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Inside Tokyo Game Show 2016

From Bandai-Namco to Square-Enix, we've got the inside scoop on the sights and sounds of this year's big Tokyo Game Show exhibition! ― While there are numerous gaming conventions held around the world, many of the larger news stories come from major tradeshows. For instance, E3 generally has the gaming community abuzz with news about major publishers' future releases. Unfortunately, E3 is closed to t...
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Which Re:Zero Girl Should Win the Election?

Politics can be harrowing enough on their own, but when you throw five cute anime girls into the running, things could really get ugly! Who's the best choice to rule the kingdom and why? ― When Subaru Natsuki is pulled into the fantasy world of Lugunica, he hardly knows up from down, much less the political machinations that await him and his selected paramour. He's first introduced to the kingdom as...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Sep 9-15

The summer season is winding to a close, but that doesn't mean it's too late for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure to suddenly leap up the charts! Find out how all your favorite shows did in our weekly rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (a...
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Mobile Suit Gundam: A Char For All Seasons

It isn't a great Gundam show without a great villain! Lauren Orsini starts with Char and counts down the complex, ruthless and iconic bad guys of Gundam. ― Sometimes it's not the hero that makes a story great—it's the villain. This is especially true for the Gundam franchise. Each of these space opera stories focuses on the tireless rivalry between the protagonist and antagonist, and with so many var...
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Inside the English Dub Premiere of Digimon Adventure Tri

The original English cast of Digimon Adventure reunited for the first time in over a decade for the first Digimon Tri movie, and we've got the inside scoop from Thursday night's premiere! ― It was a packed house at the TCL Chinese Theater for the English dub premiere of Digimon Adventure Tri's first movie, as everyone settled in their seats, goodie bags and tickets in hand, with nervous energy. I hav...
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A Beginner's Guide to Tales RPGs

Now that Tales of Zestiria has gotten its own anime adaptation, you may be wondering what this long-running JRPG series is all about and where to start playing. Gabriella Ekens has the answers! ― Deluging the market with a new game every year or so, the Tales series is the biggest JRPG franchise that you might not know about. While still slightly beneath the notice of the average Western gamer, the s...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Sep 2-8

ReZero retakes its place at the top of the heap, but it's a 12-point jump up the ladder for Thunderbolt Fantasy! How did your favorite summer 2016 shows fare in our weekly rankings? ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the seas...
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Interview: Aniplex of America President Hideki 'Henry' Goto

Aniplex of America is throwing a huge party in Los Angeles on the weekend of October 15th! We sat down with president Henry Goto to get the details - and get his take on the anime industry in 2016. ― Hideki “Henry” Goto needs very little introduction – the president of Aniplex of America, Goto has had a storied career in the Japanese animation industry, having been a familiar face to American fans si...
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The Secret of Love Live's Success

Love Live has a passionate, devoted audience and demonstrably broad appeal, but what makes this silly idol show so entertaining? Nick Creamer has a few ideas. ― So recently I've been thinking about a question I get from time to time: “what's the deal with Love Live?” It's not a surprising question. I'm normally a person who gravitates towards really personal character dramas, or thematically heavy sh...
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Interview: Nami Sano, Author of Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

The mangaka behind the smash hit comedy Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto speaks out about her influences, how she got her start, and what she thinks of the recent Sakamoto anime! ― Nami Sano, the manga creator of Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto made her first visit to an overseas comics convention at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles earlier this summer, as a guest of BookWalker Global. While she didn't ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 26-Sep 1

Mob Psycho shoots to the top of the heap, while Re:Zero takes a significant dive from its eight-week streak at the top. Find out where your favorites stack up this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in ...
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Thirty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1986

1986 wasn't just another year in the anime industry - from Castle in the Sky to Megazone 23, countless iconic and influential productions were released. Daryl Surat takes you on a journey through the year that was. ― The amount of new anime released every year is staggering. It's now the norm in the 2010s that every few months there are at least thirty new series starting, but ask yourselves: on aver...
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Interview: Kyoto Animation's Taichi Ishidate

