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Interview: Shinji Aramaki

The director of this summer's Appleseed Alpha and Space Pirate Captain Harlock discusses those films, the state of Japanese CG and his early days. ― Shinji Aramaki is a true anime legend. After joining Artmic in the early 80s, the young Aramaki went on to contribute mecha designs for numerous series like Mospaeda and Bubblegum Crisis. He eventually graduating to the director's chair for early oversea...
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Interview: May'n

The Macross Frontier sensation and closing act of the 2014 JPOP Summit shares some insights about her career, singing for international audiences and more. ― There are some very recognizable names of singers and musicians in the world of “anison” - the genre of songs made especially for anime production. Many well-loved acts have contributed their music to the anison world, and conversely, the anison...
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Interview: Thomas Sirdey, Co-Founder, Japan Expo

The co-founder of last year's rocky Japan Expo 1st Impact talks about all the dramatic changes to this year's event, what went wrong last time and what to expect from this year's show at the San Mateo Event Center. ― ANN: So let's start with Japan Expo 2013. How would you characterize that event? THOMAS SIRDEY: 2013 was the year of Japan Expo 1st Impact. As the name states, it was a first event. Our ...
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Anime Spotlight - GLASSLIP

A summer fillled with friends, fun and romance? ― GLASSLIP Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast July 3, 2014(JST) Key Staff Director: Junji Nishimura ( True Tears, Ranma ½, Kyo kara Maoh!) Series Composition: Rika Sato (Tari Tari (TV) (as Screenplay (eps 5-8, 11-12) Junji Nishimura ( True Tears(as Script (eps 2, 5, 9, 11)), Hanasaku Iroha - Blossoms for T...
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Interview: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods with Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel

The longtime English dub director and his leading men from Dragon Ball Z sit down to chat about the new film and their legacy with this historic franchise. ― Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, the first theatrically released Dragon Ball movie in 17 years, premiered in English over AX weekend in Los Angeles, CA. Justin Cook, Chris Sabat, and Sean Schemmel took some time out of that busy weekend to talk wi...
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Anime Spotlight - Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Zwei!

The sequel to the popular Fate/Kaleid series makes it's summer debut! ― Fate/kaleid liner Prisma☆Illya Zwei! Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins July, 2014 Key Staff Chief Director: Shin Oonuma ( Kokoro Connect TV, Dusk Maiden of Amnesia TV (dIrector), ef: A tale of Memories TV (Director) ) Director: Masato Jinbo (Episode Directpr Valvrave the Lib...
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Anime Spotlight - ARGEVOLLEN

Summer mecha fun courtesy of ARGEVOLLEN! ― ARGEVOLLEN Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins July 3rd(JST) Key Staff Director: Atsushi Ōtsuki (To Love-Ru-Trouble-Darkness, Ladies Versus Butlers, Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox ) Series Composition: Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Tokyo Tribe 2) Character Desi...
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Anime Spotlight - Bladedance of Elementalers

Form a team with the shamanic princesses and win the Bladedance! ― Bladedance of Elementalers Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins July 14th, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa (High School DXD, Daimidaler the Sound Robot, Shattered Angels) Series Composition: Takawo Yoshioka (Elfen Lied, Ikki Tousen, DearS) Character Design: Maki Fu...
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Exclusive Interview: The New English Language Cast of Sailor Moon

We sat down with the sparkling new cast of Sailor Moon: Stephanie Sheh, Kate Higgins, Cristina Vee, Amanda C. Miller, Cherami Leigh and Robbie Daymond to talk about the new dub! ― Anime Expo was abuzz this year with news of a new Sailor Moon dub cast for Viz's upcoming remastered release of the classic series. We sat down for a short interview with the new voices of the Sailor Guardians and Tuxedo Ma...
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Anime Spotlight - Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?

Let the battle for Corona-sou room 106 begin!!! ― Invaders of the Rokujyoma!? Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins July, 2014 Key Staff Director: Shin Oonuma (Baka and Test-Summon the Beast, C3, ef: a tale of melody) Series Composition: Shogo Yasukawa (Hyperdimension Neptunia, Terra Formars (OAV) ) Character Design: Hideki Furukawa (Watamote) ↑ Top...
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Anime Spotlight - LOVE STAGE!!

