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LGBTQ Anime to Watch for (Almost) Every Mood

I personally believe that queer anime is something to be enjoyed 365 days a year, but Pride is a great opportunity to let people know about titles that might’ve escaped their notice. While LGBTQ+ media still makes up a tiny sliver of the 30-plus anime that are made every season (especially…

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Eric Thurm Makes merritt k Watch Anime 15: Sarazanmai

This week on the anime podcast, co-hosts Eric Thurm and merritt k tune into the wild world of Sarazanmai, which features high-schoolers who turn into kappas — mythological creatures — to fight “zombie kappas” whose desires have turned them into monsters.   You can download this episode directly right here. Otherwise,…

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SARAZANMAI Imagines a Better Future for Queer Love Stories

“Is it love or desire?” This question winds its way through SARAZANMAI, the most recent work of famed anime director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena). On its most basic level, the anime is the story of three teens who get turned into kappa and defeat monsters by pulling out their…

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What’s Going On in Sarazanmai?

If you haven’t seen Sarazanmai yet, you can’t even begin to fathom its weirdness. If you have seen it… you probably still can’t even begin to fathom its weirdness. The series is the latest from director Kunihiko Ikuhara, who brought us the surreal wonders that were Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yurikuma Arashi,…

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