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Shelf Life - The Sound and the Fuuri

A list of this week's new releases. Plus, gravure idols and espers abound in this week's reviews of Super Sonico and Unlimited Psychic Squad! ― Jump to this week's reviews: Super Sonico the AnimationUnlimited Psychic Squad On Shelves This Week Free! Season 1 DVD Eastern Star - 280 min - Sub - MSRP $39.95Currently cheapest at: $24.38 Rakuten Synopsis: Four boys from Iwatobi High School have their eye...
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The Mike Toole Show - SNK-Hole

Mike dons his red trucker cap and takes a journey through all the various shlocky and unique OVAs based on old SNK fighting games. ― It took me ages to track it down. I'd been after this particular OVA for something like eight years, and for a long time, the hunt just didn't go well. First of all, the show wasn't a “true” OVA, it was an ONA that was briefly broadcast online, but region locked to Japa...
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The List - 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe

Seven manga that were just too hot or otherwise objectionable for a variety of countries all over the world. ― Censorship of anime and manga is often met with derision by fans for its alteration of the source material. Anime targeted towards children or racy manga series have gotten their share of script changes, painted on bathing suits, and Christian imagery cut. It takes another level of parental...
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ANNCast - Meat Popsicles

Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and on. Shirobako, Ghost in the Shell and more are tackled. ― ANNCast Episode 224: Meat Popsicles Get the Flash Player to see this player. Zac and Justin get terminally sidetracked by your Twitter questions for a conversation that swerves dangerously between off-topic and...
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House of 1000 Manga - A Zoo In Winter

Shaenon follows up A Drifting Life with Jiro Taniguchi's autobiographical manga that follows in the same tradition. ― In my last House column I talked about Yoshihiro Tatsumi's opus A Drifting Life, which follows the manga industry from the postwar era to the year 1960. I wish Tatsumi, who passed away earlier this year, could have drawn a sequel about the second half of his career, during which he b...
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The X Button - Formative Fears

This week: imports appear with Style Savvy, Super Robot Wars, and Martian bug fights! Plus Konami’s condition, Code: Realize, and why old adventures mattered. ― Double Fine's Broken Age: Act Two is out this week. It concludes one of my favorite games from last year, and that's not all. It also ends a long and sometimes contentious story about game development and fundraising. The game grew from one ...
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Shelf Life - The Valley of Machine Dolls

A lot more new releases this week. Plus, a variety of schemes and dreams with reviews of Madoka Magica -Rebellion- and Unbreakable Machine-Doll. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Madoka Magica the Movie -Rebellion-Unbreakable Machine-Doll On Shelves This Week D-Frag! Complete Series BD+DVD, Limited Edition Funimation - 300 min - Hyb - MSRP $64.98|$69.98Currently cheapest at: $37.84 Rakuten|$40.21 Amazo...
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The List - 7 Thief Characters That Could Steal the Shirt Off Your Back

These anime thieves steal whatever isn't nailed down: cash, artwork, priceless artifacts, and your heart. ― Fiction has always had a love affair for charming rogues. They steal from the rich and elude bumbling detectives who are always two steps behind. In many cases the story is written around their crime; the victims are corrupt or the items in question are fakes. This way the burglars are anti-he...
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ANNCast - Aniplex Machina

Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales numbers, upcoming releases, and those pesky prices people love to fight about. ― ANNCast Episode 223: Aniplex Machina Get the Flash Player to see this player. Marketing specialist for Aniplex of America EJ Rivera drops by the show to chat all things Aniplex, including some sales n...
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Answerman - Subtitle Hues and Cry

Justin takes on the backlash over simulcast subtitle quality. Then, why anime studios change in the second season of a show, what happens when a US publisher gets the rights to release something elsewhere, and more. ― After last week's column was posted, I got some grief on Twitter from a handful of readers, who were incredulous that I had such high praise for the staff that works on simulcast subti...
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House of 1000 Manga - Kakukaku Shikajika

If you were ever curious what life was like for the woman who created Princess Jellyfish, Jason has the manga for you. ― Kakukaku Shikajika “I want to go back in time and beat up that moron.” —Akiko Higashimura, and many other artists, talking about their younger self Few artists “live the dream” of becoming a professional when they're still a teenager. When I was a kid I dreamed of being a horror a...
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The X Button - Zest for Life

This week: part two of Global Gamers Day with Godzilla, Tales, and manga stars! Plus Amnesia: Memories, Tokyo Xanadu, and your chance to pick your GameArts favorites! ― GameArts doesn't make much noise these days. GungHo Online Entertainment took over the company years ago, and they seldom bring up the Lunar games, the Grandia series, Thexder, GunGriffon, or any GameArts series other than Ragnarok O...
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Tales Of The Industry - The Mecha Saw Combat