When showbiz and otaku culture collide hilarity ensues. ― LOVE STAGE!! Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast July 9, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kenichi Kasai ( Bakuman, KImikiss Pure Rouge, Nodame Cantabile) Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Genshiken(TV), Air Master, Hare+Guu) Original Creator: Eiki EIKI (Dear Myself, Train Train, Millennium Prime M...
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Anime Spotlight Summer 2014 - SHONEN HOLLYWOOD - HOLLY STAGE FOR 49

You had me at "A slapstick adolescence idol success story." ― SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 49- Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast July 2014(JST) Key Staff Director:Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (Say "I love you." as Series Director and Episode Director) Character Design: Kei Tsuchiya (Aruvu Rezuru - Mechanized Fairies) Art Director: Yuka Hirama (Boogiepop P...
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Anime Spotlight - Space Dandy (Season 2)

Dandy and his crew are back for more intergalactic hijinks! ― Space Dandy (Season 2) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins July 6, 2014(JST)/July 5, 2014(US) Key Staff General Director: Shinichiro Watanabe ("Cowboy Bebop", "Samurai Champloo") Director: Shingo Natsume ("Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos") Screenplay:Kimiko Ueno ("Crayon S...
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Anime Spotlight - Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun)

― Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun (Gekkan Shojo Nozaki-kun) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast July 6, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director:Mitsue Yamasaki (Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East, Episode Director Durarara!! (Eps.4), Kampfer (Eps. 1,10) Character Design: Junichiro Taniguchi (Genshiken Second Season, Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 1: The Beginn...
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Anime Spotlight - Rail Wars!

All Aboard!!! Let's ride along with the members of the Japanese National Railways Public Safety Squad! ― Rail Wars! Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins July, 2014 Key Staff General Director:Yoshifumi Sueda (Episode Director Knights of Sidonia, Pocket Monster XY, Un-Go (Eps. 2) ) Series Supervisor : Masashi Suzuki (Hayate the combat butler! Cuties,...
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The Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide

The Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide is here! Check back every day for new previews of this summer's biggest shows.
Now Available - Nobunaga Concerto - Bladedance of Elementalers - Magimoji Rurumo - Invaders of the Rokujyouma?! - Tokyo ESP - Encouragement of Climb 2 - Black Butler: Book of Circus - Terror in Resonance - Love Stage!! - Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA ILLYA 2wei! - Momo Kyun Sword - Sabagebu! Survival Game Club - Space Dandy Season 2 - Blue Spring Ride - Re: Hamatora - HaNaMaYaTa - Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun - DRAMAtical Murder - Akame ga KILL! - Rail Wars! - Shonen Hollywood - Aldnoah.Zero - Sword Art Online II - Sailor Moon Crystal - And much more!
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Exclusive Interview: Viz Media's Charlene Ingram and Josh Lopez on Sailor Moon

An exclusive sit-down with Viz Media's Charlene Ingram and Josh Lopez with all the details about Sailor Moon, including screenshot comparisons! ― Charlene Ingram is the Senior Manager of Animation Marketing for Viz Media; Josh Lopez is a producer on Viz's upcoming Sailor Moon release. We sat down with them both in advance of the show's big announcement to get all the details. ANN: When did Viz start ...
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The Space Dandy Interview: Part II - Bahi JD

In our second Space Dandy interview, Mike talks to Bahi JD, an animator who started with animated GIFs and wound up working on Kids on the Slope! ― When we think of animators, we might picture men and women in a dimly-lit, overcrowded studio, squinting at a light board, hunched over an LCD screen, or fingering a drawing tablet, doggedly honing their craft surrounded by their peers. But Bahi JD's path...
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The Space Dandy Interview: Part I - Thomas Romain

In the first of two interviews, Mike Toole sits down with Space Dandy mechanical designer and animator extraordinaire Thomas Romain. ― At Anime Boston 2013, scriptwriter Dai Sato revealed that, from the beginning, Space Dandy was planned to be broadcast around the world, simultaneously, right from the first episode. But global appeal requires global talent, and the show's general director Shinichiro ...
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The Spring 2014 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2014 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for the latest previews.
Now Available: Mekakucity Actors - Date a Live II - Ping Pong The Animation - Dai-Shogun - Is the Order a Rabbit? - Nanana's Buried Treasure - Chaika The Coffin Princess - No Game, No Life - Soul Eater Not! - Black Bullet - Comic Artist and Assistants - Kanojo ga Flag - Love Live! Season 2 - Haikyuu!! - Brynhildr in the Darkness - Baby Steps - One Week Friends - and much more!
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Anime Spotlight - Date A Live II

― Date A Live II Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 11th, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Keitaro Motonaga (Jormungand, Getbackers, Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka) Series Composition & Scenario: Hideki Shirane (Queen's Blade: Rebellion, Girl's High, Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar) Character Design: Satoshi Ishino (Excel Saga, Puni Puni Poemy) Animat...
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Nerd Tour Japan 2014: Days Seven and Eight

It's the final two days of Nerd Tour Japan, wrapping up in a very wet and rainy Kyoto and a visit to the Tezuka Museum! ― And so, here we are with the final update. On our second day in Osaka, we were hustled over to Kyoto, land of tradition and shrines and shrines and tradition. I'd never been, wasn't sure what I was going to see (aside from, you know, shrines, tradition, traditional shrines and tr...
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Anime Spotlight - SOUL EATER NOT!