Correspondent Mike Toole visited the legendary Kyoto Animation, the studio behind Sound! Euphonium, K-On!, Haruhi Suzumiya and more - for a wide-ranging interview with director and animator Taichi Ishidate! ― I just love Kyoto. It's more of a walking city than Tokyo or Osaka, with its charmingly narrow avenues dotted by literally thousands of temples. With picturesque parks right in the throes of han...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 19-25

91 Days and Love Live Sunshine come surging from behind to leap up the charts! Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranking...
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Interview: Knights of Sidonia Mangaka Tsutomu Nihei

Deeply influential sci-fi mangaka Tsutomu Nihei talks about his incredible career, and goes in-depth about his most famous creations: Knights of Sidonia and Blame! ― Mecha suits, space motorcycles, morphing space aliens, epic futuristic cities, and talking bears with guns – this and more are the product of the imagination of manga artist Tsutomu Nihei. The creator of mind-bending science fiction seri...
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First Impressions: Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom (PS4)

Eren and his Titan-killing pals finally arrive in proper videogame form, with the thrilling ability to zip around on your very own 3D Maneuver gear - but is the rest of the game worth the hype? ― It's been a few years since monster-killing mega-franchise Attack on Titan hit critical mass, and now Tecmo Koei's flagship development team, Omega Force, has been put to the test to deliver an Attack on Tit...
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Comiket 90: Cosplay and More

Our Tokyo correspondent Ken shares both his experience attending the massive Comic Market 90 at Big Sight and a horde of new cosplay photos! ― The biannual Comiket (Comic Market) is the largest anime and manga related event in Japan. Every August and December, thousands of hobbyists flock to the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center in Odaiba, Tokyo for the three-day festival, where they can sell and pur...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 12-18

Mob Psycho 100 descends more than a few spaces while Danganonpa is on the ascent - find out how your favorite summer anime fare in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that the...
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Subaru Natsuki: The Best and Worst Thing About Re:Zero

Re:Zero's protagonist is no ordinary NEET, but is he extraordinary in a good way or a bad way? Jacob Chapman dives into this otaku hero's mind to uncover what makes him tick and why it matters. ― Spoiler Warning: This article contains spoilers through episode 18 of Re:Zero. Re:Zero is definitely the kind of anime that draws polarized feelings out of people. Right off the bat, it's based on a series o...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Aug 5-11

Orange and Food Wars! stomp down the competition with outstanding episodes, but halfway through the season, can they shake up the status quo? Here are your weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. ...
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Your Ultimate Guide to Anime Ending Credits: Part IV

The final installment of Kevin Cirugeda's guide to anime closing credits rounds out the creative team - learn about storyboarding, screenwriting, what exactly an Episode Director does and much more! ― If you found last time's quick look at the producers and studio interactions less exciting, you'll be glad to see this guide delve back into the artistic side of production. Right at the end of TV serie...
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Interview: Your Lie in April Mangaka Naoshi Arakawa

The award-winning creator of the smash hit tearjerker Your Lie in April discusses his biggest hit, sudden success, his first trip to the US (or even on an airplane) and his brand-new manga series. ― Anime Expo 2016 was notable for having not just one, but several noted manga creators from Japan featured as their special guests. One such guest was Naoshi Arakawa, the award-winning creator of the drama...
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Interview: Love Live Sunshine - Aqours

Six brand-new school idols appeared at Anime Expo 2016 to introduce the world to Love Live! Sunshine!! We sat down with the group to find out what their visit to America was like and what inspires their music. ― It's been a big year for the girls from Love Live Sunshine. It's the first voice role for many of the girls; they're the new "school idols" from the Love Live project, an all-media project th...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Jul 29-Aug 4

Alderamin on the Sky shoots up the rankings in an unprecedented bid for the top spot - but Re:Zero remains king of the hill. See how all your favorite shows fared in our weekly rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the...
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Five Lessons I Learned From Assassination Classroom

Longtime Koro-sensei pupil Paul Jensen reflects on the lessons he learned from his time inside this chaotic classroom, after graduation. ― Now that Assassination Classroom's final season is over, it's time to take a look at some of the themes and ideas hiding under all the quirky comedy and over-the-top action. Open up those notebooks and turn your brains back on, because we've got some learning to d...
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Can You Name 10 More Anime From The 2000s?