A harrowing story of survival, police, danger, high speeds and car wrecks involving a giant mecha, playing out in real life the streets of Los Angeles! ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. This week, we have another anonymous tale contributed by a current or former members of the industry, with details chang...
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Shelf Life - False Hopes

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, love triangles, angsty romances, and more:
- A Certain Scientific Railgun s1
- Looking Up At The Half-Moon
- Nisekoi v3
― Jump to this week's reviews: Looking Up At the Half-MoonA Certain Magical Railgun season 1Nisekoi volume 3. On Shelves This Week Devil Survivor 2: The Animation - Complete Collection Sentai - 325 min - Hyb - MSRP $69.98Currently cheapest at: ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Club Hosoda

Mike goes in-depth with two of beloved director Mamoru Hosoda's lesser-known films, a One Piece movie that's an unsubtle allegory for his time at Ghibli and Digimon: Our War Game. ― Every once in a while, someone asks me why I haven't written too extensively about One Piece, Eiichiro Oda's sprawling saga of straw-hat pirates. The simple fact is, I haven't had the time to absorb enough of it – I've go...
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The List - 7 Anime About the Performing Arts

Those who tread beneath the proscenium arch take the spotlight this week as The List highlights anime all about the performing arts. ― Last week's column was all about women flexing their athletic muscles, so this week we're looking at the other side the coin: performing arts. The traditional Western performing arts include music, theatre, dance, comedy, and opera. In the East, performing arts expan...
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Answerman - Funny Story About That Simulcast...

With everybody now knowing how crazy anime production is, Justin goes into the details of just how crazy simulcasting it is. Also, the crazy rules behind SAG-AFTRA voice actors, and new seemingly-free manga sites. ― Good news. The clouds have parted, the sky has brightened, and my workload has lessened. I am now 16 episodes into SHIROBAKO. I have developed an odd obsession with "Andes Chucky," even ...
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The Vision of ANNCastaflowne

Zac dusts off his distant past with Hope and Podigious' Ashley McDonnell, revisiting the beloved fantasy classic Escaflowne, which may or may not have a completely bananas second half and a terrible movie version. ― The Vision of ANNCastaflowne Get the Flash Player to see this player. Zac dusts off his distant past with Hope and Podigious' Ashley McDonnell, revisiting the beloved fantasy classic Esc...
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House of 1000 Manga - A Drifting Life

Shaenon conquers legendary mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi's enormous (and enormously beloved) autobiographical opus. ― A Drifting Life Yoshihiro Tatsumi passed away last month, bringing an end to one of the most remarkable careers in manga. Happily, he chronicled a sizeable chunk of it in his 2009 doorstopper of a manga memoir, A Drifting Life, which should be required reading for all who would dare call...
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The X Button - Storm Watching

This week: part one of a Bandai Namco bonanza with Naruto, Project X Zone, and Saint Seiya! Plus Star Ocean, Dungeon Travelers, and a voice from Nintendo’s past! ― I found Bandai Namco's Global Gamers Day modest. This wasn't because of the games shown there. It was because the whole thing occurred in the sedate meeting rooms of New York New York, one of those hotel-casino fiefdoms that takes up an e...
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The Set List - Top 10 EDs of 2004

Hope flips the script and travels back in time to count down the 10 best ending themes of 2004. ― Following on the heels of last week's OPs of 2004 list, it's time to look at the opposite end: the best ED themes from 2004! The OP list was mostly filled with old favorites, but this week's list is a little more eclectic and weird, so keep your ears peeled for some surprising ED picks from anime titles...
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Shelf Life - Ultimate Space Pirate

This week's releases. Plus, space adventures, harems, and the end of the world with She, The Ultimate Weapon, Space Pirate Mito, and Student Council's Discretion. ― Jump to this week's reviews: She, The Ultimate Weapon (Saikano), Space Pirate Mito, and Student Council's Discretion. On Shelves This Week Noir Complete Collection BD (Anime Classics) Funimation - 650 min - Hyb - MSRP $49.98Currently che...
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The List - 7 Anime About Women in Sports

Anime about female athletes are a time-honored tradition. Here are seven examples of women who bring it hard on the court and also, you know, solve murders and stuff. ― Sports fans got exciting news this weekend with Yen Press picking up competitive biking manga Yowamushi Pedal. Sentai Filmworks also plans to bring the hit volleyball anime Haikyu!! our way. Both these announcements are important, be...
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Answerman - Record Town and Media Play

Justin really wants to just watch SHIROBAKO, but instead he's answering your questions. Like, if physical media will ever give way entirely to streaming, and how to contribute when you're too young to have a credit card. ― This is a special kind of torture. All week, I've been wanting to do do nothing but watch Shirobako. I got to episode 5, and I'm hooked. The only problem is, this has been one of ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Kazuhiko Shimamoto

