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RIGHT TURN ONLY - By Request

Sometimes current debates spill over into manga releases in the strangest ways. Join Rebecca as she checks out new and upcoming volumes of Spell of Desire and Vinland Saga, along with the manga adaptation of this season's most hotly debated anime and several more! ― You never can tell what you'll find when you're unpacking. Sometimes it's horribly melodramatic stories written in middle school (I can...
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Shelf Life - Four Your Eyes Only

This week, a special club for a special aesthetic, grave diggers, and good ol' hijinks.
- Dr. Slump Movies 1-5
- Meganebu
- Sunday without God
― Shelf Worthy Sunday without God Complete + OVA BD Rental Dr. Slump Movies 1-5 DVD Perishable Meganebu Complete Series BD This may sound like an insignificant thing, but a few years ago, I turned off the notification sound on my iPhone for new emails. Leavin...
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ANNCast - Klein Times

Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to discuss his two latest projects, the conclusion of Hellsing Ultimate and Bayonetta: Bloody Fate! Plus: stories from the old days, the dub scene in LA and Twitter time! ― ANNCast 203 - Klein Times Get the Flash Player to see this player. Vice President of New Generation Pictures Jonathan Klein returns to the podcast to...
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The Mike Toole Show - Let's Talk It OVA

Mike takes a tour of obscure OVA releases from the early 90s. Hammerpants not included. ― Twenty years ago, everything had started coming up Tenchi Muyo!. The series actually kicked off in Japan in 1992, but went global in ’94, and just kept on truckin’. There was an OVA series, then another OVA series, then a TV series and more OVA stuff and a movie and another TV series and another movie and anothe...
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The List - 7 Anime Characters With Killer Hair

Terrifying tresses! Maniacal manes! Fiendish follicles! Rampaging ringlets! Just try not to wig out. ― Hair has a long (pun intended) history in cultures around the world, and Japan is no exception. Only women in the upper echelons for society were allowed to wear their hair long while poor classes were required to tie up their hair. Boys were given a specific hairstyle to acknowledge their entry in...
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Answerman - Jerkwatch

This week Justin takes on the alarming prevalence of rape in anime, as well as the first season of FREE!, anime on free-to-air TV, and fans being jerks to convention guests. ― Writing this column a little early this week. I'm flying to New York City on Wednesday to attend a friend of mine's live show. And then I am flying back the next morning. I will literally be spending more time in flight than w...
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House of 1000 Manga - The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Just in time for Halloween, Shaenon digs up Eiji Otsuka's gruesome tale of those who can speak to the dead. There's no turning back now! ― The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Psychic. Dowsing. Hacking. Embalming. Channeling. Puppet. Each cover of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service advertises the unique skills possessed by each of the five-and-a-half members of its titular startup. Individually th...
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The X Button - All Day Long

This week: shocking rebels, humble thieves, and the adventures of Ranko Tsukigime! Plus PlayStation TV, Harvest Moon, and a Halloween contest! ― October means Halloween, and I think Halloween means contests. So here's your chance to win a pile of appropriately scary, bizarre, and otherwise unsettling games! This Halloween prize pack includes the classic PSP compilation of Castlevania: The Dracula X ...
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Pile of Shame - Dead Heat & 3D Anime

Justin takes a look at the first (and one of the only) 3D anime ever made, for an obscure videodisc system only sold in Japan. ― Dead Heat Sometimes the reasons behind an anime getting made are more interesting than the show itself. That's definitely the case with Dead Heat, an obscure 1987 OAV from Sunrise that runs only a half hour. Back in the wild days of the nascent 80s home video market, there...
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Shelf Life - The Sound of μic

This week, happy pop tunes, a buffet of exotic foods, and larger-than-life robots.
- Gurren Lagann Movies 1 & 2
- Love Live! School Idol Project s1
- Toriko Collection 1
― Shelf Worthy Gurren Lagann Movie Double Feature BD Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 BD Toriko Collection 1 DVD Rental Nothing this week Perishable Nothing this week After sifting through some of the new fall anime simulcast...
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Astro Toy - Figma Ryuko Matoi

David's back to the Figma line again, this time with Kill la Kill's hot-blooded heroine Ryuko. ― Figma Ryuko Matoi Maker: Good Smile Series: Kill La Kill Price: $50-60 After a little sidetrack into the unknown, we're back on Kill La Kill. See Nendoroid Mako previously. This time we have the figma of the main character Ryuko wearing her battle armor, the living, speaking, blood-sucking sailor uniform...
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The List - 7 Times Hatsune Miku Jumped the Shark