It's time to reach back into the deepest parts of your otaku memory - can you name all 10 of these anime from the 2000s?
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Weeks of July 1-28

The first user rankings of the Summer 2016 season are finally in! Find out where Re:Zero, Mob Psycho 100 and all your other favorite shows landed on the list. ― Our team of reviewers are following 30 anime series of the Summer 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that t...
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Interview: Okayado, The Father of Monster Musume

The man behind the smash hit manga Monster Musume opens up about his career, what inspires him, and just how much fan input influences where his beautifully bizarre creation goes next. ― Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles attracted an all-star array of top talent from Japan, including several manga creators. One notable guest making his first visit to a N. America comics convention was Okayado, the creat...
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Report: Under the Dog's Tokyo Premiere

A quick report and early impressions from the premiere of Under the Dog, the highly-anticipated new crowdfunded OVA from Kinema Citrus and director Masahiro Ando. ― On August 9, 2014 at the Otakon convention in Baltimore, a unique and intrepid anime project was announced to the world: Kinema Citrus's Under The Dog. Many new anime projects are announced at conventions, but Under The Dog’s announcement...
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Interview: Shoji Kawamori

Whe Shoji Kawamori gets creative, the results can be spectacular - and controversial! The visionary creator of Macross discusses his brand new, completely original sci-fi anime due out in 2017. ― Shoji Kawamori scarcely needs an introduction – as the father of the hallowed Macross franchise and a legend in the field, Kawamori has racked up hits both critical and commercial throughout his entire block...
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Interview: The Cast and Crew of My Hero Academia

The incredible creative talent behind this spring's smash hit My Hero Academia - Director Kenji Nagasaki, producer Wakana Okamura and voice actors Justin Briner and Chris Sabat - go in-depth! ― At Anime Expo this year, we had the opportunity to sit down with the Japanese crew and English cast of My Hero Academia. Director Kenji Nagasaki, producer Wakana Okamura, the voice of Midoriya Justin Briner, a...
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Interview: Blue Exorcist Mangaka Kazue Kato

The action blockbuster Blue Exorcist is back with a brand-new anime in 2017 - we sat down with the original creator of the Blue Exorcist manga to explore her incredible success (and dig up details on the new anime!) ― Kazue Kato, the creator of Blue Exorcist made her N. American comic/anime convention debut appearance at Anime Expo 2016 in Los Angeles on July 4th weekend. She came to meet fans and to...
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The Most (And Least) Relatable Gundam Heroes

Lauren Orsini lists the Gundam pilots whose decision-making skills and emotional fortitude she can relate to the most - while exploring how your favorite Gundam pilots can say a lot about you and the Gundam series you respond to most. ― Gundam has given us a lot of main characters who are strong, capable, and smart. But how many of them can you actually relate to? Since Mobile Suit Gundam first aired...
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Interview: Studio Bones President Masahiko Minami

The president of the studio behind classics like Fullmetal Alchemist and recent smash hits My Hero Academia and this season's Mob Psycho 100 speaks his mind on the state of the industry and his studio's incredible output! ― Masahiko Minami is a co-founder and the president of BONES, the studio behind world-class anime classics like Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, and most recently, the internation...
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In Memory of Innocence: A Guide to D.Gray-Man

D.Gray-Man Hallow is one of the hottest shows of the summer, but there are over 100 episodes to catch up on - hit the fast forward button on this supernatural blockbuster with our handy guide! ― Almost eight years have passed since Allen Walker and his fellow Exorcists vowed to continue fighting before the screen faded to what, back then, felt like a permanent fin. As the memory of even the show's m...
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The Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide

The Summer 2016 anime preview guide has begun! Check back daily for reviews of all of this season's biggest new shows.
Available Now: Battery - Summer 2016 Short Anime - Danganronpa 3: Future Arc - Mob Psycho 100 - The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. - Active Raid - Ange Vierge - Qualidea Code - hitorinoshita The Outcast - Handa-kun - Time Travel Girl - Thunderbolt Fantasy - 91 Days - Amanchu! - This Art Club Has a Problem! - and much more!
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Interview: Xavier Lim, Bluefin's Gundam Guru

If you've ever bought a Gundam model from a store in America, chances are Xavier Lim was responsible for it. Gundam expert Lauren Orsini grills Lim about the market for Gundam models and why it's now bigger than ever! ― If you've bought a do-it-yourself plastic model kit from the Gundam anime franchise in the United States, you've probably got Xavier Lim to thank for it. Lim is Brand Manager at Bluef...
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Anime Spotlight - New Game!