― SOUL EATER NOT! Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Masakazu Hashimoto ("Professor Laytron and the Eternal Diva" , "Tari Tari" ) Music: Yuuki Hayashi (Gundam Build Fighters, Blood Lad, Diabolik Lovers) Animation Production BONES (Soul Eater, SPACE☆DANDY, Fullmetal Alchemist, Star Driver, Wolf's Rain, Eureka ...
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Nerd Tour Japan 2014: Days Five and Six

It's a Giant-Size Update! The Nerd Tour finally leaves Tokyo for the distant metropolis of Osaka, but not before spending a day at Tokyo DisneySea! ― Welcome to Osaka! It's about 3 hours south on the Shinkansen (bullet train), and it's basically Tokyo except people are a lot more rude and straightforward, and the food is crazy delicious and bad for you. I didn't know what to expect from this place, ...
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Interview: Bryce Papenbrook

The voice of Eren Jaeger talks about the recording process, screaming until his voice broke, what it was like to be picked, and facing the pressure. ― We had the pleasure of chatting with Bryce Papenbrook, who was recently announced as the English voice of Eren Jaeger from the heavily anticipated anime series, Attack on Titan. Previous roles for Papenbrook include Kirito from Sword Art Online, and Ri...
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Anime Spotlight - Knights of Sidonia

― Knights of Sidonia Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kobun Shizuno (Armored Core: Fort Tower Song OAV , Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea , G.I. Joe Sigma Six (U.S. TV)) Screenplay: Sadayuki Murai (Steamboy, Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue ) Theme Song Performance: Eri Kitamura (Mayo Chiki, ...
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Nerd Tour Japan 2014: Day Four

Day Four is jam-packed with incredible stuff! The Ghibli Museum, the sights, sounds, smells and stains of Nakano Broadway and not one but TWO kinds of animal petting cafes! ― This particular day was incredibly packed, so let's get right to it, shall we? HOPE: Hip hip hooray, it's the Ghibli museum! I've seen all the Ghibli films and love a large number of them, so I was super stoked to see this plac...
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Anime Spotlight - Chaika - The Coffin Princess

― Chaika - The Coffin Princess Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 9, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Original writer: Ichiro Sasaki Namaniku ATK (Outbreak Company, Polyphonica) Director: Soichi Masui (Scrapped Princess, Crayon Shin-chan: Arashi o Yobu Ogon no Spy Daisakusen (Movie 19)) Series composition: Touko Machida (Inari Kon Kon, Lucky Star, Tea...
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Nerd Tour Japan 2014: Day Three

The Nerd Tour gets a little detour down the super-fashionable yet somehow still pretty nerdy streets of Shibuya. Fujoshi Animate! Kitty Igloos! Terrifying animal masks! ― So on Day Three we were supposed to head out to the FujiQ Amusement Park with the rest of the tour, but upon seeing how much work we had to do (and how much prep we had left for AnimeJapan on Saturday) we wound up taking a day off ...
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Anime Spotlight - Dai - Shogun - Great Revolution

― Dai - Shogun - Great Revolution Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 9, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Takashi Watanabe (Shakugan no SHANA, Ikki Tousen, LOST UNIVERSE) Series composition:Dai Sato (FREEDOM, Eureka seveN) ↑ Top Introduction As a virgin, I'm the man that deserves to rule! ↑ Top Story In the late Edo period, Japan faced an unp...
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Anime Spotlight Spring - keroro

― keroro Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins March 22, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Original story: Mine Yoshizaki (Arcade Gamer Fubuki (TV)) Animation production: Sunrise (Mobile Suit Gundam, Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion, Tiger & Bunny) Theme song by: Mayumi Gojo (The Sacred Blacksmith, Futari Wa Pretty Cure) ↑ Top Introduction Keroro! A brand-new campai...
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Anime Spotlight Spring 2014

Riddle Story of Devil, The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior, Dragonar Academy, No Game, No Life and PUCHIM@S 2, keroro, Dai - Shogun - Great Revolution, Chaika - The Coffin Princess, Knights of Sidonia, SOUL EATER NOT!, Date A Live II, Love Live! School Idol Project (2nd Season) (more on the way!) ― Featured Series (Click for more) (Jump to additional shows) The Kawai Complex Guide ...
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Anime Spotlight - Riddle Story of Devil

― Riddle Story of Devil Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 3, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Original story: Yun Kouga (LOVELESS) Director: Keizo Kusakawa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st, Sekirei(TV)) Series composition and screenplay: Kiyoko Yoshimura (Linebarrels of Iron, DOGS/BULLETS&CARNAGE OVA) ↑ Top Introduction Classmates are all a...
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Nerd Tour Japan 2014: Day Two

