Ghibli’s Castles In The Sky

Day 5 of ’12 Days of Anime’ – [See other posts in this series] Today I watched Laputa: Castle in the Sky, which marks the 17th Ghibli film I’ve seen at the release of this article. It was a mostly enjoyable watch, and conjured up a familiar feeling of nostalgia that I only ever experience […]

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Visual Storytelling techniques in The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan

Day 4 of ’12 Days of Anime’ – [See other posts in this series] *Knock Knock* “Who’s there?” Only “Only who?” ONLY THE BEST SLICE OF LIFE SHOW SINCE 2006.  And what show came out in 2006 you ask? The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya! If that has jogged your memory, then what you may also know […]

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Anime Characters Have Great Fashion Sense

Day 3 of ’12 Days of Anime’ – [See other posts in this series] I don’t often bring up the topic of clothes and fashion in anime. If I was to pinpoint a reason for this, I would say that greater discussions on character designs tend to downplay the role clothing plays. This has a reason […]

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A Tale About Windy Tales

Day 2 of ’12 Days of Anime’ – [See other posts in this series] Have you heard of Windy Tales before? The likelihood is that you haven’t. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as the show released back in the mid 2000s to a lukewarm reception and stunted post airing distribution. I think it’s […]

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Etoile, A Race Case of Gender Non-Conformance in Arslan Senki

Day 1 of ’12 Days of anime’ – [See other posts in this series] In 2015 The Heroic Legend of Arslan otherwise known as Arslan Senki, was released by Sanzigen Animation Studio & Liden Films. The 25 episode TV show was presented as a modern retelling of the original fantasy story, which had already seen multiple iterations since […]

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Excalibur: Is it a Man? Is it a Sword? NO! It’s Anime’s Greatest Husbando

I must confess. I’ve never been one to care about the waifu and husbando sub-culture within the anime community. I have favourite characters, sure, but the two terms tend to denote a higher level of interest than a simple top X list or power-ranking. Indeed they are western bastardizations of Japanese words to loosely fit […]

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My Last Anime Convention

Around this time two months ago I made an announcement that I would be attending my first ever anime convention – Hibanacon 2017. In actuality this was my first convention of any kind. It will probably also be my last. I can pinpoint a few reasons why I chose to go to this particular convention, […]

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RateD Under 7

NieA Under 7 is an anime that had been on my radar since before I even knew ‘plan to watch’ lists were a thing in the anime community. It was so long ago that I couldn’t even tell you the exact reasons for my initial interest. I imagine it had something to do with the […]

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Remembering What The Sun Looks Like

I do enjoy not making it explicitly obvious what my posts will be about by making my titles only vaguely relevant. It’s an update post, because no blog would be complete without an overabundance of watered-down content that’s quickly outdated. Just like your favourite anime. *finger snap* I don’t really have a great measure to […]

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Yoko Case Study: Exploring the Visual Representation of Women’s Bodies in Anime

This article was originally released on September 17th 2016. In its previous iteration, the post contained a Frankenstein’s amalgamation of blog update, community drama and anecdotes that distracted from the points being made. In this release I have heavily edited the essay, removing now defunct fluff while adding new material to improve or change past positions […]

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