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Girls’ Last Tour: Developing Character

  On occasion, characters grab your imagination in the first few moments of you knowing them. Girls' Last Tour is a perfect example of this; how it manages to present its two characters in a way that is hardly exciting, but completely endearing. It's this slow revelation of who these two girls are where the [...]

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Anime: The Art of First Episodes

What do first episodes achieve? In its most simplistic form, it hooks the viewer into the show. After all, this is its mission; it has to make people want to view the next episode, and the next. For the more people you have viewing your show, the more popular it is, and ultimately, the more [...]

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Perfect Blue – Exploring Satoshi Kon’s Masterpiece

  Satoshi Kon. A name that is instantly recognised, and hugely respected within the anime community and business. Known for his distinct thematic elements, and unmistakable tonality of his films. Sadly, the man behind many other critically acclaimed classics such as, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, Millennium Actress, and Paranoia Agent passed away in 2010 after a very [...]

Barakamon – Anime REVIEW!

Barakamon is a brilliant show. In fact, I might go as far to say it is in the top twenty anime I have ever watched. I really do regard it that highly. For good reason, too! Barakamon originally aired its twelve episodes during the Summer of 2014. The show is brought to us by animation [...]

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The Relatability of Hifumi – NEW GAME!

I'd be lying if I said I don't absolutely love NEW GAME! (My review of S1) It's one of those shows I instantly fell in love with. This - for the most part - is down to its brilliant characters. There's isn't a single one I don't like. Each of them serve a purpose in [...]

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Pom Poko – Environmental Resonance

  Pom Poko was within the first ten or twenty anime movies I ever watched, many, many moons ago. And, one I have loved ever since. It's one of those slightly underrated Studio Ghibli movies that don't get talked about all that often, or that is to say, nowhere near the level that the others [...]

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Aku no Hana (Flowers of Evil): Creating Atmosphere

I have never seen an anime like Aku no Hana, pretty much in every respect. There's something so singular about it - the way in which it presents itself on-screen. The beautiful real-world humanity that props up its characters. And, not to mention possibly the most noticeable thing, the use of the Rotoscpope animation style; [...]