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By alicebg, Nov 7 2017 08:41PM

The gloriously mis-titled Candy boy is the second of my 'pirate' animes, and like Shoujo Sect (q.v.) is one I seriously considered ordering direct from Japan, before expense and lack of subtitles dissuaded me. It almost goes without saying that there is no "Candy Boy" - in fact the series has no male characters whatsoever. Neither does candy feature to any significant degree. What you do get is a remarkable 'slice-of-life' comedy-drama-romance with a central yuri relationship that has a significant twist: it's between sisters.

By alicebg, Oct 19 2017 07:09PM

2017 is shaping up as a good year for Milk Morinaga acolytes, of which I am definitely one. Hot on the heels of the one-shot Secret of the Princess (q.v.) comes an ongoing series, Hana & Hina After School [And if you think that title sounds a mite salacious, let me point out that the 'after school' activity referred to is a part-time job, so calm down]. The usual Morinaga hallmarks are present and correct, and this can only be a good thing.

By alicebg, Sep 20 2017 07:23PM

These two yuri mangas were released in the same week here in the UK, and they have an awful lot more in common than that. In fact, both share an identical premise: shy schoolgirl falls for athletic, vaguely butch superstar, with potentially devastating emotional consequences. The big difference, however, is that one of these titles is by the great Milk Morinaga, and the other isn't.

By alicebg, Mar 2 2017 07:54PM

Generally speaking, anime - no matter to which particular genre it might belong - deals in the fantastical. There is a heavy bias towards fantasy and sci-fi elements, with magic a strong underpinning force. Even sitcoms (such as Squid Girl, to be reviewed in due course, and Yuru Yuri, q.v.) will frequently embrace the bizarre. Sweet Blue Flowers is a rare example of what might be termed documentary realism in Japanese animation, which makes it particularly noteworthy. It doesn't hurt that it's also rather good.

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