Miku straps in to a pair of waterskis and heads for the ramp. ― The sensational freeware popstar Hatsune Miku is enjoying a stellar career. She's got fashion make overs from big name fashion designers, she sells out convention concerts in front of huge audiences not to mention opening for flesh-and-blood popstar Lady Gaga. She has her own racing team and a bevy of fellow idols to pal around with in ...
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ANNCast - The Fall Guys

The fall season has begun and what better time for Zac and Justin to sit around and gab about it? Plus: Time of Eve, Terror in Resonance, and over an hour of Twitter time! ― ANNCast 202 - The Fall Guys Get the Flash Player to see this player. The fall season has begun and what better time for Zac and Justin to sit around and gab about it? Plus: over an hour of Twitter time! You can listen to the sho...
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Answerman - Service, Merchandise

Who is this "Great Eastern" company that makes all our Naruto T-shirts? Why does my anime have English songs in it? Also: streaming on multiple sites, and censored TV shows. ― There'll be some minor cosmetic changes to the column this week. You see, since the column's inception way, way back in 2001, we've always laid things out the same way. Questions in italics; answers in bold. Back in the day, b...
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House of 1000 Manga - Attack on Titan

Jason blows the dust off of an obscure old manga about humanity's desperate struggle against giant humanoid monsters. You've probably never heard of it. ― Attack on Titan "I killed dangerous beasts! They only happened to resemble humans!" Zombie stories work because, deep down, we know human beings are the scariest things on Earth. Sure, on a cosmic scale, the planet might be destroyed by solar flar...
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The X Button - Go Westone

This week brings a farewell to a talented game studio! Plus news about Terra Battle, Vib Ribbon, Captain Toad, and an NES nightmare. ― This week's column has a lot to do with those talented studios, designers, and characters who labor behind the scenes. For example, the upcoming Terra Battle may bring in Manabu Kusunoki, whose artwork you may have enjoyed in Panzer Dragoon and Sonic the Hedgehog. We...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Fragmented Incarnations

Come join Rebecca as she explores some recent releases that range from the weird and wacky, like D-Frag, to the sweet and charming, like My Love Story, along with a digital release that is neither in this edition of RTO!! ― My sister and I have inadvertently made our guest room as creepy as possible. You see, Jenn collects dolls and I have quite a few china ones from when I was little that I can't b...
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The Mike Toole Show - Strike Up The Dandy

Mike's got an entire column about Space Dandy, Baby! ― Some years back, I was talking to my friend Carl Horn about interesting anime directors. Mamoru Oshii was mentioned, of course, as was Hiroyuki Okiura, Mamoru Hosoda, and Mister Cowboy Bebop himself, Shinichiro Watanabe. At this point, Carl made an interesting observation: the anime business seemed to be awfully good at training up these impressi...
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The List - 6 Inseparable Sisters

Neither crowbar nor blowtorch nor misbegotten romantic feelings for the same guy can sap these siblings of their steadfast solidarity. ― Sisters are best friends that never leave. You either have a little sister that wears your clothes without permission and follows you around everywhere, or an older one who can do no wrong (or both, if there's three of you). Childhood with a sister can be rough in ...
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ANNCast - Kleckbait

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner returns to the show to give us the update on how the company's doing, what's selling well, what retail looks like right now and much more! ― ANNCast 201 - Kleckbait Get the Flash Player to see this player. Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner returns to the show to give us the update on how the company's doing, what's selling well, what retail looks like right now and much m...
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Answerman - Business Reasons

This week, the possibility of more magical girl show releases, American dubs being used worldwide, the reasons for a reboot, and a fan is REALLY obsessed with making sure her discs are problem-free. ― My parents are visiting me in Los Angeles this week, so I'm spending some quality time with them (which involves eating and watching stuff, possibly anime, which is pretty much how I spend my quality t...
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House of 1000 Manga - Rumic World & Rumic Theater

Shaenon leafs through the two anthologies of Rumiko Takahashi's short-form manga. ― Rumic World/Rumic Theater When I think of the comics that floored me as an impressionable young nerd, the ones that got me obsessed with what this mongrel art form can do, I think of a lot of the acknowledged heavy hitters. Maus. Understanding Comics. Phoenix. The works of Lynda Barry and Moto Hagio. But there are al...
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The X Button - Absolute Values

