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Anime Expo 2015 News Roundup: Final Update

If you missed anything from this year's Anime Expo, here's a roundup of everything you may have missed from the con! ― Days Three and Four: July 4-5 Production I.G Makes Show for Fox's Animation Domination High-Def Viz Adds Matsuri Hino's Shuriken & Pleats, Bisco Hatori's Behind the Scenes Manga Sunrise Announces New Gundam Series Crunchyroll to Stream Monster Musume, Million Doll This Summer; The P...
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Interview: Unified Pictures and Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection

The American side of the freshly-announced CG animated Vampire Hunter D TV series spills the details on just what exactly it is they're trying to make. ― Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection was announced this past Tuesday ahead of its official unveiling at Anime Expo on Thursday, July 2nd. The show is a collaboration between the US-based Unified Pictures, the Japan-based Digital Frontier (responsible for ...
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Determining the Best Ghost in the Shell

A new Ghost in the Shell movie has hit theaters in Japan, which means it's time to look back at the entire series and finally decide: which version of this cyberpunk classic is the all-time best? ― Firstly: I'm not here to argue whether Ghost in the Shell is the one of the best anime of all time. We already know it is. That first film? It was the best. The TV series? Also the best. And this new film ...
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How to Create a New Anime Fan

Introducing someone to anime can be tricky - it's easy to scare people off, and finding the right show to make a great first impression is tough. Paul Jensen has some advice for sparking fan fervor in just about anyone. ― People love to talk about the importance of first impressions, mostly when they're trying to “help” college applicants by scaring them to death right before an interview. First impr...
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How To Conquer One Piece

Eager to leap into the ocean-spanning superheroics of One Piece, but daunted by the 700+ episode count? This handy guide will help you navigate the expansive waters of Eiichiro Oda's magnum opus. ― So it's come to this. You're interested in catching up on One Piece. And why wouldn't you? It's the highest selling manga of all time in Japan and one of the most beloved anime franchises in the world. Per...
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Anime Spotlight - Rokka - Braves of the Six Flowers -

The legend tells of six heroes who will defeat evil and bring peace back to their world. However seven have appeared! Who are the real heores and who is the imposter? ― Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers- Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Coming to TV in July 2015!! (JST) Key Staff Director: Takeo Takahashi (Spice and Wolf, Maoyu - Archenemy & Hero) Series Composi...
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Beyond the Boob String: Why 'DanMachi' Works

Your eyeballs have been unable to escape Hestia, but Is It Wrong To Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? has unexpectedly captivated a growing fanbase for more reasons than you might think. ― I've been into Dungeons and Dragons for even longer than I've been an anime fan, so most of the people I regularly associate with in the casual realm are fellow RPG gamers. When I talk to them about this franchise (herea...
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Growing Up Is Hard To Do: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Few shows manage to capture and empathize with the complicated feelings of troubled teenagers like SNAFU; Nick Creamer, reformed Hachiman, explores how the show articulates those feelings so well. ― This'll get to SNAFU eventually, I promise. But let's start at the beginning. In fifth grade, I sketched out a mental map of all the various sympathies and alliances that made up my school's social hierar...
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The Literary Secrets of Psycho-Pass

Gen Urobuchi's dark dystopian action hit is overflowing with references and themes pulled from some of the greatest books ever written. Gabriella Ekens deciphers them for us. ― Like many fans, my favorite part of Psycho-Pass was Shogo Makishima, the villainous mastermind whose love of literature left me intimidated. When he wasn't out serial killing (or killing cereal), he was reading, chatting about...
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Why Sailor Moon Crystal Isn't a Total Disaster

The fans are divided and the arguments are fierce, but Rebecca Silverman has a few reasons why the much-maligned Sailor Moon Crystal just isn't as bad as people might say. ― Poor Sailor Moon Crystal – it's had a tough time. Hyped as the new, more faithful Sailor Moon anime that would delight fans of the manga, it turned out instead to be more of delight to critique, with blogs devoted to picking apar...
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Hidetaka Tenjin

We interview master mecha artist Hidetaka Tenjin, who recently appeared at MCM London Comic Con. ― This May, visitors to the MCM London Comic Con had a chance to see a master mecha artist at work; Hidetaka Tenjin, who creates extraordinarily lush digital paintings based on Macross, Space Battleship Yamato and many other titles. He also has 'mecha' credits on such anime as Macross Frontier and Hellsin...
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How to Destroy your Anime Backlog