It's Day Two! Explore the Meiji Jingu shrine and the glittering streets of Harajuku, with a stop at the Evangelion Store. ― Well, here we are on Day Two. Freezing-ass pouring rain blasting cold wind Day Two. Naturally we started at the Meiji Jingu Shrine, a big outdoor complex enshrining the spirit of the man credited with the Meiji Restoration. Shinto shrines are lovely in the rain, provided you're...
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AnimeJapan 2014 Blowout

Here it is! Over 280 big images direct to you from the show floor at AnimeJapan 2014! Bandai, Aniplex, Good Smile - you name it, they're here. Click for our massive photo gallery! ― AnimeJapan 2014 was held over March 22-23rd in Odaiba at the familiar Big Sight event space. In previous years the event had been split into two – Tokyo Anime Fair and Anime Contents Expo. This year the industry came tog...
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Interview: Yuma Takahashi and Koji Kitakami, Chief Producers of AnimeJapan

It's the biggest showcase for the Japanese anime industry of the year, and we sat down with two of the show's chief producers to discuss the past, present and future of the show and what to expect this weekend. ― ANN: What is your personal history respectively with TAF(Tokyo International Anime Fair) and ACE(ANIME CONTENTS EXPO), which were held until the last year? How did you feel about the split b...
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Anime Spotlight - PUCHIM@S 2

― PUCHIM@S 2 Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Mankyu (Tono To Issho) Original Creator: Namco Bandai Games (Tekken: Blood Vengeance, The Tower of Druaga, Tales of the Abyss) ↑ Top Introduction What's PUCHIM@S 2? Set in a production office with unique idols and joyful producers, this Puchi-anime depicts the d...
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Nerd Tour Japan 2014

Zac Bertschy and Hope Chapman are on tour in Japan before and after AnimeJapan 2014, and they're taking a whole bunch of photos for your viewing pleasure. TODAY: Asakusa, Gundam Front, The Matsumoboat and more! ― It's been a long time, but I'm back in Japan. After my last trip in 2009 I decided I wanted to take a break for a while – maybe see some other parts of the world, if I'm gonna travel intern...
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Anime Spotlight - Dragonar Academy

― Dragonar Academy Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 5, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shunsuke Tada (Kuroko's Basketball, Sands of Destruction: Tsubasa Spring Thunder OVA) Series Composition: Noboru Kimura (Amagami SS+, Dan Doh!!, Problem children are coming from another world , aren't they?) Theme Song Performance: Yui Sakakibara (Kanok...
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Anime Spotlight - No Game, No Life

Can this legendary gaming duo save humanity?!?! ― No Game, No Life Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Atsuko Ishizuka (The Pet girl of Sakurasou, Supernatural: the Anime Series) Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Beyond the Boundary, Campione!, Princess Jellyfish) Animation Production Madhouse Studios (Black La...
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Anime Spotlight - The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior

The Kawai Complex is open for business! ― The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2014 (JST) Key Staff Original Creator: Ruri Miyahara ("Love Lab" (TV)) Director: Shigeyuki Miya ("Blood Lad" (TV), "Buzzer Beater" (TV), "Lupin III" Angel Tactics(Special), "Supernatural: The Anime Series "(OVA)...
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Interview: Tomohiko Ito

A few questions for the director of Occult Academy, Silver Spoon and of course, the smash hit series Sword Art Online. ― We had a chance to sit down with Tomohiko Ito, director of Occult Academy, Sword Art Online, and Silver Spoon. Ito discussed with us the differences between directing an original anime and an anime based on an existing work, what he enjoys about storyboarding a project, and why he ...
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Interview: Masahiro Ando

Masahiro Ando, the director of Sword of the Stranger, currently working on Sekai Seifuku, sits down with us for a few questions. We talk future projects, working with Mari Okada and more. ― ANN: Sword of the Stranger was very well received by anime fans in America, and it was compared to many other chanbara films in terms of appeal. These kinds of samurai movies have their own fanbase too, they're fa...
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Interview: Michelle Lee

We talk with Funimation social media manager Michelle Lee about the strategy behind the company's foray into the collector's market with their Kamisama Kiss Goddess Edition. ― We had a chance to chat with Michelle Lee, social media manager for Funimation, about the company's decision to release a premium edition of Kamisama Kiss. The complete series was released February 11, and is available in both ...
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Interview: Atsushi Ootsuki

Wagnaria!! Season 2 director Atsushi Ootsuki answers your questions, and talks about what it's like to take over a popular series. ― Last fall, we asked readers to send in questions for Atsushi Ootsuki, the director of Wagnaria!! Season 2. Wagnaria!! Season 2 is currently available in North America from NIS America. The two-disc Blu-ray boxset was released on February 4, 2014 and includes a hardcover...
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Interview: Mizuho Nishikubo

The director of Production I.G's upcoming animated World War II drama Giovanni's Island sits down for a few questions. PLUS: We have an exclusive new English-language trailer for the film! ― Director Mizuho Nishikubo is a veteran of the anime industry; he's directed classic OVAs from Zillion to Video Girl Ai to California Crisis and has worked closely with auteur filmmaker Mamoru Oshii for years. His...
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Interview: Jonathan Clements