Import fashion brings us the latest in Danganronpa, Fatal Frame, and flashy trails! Plus Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, The Last Guardian’s latest spawn, and a Samurai Shodown comeback! ― Still waiting for Fumito Ueda's The Last Guardian to come out? Worried that it wasn't shown at The Tokyo Game Show? Soon you may not care so much. Each major convention seems to bring a new game with a restrained p...
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Pile of Shame - Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

Justin revisits what was once considered the finest sentai parody in the land. Does it still hold up? ― Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman It's always a terrifying thing, going back to old shows you loved when you were younger and revisiting them. Many of them, comedies in particular, tend to age very poorly. They connect with us at the time, but humor is just so particular and fickle -- what made y...
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Astro Toy - Dynamite Action Big Dai-X

It's that special time of year when the leaves turn, the air turns crisp and brisk, and David reviews another extremely obscure and expensive giant robot. ― Dynamite Action Big Dai-X Series: X-Bomber/Star Fleet Maker: Evolution Toy Price: $130 I know that you're all looking at me like I've lost it again. I haven't topped Galvion for obscurity: I'm not sure I'll ever be able to beat reviewing somethi...
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The List - 6 Relaxing Anime About Life on the Farm

Whether your chickens are coming home to roost or you didn't buy the cow because the milk was free, these 6 farm anime will have you more relaxed than a conbine during an unseasonable drought. ― There was a short string of shows focusing on rural farm life and agriculture recently. The shows worked as a natural step from "healing" anime, where the primary function is to provide a tranquil environmen...
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Answerman - Jiggly Puffs

This week, the merits of anime boobs, the annoyance of people who only talk about the big mainstream classics, and the software used to make almost every anime around. ― Hey everybody. Due to time constraints this week, I'm returning back to 3 questions. Hopefully I can expand some more next week. Shaun asks: I am among probably the most vocally reviled groups of American Anime Fans, the one who una...
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House of 1000 Manga - Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs

Jason em-barks on the tail of a girl who loves dogs, a guy who loves dogs, and the store they run together. Warning: it gets a little ruff. ― Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs "I've been thinking of hiring somebody who can think about nothing but dogs 24/7. Someone simpleminded…" If you've been following my Twitter or, really, talking to me at all in the last two years, you've probably noticed: we got a dog a...
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The X Button - Now Showing

Let’s recap the surprises, the letdowns, and the horrible embarrassments of the Tokyo Game Show! Plus Natural Doctrine, Smash Bros., and Nintendo’s birthday! ― As a Nintendo-crazed kid, one of my favorite pieces of useless trivia involved the company's age. I liked telling people that Nintendo was over 100 years old and that it had started off as a playing card company in 1889. Most of my fellow Nin...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Novel Ideas

Rebecca tries out having a theme with new and recent releases based on light novels with Seraph of the End, Kokoro Connect, and Sword Art Online and more! ― Our neighbor had to move and he couldn't find his cat. We offered to look for her and hold on to her until he could come get her, only to get the cat and have him offer her to us since, as it turns out, he was unable to keep her. We had every in...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 23

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Shelf Life - QB of the Year

This week, good fights evil in the battle against titans, witches, and high school dating.
- Attack on Titan pt 2
- Madoka Magica movies 1 & 2
- Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
― Shelf Worthy Attack on Titan Part 2 BD+DVD Stream Worthy Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun ep. 1-12 Rental Madoka Magica Movies 1 & 2 BD+DVD Perishable Nothing this week It has been almost one year since I started managing the interest f...
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The Mike Toole Show - A-Mazinger Stories

You've got a serious Mazinger deficiency and Dr. Mike is here with a giant robot injection. ― What was the first cartoon giant robot that was not a robot, but a robot-shaped vehicle? It's kind of an awkward question, but I'm aiming to highlight an important distinction here. After all, the classic concept of the robot involves it being at least semi-autonomous. The first few waves of anime's robot he...
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ANNCast - BevMo

It's Beveridge and more on the 200th episode of ANNCast! Fandom Post's Chris Beveridge stops by to update us on the site and talk about what he's been watching but not before a quick trip down memory lane. ― ANNCast 200 - BevMo Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's Beveridge and more on the 200th episode of ANNCast! Fandom Post's Chris Beveridge stops by to update us on the site and talk abo...
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Answerman - Time Well Spent

Would a Japanese company ever buy a big American anime publisher? Plus, why long running shows don't stream to the West, why some shows have year-long gaps, and why Japanese fast food workers seem so freaking perky all the time! ― The crushing heat wave is finally over here in Los Angeles. I didn't get to go to the beach, but instead I sat in my apartment building's hot tub-sized pool, and then went...
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House of 1000 Manga - 7 Billion Needles