Everyone has a huge list of anime they keep meaning to get around to. Here's how to conquer that list once and for all. ― Every fan has one: that enormous pile of anime you've “always meant to get around to watching” but never did. A backlog can quickly turn into an enormous bummer – you'll start a new show, only to wonder if you should take something from the backlog instead. As you start the latest...
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How Sound! Euphonium Totally Nails Being a Band Geek

Band geeks everywhere can find something intensely relateable and recognizable in Kyoani's latest hit show. Rose Bridges boards the nostalgia train to examine just how perfectly the show captures the feeling and experiences of high school band. ― When I first found out about Sound! Euphonium, I was thrilled. I'd enjoyed what I'd seen of KyoAni shows, and now here was one that seemed tailor-made for m...
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Three Reasons Why Blood Blockade Battlefront is the Best Show of the Spring

Hope Chapman explains why Yasuhiro Nightow and Rie Matsumoto's energetic Lovecraftian action-fantasy gumbo is the finest program of the spring. ― My name is Hope Chapman, and I am a Blood Blockade Battlefront addict. You may have seen this site enabling my addiction every week and wondered just why I'm so excited about this show. It's pretty simple, really. Whether you're an old-time casual fan pinin...
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Five Things They Never Tell You About Attending Conventions

Every year you're inundated with convention survival tips; here are a few pointers those survival guides neglect to tell you about. ― It's summertime – or at least it's the part of late spring where the school schedules and movie marquees tell us it's summertime – and that means the yearly beast known as convention season has roared back to life once again, bringing a mountain of guests, concerts, ex...
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Interview: Aya Kanno

The talented illustrator and writer behind Otomen and Requiem of the Rose King answers a few questions about her inspirations, the historical implications of her newest hit manga, and more. ― Aya Kanno is the successful mangaka behind the gender stereotype-skewering hit Otomen, which concluded its run a few years ago. She's back now with Requiem of the Rose King, a big shojo-flavored melting pot that...
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Interview: Tow Ubukata

The man behind some of anime's biggest science fiction - Psycho-Pass 2, Mardock Scramble and more - has been handed the reins to Ghost in the Shell. We talked with Tow Ubukata about his career, the challenges of taking over a huge franchise, and more. ― Tow Ubukata is one of Japan's premier science fiction novelists and screenwriters, known for his work on Mardock Scramble, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Fafner...
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Interview: Sword Art Online Producer Shinichiro Kashiwada & Voice Actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka

A few questions for the producer of the global smash hit Sword Art Online and the man who voices Kirito himself. ― Shinichiro Kashiwada has served as a producer on every animated iteration of Sword Art Online, and voice actor Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is the man behind the series' main character, Kirito. We had the chance to sit down with these two for a few minutes earlier this year. Producer Shinichiro K...
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Interview: SCANDAL

The rock group behind theme songs for Bleach and Fullmetal Alchemist discusses their upcoming world tour. PLUS: an exclusive video greeting! ― All-female Japanese rock group SCANDAL formed in 2006 when high school girls Haruna Ono, Mami Sasazaki, Tomomi Ogawa and Rina Suzuki would play live performances in Osaka Castle Park until they were signed to Kitty Records in 2008. The band burst onto the scen...
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Interview: Under the Dog's Jiro Ishii and Koji Morimoto

After the controversial exit of the show's original producer, Under the Dog's creative leaders sit down to clear the air. PLUS: a transcript of their Q&A panel from Sakuracon. ― First, a little backstory. Under the Dog is a sci-fi action anime directed by Sword of the Stranger's Masahiro Ando that successfully managed to close Kickstarter funding last year. At the time, the project's producer was Hir...
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Anime Spotlight Spring 2015 - The List

The spring season has begun! Here is a recap of the shows that are in bloom. ― Featured Series (Click for more) (Jump to additional shows) Mikagura School Suite (Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku) Seraph of the End High School DxD BorN (Season 3) Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium) Etotama (Chinese Zodiac Souls) RE-KAN! My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatte iru -...
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Interview: Jon Dobyns, Founder of Tiger Lab Vinyl

