From Truant to Anime Screenwriter: My Path to “Anohana” and “Anthem of the Heart” is an incredibly honest and insightful look into Mari Okada’s life. This book tells the remarkable story of someone with deeply rooted social anxiety and depression and their journey into the working world. A highly recommended read!
Kiss Him, Not Me! is a true delight for shojo fans. While there might be some questionable content in terms of its realism, the series is undeniably great fun and not as shallow as the first episode or two would suggest. Shojo, especially good shojo, is so frequently not brought to home video in the UK that this is a rare treat all fans of the genre should give a go.
Wotakoi is a heartwarming comedy series with a firm message to convey in that love is difficult - not just for otaku but for everyone. Your hobbies can be judged and make people run for the hills but that isn’t right, and Wotakoi does its best to show you the great times you can have when the people around you do accept and understand you.
Fruits Basket is a sweet shojo series with a loveable cast of characters. Anyone looking for a typical shojo series might be disappointed, but that doesn’t take away from the charm on offer here. It’s a great release that’s only brought down by the lack of romantic development and some terrible video issues.
Overall Nekomonogatari (White) successfully offers a change of pace in a well-loved franchise by changing perspective from our resident fool Araragi to the class president Hanekawa! When she meets a mysterious tiger, we just know we're in for trouble, but will our hero be able to deal with this bigger feline menace?