Jason's series on manga about manga continues with a blood-pumping journey through the work of hotblooded Blazing Transfer Student mangaka Kazuhiko Shimamoto. ― Kazuhiko Shimamoto “I’m just a fanatical hot-blooded mangaka! I can teach you about plot structure, but I can’t give you relationship advice!” “It’s not enough to burn only in your own world! In the face of a crisis, will your burning heart ...
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Tales Of The Industry - Trapped at a Convention

Justin finds himself at a failed convention with no work to do, back in his Central Park Media days. What else to do but make some new friends? ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. Some weeks will have anonymous tales contributed by current and former members of the industry, with details changed/removed to ...
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Shelf Life - Space Candy

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, reviews for Space Dandy season 1, Outbreak Company, and The Chronicles of the Going Home Club! ― Paul and I are bringing you three new reviews this week. You can jump straight to the reviews for Space Dandy season 1 BD+DVD, The Chronicles of the Going Home Club BD, and Outbreak Company BD. On Shelves This Week .hack//Legend Of The Twilight Complete Series DVD Fu...
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The Mike Toole Show - Unicorn Power

Gundam: The Origin is out, so Mike hops in his mobile suit for a tour of the last blockbuster Gundam OVA, Gundam Unicorn. Gundam! ― I sat across from the producer, picking his brain, trying to figure out how it all worked. First of all, where was Gundam AGE? Everyone knew it was flopping out of the gate, sure, but it was being streamed on Youtube and a dub was being produced for television in Southea...
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The List - 7 Bits of Sailor Moon Merchandise No One Really Needs

In the name of the moon, she'll punish your wallet, your eyes, your tissue boxes and maybe your gastrointestinal system. ― Ever since the Sailor Moon remake was announced way back in 2012 (and subsequently delayed for a year), the series' license holders have dished out more merchandise than you can shake a wand at. Tie-ins like new figures, clothing lines, and even lingerie were brought out for nos...
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Answerman - The Changing Tides

This week, why anime isn't on TV, whether anime's piracy problem ever went away, what Ikuhara did on the Utena dub, and why there are so many eye-rolling gay comic relief characters. ― Thanks to everyone who sent in a question last week! I'm now buried in 'em, but if you think of more, by all means, keep 'em coming! Michael asks: I was recently listening to the first ever Supernerds ANNCast, which d...
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House of 1000 Manga - MBQ

Shaenon dives into the world of MBQ, a hyperactive dream of manga stardom from the now-legendary Felipe Smith. ― Recently, manga scholar Matt Thorn ruffled some otaku feathers with a blog post entitled “Why it bugs me that you call your comics ‘manga’.” Although I admire Thorn above all other manga nerds, and as much as white kids appropriating Japanese culture bug me, too (albeit in a personally cr...
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The X Button - Zero Missions

This week, imports appear for Yakuza, Digimon, and that Assassination Classroom thing! Plus Final Fantasy XV, Gurumin, and the chance to make your own visual novels! ― This week's X Button falls on April Fool's Day, but I resolve not to spring any unpleasant lies upon you. In fact, I don't think any jokes this year will surpass one of the more compelling hoaxes in a long time: Super Turbo Atomic Meg...
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The Set List - Top 10 OPs of 2004

It's time to fly back an entire decade to the anime theme songs of yesteryear! What were the coolest openings of 2004? ― George Bush Jr. was re-elected, World of Warcraft was launched, but most importantly, a little show called Beet the Vandel Buster stole the hearts of otaku everywhere. The year was 2004, and I'm sure I remember it perfectly. Wait, maybe Beet wasn't the big anime hit of that year. ...
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Shelf Life - A Gluten For Punishment

This week's new releases! Plus, three new reviews, including the tasty Yakitate!! Japan, Place to Place, and the third season of The World God Only Knows. ― We've got three reviews for you this week. I sank my teeth into the delectable Yakitate!! Japan, while Paul tackled Place to Place and the third season of The World God Only Knows. Jump to this week's reviews: Place to Place Complete Collection ...
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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ANNCast - Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca

Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss their new book, the monolithic behemoth known as The Anime Encyclopedia: Third Revised Edition. ― ANNCast Episode 221: Encyclopedia Brits-Ani-ca Get the Flash Player to see this player. Anime scholars extraordinaire Helen McCarthy and Jonathan Clements drop by the ANNCast clubhouse to discuss ...
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Answerman - Endlessly Searching

Justin answers two questions about really long series: is longevity something the creators prefer? And why do they get licensed less? Plus, prospects for some re-releases, and why so much hentai got licensed back in the day. ― What happened? The questions dried up again! Once again this week, I was really desperate for questions. Is it because everybody is on spring break? Anyway, I need your help! ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Bakuman.