These guys are releasing the soundtrack to Yoshiaki Kawajiri's classic horror flick Wicked City on vinyl. We sat down to ask them why. ― Tiger Lab Vinyl recently announced that they'd be releasing the soundtrack to the classic Yoshiaki Kawajiri horror anime Wicked City on limited edition vinyl. They're the first record label to release classic anime soundtracks on the resurging format, and we sat dow...
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Anime Spotlight - Wish upon the Pleiades

A story about hope that travels through space and time. ― Wish upon the Pleiades Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shoji Saeki (FLCL (OVA), Medaka Box Abnormal) Character Design: Mai Otsuka ( Astarotte's Toy, Hanamaru Kindergarden) ↑ Top Story Subaru is a junior high student that loves the stars. One day, aft...
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Anime Spotlight - Utano☆Princesama Revolutions

ST☆RISH and QUARTET NIGHT will put it all on the line for a chance to perform at the international sports festival! ― Utano☆Princesama Revolutions Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Makoto Hoshino (Uta no Prince-sama 2000% episode director (eps.1,7,12), Sword Art Online episode director (eps. 7,20)) Series Com...
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Anime Spotlight - Hello!! KINMOZA

Alice Cartlet, Shinobu Omiya and friends are back for another season of high school comedy fun! ― Hello!! KINMOZA Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tensho (The Fruit of Grisaia ) Series Composition: Yuniko Ayana (Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, Locodol) ↑ Top Story Alice Cartelet, 16 years old. A Briti...
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Anime Spotlight - Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

Soma Yukihira is ready to take his culinary battle skills to the next level! ― Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani (Brigadoon, Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up ) Series Composition: Shogo Yasukawa (Terraformars, Invaders of the Rokujyoma!?) Character Design: Tomoyuk...
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Anime Spotlight - Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Adventure, wealth, and maybe a new girlfriend? Let the dungeon crawl begin! ― Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Yoshinobu Yamakawa (Little Busters!, Kill Me Baby) Series Composition: Hideki Shirane (Date A Live, Aria the Scarlet Ammo) Theme Song Performance (O...
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Anime Spotlight - Triage X

Evil cannot hide from the swift justice of Black Label! ― Triage X Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Original Work: Shoji Sato ( High School of the Dead (Original Art)) Director: Takao Kato (Buso Renkin, Over Drive) Series Composition: Katsuhiko Takayama (Aldnoah.Zero, Baka and Test- Summon the Beasts) Introduction The...
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Nagi no Asukara: We Need Your Questions!

We're taking questions for the director and producer of Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea), as well as voice actress Kana Hanazawa! Find out how to participate! ― We're currently working on an interview series with three members of the creative staff from Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea), which hits bluray this summer on June 30, with a standard edition DVD on July 14 from NIS America, and we wa...
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Anime Spotlight - The Labyrinth of Grisaia / The Eden of Grisaia

Yuji Kazami saved the hearts of five girls at Mihama Academy however his heart still carries a burden that may never heal. ― The Labyrinth of Grisaia (Grisaia no Meikyu - Le Labyrinthe de la Grisaia)/The Eden of Grisaia (Grisaia no Rakuen - Le Eden de la Grisaia) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 12, 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tensho (...
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Fan Q&A: Sumi Shimamoto

The voice of Nausicaa, Maison Ikkoku's Kyoko, and dozens of other iconic roles takes fan questions about her legendary career. ― This panel was conducted at Sakuracon 2015. PANEL MODERATOR: Let's welcome our guest of honor, Shimamoto Sumi-san. She is an extremely talented and famous voice actress who has been in the industry for a long, long time. One of her most famous roles, her breakout role, was ...
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The Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide has wrapped up! Check out previews of this spring's biggest shows, including:
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches - Blood Blockade Battlefront - Nisekoi: - PUNCH LINE - ETOTAMA - Wish Upon the Pleiades - Mikagura School Suite - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2015 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impression...
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Anime Spotlight - The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan

Yuki Nagato has fallen in love.... ― The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki chan Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Series Composition: Touko Machida (Lucky Star, The Idolmaster) Original Character Design: Noizi Ito ( The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Shakugan no Shana) Introduction This time around, the heroine in this "Dis...
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Sakuracon 2015: Wit Studio Q&A