Shaenon takes in Nobuaki Tadano's science fiction opus, and discovers its chief influences along the way. ― 7 Billion Needles Sometimes I feel guilty for not knowing more about Japanese science fiction literature, because manga writers seem to be pretty well-versed in the American stuff. Osamu Tezuka borrowed liberally from Isaac Asimov's robot stories for Astro Boy. When Moto Hagio attended the San...
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The X Button - Legends Untold

This week, Todd looks at a big book that’s all about Japan’s game creators! Plus Super Smash Bros, Harvest Moon, and the games of summer! ― The end of summer approaches next week, and it already feels like the season is over in many parts of this hemisphere. That puts me in the mood for a summertime game, one full of sunny atmosphere and bright colors. It's good to have a favorite summertime game, p...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 22

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Pile of Shame - Bite Me! Chameleon

This little-seen delinquent comedy, an early ADV release, made Justin want to hurt himself. ― Bite Me! Chameleon There are at least four genres of anime that, no matter what anybody does, always seem to completely fall on their face when released in the West: sports, realistic military, yakuza and yankee (juvenile delinquent) shows. These were discovered through a lot of trial and error in the early...
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Shelf Life - Meat Market

This week, a visit to the farm, the local market, and a girls academy that has a special Airsoft zone worthy of movies.
- Silver Spoon s1
- Stella Women's Academy C3-bu
- Tamako Market
― Shelf Worthy Silver Spoon Complete 1st Season DVD Rental Stella C3-bu Complete Series DVD Tamako Market Complete Series DVD Perishable Nothing this week This week's anime selection was remarkably pleasant. Often, I ...
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Astro Toy - Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku

It's a Nendoroid of Mako from Kill la Kill! How can you resist? ― Nendoroid Mako Mankanshoku Series: Kill La Kill Maker: Good Smile Price: $60 This is Nendoroid number 408. Last May, Nendoroid #300 (Miku 2.0) came out. So in about a little under 18 months, the line has produced over 100 figures! With that many figures coming out in so little time, I have found the quality is all over the place on th...
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The List - 7 Powered-Up Forms That Are More Weird Than Awesome

Sometimes maybe it's better to stay in your second-to-last form. ― It's right about when all hope is lost that a character finally powers up just in time, usually with some blinding magical lights, gasps from bystanders, and plenty of fanfare. On the other side of the coin, a villain might let out a mighty roar, grow 10 times in height, and release that ultimate, last-ditch attack. One invokes cheer...
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Answerman - What Time Is It, Anyway?

What's up with those wacky age ratings? What does a Director of Photography do, now that there's no more cels and film? Why do things get licensed, and then not released? Plus, anime popping up in unexpected places. ― This has been a week of bizarre struggles. Struggles with my computers, struggles with trying to buy things, struggles with eating too much, and struggles with a grotesque-but-terrible...
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House of 1000 Manga - Kimagure Orange Road

1987's hottest shonen romance is finally available in English and Jason just couldn't resist. ― Kimagure Orange Road Summertime in Tokyo, 1984. Green trees and blue sky. A teenage boy is walking up a long steep street along a hillside when a breeze comes and a straw hat, carried by the wind, sails through the air. ("A UFO?" he thinks for a second, seeing the saucer shape.) The boy jumps and grabs th...
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The X Button - Bug Hunts

"This week we check out moth heroes, horrific outbreaks, and mutant dating! Plus Guilty Gear’s newest face, Dragon Quest’s latest thing, and some Street Fighter suggestions! " ― It was hard to avoid the Gamergate mess last week, and I didn't really want to try. It's the sort of thing I needed to see. The alleged scandal started when game developer Zoe Quinn's ex-boyfriend posted a lengthy diatribe c...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Hop, Skip, and a Beat

There's lots of acting in this edition of Right Turn Only with new volumes of Skip Beat and Voice Over, but hopefully there won't be any acting up over Rebecca's ridiculous love for an OFL series that is definitely a little suspicious. All that plus Terra Formars! ― My sister and I recently moved, which means that I've been simultaneously unpacking boxes and starting the new semester, which, as you ...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 21

YOU WILL, TO THE BIRTH CRY OF THE END ― Part 1: Part2:
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Shelf Life - Personal Demons