Graduating from high school, Aoba Suzukaze starts working at "Eagle Jump", the game production company that created the game, “Fairies Story” she was engrossed in when she was young. There, she meets Ko Yagami, the character designer for that game. ― New Game! Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 4, 2016 Key Staff Director: Yoshiyuki Fujiwara ("P...
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Alice in Anime Wonderland

Follow the white rabbit on a journey through the world of cool, exciting, adorable, often scary and sometimes violent anime and manga adaptations of Alice in Wonderland! ― Few children's novels have achieved the level of notoriety that Lewis Carroll's Alice duology has – 1864's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its 1871 follow up, Through the Looking Glass have been the inspiration for more spin-o...
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Anime Spotlight - ReLIFE

Have you ever thought, "I want to live my life over again"?

The #1 popular comic running in the web comic site "comico" is finally turning into anime!
― ReLIFE Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 2016 Key Staff Director: Tomochi Kosaka ("Yowamushi Pedal" as Unit Director for eps 29) Series Composition: Kazuho Hyodo ("Big Windup" (episodes 6, 11...
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Is The Lost Village Actually A Comedy?

Love it or hate it, the supernatural thriller The Lost Village held fans captive with a shocking (and often shockingly goofy) twist each week. But was it really a comedy all along? Nick Creamer makes the case. ― At last, The Lost Village has rambled to an end. Ostensibly a psychological horror piece about getting in touch with past trauma, the show ended up being a lot more and a lot less than that -...
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The Best and Worst of the Spring 2016 Season

The votes have been cast and counted and the jury is in on the Spring 2016 anime season: which shows did you vote in as the best and the worst? Check out the final ranking! ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep ...
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Anime Spotlight - Hybrid × Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia

Summoned by his elder sister, Kizuna Hida visits the Tactical Defense Academy Ataraxia on the Japanese Float. There he meets Aine Chidorigafuchi, a girl fighting enemies from another world using the Heart Hybrid Gear Zeros. ― Hybrid × Heart Magic Academy Ataraxia Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 2016 Key Staff Director: Hiroyuki Furukawa ("Si...
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Anime Spotlight - Berserk

Slam in the chunk of steel.

"That night" is coming again. The "night" of battle where the "Black Swordsman" roars—
― Berserk Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 2016 Key Staff Director: Shin Itagaki ("Black Cat", "Basquash! (TV)" as director for episodes 1-20) Series Composition: Makoto Fukami ("Psycho-Pass (movie)" as screenplay) Story Slam in...
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Anime Spotlight - The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance

The King's caliber is being tested. ― The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 3, 2016 Key Staff Director: Noriyuki Abe (Bleach, Flame of Recca) Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (Arpeggio of Blue Steel, D-Frag!) Music: Taro Iwashiro (Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Blade and Soul) Story The King's calib...
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Anime Spotlight - Ange Vierge

I will "evolve" with you― ― Ange Vierge Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 9, 2016 (in Japan) Key Staff Director: Masafumi Tamura ("Dragonar Academy" as episode director for eps 3, 7, 11) Series Composition: Katsuhiko Takayama ("Aldnoah.Zero", "Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts", "The Future Diary") ↑ Top Story I will "evolve" with you―. One da...
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Anime Spotlight - Cheer Boys!!