The creative team behind the smash hit Attack on Titan and Winter 2015's unique road trip anime The Rolling Girls take a bunch of questions at Sakuracon. ― PM: Hello everyone, it's an honor for me to introduce our four guests today from Wit Studio. First, I would like to introduce Wit Studio assistant producer Yusuke Ueda. YUSUKE UEDA: [English] Hello, everyone. I am Yusuke Ueda from Wit Studio. [Jap...
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Sakuracon 2015: Kana Ueda Interview + Fan Q&A

Sakuracon 2015 played host to veteran voice actress Kana Ueda, who currently stars as Tohsaka Rin in Fate/stay night. We had the chance to ask a few questions, and transcribed her entire fan Q&A panel for you! ― Veteran voice actor Kana Ueda has brought a vast menagerie of characters to life over the years, most notably as Rin Tohsaka in the mega-popular Fate/stay night franchise. She's currently als...
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Anime Spotlight - The Heroic Legend of Arslan

An epic tale of a young boy's destiny unfolds in this popular fantasy series! ― The Heroic Legend of Arslan Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 5, 2015 (JST) 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, Bla...
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Anime Spotlight - Ninja Slayer From Animation

When his wife and child are killed in a ninja turf war Kenji Fujikido takes on the mantle of the Ninja Slayer to seek vengeance! ― Ninja Slayer From Animation Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Streaming Starts April 16, 2015 at 23:00 (JST) Key Staff Series Director: Akira Amemiya (Inferno Cop (ONA)) Theme Song Performance (OP): Boom Boom Satellites (Xam'd Lost M...
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Anime Spotlight - My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatte iru - Zoku-)

Your favorite Service Club members are back for another season of problem solving, romantic mishaps, and awkward social interaction. ― My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatte iru - Zoku-) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company, Minami –ke: Bets...
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Anime Spotlight - RE-KAN!

Hibiki Amami is a kind hearted high school student with the ability to speak to ghost. ― RE-KAN! Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Masashi Kudo (Hayate The Combat Butler:Quties, Ikki Tousen: Extravaganza Epoch (OVA)) Series Composition: Takashi Aoshima (KanColle, Survival Game Club) Character Design: Aoi Yama...
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Anime Spotlight - Etotama (Chinese Zodiac Souls)

Nya-tan will enter the Divine Tournament and do what no Eto-musume has done. She will try to win it all!!! ― Etotama (Chinese Zodiac Souls) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Fumitoshi Oizaki (Romeo X Juliet, Place to Place) Series Composition: Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge, BlazBlue Alter Memory) Introd...
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Anime Spotlight - Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium)

Kumiko Oumae is still on the fence about joining her high school wind ensemble. What will it take to make that sound leap of faith? ― Sound! Euphonium (Hibike! Euphonium) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tatsuya Ishihara (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Air, Nichijou-My Ordinary Life ) ) Series Compositio...
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Let's Go To Tokyo: Days Five & Six

Bamboo spends her last couple days in Tokyo experiencing the fish market, a Love Live raffle, serene gardens, an enormous clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki, and more. ― My actual fifth day in Tokyo was spent at Anime Japan (you can see Part 1 and 2 for 600+ pictures from the event), but to be less confusing, I'm calling this post days five and six. I had a hankering for Daiwa Sushi while I was in Toky...
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Let's Go To Tokyo: Day Four

Bamboo climbs Mt. Nokogiri and makes a few fuzzy feline friends in a day trip outside the city on day four. ― I've never been outside Tokyo's metropolitan areas before, so I was thrilled when Evan from PacSet told me he was taking a group to Mt. Nokogiri. Located in Chiba Prefecture, it's the site of the vast Nihon-ji temple area, known for its two large Daibutsu (large Buddha) sculptures. While the ...
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AnimeJapan 2015 - Part 2

Our photo tour of AnimeJapan concludes with a trip through the West Hall, featuring displays by Toei, Good Smile Company, ufotable and much more! ― If the East Hall (part one of our coverage) of Anime Japan 2015 wasn't overwhelming enough, there was an entire second hall with things to gawk at. Some ads in the hall for mobile provider NTT Docomo's anime streaming service, d Anime. Love Live! and Yowa...
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AnimeJapan 2015 - Part 1

