10 (More) Female Directors


Back in 2014, inspired by an earlier piece of writing about gender inequality in Japan, I made a post detailing 10 female anime directors and some of their work – this in response to the fact that a total of 16 anime titles were directed by women in 2013, the highest number up until that point. In 2016, the number of anime titles directed by women again hit 16; a figure that seems to have remained roughly the same in 2017 and 2018.

While still depressingly low, as the number of anime titles being released each year continues to rise, so too are more female staff given a chance in the director’s chair. So without further ado, here are 10 more women anime directors to watch out for. Names are listed in no particular order – and remember, if your favourite female anime director isn’t here, she may well be among those in my previous list! Continue reading

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Life in Japan in Photos: Kappa

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This is Kappa. She was the one of several rescues I made in Japan over the past few years who ultimately survived. The rest, despite immediate vet care, eventually died due to the severity of their injuries or illnesses. I and a fellow lover of cats kept Kappa in our respective houses for several months, although we weren’t supposed to – like many apartments in Japan, big or small, pets were not allowed. However, the reason I’ve chosen this particular photo to post about is not just because I love cats, but also to highlight exactly how much of a problem Japan has with stray animals, and with cats in particular. Continue reading

Anime Taste Testing: RErideD – Tokigoe no Derrida


In the year 2050, a young engineer named Derrida discovers a bug in the “Autonomous Machine DZ” he has helped develop. Very nearly assassinated because of this knowledge, which his boss desperately wants to cover up, Derrida manages to escape – only to stumble into a cryogenic sleep chamber and wake up 10 years later, to a post-apocalyptic world taken over by weaponized DZs gone rogue. If all this sounds like it at least couldn’t possibly be boring, think again. Continue reading

Top 5 Foreign Language OPs

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For whatever reason, there have been a ton of Favourite Anime OP posts out lately. These are always pretty fun to read, and I had thought of doing my own for quite a while now (in fact, I’ve been putting that off for the last couple of years, if not longer). And while I do intend to get there eventually, I thought it might be good to first write up a few different articles on the topic, each with their own specific theme. First up: my top 5 foreign language OPs. Continue reading