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In praise of iyashikei: why we love soothing anime where nothing happens
Too tired to enjoy stressful prestige telly after work? Perhaps you need slow anime, where the biggest drama might be someone forgetting their umbrella

Patrick Lum

25, Apr, 2022 @5:30 PM

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The Spine of Night review – a heady concoction of steampunk and flower power
This watchable American animation draws on Japanese anime, but it’s best to ignore the muddled plot and let the striking imagery wash over you

Leslie Felperin

22, Mar, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 review – sorcerer anime series gets a spectacular prequel
This masterful coming-of-age tale sees the process of coming to terms with past traumas through a horror-fantasy lens

Phuong Le

15, Mar, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Belle review – gorgeous, big-hearted anime
What would happen if digital avatars were truer reflections of the self, asks writer-director Mamoru Hosoda, in this all-out beautiful film

Simran Hans

06, Feb, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Bring on the metaverse! How Belle depicts the future as a psychedelic wonderland
Mamoru Hosoda’s new anime presents an enchanting alternative reality, in contrast to Hollywood’s usual terrifying portrayals of virtual life

Steve Rose

04, Feb, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Belle review – anime that makes for an intriguing big-screen spectacle
This weird postmodern drama sees a lonely teenager join a virtual world where she becomes a hugely successful singer

Peter Bradshaw

01, Feb, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Sing a Bit of Harmony review – strikingly beautiful anime tale of an undercover AI schoolgirl
What happens when your classmate is an AI robot with a tendency to burst into song?

Wendy Ide

30, Jan, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Cowboy Bebop review – a slick and spirited slice of TV cyberpunk
John Cho stars in Netflix’s brilliantly amped-up live-action update of the anime classic, which offers madcap mayhem with an anything-goes feel

Graeme Virtue

19, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish review – beautiful-looking anime takes a trip to the zoo
This romantic animation about a paraplegic woman’s relationship with a marine biology student suffers for its sweetness

Cath Clarke

12, Aug, 2021 @8:14 AM

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The Witches of the Orient review – very strange but true sports history
Julien Faraut’s documentary recounts how a Japanese women’s volleyball team recruited from factory workers became national heroes in the 60s

Phuong Le

13, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Violet Evergarden: The Movie review – a breathtaking return for Kyoto Animation
Stunning visual details, from blooming flowers to morning dew, illustrate our troubled hero’s growth in this bittersweet sequel

Phuong Le

30, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Lupin III: The First review – spectacular return for the legendary gentleman thief
Takashi Yamazaki’s version of the classic tale is visually arresting and boasts a cheeky, charming hero in a family-friendly CG animation

Phuong Le

02, Jun, 2021 @3:00 PM

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