Part I of our full report from AnimeJapan has over 500 photos from the show's East Hall, including Aniplex, A-1 Pictures, TMS and more! Merchandise, statues, professional cosplayers, prop replicas - this is it! ― Anime Japan is being held March 21 to 22 at Tokyo Big Sight, a convention center that anime fans are likely familiar with, even if they've never set foot in Tokyo. Home to trade shows like A...
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Let's Go To Tokyo: Day Three

Bamboo visits Big Sight and Nakano Broadway... and takes a hard right to explore the sights, sounds and smells of Nakano itself, including the studio Golgo 13 built. ― The start of my third day wasn't exactly thrilling—I had to change hotels so that I could be closer to Tokyo Big Sight, where Anime Japan will be taking place this weekend. The upside is that it did give me the excuse to swing ove...
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Let's Go To Tokyo: Day Two

Bamboo makes the contractually-obligated journey to Akihabara, which has, to her delight, turned into a Love Live thunderdome. Maid cafes, anime shrines and more! ― Akihabara! Nerd mecca! If you're a video game and anime nerd, there is no feeling that can adequately replace stepping out of the Akihabara Electric Town station exit and seeing giant billboards advertising all of your passions on every i...
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Let's Go To Tokyo: Day One

Bamboo is in Tokyo covering this weekend's AnimeJapan expo, but for the first few days, she's seeing the sights. Today: Harajuku, Tokyo Tower, a Butler cafe and more! ― One of the best parts about my job is that I've been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit over the years. Mostly it's within the U.S., which is fantastic enough as is, but every now and again, it's Japan. When I was asked, "Hey, can...
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Anime Spotlight - High School DxD BorN (Season 3)

Issei and company return with enough comedy and action to make you bust out cheering for your favorite Kuoh Academy students! ― High School DxD BorN (Season 3) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tetsuya Yanagisawa (Daimidaler-The Sound Robot, Shattered Angels ) Series Composition: Takao Yoshioka (The Familiar ...
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Interview: Hiroshi "Bamboo" Takeuchi, OVERDRIVE Producer

We sat down with OVERDRIVE and MangaGamer producer Hiroshi Takeuchi to grill him about the visual novel industry both in Japan and the US. ― Hiroshi "Bamboo" Takeuchi is a busy, busy man. When he isn't performing his duties as a producer for OVERDRIVE, a visual novel and eroge company responsible for hit games like Kira Kira, or as CEO of Japan Animation Contents Inc, he's literally performing as the...
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Anime Spotlight - Seraph of the End

The Moon Demon Company will do all it can to save what's left of the human race from the Vampire invasion! ― Seraph of the End Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Daisuke Tokudo (Attack on Titian Episode Director (eps. 17,25), Guily Crown Episode Director (eps.5, 9, 21 ) ) ↑ Top Story Suddenly one day, the worl...
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Anime Spotlight - Mikagura School Suite (Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku)

Eruna Ichinomiya has found the high school of her dreams. Is she ready to take on the challenges that come with it? ― Mikagura School Suite (Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins April 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Tarou Iwasaki (Baki the Grappler, Ryoko's Case File) Series Composition: Masahiro Yokotani (Free! Eternal Su...
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Interview: Kazuyoshi Fukuba, Executive Director of Pony Canyon

PONYCAN USA launched a few months back with two shows: Denki-Gai and Yuki Yuna is a Hero. Executive Director Kazuyoshi Fukuba answers a few questions about what to expect, and what's up with those prices. ― PONYCAN USA is the newly-minted US distribution arm of Pony Canyon, which has been in the Japanese media business since 1966. PONYCAN USA follows the example set by Aniplex of America, in that th...
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Interview: Steve Blum

Steve Blum, one of the most beloved voice actors around and the man behind Spike Spiegel, Orochimaru and more, sat down with us last month to answer a few questions. ― We had the pleasure and privilege of interviewing Steve Blum at Otakon Vegas. Blum has voiced some of anime's most notable characters, like Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, Makoto Shishio from Rurouni Kenshin, Orochimaru from Naruto, a...
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Interview: JAM Project

