10 Years of MCM London Comic Con!

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Alas, like perpetual clockwork another London MCM Comic Con event has come and gone from 26th to 28th of May. However, this year’s comic con festivities is a rather special one because 2017 marks my 10th year anniversary of when I first started attending! Which means a celebratory post to brag about my honourable achievement with an opening image combining all the photos I took of the ExCeL Center entrance over the years is something that must be done.

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A Silent Voice Review

Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers!

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) is a unique piece of story which leaves me with lingering mixed feelings to this day. I first came across this series when the one-shot was shared on a certain imageboard and I remember it left me in a puzzled state after finishing the last page – conflicted whether to feel disgusted or depressed whilst holding contempt over the complexities and vulnerabilities of the human heart. The drawing style of A Silent Voice’s author Yoshitoki Ouima is overtly sketchy and sometimes hindered the story due to the weird faces – but perfectly captures the intent raw emotion and feelings. What I appreciate about A Silent Voice‘s existence is how anime and manga can seriously be taken as a tool for the greater good addressing such sensitive issues, as A Silent Voice encompasses a coming-of-age tale of redemption, friendship and love while dealing with the heavy reality of family strife, suicide and most notable of all; bullying.

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I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

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Spoiler Warning: Because I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale this post has no choice but to contains spoilers because I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.

The UK has received an unprecedented steady stream of the hottest theatrical anime premieres in the past six months with more down the pipeline thanks to the amazing efforts of Anime Limited and soon Animatsu. From Your Name to A Silent Voice, the next movie in this streak is… uh, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale; a movie follow-up continuing the SAO flame with a new original story written by the original author Reki Kawahara. I had the opportunity to go see the movie on the UK premiere date last month with a couple of friends at Picturehouse Central in London while ignoring the fact that I could’ve simply watched it from the cinema 10 minutes away from my house. For what it’s worth, Ordinal Scale is an intriguing film bringing new concepts to the table but remains a victim of the awry story and structure infamous to the franchise.

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Goodbye, Hayate no Gotoku!

A few weeks ago was the 25th April 2017, marking the 8th anniversary since the birth of this blog delivering the highest quality anime blogging content the internet has ever seen™. Instead of the usual formalities that follow with these sort of posts I’d like to instead dedicate this space to a manga series I have the fondest personal attachment to of all time earning a special little partitioned space in my heart, and that is Hayate the Combat Butler. You’re probably wondering why it took an entire month to publish this post, and that is because (excluding real life duties and the scanlations coming late) I wanted to spend the extra time to self reflect as the conclusion to this rather obscure yet long-running manga is a pretty big deal to me. Get ready for a soppy and nostalgic trip.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 3 – Shibuya and Harajuku and Granblue Fantasy

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Hungover from all the high quality anime we injected into our bloodstreams previously in Akihabara, we spent the third day (10th August 2016) in the normie and cool ward of Shibuya – known for its high fashion scene. It was also the day where I met up with my buddy Otamega who I’ve known on the interwebs for a long time and was cool enough to give us a mini tour around Shibuya!

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Let’s talk about Hayate no Gotoku! Chapter 563 and why Hayate no Gotoku! has the deepest lore.

 

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Chapter 563 had recently dropped kicking off the aforementioned final 6-chapter countdown and bloody hell did it kick off in style in the most delightful chapter in recent memory. Hinagiku finally gets the Top 10 Anime Fights treatment she deserves and a nostalgic throwback to Evangelion’s opening theme song “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis”; a meta-throwback at that as Hina had once performed the song in the 9th volume and in the 2nd season anime; consequently spawning a torrent of Hina/Shizuka Itou singles and albums.

Warning: Spoilers and meta spoilers ahead but then again who else is reading this manga? ;_;

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My hot takes on that Stacey Dooley BBC documentary on Japan

I was going to do a tweet-thread about this but then it got really long so I decided to repurpose this into a blog post. The main reason why I’m writing this is because of how the style of the documentary and some of the uninformed backlash from social media just rubbed me the wrong way.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 2 – Akihabara

Day 2 – our first full day in Japan!

What other way to celebrate this momentous occasion on our first full 24 hours than to visit the Disneyland of Anime; Akihabara! (‘Akiba’ will be used from here on because typing out the long name is a pain).

Akiba was exactly what I had imagined it after seeing it depicted in countless anime and manga for 10+ years as well as seeing snippets of real Akiba from live footage from news and travel videos. Akiba was one of the most fascinating places to visit out of my time in Japan.

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Nyarth in Japan – Day 0/1 – Travelling to Japan

It was towards the end of the Summer of 2016. I began drafting this post on the flight back home from Narita until I felt queasy after the plane reached its highest altitude, stopped and passed out in my cramped economy seat with my backpack full of fresh second hand manga volumes of Nisekoi and Hayate no Gotoku! Japanese snacks eating up my leg space. It wasn’t only because of the air sickness which put me off from writing, but it was also because I just couldn’t find the right words to summarise and describe my incredible experience – oh wait, I think I just did it…

On the 7th of August, 2016, I took the plunge to do the thing every anime and manga and Japanese culture fan would always ever dream of; traveling to Japan.

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