Author Jonathan Clements tells us about writing the first book-length history of anime in English. ― Anime: A History by Jonathan Clements is the first in-depth history of Japanese animation in English. It sweeps over nearly a century of the medium, from its shadowy origins as a tiny cottage industry, through a dizzying series of changes; a wartime tool for instruction and propaganda, a kids' medium ...
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Top Interest Articles of 2013

Find out which titles dominated our interest articles in 2013. ― We've already covered the top 25 news articles of the year. What about the silly stuff? The stuff people still point out "isn't news." Here's a list of our most read interest articles of 2013. If you haven't read them yet, check them out, some of them are pretty entertaining. KyoAni Outlines 'Free!' Swim Team Anime's Story, Characters T...
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Top News Articles of 2013

Fun fact: The 5 Fairy Tail articles in the top 15 accounted for as much traffic as the other 10 articles. ― 2013 was a big year for ANN's news team. You might not have noticed the difference, but we made a few changes to the way things are done, and we also invested in some special resources in Japan. The result, more news articles than ever before (539 in December 2013 versus 338 in December 2012), ...
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Anime Spotlight - MAKEN-KI! BATTLING VENUS 2

― MAKEN-KI! BATTLING VENUS 2 Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery January 15, 2014 Key Staff Director:Hiraku Kaneko (The Qwaser of Stigmata) Character Design:Akio Takami (UPOTTE!!, Ladies versus Butlers!, Kanokon: The Girl Who Cried Fox) Screenplay:Yousuke Kuroda (HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Mobile Suit Gundam 00) Animation Production XEBE...
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Anime Spotlight - Inari Kon Kon

― Inari Kon Kon Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery January, 2014 Key Staff Director: Toru Takahashi (episode director Azumanga Daioh, High School of the Dead, Monster) Series Composition:Touko Machida (Lucky Star, Tears To Tiara, Allison and Lillia) Character Design:Yuka Takashina (D.C.S.S De Capo Second Season, Ambition of Oda Nobuna, Transformers: Energon) Ope...
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The Winter 2014 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2014 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for previews of the season's newest shows, and vote for your score!
Available Now: Inari Kon Kon - Wizard Barristers - World Conquest Zvezda Plot - Nisekoi - Wake Up, Girls! - No-Rin - Sakura Trick - Onee-chan ga Kita - Pupa - Chunibyo REN - Hozuki no Reitetsu - Silver Spoon 2 - Z/X Ignition - Strange+ - Engaged to the Unidentified - Witch Craft Works - Hamatora - Robot Girls Z - Tonari no Seki-kun - D-Frag! - and much more!
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Anime in America: The Best (and Worst) of 2013

Reviewers Theron and Carl return take a look back at what was great and what was not in anime releases in the American market in 2013. What were the best series and movies? What were the Worst Concepts? Who were the Characters of the Year? Come find out! ― Theron: Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to this year's edition of Anime in America, which will hereafter be referred to as Attack on 2013. I am ANN...
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Anime Spotlight - Nobunaga The Fool

― Nobunaga The Fool Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery January, 2014 Key Staff Original Concept/Project Director/Series Composition/Mechanical Design:Shoji Kawamori (Macross series, Aquarion series) Animation Director:Hidekazu Sato (Slayers Next, Basquash, Fortune Hunter L) Character designs:Hirotaka Marufuji (Aquarion Evol, Legend of the Dark Kings : Fist of th...
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Anime Spotlight - Magical Warfare

― Magical Warfare Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery January, 2014 Key Staff Director:Yuzo Sato (Gokusen, Kaiji, Hunter Hunter, Naruto the Cross Roads) Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Hajime no Ippo, Hetalia BW, Walkure Romanze) Character Design/Animation Director: Ryoma Ebata (Blue Exorcist, Bosou Shiki)Animation Production Madhouse (Hajime no Ippo, NANA...
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Anime Spotlight - Sakura Tricks

― Sakura Trick Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Date: January 9, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director:Ken'ichi Ishikura (D.C.III ~Da Capo III~ (TV), episode director Paradise Kiss, ef:a tale of Melodies, Hidamari Sketch) Music:Ryosuke Nakanishi (Kuroko's Basketball, High School DxD, The Devil is a Part-Timer!)) (Steins;Gate, When They Cry- Higurashi, Strawb...
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Anime Spotlight - Space Dandy

― Space Dandy Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 5, 2014 (JST) Key Staff General Director: Shinichiro Watanabe ("Cowboy Bebop", "Samurai Champloo") Director: Shingo Natsume ("Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos") Screenplay:Kimiko Ueno ("Crayon Shin Chan Movie: Bakauma! B-Kyuu Gourmet Survival!!!") Dai Sato ("Eureka Seven", "Co...
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Anime Spotlight - Buddy Complex

