By Andrew Osmond. The second season of the gay-themed comedy-drama Junjo Romantica comes to Blu-ray this week. If you need a catch-up, then check our previous article introducing the characters and explaining the significance of this “Boys’ Love” series, which was one of the first TV anime to centre on homosexual relationships.
by Paul Browne. In the world of idol pop anime, the success of Love Live! has managed to grasp the imagination of viewers through a simple, yet effective tale of friendship, optimism and reaching for your dreams. If you’re unfamiliar with the ‘idol pop’ tag, it’s a genre of popular music that’s found its heart […]
Fred Patten, who died yesterday aged 77, was one of the foundational pillars not only of anime fandom in America, but of American anime fandom’s sense of its own history. Graduating with a Masters in Library Science in 1963, Fred was already active in American science fiction fandom when he entered the job market. For […]
By Gianni Simone. It’s tough being an animator. While Japanese animation is currently having a lot of success both at home and abroad, many anime studios don’t seem to be enjoying the benefits. It is hard to churn out one hit after another while working on a tiny budget, and although most studios manage to […]
by Jeremy Clarke. Despite the bloody implications of its title, Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji (1955) is more like a period road movie, introducing a series of offbeat characters, each in their own unique situation. Whilst Mount Fuji puts in an appearance in the opening frame and in one of the many scenarios on the […]