One of the world's most beloved bands showed up at Otakon Vegas, and we were there to ask them a few questions about fame, their legacy, and just which anime made them cry. ― We had the privilege of interviewing the members of JAM Project earlier in the year at the Anisong World Tour Lantis Festival in Las Vegas. JAM Project was founded in 2000 and is currently comprised of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki...
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Interview: Genshiken creator Shimoku Kio

Anyone who was ever in a college anime club can relate to Shimoku Kio's smash hit manga Genshiken. We (and you!) had the chance to ask him a few questions about it. ― Shimoku Kio is the creator of the beloved otaku comedy Genshiken and its sequel, Genshiken: Second Generation, which have seen incredible success in both Japan and America. The series follows a college anime club in Japan, and has been ...
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Anime Spotlight Winter 2015 - The List

The Winter Season is in full swing! What shows are you watching this season? ― Featured Series (Click for more) (Jump to additional shows) Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) (2nd Season) Absolute Duo Yurikuma Arashi Gourmet Girl Graffiti Unlimited Fafnir (Juoumujin no Fafnir) SHONEN HOLLYWOOD - HOLLY STAGE FOR 50 KanColle – Fleet Girls Collection (Kantai Collec...
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Anime Spotlight - Fafner EXODUS

The Fafner series returns! ― Fafner EXODUS Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 8 (JST) Key Staff Director: Nobuyoshi Habara (Dancougar - Super Beast Machine God, Fafner ) Series Composition: Tow Ubukata (Psycho Pass 2, Ghost in the Shell Arise (OAV) ) Character Design: Hisashi Hirai (Heroic Age, S-CRY-ed, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed ) Mechanic...
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Anime Spotlight - ISUCA

A spirit hunter involves her housekeeper in a daily fight against apparitions. ― ISUCA Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 23 (JST) Key Staff Director: Akira Iwanaga (Tegami Bachi ) Series Composition: Masashi Suzuki (Rail Wars, Shuffle!) Character Design: Yukiko Akiyama (Black Cat, Yumeiro Patissiere) ↑ Top Introduction Clash (love). ↑ To...
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Anime Spotlight - The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maou no Testament)

Basara Tojo will do everything to protect his sisters! However who will protect him from them? ― The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maou no Testament) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 7 (JST) Key Staff Director: Hisashi Saito (Bamboo Blade, Haganai ) Screenplay: Takawo Yoshioka (Your Lie in April, WeiB Survive) Character Design:...
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The Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for previews of the season's newest shows.
Available Now: Yatterman Night - Fafner: Exodus - Samurai Warriors - World Break - Maria the Virgin Witch - Gourmet Girls Graffiti - Unlimited Fafnir - Shonen Hollywood 2 - Aldnoah.Zero Season 2 - DURARARA X2 - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle in Egypt - The Idol M@ster Cinderella Girls - Assassination Classroom - Death Parade - and much more!
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Most Read Interest Articles of 2014

On deck: Fond farewells to beloved series, weird merch, and a lot of cash for one date. ― 2014 was an exciting year for the ANN Interest team. It was the first full year where we tried to separate "news" and "interest," with the former covering the more serious aspects of news—new series, cast announcements, new trailers and promo art, and basically anything that was just straight information (h...
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Anime Spotlight - KanColle – Fleet Girls Collection (Kantai Collection)

With the sea as a battleground the Fleet Girls have arrived to take the fight to the Shinkai Seikan! ― KanColle – Fleet Girls Collection (Kantai Collection) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Keizo Kusakawa (Ashura Cryin, Day Break Illusion ) Series Composition: Jukki Hanada (Love Live! School Idol Project, ...
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Interview: Saori Hayami

The voice actress behind Sword Art Online's Sachi, anohana's Tsuruko and dozens of others answers a few questions about her life and career. ― ANN: Growing up, was singing and working in entertainment always your dream, or was there something else you wanted to do when you were younger? Saori Hayami: When I was small, I found performing in front of other people a bit tough. I actually avoided it as m...
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Top News Articles of 2014

Fun fact: The top 6 articles of 2014 all topped the #1 article of 2013. ― 2014 was another big year for the ANN news team. Based on the successful changes we made in 2014, and lots of reader feedback, we continued to increase the size of our newsteam resulting in more news articles than ever before (ANN Published 6773 news articles in 2014, 4640 in 2013 and 3803 in 2012) and more readers per article....
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Interview: Masayuki Yoshihara, director of The Eccentric Family