A new buddy/mecha anime from Sunrise. ― Buddy Complex Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery January, 2014 (C)SUNRISE/BUDDY COMPLEX COMMITTEE Key Staff Original Story Concept: Hajime Yatate (Mobile Suit Gundam, My-Hime, Zegapain, Big O) Director:Yasuhiro Tanabe (episodic director Battle Spirits-Brave-, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) Character design/animation dire...
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Anime Spotlight - Hozuki no Reitetsu

What happens when there's an influx of humans and hell gets too crowded ? ― Hozuki no Reitetsu Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery January, 2014 Key Staff Director:Hiro Kaburaki (episode director Kimi ni Todoke, Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc OVA, Moyashimon) Script Writer: Midori Goto (Blood+ TV, Genshiken Second Season TV) Music: TOMISIRO (Lagrange- The Flower o...
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Madoka Magica: Rebellion US Premiere

Pictures from the North American premiere of the third Madoka Magica movie, as well as a Q&A with producer Atsuhiro Iwakami and Studio SHAFT president Mitsutoshi Kubota. ― The North American premiere of Puella Magi Madoka Magica Movie: Rebellion was held on December 3 at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles. Hosted by Aniplex USA, the premiere featured cosplayers, who handed out goodie bags filled wi...
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Interview: Manuel Karamori

We sit down with Manuel Karamori, an Avex Eurobeat artist who tells us how he got his start in music and ended up on the soundtrack of Initial D. ― Although many artists have lent their beats and high-energy tracks to Avex's long-running Super Eurobeat CD compilation series, few can claim the honor of having been selected to have their music featured in one of Japan's greatest Eurobeat exports—t...
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Interview: Neon Alley Program Director Kevin Kleinrock

We sit down and chat with Kevin Kleinrock, Program Director for Viz Media's Neon Alley. ― So, to get this out of the way, how did you wind up as Program Director for Neon Alley, given your rather well-known background in pro wrestling? It sounds like a fun story. Haha, fair enough question. I guess the short answer would be that wrestling and anime are both very niche markets with their own niche fan...
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Interview: Wikia's Masters of Animanga

We talk to Masao Maruyama, Kazuo Koike, Takashi Okazaki, and Sin'Ichi Hiromoto about their work on Wikia's experimental collaborate storytelling project and more! ― Wikia's Masters of Animanga project had little precedent in bringing together five respected creators from the anime and manga industries. Masao Maruyama has overseen numerous anime productions at Madhouse and his new studio Mappa. Kazuo ...
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Interview: BONES Studio President Masahiko Minami

BONES animation studio president Masahiko Minami sat down with Anime News Network to discuss the studio's history, approach to the animation industry, and the anime series Space Dandy. ― BONES animation studio president Masahiko Minami sat down with Anime News Network to discuss the studio's history, approach to the animation industry, and the anime series Space Dandy premiering in January. Minami ha...
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Anime Spotlight Fall 2013 - The List

There sure are a ton of new shows this season! Which are you watching? ― Featured Series (Click for more) (Jump to additional shows) Beyond the Boundary Coppelion Freezing Vibration Golden Time I couldn't become a hero so I reluctantly decided to get a job. Miss Monochrome -The Animation- My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy Non Non Biyori Outbreak Company Samu...
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Anime Spotlight - Beyond the Boundary

This last Anime Spotlight is a little late, but here ya go anyway. ― Beyond the Boundary Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 Key Staff Director: Taichi Ishidate (Episode director on Clannad, Full Metal Panci! The Second Raid, K-ON!) Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Level E, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, Princess Jellyfish) Music: Hikaru Nanase (Galax...
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Anime Spotlight - My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy

Life is not a dating simulator. ― My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 9th, 2013 (JST, Japanese Premiere) Key Staff Director: Takayuki Inagaki (Rosario + Vampire, Desert Punk) Art Director: Yukio Abe (Sea Prince and the Fire Child, NieA_7) Animation Production Diomedea ↑ Top Introdu...
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Anime Spotlight - I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job.

A little late, but here's a look at the demon-out-of-water comedy of the season... ― I couldn't become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job. Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 (JST, Japanese Premiere) Key Staff Director: Kinji Yoshimoto (Genshiken 2, Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin) Series Composition: Masashi Suzuki (Sacred Blacksmith, Ka...
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Anime Spotlight - Samurai Flamenco

From the director of Baccano! and Durarara!! comes a sci-fi action comedy/drama... Need we say more? ― Samurai Flamenco Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 2013 (Japanese Premiere) Key Staff Director: Takahiro Omori (Natsume's Book of Friends, Hell Girl, Baccano!, Durarara!!) Series Composition: Hideyuki Kurata (Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens; Now and Then,...
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Anime Spotlight - Outbreak Company