This week, monsters, blood-suckers, and cute girls all around.
- Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
- Tokyo Ghoul ep. 1-10
- Yuyushiki
― Shelf Worthy Yuyushiki Complete Series BD Stream Worthy Tokyo Ghoul ep. 1-10 Rental Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Illya Complete Season BD Perishable Nothing this week It finally rained in SoCal today, which is the answer to the internal prayer I chant multiple times a day....
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The Mike Toole Show - Live-Action Traction

The world of tokusatsu and anime have clashed many times over the years, and Mike's here to give you the rundown. ― Like so many other columns, this one was originally gonna be about something completely different. I'd like to do another artist spotlight, maybe on Buichi Terasawa, but I really need to see more of his work. I just worry that I can't be totally informed if I haven't watched that garbag...
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The List - 6 Directors' Humble Beginnings

These 6 legendary directors started from the bottom, now they're here. ― Goro Miyazaki recently stated that he has no intention, nor the creative ability, to be the successor to his father, and it's easy to sympathize with him on it. The entertainment industry was thrust upon him because of his pedigree. Some might consider it lucky to have that kind easy-in though, especially given what some of Hay...
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ANNCast - Late Night Chaos Too!

Friend of the show Brady Hartel stops by along with Hope Chapman for a bunch of silly questions. We discuss Hal, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the nerdiest things we've ever done and more. ― ANNCast 199 - Late Night Chaos Too! Get the Flash Player to see this player. It's another "live" episode, recorded during a live broadcast with questions from the chat! Friend of the show Brady Hartel stops by along...
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Answerman - No Crying Over Spilled Ink

This week, animation do-overs, companies buying fansub scripts (or not), moving camera shots, and animation frame rates! ― Summer is over. Back to work. Back to school. Back to your questions. Let's see what you've all got for me this week... Ava asks: Since it's premier I have noticed a very vocal group on my social media that hates the animation of Sailor Moon Crystal. Personally I don't think it'...
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House of 1000 Manga - One Pound Gospel

Shaenon gets in the ring with Rumiko Takahashi's wacky rom-combination of boxing and Catholicism. ― One-Pound Gospel The new Viz edition of Rumiko Takahashi's classic kung-fu comedy Ranma 1/2 is the first English edition printed in the “unflopped” right-to-left format, even though the manga has been out in English since the 1990s. Viz originally licensed Ranma back in the ancient days when flopping ...
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The X Button - Mystery Hours

This week, Todd bumps a pile of imports and gets robots, betrayal, and murder mysteries all over the place. Plus Persona 5, Yakuza Zero, and rarely seen sides of Final Fantasy and Street Fighter! ― Rumors about Final Fantasy are abundant, ridiculous, and sometimes true. Consider the story of a Disney-backed comic based on Final Fantasy IV. It sounds like a playground fib, but it certainly existed. G...
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Pile of Shame - The Tibetan Dog

An underappreciated Madhouse feature from 2011 featuring a boy and his dog in the harsh terrain of Tibet. ― The Tibetan Dog Japanese/Chinese co-productions don't happen very often. The last one I can think of would be 1997's anime adaptation of Tsui Hark's Chinese Ghost Story, which was charming in appearance but kind of a plodding, pointless affair. In 2007 another one started production, after ani...
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Astro Toy - SH Figuarts Naruto

At long last, David covers a Naruto action figure. ― SH Figuarts Naruto Maker: Bandai Series: Naruto Price: $50 Boy, here's an overdue one. When I started this column I wondered to myself “I wonder when I'll order Naruto.” Well, it's been four years since then and here we are. Speaking of which, Naruto is now a 15-year-old series (the manga began in 1999!), one of the only truly big international hi...
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The List - 6 Series Starring Aspiring Mangaka

Every once and awhile, an anime series will set its focus on the manga industry and offer a few hints of what it's really like. ― The dream of being a manga artist is a common one in the anime fandom. Semi-active publisher Tokyopop once launched its "Rising Star of Manga" program purely to entice that set of fans wanting to make that dream become a reality. Results varied, with the extra lucky, like...
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Answerman - Terrible People

This week, what's with all the cynical jerks? Are anime fans discriminated against? Also, the layout of an anime company, and where those text-free sequences come from. ― You guys absolutely buried me in great new questions this week. Since ANN participation seems to peak while school is in session, I'm going to make an educated guess and suggest that you're here because your actual homework is in a...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains only the English translated answers.) ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH ONLY VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Steins;Gate) , direc...
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ANNCast - In the Doghouse (ENG + JPN)

Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura, director Masahiro Ando and writer Jiro Ishii stop by to chat up the project! (This version contains both Japanese language answers and English translation). ― ANNCast 198 - In the Doghouse (ENGLISH + JAPANESE VERSION) Get the Flash Player to see this player. Kickstarted anime Under the Dog producer Hiroaki Yura (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzum...
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The X Button - Tales to Admonish

Todd puts the latest Tales RPG to a turbulent test of typical traits! Plus Pokemon, Terra Battle, Mitchell, and a Street Fighter giveaway! ― The official Street Fighter website recently uploaded a timeline depicting the various forms of Street Fighter IV. It's quite helpful for anyone confused about who's in which game. It's also a merciless tease to me. See how everyone's lined up in the Ultra Stre...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Cooking Nightmare

Rebecca confuses visitors by leaving volumes of Toriko, Eroica, and UQ Holder out when they come to dinner. Hopefully you will be less perplexed by this week's new and upcoming manga! ― I had one of those weeks – you know the ones. The weeks where you can't win for losing, you can't get out of your own way, and your cat freaks out while you're holding him, scratches the hell out of your arm, and you...
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M3 the dark metal Episode 19 - Overlapping Sound of Love 2

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Shelf Life - Clone Wars

This week, a classic magical girl show, as well as some other girls with supernatural powers, including one that defies gravity.
- A Certain Scientific Railgun S pt 1
- Card Captor Sakura
- Senran Kagura
― Shelf Worthy Card Captor Sakura Complete Series BD A Certain Scientific Railgun S Part 1 DVD Mildly Entertaining Booby Show Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash Complete Series BD+DVD Perishable Nothing thi...
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The Mike Toole Show - Test Pilots

Mike ventures in to the wild world of anime pilots (not the flying kind, the TV kind). ― A couple of weeks back at Otakon, we learned about Under the Dog, an interesting new crowdfunded anime project. The producer's weird editorializing aside, I'm intrigued by Under the Dog, not least of which due to the involvement of Masahiro Ando, the best action animation director working at the moment. They're i...
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The List - 7 "Gateway" Anime Sure to Get Newbies Hooked

Seven series to get your friends watching anime, no matter what their tastes! ― There are several hurdles when you want to introduce the average American viewer, be they a family member or friend, to the world of anime. Like jumping into any foreign art medium, there's a learning curve. Assuming your cousin Ted has had zero exposure to Japanese culture or animated films outside of dubbed Ghibli film...
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ANNCast - SuperN.E.R.D.S.

Zac and Justin reteam with supernerds Mike Toole and Daryl Surat to chat about Chaika, Space Dandy, Captain Harlock, Otakon and more, and of course there's always Twitter Time! ― ANNCast 197 - SuperN.E.R.D.S. Get the Flash Player to see this player. Zac and Justin reteam with supernerds Mike Toole and Daryl Surat to chat about Chaika, Space Dandy, Captain Harlock, Otakon and more, and of course ther...
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Answerman - Nobody Loves The Weeaboo

Why do Japanese companies have such terrible English? Why did Viz finish dubbing MONSTER? Plus, dealing with themes in writing reviews, and why everyone hates weeaboo. ― I've been eating really healthy for the last week or so. I had a salad for lunch, and a salad with some tacos for dinner. Lots of fish. This is driving me crazy, and I'm absolutely FIENDING for junk food. Needless to say, i'm a litt...
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House of 1000 Manga - Unico

Shaenon takes a magical journey with Tezuka's famously adorable little unicorn, Unico. ― Unico Kickstarter can be a powerful force for good or evil, and not everyone agrees on which is which. When professional companies and Hollywood stars started to use the crowdfunding site to raise money for projects, many observers worried that it would destroy Kickstarter's indie sensibility and undermine its c...
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The X Button - Hive Finds

This week brings pitches for dungeon treks, alien bug raids, and a nightmare long thought over. Plus Silent Hills, BlazBlue, and the results of an anime-editing contest! ― It's time to announce the winners of the One Piece: Unlimited World Red Contest, which tasked you all with censoring anime for kid-safe sensibilities. It's also time for some good news: I rounded up extra copies of the latest One ...
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Pile of Shame - The Enemy's The Pirates!

