5 reasons to see Maquia on screen!

5 reasons to see Maquia on screen!


All the Anime have been spoiling us for UK anime film screenings over the past few months, and certainly given us all plenty to blog and tweet about. Maria Okada’s directorial debut ‘Maquia: When the Promised Flowers Bloom’ is the latest film in their repetoire and is coming to UK cinema screens from 27 June! … Continue reading

Taking a break!

Taking a break!


Don’t worry, I’m still alive, but I am taking the first proper ‘break’ from blogging in almost seven years! Without boring you with the details – I’m taking a short hiatus as life outside of blogging is getting very busy and I want to focus on my book writing. I’m hoping to be back later … Continue reading

Diary date: One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre

Diary date: One Green Bottle at Soho Theatre


The European premiere of One Green Bottle, an absurd comedy from Hideki Noda, is coming to London soon! Between 27 April and 19 May, One Green Bottle will be running at the Soho Theatre. Directed by and starring acclaimed Japanese writer Hideki Noda himself, this satirical comedy about a disconneted family, consumerism and technology is … Continue reading

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review

An epic saga: ‘Pachinko’ book review


Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a rare find. It’s an epic family saga, enlightening historical novel, tragic love story, exploration of identity and so much more. Not to mention, how beautiful is the cover? Pachinko traces the life, joys, struggles and misfortunes of an immigrant Korean family in Japan. It begins in a rural Korean … Continue reading

This giveaway is actually a JoJo reference!

This giveaway is actually a JoJo reference!


OH MY GODDDD! It’s time for a giveaway, and not just any giveaway – Manga UK is releasing the iconic JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 on Blu-ray on 2 April. Whether or not you’ve watched the series before or simply just want to know what all the fuss is about, here’s your chance to win … Continue reading

‘The Third Murder’ in cinemas soon

‘The Third Murder’ in cinemas soon


Good news for fans of  the Japanese murder mystery or ‘court drama’ genre – Kore-eda Hirokazu’s latest film, The Third Murder, is hitting UK cinema screens on 23rd March. Attorney Shigemori Tomoaki (Fukuyama Masaharu) takes on the defence case of Misumi Takashi (Yakusho Koji), who has been accused of murdering, robbing and setting fire to … Continue reading

In another world with ‘Grimgar: Ashes & Illusions’

In another world with ‘Grimgar: Ashes & Illusions’


I grew up obsessed with fantasy novels but, in my twenties, I’ve struggled to be enamored with fantasy anime. The plots generally feel re-hashed, characters carbon copies of each other and there’s generally not much to surprise. Depending on your view, the number of ‘isekai’ (transported to a fantasy world)-type anime series around today could … Continue reading

What is Hinamatsuri?

What is Hinamatsuri?


This Saturday (3 March) is Girls’ Day or Dolls’ Festival (Hinamatsuri) in Japan. As you might expect, this day is an occasion to pray for the health and happiness of girls in Japan. Like a lot of Japanese festivals, Hinamatsuri has an interesting history and practices, so let’s take a look… Traditionally, people display dolls … Continue reading

WIN Attack on Titan Season 2!

WIN Attack on Titan Season 2!


It’s competition time again, and it doesn’t get much more exciting than ATTACK ON TITAN! Here’s your chance to win ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 DVD & Blu-ray Limited Edition boxset. Read on to find out how to enter… The battle for humanity’s survival continues as the epic anime adventure ATTACK ON TITAN SEASON 2 … Continue reading