A few answers (and a video message) from the director of the critically-acclaimed 2013 series The Eccentric Family, out on bluray today. ― Masayuki Yoshihara has been working in television animation for a long time, contributing storyboard work to classics like Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East and Moribito, along with a host of in-between and key animation on shows like Drago...
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Anime Spotlight - SHONEN HOLLYWOOD - HOLLY STAGE FOR 50

The boys of Shonen Hollywood are back!!! ― SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 50- Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast January 2015(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 Phantom, Gurren L...
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Interview: Diana Garnet

A new ending theme song debuts on Naruto Shippuden this week, "Spinning World", performed by American singer Diana Garnet. ANN had the chance to ask her a few questions. ― On a cold day in Tokyo, ANN got the chance to sit down with Diana Garnet, a singer from the United States living in Tokyo. As a professional singer under the Sony Music Records label, she will be performing the next ending theme so...
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Anime in America: Theron and Rebecca's Best, Worst, and Most Notable of 2014

Staff critics Theron Martin and Rebecca Silverman hand out accolades for anime in 2014. ― Theron: Greetings, everyone, and welcome to the 2014 editions of Anime in America! For the past several years I have done this feature with fellow review Carl Kimlinger, but his departure from ANN's staff around the end of summer left me with an empty recliner to be filled. (Because the best way to watch anime i...
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Anime Spotlight - Unlimited Fafnir (Juoumujin no Fafnir)

Born with the power of D these students will take a stand to destroy the dragons that threaten their world! ― Unlimited Fafnir (Juoumujin no Fafnir) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 8 (JST) Key Staff Director: Jun Takahashi (Azumanga Daioh (Episode Director), The Prince of Tennis (Episode Director) ) Series Composition: Yuki Enatsu (Sai...
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Anime Spotlight - Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Sharing great food with amazing friends can always chase those blues away. ― Gourmet Girl Graffiti Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Naoyuki Tatsuwa (Nisekoi ) Series Composition: Mari Okada (Blast of Tempest, Gosick) Theme Song Performance: Maaya Sakamoto (The Visions of Escaflowne, Macross Frontier ) ↑ To...
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Anime Spotlight - Yurikuma Arashi

The war between bears and humans has reached a stalemate. Will the two species find a way to end this conflict and coexist? ― Yurikuma Arashi Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 5 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sailor Moon SuperS ) Series Composition: Takayo Ikami (Penguindrum) Music: Yukari Hashimoto...
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Anime Spotlight - Absolute Duo

Can this irregular find his perfect match? ― Absolute Duo Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 2015 (JST) Key Staff Director: Atsushi Nakayama (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS (Episode Director), Dog Days (Episode Director) ) Series Composition: Takamitsu Kouno (Ayakashi, Minami-Ke Tadaima) ↑ Top Introduction -- I don't want to lose. ↑...
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Interview: Yoshiki of X JAPAN

2014 was a big year for Yoshiki, and Mike Toole had a chance to interview him about his life, his career, and his music. ― In 1992, X Japan had conquered their homeland, and stood on the cusp of global domination. But the time for their wildly glammed-out image and their music, a whiplash-inducing combination of intricate rock ballads and muscular speed metal, had passed. Getting any traction in the...
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Your Top 5 Anime of 2014 (And Ours)

It's the end of the year, so that means our editorial staff has selected their top 5 TV anime of 2014 - and so have you! The results of our Mega Poll are in! Happy Holidays! ― It's that time of year again, when people gather 'round the fireplace with friends and family, sip hot cocoa, reflect on the year that was and consume massive quantities of year-end Best Of lists! We're no different here in An...
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Anime Spotlight - Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) (2nd Season)

Nanami's training continues. Does she have what it takes to be the god of Mikage Shrine? ― Kamisama Kiss (Kamisama Hajimemashita) (2nd Season) Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 5 (JST) Key Staff Director: Akitaro Daichi (Kamisama Kiss, Fruits Basket, Jubei-Chan – The Ninja Girl Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch) Character Design:Junko Yamana...
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Anime Spotlight - Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