Jason straps in for a series of columns focusing on manga about manga, and naturally, his first stop is writer Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata's Bakuman. Plus: Jason's new project! ― In honor of my new Kickstarter, Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics, for the next two months I’m going to be writing about meta-manga: manga about manga artists! Please enjoy, and if you like, pleas...
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The X Button - Havoc Heart

This week: an interview with Danganronpa writer Kazutaka Kodaka! Plus Breath of Fire, valkyries, rumors, and the link between Metal Gear and penguins. ― When was the last time a major game creator departed a big company? Keiji Inafune leaving Capcom? Koji Igarashi leaving Konami? Ken Levine leaving Irrational Games? Whatever it was, we're probably due for another one. That's why people are in a flut...
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Tales Of The Industry - Less Fanboying Is More

Justin's own story of being too much of a fanboy at his first industry job, and the conspiracy to get him fired. ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. Some weeks will have anonymous tales contributed by current and former members of the industry, with details changed/removed to protect their jobs. Other weeks...
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Shelf Life - Spirits Away

Gabriella Ekens joins the Shelf Life family with a review of Gingitsune. Also this week, You're Being Summoned, Azazel. ― I'd like to welcome Gabriella Ekens to the Shelf Life team! I'm very excited to have her on board, as her writing and analysis about anime is some of the best I've ever had the pleasure to read. You can read her Winter 2015 daily streaming reviews of Maria the Virgin Witch, GARO ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Damn Yankiis

Mike leaps on his chopper and checks his pompadour before diving into the world of anime about Japan's rapidly-disappearing motorcycle tough guy culture. ― I was totally supposed to go to Anime Japan this week, but a scheduling conflict kept me at home, so I've had to content myself with Bamboo's exhaustive reporting. Hey, these things happen. I'd like to hit the event next year, though. I want to ma...
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The List - 7 Things You Might Not Know About Hideaki Anno

A few things you might not have known about the man who told Shinji to get in the robot. ― There are few "household" anime names in the English speaking anime community: Hayao Miyazaki, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Osamu Tezuka, Shoji Kawamori, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Riyoko Ikeda, and Shotaro Ishinomori to name a few. Hideaki Anno is easily one of those names fans recognize as the creator of the Neon Genesis Evange...
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Answerman - Shame And Atonement

This week, the aftermath of the Pokémon seizure incident, the aftermath of the Chage & Aska drug arrest, the aftermath of series not being streamed in certain countries. Plus, why more Western books don't get anime adaptations. ― It's been another busy week, so let's get right down to it... Nick asks: Some months ago, Shigeaki Miyazaki, better known as "Aska" of the duo Chage and Aska, was arrested ...
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ANNCast - Semicolon Science Spectacular

Zac, Hope and fan guest Lorenzo Pangelinan pour over the mysteries, the hype and oh the many catchphrases of the smash hit 2011 VN adaptation Steins;Gate. It's heavy! ― ANNCast Episode 220: Semicolon Science Spectacular Get the Flash Player to see this player. Zac, Hope and fan guest Lorenzo Pangelinan pour over the mysteries, the hype and oh the many catchphrases of the smash hit 2011 VN adaptation...
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House of 1000 Manga - Vinland Saga

Shaenon sharpens her blade and gets ready for viking-on-viking violence in the epic historical drama Vinland Saga. ― Vinland Saga The Internet loves pirates as kitsch, but real pirates are noting to LOL about. A while back, my House compatriot Jason invited a friend to play a pirate-themed RPG, only to be told, “I hate pirates! Pirates boarded my family's boat to America! They killed people in front...
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The X Button - Vita Signs

This week, Todd gives the Vita a checkup! Plus Nintendo on mobile devices, Kaio on nothing, and a dive into the depths of Data East! ― Nintendo recently announced a new partnership with mobile-game company DeNa, bringing us ever closer to a world where Nintendo titles show up on smartphones and tablets. It's a major development for this industry, so there's only one thing to do: talk about old Data ...
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The Set List - Top 10 Bleach Theme Songs

With 366 episodes under its belt, Bleach has had a lot of great intros and outtros in its storied run. Which OPs and EDs stand above all the rest in the Soul Society? ― Some anime are long, some anime are longer, and a few anime are just the longest. When an anime gains enough steam to run for over a decade, it only seems fair to put in a class by itself for a musical countdown. With its beloved and...
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Shelf Life - Devils Advocate

