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  • Fun With Names: U.A. High School (雄英高校)

    Fans of the Shounen genre will have seen, or at least heard of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), a third-wave Shounen title which has taken the mantle from previous Shounen proponents and brought out tried and tested formulas from the genre and applied its own range of twists to what we know and love. The hype around this show is immense, but that's not what we're here for. Welcome to another Fun With Names, where I will be breaking down the names of anime characters, titles and basically anything in an anime with an interesting name; all to see how these small pieces of information link up with the rest of the story.

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  • Fun With Names: Hachikuji Mayoi (八九寺 真宵)

    Welcome to Fun With Names, where I will be dissecting the names of anime, anime characters and assorted named things in anime! Today's episode of Fun With Names will be covering the character Hachikuji Mayoi from the Monogatari Series. As a fan of this series, I'm well aware of the author NisioisiN's artistry with words and being the dialogue-rich series that it is, it isn't surprising that there are various junctures where meaning is twisted and played with. Names are no exception, and one day I'll explore the puns that go into the titles of each story of the Monogatari Series. Hachikuji is first introduced in the first iteration of the series, Bakemonogatari, as one of the many oddities that main character Araragi Koyomi deals with.

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  • Broken Promises 4-Ever Opens At Cinemas on 27 July, 2018

    Broken Promises 4-Ever’ is the fourth instalment in the well-followed South African ‘Broken Promises’ franchise by award-winning director, producer, and scriptwriter, Kumaran Naidu. The film is set to open in cinemas on 27 July, 2018. Tiny Couch Review has been afforded the privilege of both having a first-look at the film and debuting some of the film's stills, which you can view below.

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  • Fun With Names: Ryuugamine Mikado (竜ヶ峰帝人)

    Fun With Names, Episode 1: Ryuugamine Mikado from Durarara!!

    Welcome to the first ever Fun With Names, where we will be exploring the hidden messages layered into the names of characters and series, starting off with the protagonist of Durarara!!, a dialogue-heavy, supernatural adventure featuring intense gang warfare in Tokyo's Ikebukuro District.
    PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS WILL REQUIRE HEAVY SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

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  • Fun With Names

    Much of the debate within the anime community surrounds the question, "Subbed or Dubbed?". Most people who don't live in Japan owe their initial exposure to the medium through dubbing, dubbing is the reason why anime has grown in popularity globally. Ah, but as an anime fan and as a polyglot, I can tell you that many issues with story inconsistencies can simply be traced back to things being lost in translation. To be honest, I'm completely pretentious and watch all my anime in Japanese because I think Japanese sounds better than English (it does), but as someone who speaks a little bit of Japanese, things do get dicey with direct translation and of course, lost nuances in the interactions between characters.
     

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  • Blackish & The Carmichael Show: Why The Carmichael Show is Better

    ABC’s Blackish (2014 – present) started off promising as the quintessential family show which addresses and sheds light on relevant issues in which race, gender and sex relations take place. The series, about an upper class black family who try to unravel their cultural and social identity in White America, has received critical acclaim and gone on to win multiple awards.

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  • Film Movement: Entering Mzansi-Neorealism.

    A few months back I wrote a (tiny) article about “Kasi Film Movement”, where I basically stated why eKasi: Our Stories and Lokshin Bioscope are two platforms that launched films that would go on and form South Africa’s “Kasi Film Movement”. I’m back now and this time I’ve watched a little more South African cinema and I’ve noticed something, which I think is ushering a new era in South African cinema and is probably the new phase in South African film movements.

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  • Eso Es Gay! (10 Amazing Gay Spanish Films)

    Today we’re looking at 10 fantastic LGBTQ+ themed films to come out of Latin America. Latino cinema has its ways of capturing the raw essence of human life and emotion, while showcasing rich extraordinary characters. The films are rooted in realism and more often than not they reflect the real world rather than escape it and that puts them in a league of their own design.

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  • Five Sci-Fi/Fantasy Mystery Anime Movies with Kickass Mythology

    Mythology is what has made me a fan of DC Comics from the day I had decided to take upon alternative reading, from my usual novel escapades. Since insuing on my comic book-enthusiast career, I've come across a variety of lores of monsters, gods and magic, and I have since been on a quest to find stories that carry suchlike potency and attention to detail.

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  • That's What You Get When You Let Your Heart Win (10 Movies With "Bleak" Endings)

    Okay, okay it’s been awhile since I’ve done a recommendations list of top 10 movies, so I have decided to gift you guys with this list of awesome movies with what some might call “bleak” or “unhappy” endings-ish (p.s there will be typos/grammar mistakes). I had to dig deep into my memory of films that I’ve seen in my entire 24 years of existence so that I can compile this list of movies that had characters listen to their hearts and well that didn’t end very well (and sometimes it wasn’t their hearts just circumstances).

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