Think you have problems trying to share anime and manga with people? Try it in an anime-like fantasy world... ― Outbreak Company Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 Key Staff Director: Kei Oikawa (Episode director on OniAi, D.C.II S.S. ~Da Capo II Second Season~) Series Composition: Naruhisa Arakawa (Blue Seed, MAOYU, Steel Angel Kurumi) Original Cre...
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Exclusive subtitled trailer - Yowamushi Pedal

Check it out here! ― Full Anime Spotlight details here
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Anime Spotlight - Yowamushi Pedal

Check out the new cycling anime! ― Yowamushi Pedal Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 7th, 2013 (JST, Japanese Premiere), simulcast on Crunchyroll Key Staff Director: Osamu Nabeshima (Hamtaro, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas) Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Digimon, Maria Watches Over Us) Character Design: Takahiko Yoshida (Welcome to the NHK, Big Windup!...
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Anime Spotlight - Unbreakable Machine-Doll

Magic avatar battles in a great mechanized city... Check out Unbreakable Machine Doll on Anime Spotlight! ― Unbreakable Machine-Doll Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 2013 Key Staff Director: Kinji Yoshimoto (Genshiken 2, Queen's Blade 2) Series Composition: Yuuko Kakihara (Chihayafuru 2, Heaven's Lost Property, Persona 4: The Animation) Character Design...
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Exclusive subtitled trailer - Unbreakable Machine Doll

Check it out now! ― Unbreakable Machine-Doll Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 2013 Key Staff Director: Kinji Yoshimoto (Genshiken 2, Queen's Blade 2) Series Composition: Yuuko Kakihara (Chihayafuru 2, Heaven's Lost Property, Persona 4: The Animation) Character Design: Atsuko Watanabe (Everyday Tales of a Cat God, Juden Chan) Animation Production Lerche ...
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Exclusive subtitled trailer - Non Non Biyori

Check out the new slice-of-life-in-the-country series! ― Check out the full Spotlight here!
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Anime Spotlight - Non Non Biyori

It's a country-flavored slice-of-life show, Non Non Biyori, next on Anime Spotlight! ― Non Non Biyori Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 2013 Key Staff Director: Shinya Kawamo (Kokoro Connect, .hack//GIFT) Series Composition: Reiko Yoshida (Digimon, Maria Watches Over Us) Character Design: Mai Otsuka (Oreshura, Shakugan no Shana) Animation Production SILV...
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The Fall 2013 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2013 Preview Guide has begun! Check back every day for previews of the latest shows.
Available Now - Galilei Donna - Samurai Flamenco - My Mental Choices, Coppelion ep 2, BlazBlue: Alter Memory - Tokyo Ravens - Unbreakable Machine Girl - Non Non Biyori - Arpeggio of Blue Steel - Yowapeda - Gundam Build Fighters - Yozakura Quartet 2 - White Album 2 - Walkure Romance - And More!
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Anime Spotlight - Freezing Vibration

The girls from Freezing are back! ― Freezing Vibration Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 (JST, Japanese Premiere) Key Staff Director: Takashi Watanabe (Freezing, Demon King Daimao, Slayers) Series Composition: Masanao Akahoshi (Freezing, Viper's Creed, A Certain Magical Index) Chief Character Designer/Animation Director: Mayumi Watanabe (Koihime, H...
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Exclusive subtitled trailer - Golden Time

Take a sneak peak at the new show from the creator of Toradora! ― Golden Time Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 Key Staff Director: Chiaki Kon (When They Cry - Higurashi, Junjo Romantica) Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (Air, Infinite Stratos, Clannad) Original Creator: Yuyuko Takemiya (Toradora!) Animation Production J.C. Staff ↑ Top Introducti...
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Anime Spotlight - Golden Time

The new romantic comedy from the author of Toradora is next on Anime Spotlight! ― Golden Time Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 Key Staff Director: Chiaki Kon (When They Cry - Higurashi, Junjo Romantica) Series Composition: Fumihiko Shimo (Air, Infinite Stratos, Clannad) Original Creator: Yuyuko Takemiya (Toradora!) Animation Production J.C. Staff ...
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Anime Spotlight - White Album 2

The romance series White Album is getting a sequel, and this Anime Spotlight has all the info... Check it out! ― White Album 2 Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 2013 (Japanese Premiere) Key Staff Original Work: AQUAPLUS (Comic Party, To HEart, Utawarerumono) Director: Masaomi Ando (Episode Director on Fairy Tail, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) Chief A...
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Anime Spotlight - Miss Monochrome -The Animation-

It's a 5-minute series based on a character created by voice actress Yui Horie. But what is it? Check out our Spotlight on Miss Monochrome! ― Miss Monochrome -The Animation- Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October 2013 Key Staff Director: Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Familiar of Zero, Hayate the Combat Butler!!) Series Composition: Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (OniAi, Tantei Opera ...
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Exclusive subtitled trailer: Coppelion