This week's new releases. Plus, a look at Devils & Realist, as well as the ultra scrappy Ben-To. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ben-To Complete Collection BD, Devils and Realist Complete Collection BD. On Shelves This Week Bleach Uncut Set 24 DVD Viz - Hyb - MSRP $44.82Currently cheapest at: $27.94 Rakuten Synopsis: This set covers episodes 330 to 342, which finishes out season 15 and the anime-only...
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The List - 7 Tragically Unlicensed Shojo Anime

Everyone has a list of shows they'd love to see get licensed, and on most of those lists there are at least a few shojo series. Here are 7 of the most wanted. ― Next to sports anime, shojo are routinely left on the wayside during licensing pick ups. There are plenty of theories why. Older shojo series, including magical girl shows, have high episode numbers that cost more to produce. Things have got...
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Answerman - Thawing Out

Is Funimation taking a risk by simul-dubbing so many shows? What ever happened to the Sunrise license rescues? Why is manga still in black and white? Plus, a dude who wants to put custom anime decals on his car seeks permission. ― I was just in Hartford, Connecticut. It was very very cold. But then I took the train 2 hours South, to New York city, and things -- finally -- were thawing out. After an ...
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ANNCast - Only Human

Justin returns for a laid-back twitter show! We take questions on Aniplex simuldubs, getting a job in the anime industry, dating nerds, and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 219: Only Human Get the Flash Player to see this player. Justin returns for a laid-back twitter show! We take questions on Aniplex simuldubs, getting a job in the anime industry, dating nerds, and much more! You can listen to the sho...
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House of 1000 Manga - Sparkler Monthly

Jason checks out a site dedicated to manga-inspired US comics, which have kind of a bad rap. Is it deserved? ― Sparkler Monthly “What kind of people go to these anime conventions? Is it mostly Asians?” one of my elderly relatives asked me once. I took a deep breath and gave her a lecture: anime and manga wasn't something ‘just’ for Asian-Americans, fans of all ethnicities enjoyed Japanese pop cultur...
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The X Button - Break Beat

This week: crowdfunding with cosmic battles, doomed starships, and alien hip-hop! Plus Mevius Final Fantasy, Rodea the Sky Soldier, and a wedding-day mystery! ― I was disappointed with the recent news that tri-Ace, the source of Valkyrie Profile and other RPGs, is now effectively owned by the mobile-game outfit of Nepro Japan. I imagine many others felt the same. Well, there's some consolation this ...
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Shelf Life - Between the Lines

This week's releases, plus reviews of Genshiken: Second Generation, and both seasons of Hiiro no Kakera. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Genshiken: Second Generation BD, Hiiro no Kakera Complete Series Seasons 1 & 2 BD. On Shelves This Week Fairy Tail - Part 15 BD+DVD Funimation - 275 min - Hyb - MSRP $54.98Currently cheapest at: $32.02 Rakuten Synopsis: The adventures keep rolling in this next insta...
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The Mike Toole Show - Cover Story

Mike digs into the shows that don't impress you at first blush, but go on to win your heart. ― My convention pals from the Geeknights podcast occasionally run a panel that they call Judge Anime By its Cover. The conceit is simple: dig up a key piece of artwork from the target anime, make snap judgments about the content, and check to see if you're right. Usually, their instincts are right: the show w...
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The List - 6 Greatest School Teachers

Sometimes you need to learn a lesson, and there's no one better than these 6 teachers to dish one out to you. ― Teachers are asked to go above and beyond just feeding students information and handing out tests. They're counselors, trusted advisers, and can foster a safe place for troubled kids. These week's list looks at teachers who really care for their students despite being adult delinquents the...
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Answerman - Japanese School Kids In Cars Getting Coffee

What is up with Crackle.com's anime selection, anyway? Why do so many materials get lost? Plus, Japanese companies expanding overseas, and independent school kids, in this week's Answerman! ― I am ludicrously busy this week, so let's get right to it. Geoffrey asks: There are some older series (especially Toei series) that can't be properly shown in HD because the original materials (usually the audi...
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House of 1000 Manga - Apocalypse Meow

Shaenon learns that war is hell, even if you're a fuzzy bunny, in Motofumi Kobayashi's hit manga. ― Apocalypse Meow The most disappointing title change from manga to English translation happened last year, when the American movie version of All You Need Is Kill was released as Edge of Tomorrow. (Okay, okay, All You Need Is Kill was a light novel before it was a manga, but bear with me, I'm riffing.)...
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The X Button - Disposable Heroes

This week, it’s import time with Dragon Quest, Doraemon, and God Eater! Plus Azure Striker Gunvolt, a new contender for Harvest Moon’s turf, and another old cartoon about video games! ― I mentioned the Power Team last week. It's not a very good cartoon, and it's notable mostly because it gave animated exposure to some video-game characters destined for obscurity. So perhaps I should cover an older c...
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The Set List - Top 10 Musical Moments of Cowboy Bebop