Break apart your limits and your common sense! ― Cheer Boys!! Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 5, 2016 (in Japan) Key Staff Director: Ai Yoshimura ("Blue Spring Ride", "My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU") Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida ("Bakuman", "Girls und Panzer", "K-ON!", "Yowamushi Pedal") Story Break apart your limits and your common sen...
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Anime Spotlight - Handa-kun

Everybody can't help but follow the misadventures of Handa-kun! ― Handa-kun Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 7, 2016 (JST) Key Staff Director: Yoshitaka Koyama ("Noramimi" series, "Kero Kero Chime") Series Supervisor: Michiko Yokote ("Prison School", "Shirobako" as Series Composition) Character Design: Mayuko Matsumoto ("KanColle", "Gingitsun...
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Interview: Unified Pictures and Vampire Hunter D

Last year, Unified Pictures announced a new Vampire Hunter D TV series - now they're back with more details, some exclusive concept art, and a Kickstarter proposal! ― In June of 2015, it was announced that a new Vampire Hunter D animated coproduction was in the early planning stages, but since that time there have been no further publicized developments. Ahead of their Anime Expo 2016 panel, we touch...
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Anime Spotlight - Love Live! Sunshine!!

Nine high school girls, led by second-year student Chika Takami, are driven by one seriously big dream: To become the next generation of bright, sparkling “school idols”! ― Love Live! Sunshine!! Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On-air starts July 2016. Key Staff Director: Kazuo Sakai ("Mushi-Uta" as director, "Mobile Suit Gundam AGE"as episode director) Series Co...
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Anime Spotlight - Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!!

A battle to grant the magical girl's normal yet grand wish begins! ― Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya 3rei!! Visit the Official Site Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting July 6, 2016 Key Staff Chief Director: Shin Oonuma ("Kokoro Connect" sa chief director, "Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts" as director,"WATAMOTE" as director) Series Composition: Kenji Inoue ("Baka and Test -...
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The Best and Worst Anime of Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 anime season is wrapping up, so it's time for our reviews crew to pick their best and worst shows of the season! My Hero Academia, RE: Zero and more - and don't forget to tell us yours! ― Spring is wrapping up, which means it's time to poll our Daily Streaming Reviews team and find out which shows they loved the most, and which shows they'll try the hardest to forget! Once you're done...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of June 17-23

We're closing in on the final week, and the rankings are starting to firm up - Assassination Classroom makes a play for the top spot! Where did your favorite shows wind up on our weekly user rankings? ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and...
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Berserk: Past, Present, and Future

With a new Berserk anime adaptation on the horizon, series superfan Brittany Vincent takes a look at how this legendary manga has been adapted to the screen over the years and what we can hope to see from the upcoming continuation. ― Kentaro Miura's Berserk is twisted, grim, and otherworldly. It also happens to be one of the greatest dark fantasy series ever penned. From its humble beginnings in Mont...
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Inside the 10th Anniversary Higurashi When They Cry Exhibition

The Higurashi franchise turns ten years old this year, so Animate celebrated this June with a special art exhibition, and we've got a detailed look at all the displays. ― Independently published manga and videogames have steadily been gaining popularity in Japan, and a small handful of these independent works have been adapted into anime series. Recent examples range from Ojisan to Marshmallow, Hetal...
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Ten Must-See Anime Classics You Can Stream

The best classic anime isn't only on DVD anymore - if you've been looking for a big pile of awesome retro anime to dig into, look no further! Daryl Surat picks 10 of the best classic anime you can watch free right now. ― I was a guest once again recently at AnimeNEXT, where I sacrificed seeing a convention-exclusive episode of Inferno Cop to do what I always do: run panels where I show people video c...
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Interview: Ray Chiang, SPJA CEO, on Anime Expo 2016

With an enormous guest lineup, Anime Expo 2016 is bigger than ever and it's right around the corner. We spoke with the SPJA's brand-new CEO about what to expect this year, and all those controversial policy changes. ― 2016 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Anime Expo, the country's largest anime convention, hitting a new record attendance in 2015 with 90,500 fans – and they're hoping to crack six...
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The Rebirth of Sailor Moon Crystal

It's safe to say Sailor Moon Crystal had a rocky and controversial start - but now, in its third season, is it finally becoming the show fans wanted? Rebecca Silverman investigates. ― With any franchise that has a strong fanbase, a reboot or reworking of the source material is going to make some waves. That has certainly proven true for Sailor Moon Crystal. Where once fans could simply be divided abo...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of June 10-16

My Hero Academia comes roaring back into the top 5, but what had to fall to make space for it? Find out how all your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in...
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The Tragic Girl in Anime