Here's a first look at the new post-apocalytic show Coppelion!
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Anime Spotlight - Coppelion

Our first Anime Spotlight of the season.. Check out the post-apocalyptic series from the director of Mardock Scramble! ― COPPELION Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery October, 2013 Key Staff Series Director: Susumu Kudo (Mardock Scramble) Chief Animation Director: Makoto Furuta (K, Seitokai Yakuindomo) Mechanical Design: Hiroshi Okubo (Mardock Scramble, K) Animati...
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Interview: Evangelion Character Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Prolific character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto sits down with ANN to discuss the end of the Evangelion manga and future plans ― Prolific character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto has worked closely on studio Gainax's animation projects since The Wings of Honnêamise premiered in 1987, but he might be best known as the artist behind the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga adaptation. Since then, he's also worke...
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Interview: Japan Expo USA First Impact CEO Sean Chiochankitmun

Japan Expo USA is over, but we had a few questions for SEFA Entertainment CEO Sean Chiochankitmun about this year's show and its future. ― Japan Expo USA's first foray into the anime convention scene ended on Sunday, August 25, as quietly as it began. The convention pulled in headliners like Evangelion character designer and manga creator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Bones anime studio head Masahiko Minami, A...
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5 Things I Learned From SyFy's "Heroes of Cosplay"

Zac Bertschy thought he knew what the world of cosplay was all about, until Syfy's new reality TV series showed up. ― A few weeks back, cable network SyFy began airing what they referred to as a "docu-series" on the colorful world of convention cosplayers called Heroes of Cosplay. The mere announcement that the show would exist - coupled with casting news - naturally set the always level-headed, dra...
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Interview: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Sword Art Online's Kirito

The Japanese voice of Asuna's other half from Sword Art Online sits down with us for a few questions. ― ANN: You play Kirito, a swordsman, in Sword Art Online. If you played Sword Art Online, how would you customize your character? MATSUOKA: Well, the most important factor about Sword Art Online is that there's no “continue” option. Thinking about that, I think I would never join the offense team (no...
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Interview: Haruka Tomatsu, Sword Art Online's Asuna

We sit down with Haruka Tomatsu, the Japanese voice of Asuna from Sword Art Online, for a little chat. ― ANN: You play Asuna, a swordsman, in Sword Art Online. If you played Sword Art Online, how would you customize your character? Tomatsu: Let's see... If it were me, I'd really want to customize my character with extremely strong equipment, so I think that rather than going for a cute look, I'd try ...
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Interview: Shinichiro Watanabe

A few questions with the legendary director of Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope and the upcoming Space Dandy. ― ANN: Most people are familiar with your work as a director, but you're also heavily involved in music production and direction for recent shows like Michiko and Hatchin or Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. As a music director, what is your involvement with the show's content? Is it as...
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Interview: Masahiko Otsuka and Yoh Yoshinari of Studio Trigger

Little Witch Academia script writer Masahiko Otsuka, and director Yoh Yoshinari talk about their experience working on the project. ― Earlier this year, in celebration of the upcoming Little Witch Academia Blu-ray, ANN and the folks at Studio Trigger and Good Smile Company asked fans to come up with questions for script writer Masahiko Otsuka. We're pleased that in addition to Mr. Otsuka's insight, w...
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Interview: Shinji Takamatsu

Director Shinji Takamatsu talks about his experience working on the Daily Lives of High School Boys. ― To celebrate the release of the Daily Lives of High School Boys anime boxset, NIS America and Anime News Network asked readers to help come up with questions to ask director Shinji Takamatsu. Here, he talks about what it was like adapting a comedy manga, pacing the series, working with voice actors,...
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Interview: George Wada, Producer of Attack on Titan

The producer of Attack on Titan lets us know what it's like to work on a show that's already a huge success. ― As Anime Expo drew to a close in Los Angeles, Anime News Network sat down with Studio WIT founder and president of George Wada to discuss the production of popular anime series Attack on Titan, its themes of isolationism, and the company's goals for the future. ANN: The first thing I'd like ...
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Interview: Mamoru Hosoda, Director of Wolf Children

A few questions for Mamoru Hosoda during a press tour for his new film, Wolf Children, in Taiwan. ― Q: Wolf Children uses both 2D and 3D animation. Which parts of the movie were more suitable for either 2D or 3D animation, and how do you make that choice? How does 3D technology make Japanese animation – of which 2D is still the mainstream – better? Mamoru Hosoda: Most animation nowadays produced out...
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Interview: Megumi Han

Anime Expo 2013 guest of honor Megumi Han shares her thoughts on voice acting in this exclusive interview. ― Voice actress Megumi Han is best known for her role as Gon in 2011's Hunter x Hunter, but she's also played many other roles that have made her a rising star in anime. From magical battles in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal II to slice-of-school-life in Chihayafuru, Han has proven herself adept at various cha...