Ano Natsu de Matteru 08 – The Truth, Summer Festivals and Emotional Turmoil


Last week we saw Ichika giving her mutual consent to Kaito, thus acknowledging not only his feelings, but her own, which means that are now officially a couple – albeit one that hasn’t quite gone public yet. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 08 – A Galactic Princess and Political Conspiracies


The plot thickens in Mouretsu Pirates this week with the introduction of a princess from an ancient royal family, who apparently managed to sneak aboard the Bentenmaru without being detected. Read more of this post

Amagami SS+ 08 – Onsen’s, Arguments and Relationships


This weeks episode was a very nice end to Kaoru’s arc, and while it didn’t end quite as romantically, or as definitely as Tsukasa’s or Haruka’s original arcs, it was s till a great way to finish. Read more of this post

Horror in Anime – Fairytales, Urban Myths and Strong Women


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With the recent airing of the horror anime Another I started thinking about the role of horror in anime, and more specifically the lack of it. Within the last decade I can possibly a very small number of series that have strong horror themes. And, while we have had recent series such as Shiki, Blood-C and in some ways Mirai Nikki, most people, when asked about a horror anime often suggest Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, a show that has had 2 full length series (two seasons each), not to mention 9 OVA episodes and no less than 25 specials accompanying various DVD and other box sets. While there are a small number of proper horror anime, there are also a significant number that use elements of the horror genre in their story telling, often taking the more psychological aspects of horror. Mirai Nikki is a good example of this, with supernatural parts, but also important aspects of the horror genre in Japan, namely a strong, but also dangerous female lead. It is also important to note that horror is not always scary, many horror stories originate from older folk tales and myths, and while they may involve spirits, were not necessarily meant to be entirely scary. Read more of this post

Ano Natsu de Matteru 07 – Mio’s Secret, Cosplaying Kanna, and True Feelings


This weeks Ano Natsu de Matteru treated us to the beautiful spectacle of not one, but two confessions that changed the dynamics of the group considerably. Read more of this post

Mouretsu Pirates 07 – Optional Extras, Space Warfare, and Stowaways


I feel that this week’s episode title ‘The Peace Does Not Last’ is telling of what is to come, and more importantly how Marika’s current world and way of doing things is due to be shaken up in a major way. Read more of this post

Amagami SS+ 07 – Close Friends, Summer Holidays and Coach Trips


Kaoru, the middle school friend of Junichi with untameable hair and an equally untameable personality is back this week, bringing us more crazy antics in and out of school. Read more of this post