Hope counts down the best moments where Yoko Kanno brought her A-game to Cowboy Bebop. Plus: your poll results, and vote for your favorite Bebop episodes! ― 3 2 1, Let's Jam! It's time for a Cowboy Bebop themed episode of The Set List. This week, I've ranked my Top 10 Musical Moments from the legendary jazz-and-blues inspired anime, and you can check them out in the video below! (Please note that we...
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Shelf Life - Hellfire and Ice

Lots of new releases this week. Plus, reviews of The Ambition of Oda Nobuna, and Hozuki's Coolheadedness. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Ambition of Oda Nobuna BD, Hozuki's Coolheadedness BD. On Shelves This Week Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Complete Series [Premier Edition] BD NIS America - 288 min - Sub - MSRP $64.99Currently cheapest at: $47.99 Right Stuf Synopsis: New high school student ...
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The List - 7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

Every good fantasy series has a few incredible elf ladies on display. Today, Lynzee decides to finally share the elf. ― The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swor...
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Answerman - Business Minded

Hey, did you know that we're probably in another anime market bubble right now? Plus, the likelihood of Evangelion TV Blu-rays in the US, how Blu-ray rights are different than DVD, and the difference between licensing and distribution. ― Hey, I have a ton of questions in the Answerman inbox! Thanks to everyone that sent one in. Predictably, many people are talking about the ADV Films website, which ...
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ANNCast - Right On DeMarco

Our guest this week is Jason DeMarco, vice president and creative director on-air for Adult Swim and the man behind Toonami. We discuss the history of the block, why some decisions get made, the new schedule and more. ― ANNCast Episode 218: Right On DeMarco Get the Flash Player to see this player. Our guest this week is Jason DeMarco, vice president and creative director on-air for Adult Swim, which...
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House of 1000 Manga - Otomen

Jason is tickled pink by Aya Kanno's gleeful, playful comedy about taking on gender stereotypes. ― Otomen “A business like this is so great. You can talk to other men about shojo manga like it’s the most natural thing…”\ Handsome, strong, a kendo and judo champion: Asuka Masamune seems like the ideal man. Girls swoon over him and offer him presents and chocolates, but he turns them away; he's polite...
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The X Button - Toukiden Talk

This week: a chat with the producer of Toukiden Kiwami! Plus tri-Ace, Disgaea, Rodea, Street Fighter, and something that could happen only in the early 1990s. ― I don't think I've talked about The Power Team here, even though it's the sort of odd video-game cultural relic I always enjoy discussing. Well, I'll fix that! I'm talking about The Power Team, a cartoon by-product of the rampant Nintendo ob...
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Tales Of The Industry - The Disastrous Premiere of Tokyo Godfathers

Justin recounts what should have been the highlight of his career -- hosting a world premiere with Satoshi Kon that went ridiculously sour. ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a new column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. These stories will be anonymous, and told in the first person. Names will be changed to protect people's jobs. They might've tak...
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Shelf Life - Space Case

It's a big week for releases! Plus, reviews of Space Brothers, Maid Sama, and My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy! ― Jump to this week's reviews: Space Brothers Volume 1 BD, My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy BD, and Maid Sama Complete Series BD. On Shelves This Week .hack//SIGN - Complete Series DVD Funimation - 700 mi...
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The Mike Toole Show - The Anime Alphabet

In response to the AV Club's "best animated shows ever from A-Z", Mike offers up his own list populated by anime's second-best shows. ― I was browsing the web last week when something caught my eye, and dragged it in mercilessly. It was yet another one of those list articles that the entire internet is turning into, but the topic was a hard one to resist: the best animated TV shows ever, from A to Z!...
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The List - 7 Trips to the Anime Underworld

Take a tour through the wildly imaginative ways anime has depicted the dark side of the afterlife. ― Cultures have pondered about life after death about as long as humanity has been capable of doing so. This includes differentiating between "good" humans and "bad" ones and sometimes further into "good," "mediocre," "bad," and "really, really bad." Some souls are denied reincarnation, others tasked w...
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Answerman - Life Is Just A Game

Why Viz just can't stream to Canada, where all the NYC dubs went, if Discotek is abandoning its classic anime releases, and whether we'll ever get a full DVD release of Hikaru no Go. ― Tough week here at Answerman. I got a few questions about the new Funimation broadcast dubs, but then they came out and answered most of the questions people were posing. Then we had our server issues last weekend, wh...
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ANNCast - The Cosmic Odyssey of the Supernerds

