British Anime Conventions in 2019

Introduction

It can be difficult to find an anime-related event near you, but there are several conventions in the UK that provide a chance to meet other otaku. I have been to a few and always had a fantastic time, and usually come home with crazy amounts of anime merch.

This is a list of anime-related conventions happening this year across the UK. Some are anime-focused, others are more general comic cons, but all are sure to provide something that appeals to you!

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The Winter 2019 Anime You Should Be Watching

Characters from Shield Hero & Kaguya-Sama

Introduction

We’re now more than halfway into the winter 2019 anime season, and with more than fifty different shows airing, it can be difficult to decide which ones to pick up. I would like to share my recommendations on which current anime you should be watching.

I will not be including leftovers from the fall 2018 season on this list, nor any second seasons, so you don’t have to worry about catching up with any of these.

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Boogiepop works better as a Light Novel.

Who doesn’t love her smug expression?

When the current Winter 2019 anime season started, one of the first shows to air was Boogiepop and Others, and it was the first I picked up. Its an adaptation of the light novel that kicked off the craze in Japan, and I thought the anime seemed promising at first – the production value was solid and Kensuke Ushio had done an ear-inspiring job with the music.

But unfortunately after three episodes I was finding Boogiepop a bit confusing and struggling to keep up. At first I was wondering if this would be another Steins;Gate, which made more sense as it went on. But I’m now six episodes in and it isn’t getting any better.

I eventually came to the conclusion that watching one episode per week isn’t ideal for a show like Boogiepop and Others where its good to remember little details, and decided to check out the light novel, which is being released in English by Seven Seas.

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Humble Manga Bundle: Fantasy Edition

Preview of Land of the Lustrous

I’ve been reading a lot of manga as of late, and I was really chuffed to see Humble Bundle partner with Kodansha Comics to release a package full of fabulous fantasy manga at the end of January. I was quick to purchase the bundle myself, and after digging into some of the stories I cannot recommend it highly enough!

The full bundle is available for $20 and its in support of the Comic Book Legal Defense fund, which is an American non-profit organisation taking a stand against censorship and protecting the freedom to read comics.

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The Rising of the Shield Hero, and why its controversial

Light Novel art for The Rising of the Shield Hero

Warning: This post contains minor spoilers and discussion of sensitive issues.

Introduction

Anime is no stranger to controversy – last season threw up Goblin Slayer and this time we have another isekai anime adapted from a light novel. Its titled ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero‘ and has caused quite a stir on social media for more than one reason.

The 47-minute pilot episode introduces us to a 20-year-old university student named Iwatani Naofumi who picks up a book about an ancient legend when he suddenly sees a bright light and ends up – you guessed it – summoned to another world.

Iwatani soon learns that he’s one of four heroes summoned to save the Kingdom of Melromarc from wave after wave of calamity, and is essentially forced to fight monsters and gain experience before the next wave.

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