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January 7, 2024 · 0 comments

Manga: Alpi the Soul Sender

Manga: Alpi the Soul Sender

By Shelley Pallis. Alpi is a wandering exorcist (or “Soul Sender”), although she is not very good at it. She has only taken on the dangerous job in an attempt to track down her missing parents, who disappeared some years earlier. But much of the appeal in “Rona’s” manga comes from the quirky way this […]

January 4, 2024 · 0 comments

Parasyte ~ the maxim

Parasyte ~ the maxim

By Andrew Osmond. Parasyte starts with its money shot. A husband and wife face each other in a dimmed room; then the man’s head splits and unfolds into a Venus fly-trap, with rows of teeth and a half-dozen eyes on stalks. The woman can’t scream, only gasp in halting, terrified breaths, before the thing chomps […]

January 1, 2024 · 3 comments

Anime Streaming Guide 2024

Anime Streaming Guide 2024

By Andrew Osmond. Unlike 2022, which saw big upheavals in anime streaming, things have been relatively stable for the last year. Crunchyroll remains the most prominent anime platform for British viewers, with other new titles available from Netflix, Disney+, HIDIVE, Amazon Prime but, sadly not ITVX. So let’s get to it… Jan 1, 2024Jonathan Clements

December 28, 2023 · 0 comments

Manga: Poetry of Ran

Manga: Poetry of Ran

By Shelley Pallis. Ran is a “Child of Impurity”, a warrior with the power to exorcise monsters, but only by taking on their curses himself. As a result, he is a toxic figure, shunned by the villagers he defends, doomed to a short life-span when the accumulated poisons eventually overwhelm him. And he has acquired […]

December 25, 2023 · 4 comments

The Boy and the Heron

The Boy and the Heron

By Helen McCarthy. None of us believed that the ostentatiously non-marketed event known as “the last Hayao Miyazaki film” was actually the last Hayao Miyazaki film, and we were right. On the red carpet before the international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Studio Ghibli Vice-President Junichi Nishioka told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that […]

December 20, 2023 · 0 comments

Books: World of Ghibli

Books: World of Ghibli

By Zoe Crombie. A gorgeously illustrated guide to stories, characters, and cultures of the films of the beloved studio, An Unofficial Guide to the World of Studio Ghibli isn’t just a book with a mouthful of a name. It’s a wonderfully crafted ode to Ghibli, designed with their youngest viewers in mind, providing not just […]

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