The Supernerds are down a man as seasonal allergies claim Justin Sevakis, but Mike, Daryl and Zac soldier forth to chat about Jupiter Ascending, Shirobako, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and much more. ― ANNCast Episode 217: The Cosmic Odyssey of the Supernerds Get the Flash Player to see this player. The Supernerds are down a man as seasonal allergies claim Justin Sevakis, but Mike, Daryl and Zac ...
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House of 1000 Manga - Helter Skelter and Pink

In both Helter Skelter and Pink, Kyoko Okazaki loves peeling back the skin of femininity to poke at the sex and violence writhing underneath. ― Helter Skelter and Pink A word before we begin: a laugh and a scream are very similar. This line, from the opening of Kyoko Okazaki's Helter Skelter, could be printed on the first page of any of her work. As many artists have tried to do and precious few hav...
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The X Button - Solitary Confines

Todd digs up some tragically lonesome games of the last generation! Plus Dissidia, Phantom Dust, and a very busy release schedule. ― Many talented creators go unappreciated in the game industry, particularly when their careers are short, seldom documented, or submerged in misunderstandings. So it's great to see a tribute to Shinya Nishigaki, the director of the bizarrely adorable action games Blue S...
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The Set List - Top 10 EDs of 2014

You asked for it, you got it: Hope counts down her top 10 ending themes from 2014, and your poll results from the top 10 opening themes are in! ― Two weeks ago, The Set List premiered with my personal countdown of the 10 best OPs of 2014. Thanks to the overwhelming response to our user poll, we have a viewer-selected Top 10 OPs list for this column, so thank you to everyone who voted! But first, it'...
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ANNCast - Baby, I Can See Your Halo

Yoshitoshi ABe's quaint little series about quaint little angels with dark, mysterious pasts comes under the microscope of sin-bound fans Hope, Zac, and guest commentator Matt Von Gonten. ― ANNCast Episode 216: Baby, I Can See Your Halo Get the Flash Player to see this player. Yoshitoshi ABe's quaint little series about quaint little angels with dark, mysterious pasts comes under the microscope of s...
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Shelf Life - Illusions of Grandeur

A run down of this week's new video releases. Plus, a glimpse at the new dub for Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, and a review of Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! - Limited Edition BD+DVD and Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf BD. On Shelves This Week A Certain Magical Index - The Miracle of Endymion BD+DVD Funimation - 90 min - Hyb - ...
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The List - 7 Anime Kisses Heard 'Round the World

It's Valentine's Day, so the List is hard at work counting down seven of the best kisses in anime. ― February 14 is a lot of different things to people, whether it's a celebration of romance or day to spend Netflix-binging while eating fistfuls of chocolate. Let's live vicariously through our anime counterparts who eventually managed to plant a kiss on their beloved. The kisses are passionate, or cu...
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Answerman - Historical Baggage

Is Japan REALLY more sexually permissive than America? Plus, cel collecting, Netflix's new foray into Japan, and the seeming lack of WWII anime. ― I know most of the country is buried under snow and cold, so it's unseemly to complain about this, but I don't care. It's February, all the trees in LA are in full bloom, and so my allergies are ABSOLUTELY DESTROYING ME right now. I guess I'd better finis...
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ANNCast - Weep for the Cheeseburger

Zac and Hope strap in for a journey through the nutty environmental beliefs of circa-2002 Shoji Kawamori in his magical girl show Earth Maiden Arjuna. Learn about the "evils" of antibiotics, abortion, fast food, and more! ― ANNCast Episode 214: Weep for the Cheeseburger Zac and Hope strap in for a journey through the questionably-sane environmental beliefs of circa-2002 Shoji Kawamori in his magical...
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House of 1000 Manga - Master Keaton

Naoki Urasawa's world-famous globe-trotting insurance investigator comes under Jason's microscope. Master Keaton “Insurance is gambling. It’s nothing other than betting money on the probability of people—the insured—dying or not dying within a given period of time.” Insurance doesn't normally make people think “adventure.” But then again, manga is great at finding excitement in strange and seeming...
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The X Button - Exclusive Exclusions

Todd gets off his porch and shakes his cane at the current crop of game consoles! Plus Persona 5, Spelunker Z, and a question of aesthetics. ― I complain about game systems this week. It's mostly to do with a paucity of those exclusive titles that make consoles stand out, but there's an even more superficial matter at hand. I think the modern era's game systems are dull in appearance. Game systems r...
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Tales Of The Industry - Job Interview

Justin Sevakis' new column highlights stories from the front lines of working in all aspects of the anime industry. Today: Justin's job interview at Central Park Media! ― Welcome to “Tales of the Industry,” a new column where we will share stories from real working professionals in the anime business. These stories will be anonymous, and told in the first person. Names will be changed to protect peo...
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Shelf Life - The Rose Garden

