Anime

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Inu-oh review – medieval anime rock opera rips Noh theatre a new one
Masaaki Yuasa’s showstopping animation reframes the classical performance style as a world of rock gods and cavorting dancers

Phil Hoad

27, Sep, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero review – eye-candy anime is gloriously mesmeric
The immensely popular franchise is back with a bewildering cast of brightly coloured characters in a world of bad guys with outrageous quiffs

Leslie Felperin

17, Aug, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko review – anime teen embarrassed by ‘Meaty Lady’ mum
Director Ayumu Watanabe navigates the growing pains of a young girl, coping with life on a houseboat with her mother and the tragicomic dramas of school life

Phuong Le

11, Aug, 2022 @10:03 AM

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The Deer King review – Studio Ghibli graduates take on dystopian deer tamer saga
Two grandees of Japanese animation adapt a Nahoko Uehashi fantasy novel that covers too much ground to take flight

Phuong Le

25, Jul, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Fruits Basket: Prelude review – heartrending anime series gets the ending no one deserves
A laboured recap and unsettling romance frustrates a potentially engrossing plot in a coda that might be offputting to newcomers and the fanbase alike

Phuong Le

18, Jul, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Pompo: The Cinephile review – anime love letter to movie-making
Takayuki Hirao’s animated feature is set in the fictional Nyallywood, where a B-movie producer in pigtails and a sailor dress takes on a serious-minded film about ageing, art and loss

Phuong Le

27, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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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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