You know the type - she's terminally ill and she's here to shepherd the hero to greatness. Theron Martin examines the "tragic girl" character in anime with an unlikely comparison: Your Lie in April and Sword Art Online II! ― Note: This article contains major spoilers for Air, Your Lie in April, and Sword Art Online II and more minor spoilers for Utawarerumono. You've seen 'em before: a Tragic Girl is...
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Seven Manga That Need An English Release Right Now

There are mountains of manga that remain unlicensed, unreleased and unread by English-language speakers; here are seven thrilling unlicensed manga we're dying to see on the shelves! ― It's sometimes overwhelming to think about how many different books exist out there that we'll never be able to read. For bibliophiles like me, that's a sad thought, and for many manga fans, it becomes a frustrating one...
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First Impressions: Sherlock: A Study in Pink

At long last, Benedict Cumberbatch's unique portrayal of Sherlock Holmes has finally been captured in manga form. Rebecca Silverman investigates how it stacks up to the TV series. ― Manga and anime adaptations of Western properties tend to be limited to the classics – children's literature such as Heidi, fairy tales, and roughly nine hundred versions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. However, ever...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of June 3-9

As Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress takes a precipitous fall from grace, what other anime are creeping in to take the top spots? See how your favorite shows stack up this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep...
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Your Favorite Anime Couple

Just about every fan has a favorite anime couple, two lovebirds they were really rooting for - our critics run down their favorites, from Baccano to My Love Story, and we're dying to hear yours! ― Even if you don't consider yourself a romantic, most every anime fan has a favorite couple - two characters whose special relationship really connected with them, two people they were seriously rooting for....
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Anime's Fiercest Frenemies

Even when they're locked in a battle between good and evil, sometimes our favorite anime characters can't help picking a fight with their friends instead! Jacob Chapman explores what makes a great anime rivalry. ― Sometimes they're called rivals, and sometimes they're called foils, but I think there's no finer word than "frenemy" for one of the most enjoyable tropes in anime. Of course, the dynamic b...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 27-June 2

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure claims the top spot in the cumulative rankings and the rest of the list is shaken up! Find out how your favorite shows ranked this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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Inside Tokyo's New Sailor Moon Exhibition

High in the sky above Tokyo with a spectacular view of the city, a special exhibition of Sailor Moon rarities and treasures is currently being held - here's a tour inside! ― The February 1992 issue of Kodansha's Nakayoshi magazine introduced a genre redefining manga series to the world: Naoko Takeuchi's Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. The series quickly captured the imagination of Japanese girls and was...
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First Impressions: Netflix's Voltron Legendary Defender

We sent super robot expert Mike Toole to watch the 70-minute pilot episode of Netflix's brand-new re-imagining of Voltron, by the folks who brought you The Legend of Korra! Is it any good? How faithful is it to the original? ― As the content wars of the current days heat up, it's not surprising to see major players like Netflix spreading their wings—they've underwritten original hits, brought a serie...
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Your Ultimate Guide to Anime Ending Credits: Part III

The third installment of our in-depth look at the people who make the anime you love covers the most stressful jobs in the industry and what you might not know about outsourcing animation! ― It's been a while since the previous chapter of this guide following the ending credits of TV anime, attempting to shed some light into its production. Hopefully that break allowed everyone to catch up with the p...
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Is Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Just An Attack On Titan Clone?

These two post-apocalyptic action series sure do look and sound a lot alike, and they even share a director - but there's a lot more to Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress than that. Jacob Chapman argues his case. ― The countryside has been devastated by undead humanoid monsters, forcing humanity into packed walled cities ruled by fear and a rigid class structure. Then disaster strikes when those monsters ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 20-26

It's an action-packed week with real winners and losers on the charts - Kiznaiver shoots up as a sudden rival for the top spot, while Kabaneri sinks like a stone! See how your favorite shows placed! ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and w...
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Interview: The World's Biggest Visual Novels with Visual Art's

Visual Art's CEO Takahiro Baba, character designer Na-Ga and music composer Shinji Orito discuss the incredible success and behind-the-scenes details of some of their biggest games, including Air and Angel Beats! ― Three members of Japanese visual novel company Visual Art's – CEO Takahiro Baba (left in picture), character designer Na-Ga (not pictured by request), and music composer Shinji Orito (rig...
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What Makes Magical Girls So Popular?

