Author Archives: Hana



Hotarubi no Mori e and the unbearable lightness of feeling

‘Don’t forget…’ A canopy of trees glimpsed through a blue-tinged mist, the quiet sounds of early birds, a dew-soaked spider web nestled among still leaves, the winding mossy stone steps of an outside shrine, the hazy surface of a flower-strewn lake, and a silent masked man seated on a rock in the middle of it. […]

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Chihayafuru – 25(Final): Kana-chan’s Dream

Suo has finally shown himself and so ends Chihayafuru. There isn’t much of blatant to be continued, and there is no championship parade for Mizusawa. It was a fun ride, even if the chances for another season are slim to none. Such is the state of shoujo anime that sequels are few and far between; […]

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‘To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell’: on the rise and fall of men and monsters in Berserk

Image courtesy of Lyaska Hail, horrors! hail, Infernal World! and thou, profoundest Hell, Receive thy new possessor – one who brings A mind not to be changed by place or time. The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven [...] To reign is worth […]

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Chihayafuru – 24: Of Clan Mashima and Shallowness

Well one more to go and Taichi is in desperation mode. I knew it was only a matter of time before he would try and lure Chihaya to his bedroom so that he could try something. However if Zeus wanted him to be with Chihaya he would have miracled it by now. Instead it seems […]

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‘The most important place to me right now is here’: on photos, memories and home in Natsume Yuujinchou Shi

 Natsume, you really should say this stuff out loud… In short: this week’s episode of Natsume Yuujinchou Shi (no. 11) was amazing. In not as short: it’s probably my favourite episode to date, as it focuses on Natsume’s backstory and development and finally gives us information about his parents, as well as some really great […]

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Anime and ‘the uncanny’: case studies on Shiki and Another

Creepy. Even if you’ve only seen the opening episodes of Shiki (Autumn, 2010) or Another (Winter, 2012), the chances are that you’ll have noticed the distinctly creepy atmosphere in both series. Clearly, these are horror shows, but I think that both particularly excel (albeit, in differing degrees) at creating and sustaining genuinely unsettling feelings within […]

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Chihayafuru – 21: Sudo Strikes Back

Chihaya likes lolis. Taichi has a new  Class A act. Sudo returns and baptizes Nishida. Desperation ships, bold text messages, daring wagers and Kana-chan got denied by an old man; this week had plenty going on but not one confession.  People want to call Taichi a karuta genius but he can’t match a 6 year […]

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Natsume’s Book of Friends s.4: Feelings vs. Duty in the Exorcists’ World

How different Nanase’s decisions are to those of Reiko, Takashi and Natori… In last week’s episode (no. 8), we were teased with the promise of Reiko’s appearance, but, in the end, we were left wanting and shown how powerful even her off-screen presence can be. Rather, that episode focusses on another female figure, as does […]

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Chihayafuru – 20: Taichi’s Ex-Hex and Arata Strikes Back

Well another tournament and what do you know Taichi once again fails to advance to Class A, I am sure that there are no shortage of people who will plead that Taichi is simply habitually unlucky that the law of averages does not apply in his case. Perish the thought that Taichi is just not […]

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Chihayafuru – 18: Savvy Mature Women

So Chihaya’s first foray into the full Class A field was a disaster though it wasn’t the kind of drubbing she got from Shinobu. Kanai Sakura may have matured into full woman-hood but it wsa great to see a wily veteran take Chihaya to school in karuta. It gives the series more credibility given that […]

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