A look at this week's new releases. Plus, a look at the Rose of Versailles by new contributor Lynzee Lamb, and a review of Fantastic Detective Labyrinth. ― Jump to this week's reviews: Fantastic Detective Labyrinth Complete Collection DVD and Rose of Versailles Part 1 DVD (Litebox). On Shelves This Week Digimon Fusion - Season 1 DVDCinedigm/New Video - 660 min - Dub - MSRP $44.99Currently cheapest a...
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Vote on your favorite anime theme song of 2014

In the very first edition of "The Set List," our new music video-column, we asked readers to chime in on their favorite anime theme songs of 2014. Vote now! ― Welcome to the very first edition of The Set List! Ah, there's nothing quite like that new column smell, now with the sweet aroma of video. As a sister series to The List, this column will be counting down music-themed superlatives in anime, v...
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The Mike Toole Show - Imagawa Da Vida

Mike takes a journey through the life's work of Yasuhiro Imagawa, the mastermind behind the beloved OVA series Giant Robo. ― This month, Anitwitter is engaging in something called a “groupwatch.” “But wait,” you all say, every one of you, in a single roaring voice that echoes across the globe, “what's Anitwitter?” That's just a funny little portmanteau – “anime Twitter,” get it?-- used to describe an...
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Vote on your favorite anime theme song of 2014

In the very first edition of "The Set List," our new music video-column, we asked readers to chime in on their favorite anime theme songs of 2014. Vote now! ― Welcome to the very first edition of The Set List! Ah, there's nothing quite like that new column smell, now with the sweet aroma of video. As a sister series to The List, this column will be counting down music-themed superlatives in anime, v...
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ANNCast - The GKIDS Are Alright

David Jesteadt, Director of Distribution at GKIDS, talks about the history of the company, their theatrical deal with Studio Ghibli and what it's like to have not one but TWO films nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards! ― ANNCast Episode 213: The GKIDS Are Alright Get the Flash Player to see this player. David Jesteadt, Director of Distribution at GKIDS, talks about the history o...
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Answerman - Fangirling Out

Justin shuts down a theory blaming female fans for the collapse of the anime bubble. Also: why Free! is getting a split release, why some fans freak out when you criticize certain shows, and the long lost dubs of Manga Video. ― So, in the forum thread for last week's column, a pretty ridiculous conversation was had. That conversation gave birth to our first question this week. "anonymous" asks: Ther...
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House of 1000 Manga - Children of the Sea

Shaenon attempts to understand Daisuke Igarashi's beautiful and ponderous exploration of the ocean and other unexplored spaces. ― Children of the Sea Usually, with these columns, I start with the story, because I'm human and humans love stories. Then I talk about themes and ideas and styles, and finally I get around to trying to describe the art. But with Children of the Sea I have to start with the...
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The X Button - Lasting Legacy

Imports arrive with punks, samurai, and The Legend of Legacy! Plus the return of Langrisser, the semi-return of Wonder Boy, and a few farewells. ― I've seen far too many game websites and magazines disappear over the years. It's never easy in either case, but I think the websites have it worse. Magazines at least leave some tangible, permanent volume for you to revisit. It's harder to go back to old...
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The Set List - Top 10 OPs of 2014

Hope counts down the top 10 anime opening themes of 2014 in the first edition of our new column. Vote for your favorite OPs of 2014 and check out the list! ― Welcome to the very first edition of The Set List! Ah, there's nothing quite like that new column smell, now with the sweet aroma of video. As a sister series to The List, this column will be counting down music-themed superlatives in anime, vi...
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Shelf Life - Shafted

A look at the titles hitting shelves this week! Plus, three tales of love and loss, packed into two tidy boxes.
- ef: a tale of memories & melodies
- Nisekoi: False Love v2
― Jump to this week's reviews: Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 2 BD and ef: a tale of memories & melodies BD. On Shelves This Week Comic Party - Complete Original Series Collection DVD Eastern Star - 300 min - Hyb - MSRP $39.95Currently...
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The List - 7 Frightening Student Councils

Only the best, brightest, most glamorous, potentially lethal and unbelievably intimidating can get elected to these student councils. ― Student councils are a subject of fascination in Japanese drama. The members are regarded as the best, brightest, most popular, or all of the above. They're idealized as student role models while their U.S. equivalents hold nowhere near the prestige and glamour of t...
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Answerman - Midwinter Blahs

It's a blah midwinter week, and Justin takes questions on whether we need a Criterion Collection for anime, whether companies are abusing Kickstarter, why there's so much Sailor Moon Crystal merchandise, and why Japan doesn't pre-record their voices. ― I don't know about you, but I've had real trouble staying awake and coherent this week. I blame the combination of short days and overcast weather, w...

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