Justin tries to return to an old 90s favorite that has become more famous for its obscure, awful dub. ― The Enemy's The Pirates! ~The Cat's Banquet~ There's a Japanese tradition of stand-up comedy duos known as "manzai (漫才)." Manzai routines are high-speed, rapid-fire conversations between one person, who's an idiot or a weirdo of some kind (boke), and a straight man (tsukkomi), who's constantly mut...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 18

M3 the dark metal EPISODE 18 THE TRUTH OF YOMIJIMA ― Part 1: Part 2:
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Shelf Life - Popular Culture

This week, the challenges of high school, fighting alien menaces, and evil masterminds.
- Gatchaman Crowds
- Terror in Resonance ep. 1-6
- Watamote
― Shelf Worthy Watamote Complete Series BD Gatchaman Crowds Complete Series BD Stream Worthy Terror in Resonance ep. 1-6 Rental Shelf Nothing this week Perishable Nothing this week Even though Otakon was a full week ago, I still feel the side-effects of ...
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Astro Toy - Figma Crystal Bowie

He's translucent, he's evil, he's out to get our man Cobra, and now he's a figma. ― Figma Crystal Bowie Series: Space Adventure Cobra Maker: Good Smile Price: $65 Figma, figma. I've been doing this column for years now, my first review was of a figma. I've seen a hell of a lot of them in the meantime and said everything that there is to be said about the line. Every popular character gets a figma, a...
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The List - 7 TV Anime Affected by Japanese Censorship

Sometimes your episode is pulled because the series' creator really doesn't like you. ― Over in the states, we're used to television censorship of our favorite anime. It was par for the course, whether cigarettes were replaced with lollipops, swimsuits painted on bathing scenes, or Japanese characters were suddenly in America. Japanese broadcasts get their share of censorship to, with a main focus o...
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Answerman - Brighter Days

This week, what's the deal with all of the different audio formats on Blu-ray? Can US companies access the original film masters of old shows? Where are all the OVAs these days? And why companies decide to not release controversial adult material, even if it's demonstrably legal. ― This has to be one of the worst, most depressing news weeks of the year. So rather than continuing to fixate on all the...
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ANNCast - Parliament Funkadelic

Roland Parliament, ADR Director of the original DIC version of Sailor Moon and original voice of Melvin stops by to tell tales of the old days and talk about his new book, Sailor Moon Reflections! ― ANNCast 196 - Parliament Funkadelic Get the Flash Player to see this player. Roland Parliament, ADR Director of the original DIC version of Sailor Moon and original voice of Melvin stops by to tell tales...
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House of 1000 Manga - Zatch Bell

Jason remembers one of the strangest shonen fighting manga ever to hit it big, Zatch Bell. ― Zatch Bell Want to read about a Pokémon rip-off? First published in Shonen Sunday magazine in 2001, Zatch Bell was one of hundreds of manga competing to be Number Two in the newly established genre of "heroes who fight using cute-but-violent monster/animal/pet companions." But Zatch is an extreme case becaus...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Love the One You're With

If you had all of the magic power in the world, what would you do? If the one you like doesn't like you back, do you switch who you like? These questions and others might be answered in RTO as Rebecca looks at the latest volume of Wandering Son, the final volume of Demon Love Spell, a digital-only release of a Lily Hoshino manga, and other new and upcoming titles! ― I've mentioned before (although I...
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The Mike Toole Show - YAS Hands

Mike takes a stroll through the work of illustrious character designer Mr. Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. ― A couple of times a year, I'll go to a convention and run a few panel presentations—usually jaunts through the career of a certain artist or studio, explorations of a particular genre, or one of my mainstays, Dubs that Time Forgot. A few of these have even been featured here on ANN, and the gist is pretty...
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The List - 7 Things You Didn't Know About Studio Ghibli

The studio that's captured hearts over its long career has its own fun secrets ― If you were paying any attention to the news this week, you might have noticed an anime community-wide panic about Studio Ghibli. One of the company's co-founder's, director Toshio Suzuki, stated in a television interview that the studio is "restructuring." What that means for animation production post-Goro Miyazaki's R...
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Answerman - High On Life

How is it decided where an anime will play in a theater? When does an already-released anime get dubbed? What would happen if Netflix launched in Japan? And what's with shows released on DVD in the US, but not in Japan? ― It's been a pretty bland week. Once I got out of jury duty, it was pretty much business as usual. So, with nothing interesting to report, let's get right down to some questions. Pe...
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The X Button - Creature Features

This week, it's an import pile-up of monster hunts, pure horror, and cute creatures! Plus Resident Evil, Hyrule Warriors, the hidden side of Strider, and another contest call! ― The X Button will take a vacation next week, but I'll find time to judge all of the entries for the current contest. You have until the end of next Thursday to get in your submissions and win a copy of One Piece: Unlimited W...
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Pile of Shame - MARCO: 3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother

Justin takes a look at a remake of Takahata's World Masterpiece Theater classic. Does it hold up? Ehh... ― MARCO: 3,000 Leagues in Search of Mother We need to declare a new genre of anime, right here and now. There needs to be a separate category for the metric ton of overwrought family fare Japan makes, that aims to be Studio Ghibli in quality, but ends up succumbing to its maudlin sentimentality a...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 16

The latest episode of M3 the dark metal from Daisuki.net ― Part 1: Part 2:
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Shelf Life - Flowers For Baudelaire

This week, armored gangsters, sexy cyborgs, giant robots, and stolen gym uniforms.
- Appleseed Alpha
- Flowers of Evil
- Majestic Prince collection 1
― Shelf Worthy Flowers of Evil Complete Series BD (Sub) Rental Shelf Appleseed Alpha BD Majestic Prince Collection 1 BD Perishable Nothing this week I love convention season, but it is a little exhausting. I feel like I've just barely recovered from Co...
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Astro Toy - SH Figuarts Mario

It's-a me, Mario! In SH Figuarts form, with a ton of fun accessories. ― SH Figuarts Mario And Accessories Series: Super Mario Maker: Bandai Price: $65 with accessories, $25 without This is an interesting release for Bandai. They've been doing videogame figures for the past few years under the “D-Arts” (D as in Digital) label... but the figures were noticeably inferior to Bandai's usual work in both ...
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The List - Anime's 7 Most Dangerous Jobs

The rewards are small and the risks are plentiful, but somebody's got to do it. ― The most dangerous jobs within the United States vary greatly, with many being subject to History Channel drama programming. We have loggers, fisherman, truckers, and pilots putting themselves in physical danger. Other jobs like doctors, dentists, and vets are very emotionally taxing. Anime has its own share of messy, ...
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Answerman - Pain in the Neck

This week, is it unethical to get around a stream being blocked in your country? Is RWBY being judged unfairly? Why don't consumers use (HD) video tapes? Any why do older manga get new anime? ― I've been trapped in stasis this week, socially at least. You see, I've been tagged for jury duty. The way jury duty works in Los Angeles County is, you get a summons in the mail, and after you register and s...
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House of 1000 Manga - Danza and Tesoro

Shaenon takes a tour of two works by legendary mangaka Natsume Ono. ― Danza and Tesoro In 2009, I found myself browsing the then-newish branch of the Mandarake manga bookstore in Akihabara, Tokyo's otaku mecca. Never mind how I found myself there; it's one of the job hazards of the professional nerd. Bored by all the Shonen Jump and Shonen Sunday tankobon collections, my husband pulled an unusual-lo...
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The X Button - Equal Crime

This week, we find something to think about with Akiba's Trip and unwholesome rewards! Plus Judas Code, Street Fighter dress-up, and the chance to win some One Piece! ― Is it time for another contest already? I think it is. The last one was about Drakengard 3, which is a fairly gruesome and depressing game even when it's funny. So this contest needs something happy. And what's happier than the froli...
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RIGHT TURN ONLY!! - Shining Wings

Swords! Idols! VRMMORPGs! Food! There's a little bit of everything in this edition of RTO with new and upcoming manga, including SAO: Fairy Dance, Kaze Hikaru, as well as an untranslated title by Aya Nakahara and a digital release Rebecca read so you don't have to! ― You know what time it almost is? Berry picking time! For reasons unknown to me, I love picking fruit. The raspberries and blackberries...
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Now Streaming: M3 the dark metal Episode 15

M3 the dark metal - Vacant Heart of Morning Gray ― Part 1: Part 2:
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The Mike Toole Show - What's The Criterion?

Mike wonders aloud which anime would be a good fit for the prestigious Criterion Collection. ― Earlier this year, Criterion did something they hadn't ever done in the DVD age: they released an animated movie as part of their Criterion Collection, an imprint known for exacting special editions with exhaustive supplemental materials and bonus features. Was that animated masterpiece a modern classic of ...
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The List - 7 Shuttered American Anime Companies

Here's a salute to bygone American anime companies, we knew ye well. ― The face of the anime industry looks a lot different than when I started buying DVDs in 2001. Funimation's reach was growing, but was still known mostly as the "Dragon Ball Z" company, while Viz Media was pretty well established. Bandai could be relied on to bring over everything Sunrise-related, Media Blasters picked up the ligh...