They're an anime staple, embraced by audiences of all ages and types, and are frequently described as "empowering" - but what is it exactly that makes magical girls connect with so many people? ― Sailor Moon just got remade, Madoka Magica was the biggest anime hit of the past five years, and US-made cartoons are getting more mahou shoujo-tastic by the day. I think it's fair to call magical girls, you...
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Hunting for Rare Anime Swag in Japan

For the hardest of the diehard otaku in Japan, finding the ultimate limited edition items comes with a serious price, and now that retailer exclusives are all the rage, it's a jungle out there. ― There are two Japanese phrases that describe serious Japanese collectors rather well. Roughly translated they're “Japanese people can't resist the words ‘limited edition’” and “Always buy sets of three. One ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 13-19

Kiznaiver leaps up the charts while Assassination Classroom drops like a rock - what other chaos awaits your favorite shows in our weekly user rankings? ― Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these r...
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The Heroic Spirit of My Hero Academia

Even in this age of gritty superhero reboots, My Hero Academia has an undeniably optimistic idea of what heroes really are - Nick Creamer gets into it. ― There's just something about heroes. Soaring through the sky or charging across the earth, brows furrowed, ready for action. Halting the spread of evil, or simply offering assistance where they can. Pursuing an ideal of justice, carrying the hopes o...
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The Real Legends of Bungo Stray Dogs

The supernatural detectives of Bungo Stray Dogs share a common thread: they're all based on world-famous authors from the past! Rebecca Silverman walks us through the real history behind the show's beautiful bishonen. ― It's a conceit more common to straight mysteries and steampunk – plucking authors out of their times and places and plunking them down in a semi-modern world (or an alternative versio...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of May 6-12

The weekly rankings are shaken up by the introduction of Tanaka-kun is Always Listless, but does it change the order of the top 5? Found out how your favorite shows performed in our user rankings! ― This week, Tanaka-kun is Always Listless joins the rankings. Our team of reviewers are following 25 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let...
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Interview: Legendary Evangelion Illustrator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

The man behind the most iconic illustrations of Neon Genesis Evangelion and one of the most recognized character designers in the world opens up about his career and the state of the anime industry. ― During FicZone, a recent anime, manga and videogames event in Granada, in the south of Spain, we sat down to talk with Yoshiyuki Sadamoto about his current projects, hoping to get his thoughts about the...
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Anime Time Travel: Who Got It Right?

Anime has a ton of different ways to travel through time, but which one of them seems the most plausible? Paul Jensen straps in to determine which method makes the most sense, from Haruhi Suzumiya to Re:Zero! ― Re:Zero has been making a bit of a splash this season, thanks in part to its time-bending premise. Every time the main character dies, he gets a chance to go back and try again, sort of like h...
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Manga vs. Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist

The debate about which version of Fullmetal Alchemist is the best one rages to this day - we break down all the arguments to determine which one is actually better, the manga, the 2003 anime, or Brotherhood? ― For every popular anime based on a manga, there's the age-old question: which version is better? This is especially true with any anime that diverges significantly from its source material. Som...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Apr 29-May 5

Re:Zero shoots up the charts and threatens the top two spots - see how all your other favorite shows are faring in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are ...
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The Takarazuka Experience: Rurouni Kenshin

All about Japan's legendary all-female theater troupe, which has delighted audiences for generations with lavish, impeccable stage productions of some of your favorite anime - including Rurouni Kenshin! ― Anime fans might not think about this too often, but there have been stage productions of popular anime, manga, and video game titles as early as 1966 with Sazae-san; such productions became dramati...
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What's The One Beloved Anime You Just Don't Get?

Everyone's got one: the enormously popular and beloved anime series or movie that they just didn't fall in love with like everyone else. Our critics confess theirs, and we're dying to hear yours! ― This question can be tough to answer: what's the one beloved anime masterpiece, the show or movie or OVA or whatever it is where you feel like you're the only person who just doesn't get it and didn't fall...
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Can You Name 10 More Anime from the 90s?

