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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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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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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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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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Are You Alice? by Ai Ninomiya and Ikumi Katagiri

Are You Alice? by Ai Ninomiya and Ikumi Katagiri
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“In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.” Let’s be honest, Alice in Wonderland adaptations and spin-offs are hardly rare nowadays. I can name at least five manga related to the classic tale (though there are a lot more), there is the […]

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Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama – Manga vs Anime

Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama – Manga vs Anime 

One of this season’s anime sensations is based on Hajime Isayama’s manga with the same title, Attack on Titan. The series has been called a “one-in-a-decade hit” with its extremely popular anime adaptation, followed by over 20 million manga copies sold in Japan. The Attack on Titan anime has won multiple awards (e.g. Newtype Anime […]

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Berserk by Kentaro Miura

Berserk by Kentaro Miura
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Berserk is fantasy at its finest. There are faeries, sages, knights, and demons – tropes, in fact, that may be terribly clichéd in a novel yet are fresh and exciting in manga. In addition to excellent writing, Kentaro Mirua’s drawing adds a certain gravitas to his dark fantasy that authors like Joe Abercrombie would adore. […]

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One Piece – Manga Series Review

One Piece – Manga Series Review
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On the day the Pirate King Gold Roger was executed, a huge crowd gathered to hear his last words: his treasure, won after pillaging through the entire world, lay somewhere on the “Grand Line”, the most dangerous of all oceans. This is how One Piece, the most successful manga of all time (yes, I’m taking […]

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07-Ghost by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara

07-Ghost by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
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Creators Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara deeply remind me of George R. R. Martin – they love to kill off beloved characters, and torture their fans by not letting go of this bad habit. Furthermore, they are exceptionally talented at creating a complex and appealing world with its own rules, gods and kingdoms. Should this […]

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Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase
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Are you familiar with manga? If not, maybe it’s time to fill that blank spot. Also called graphic novels or comic books, their roots go way back into Japanese history. In the Land of the Rising Sun, you’ll find it popular with people of all ages. There is a wide range of genres to choose […]

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Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod

Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod
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There’s something fascinating about Kung Fu. Wuxia is an ancient genre of Chinese literature, centered around martial arts in general and Kung Fu in particular. It has been so co-opted by popular culture and many of its tropes are as well known to the mainstream as those of Westerns and High Fantasy. The tropes and […]

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An Introduction to Manga

An Introduction to Manga 

When you think of comics it seems normal in the Western world for minds to jump to the likes of Spider-man and Batman. In fact, these days characters like the Dark Knight are more synonymous with cartoons and big named directors than the paper products that spawned them. In shops we are bombarded with web […]

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