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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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Black Butler I & II / Kuroshitsuji – Anime Review

Black Butler I & II / Kuroshitsuji – Anime Review 

Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) can be a somewhat confusing franchise for those new to the material. First, it was a manga, written and drawn by Yana Toboso. The manga was then adapted into an anime – which has now seen three incarnations itself. It is also a musical, and a live-action movie. I’ll be discussing the […]

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Maoyu Mao Yusha – Anime Review

Maoyu Mao Yusha – Anime Review 

For fifteen years, the demons and humans have been at war, and both sides have profited from it, but at the expense of those less fortunate. Maoyu Mao Yusha begins with the Hero venturing into demon territory to challenge the Demon King. The encounter, though, goes nothing like Hero expects – beginning with the revelation […]

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Black Butler: Book of Circus

Black Butler: Book of Circus 

The Black Butler anime adaptations are based off the original manga by Yana Toboso. The first season was likely going to be the only season, based on the storyline. Then it got very popular. And the second season was…a sad attempt to leach off the fandom. And now we have a ‘third’ season: Book of […]

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Fantasy and Science Fiction in Anime and Manga – Part One: Historical and Epic Fantasy

Fantasy and Science Fiction in Anime and Manga – Part One: Historical and Epic Fantasy 

Books, movies, video games are all widely known platforms for science fiction and fantasy. Anime and manga, on the converse, are a less known medium for the genre. Japanese mangaka—manga artists—use elements and themes taken from fantasy and science fiction regularly in their work; it is harder to find a series that does not have […]

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Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part Two: The Search for Identity

Fantasy and Studio Ghibli – Part Two: The Search for Identity 

In the first part of this series, I took a look at the earlier Ghibli films – Nausicaä, Princess Mononoke and Laputa – and examined the ways in which they explored the eternal struggle between nature and mankind. In this second part, I’m moving on to films which utilise symbols and motifs typical of the […]

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Fandom and Creativity

Fandom and Creativity 

Fandom is a funny thing. It’s also a complex thing with practically a life of its own; an organic organism that has taken on a different meaning besides stereotypical lines of nerdy thirty-year-old men queuing up outside comic and bookstores for the latest release or, dressing up like favourite—yet fairly “mainstream”—characters on Halloween. In fact, […]

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