How well do YOU remember the anime of the 1990s? Here are 10 more classic shows - but can you recall them all?
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Apr 22-28

The Spring 2016 season rolls along and while Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress hangs on to its #1 position in the cumulative rankings, there's a new challenger to the #1 spot in the weekly chart! ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) o...
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All Might vs. Superman: How Our Heroes Are Different

What is it that makes the superheroes in Japan's megasize hits One-Punch Man and My Hero Academia feel so different from our old friends Iron Man and Batman? The differences are wider than you might think. ― Superheroes are extremely popular right now. Regardless of how you feel about the trend of a new comic-based movie or television series premiering every five minutes, it's undeniable that cape-we...
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Your Favorite Anime Mascot

They capture your heart and, more significantly, your money - from Haro to Ryo-Ohki, our critics pick their favorite anime mascot characters, and we'd love to hear yours! ― Though their relative ubiquity has declined somewhat since the 90s, mascot characters have been a staple of anime forever; your first piece of anime merchandise might've likely been a Kuroneko keychain or a Keroberos plush doll. T...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Weeks of Apr 1-21

The results are in from the first round of voting on Spring 2016's anime lineup! Find out which shows are already breaking out and which might already be heading for the scrap heap. ― Our team of reviewers are following 24 anime series of the Spring 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the seas...
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The Real Legends of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

The next season of the Arabian Nights-flavored action-adventure hit Magi is on the way to Netflix; learn the folkloric history behind the show's heroes and get a refresher on seasons past. ― The Arabian Nights' Entertainment. 1001 Nights. Whatever you call it, the collection of Middle and Far Eastern folklore collected around the 13th century in Persia (now Iran) has had impressive reach in all corne...
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Why We Love Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney

Fans have clamored for a Phoenix Wright anime for years - the one we finally got left a little to be desired. Jacob Chapman explains what makes the game series so special... and why the anime might not stack up. ― This spring, after over a decade of waiting and hoping, Phoenix Wright fans finally got the TV anime adaptation they always wanted. Well, sort of. After the first episode of A-1 Pictures's...
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The Spring 2016 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2016 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for fresh takes on all of this season's hottest new shows.
Available Now: Big Order - Spring 2016 Shorts - Three Leaves, Three Colors - Flying Witch - Haifuri - Kiznaiver - Tanaka-kun is Always Listless - Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto - Shonen Maid - Concrete Revolutio: The Last Song - Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress - And you think there is never a girl online? - Anne-Happy - Super Lovers - Bungo Stray Dogs - Twin Star Exorcists - and much more!
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Interview: Kazuya Sasahara on Dai-Shogun VR

The man behind the soldier bunnies of Apocalypse Meow has a vision: anime in virtual reality. Specifically, Dai Shogun in virtual reality, via Kickstarter. Naturally, we had a few questions about his ambitious plans. ― Kazuya Sasahara is known among Western fans chiefly for his directorial work on Cat Shit One (also known as Apocalypse Meow in the US), a little CG OVA featuring realistic fuzzy animal...
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Anime Spotlight - Shonen Maid

After his mother passed away, grade school boy Chihiro Komiya starts working as a "maid" at his uncle's grand estate. ― Shonen Maid Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On air starting April 7, 2016 (in Japan) Key Staff Director: Yusuke Yamamoto (Aquarion Evol, Walkure Romanze) Series Composition: Yoshiko Nakamura (Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga, Mont...
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Anime Spotlight - Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto.

The cool, cooler, coolest high school student is here, and his name is Sakamoto. ― Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto. Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery On Air starting April 7, 2016 (in Japan) Key Staff Director: Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama (TV), Mobile Suit Gundam X, School Rumble, Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!) Character Design: Kana Ishida Atsuko Nakajima (T...
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Which Shonen Jump Series Hooked You?

Weekly Shonen Jump has been the most potent gateway drug for anime since 1968 - most anime fans have a story about the one Shonen Jump title that won their heart. We asked our critics - and now we're asking you! ― Weekly Shonen Jump has been acting as the world's most potent gateway drug for anime & manga since 1968, offering up undeniably addicting, globe-conquering action-adventure epics like Drago...

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