Saving the earth with the power of love! ― Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins January 6 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shinji Takamatsu (Daily Lives of High School Boys, School Rumble, After War Gundam X) Series Composition: Michiko Yokote (Love Stage!!, Red Data Girl, Genshiken) Character Design: Masakazu Ishikawa (...
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Interview: Sunao Katabuchi

The director of Black Lagoon sits down with us to talk about his new film for summer 2015, In This Corner of the World. ― We had the honor of sitting down with Sunao Katabuchi earlier this year to talk about his upcoming film, In This Corner of the World, adapted from Fumiyo Kono's manga. Katabuchi previously directed Black Lagoon and Mai Mai Miracle, the latter of which had a successful crowd-fundin...
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Anime Spotlight Fall 2014 - The List

Your cliff notes version of the shows that are appearing this fall season. ― Featured Series (Click for more) (Jump to additional shows) GUNDAM Reconguista in G CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY In Search of the Lost Future TRIBE COOL CREW Amagi Brilliant Park Lord Marksman and Vanadis Gugure! Kokkuri-san Hi☆sCool! SeHa Girl Additional Shows Title: Yūki Yūna wa Yūsha de ...
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Interview: Takeshi Obata

A few questions for illustrator extraordinaire Takeshi Obata, the man behind the incredible art of Death Note, Hikaru no Go, All You Need is Kill and more. ― If you haven't heard of Takeshi Obata, chances are you have seen his work: he is an illustrator and mangaka, usually working with writers to help tell stories. He has worked on Hikaru no Go, as well as Death Note, Bakuman, and most recently the ...
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Anime Spotlight - Hi☆sCool! SeHa Girl

In order for Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, and Mega Drive to graduate SeHaGaga Academy they must complete one more assignment. Do they have what it takes to get it done? ― Hi☆sCool! SeHa Girl Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 8, 2014 (JST) Key Staff Original Creator:SEGA (Hero Bank (TV), Valkyria Chronicles (TV), Virtua Fighter (TV) ) Director...
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Interview: Yousei Teikoku

The enigmatic and eccentric band Yousei Teikoku, who performed themes for Future Diary and Tokyo ESP, sat down with us for a few questions. ― After the Lantis Festival's third day ended, ANN got to sit down with Yousei Teikoku, a group with a complicated story behind their band, filled with military ranks and ancient history. The band has performed theme songs for The Qwaser of Stigmata, Future Diary...
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Anime Spotlight - Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Count Tigrevurmud Vorn begins his journey to become legendary! ― Lord Marksman and Vanadis Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director:Tatsuo Sato (Bodacious Space Pirates (TV), Martian Successor Nadesico (TV), Shigofumi: Letters from the Departed (TV) ) Art Director: Masatoshi Kai (Valvrave the Liberator (TV), Blue E...
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Anime Spotlight - Gugure! Kokkuri-san

a daydreaming girl and her handsome animal friends equals fluffy comedy gold. ― Gugure! Kokkuri-san Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director:Yoshimasa Hiraike (AKB0048 (TV), Wagnaria!! (TV), Amagami SS (TV) ) Character Design:Miwa Oshima (Baka and Test- Summon the Beast (TV), Koihime Muso (TV) ↑ Top Introduction An...
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The Fall 2014 Anime Preview Guide

The Fall 2014 Anime Preview Guide has begun! Check back daily for previews of the fall's newest shows.

Available Now: Girl Friend BETA - Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! - Your Lie in April - Psycho-Pass 2 - SHIROBAKO - GARO - Chaika Avenging Battle - Daitoshokan no Hitsujitai - Parasyte - Trinity Seven - Akatsuki no Yona - Laughing Under the Clouds - When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - and much more!
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Anime Spotlight - TRIBE COOL CREW

Get up and then get down with the coolest kids around! ― TRIBE COOL CREW Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7:00 AM (JST) Key Staff Director: Masaya Fujimori (Fairytale The Movie: Phoenix Priestess) Series Composition: Atsuhiro Tomioka (Pokemon: XY (TV), LBX (TV), Hero Bank (TV), Ehrgeiz (TV) ) Character Design:Yoshi...
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Anime Spotlight - Amagi Brilliant Park

Amagi Brilliant Park is in danger of closing down! Can Seiya pull it together and find away to save it? ― Amagi Brilliant Park Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014(JST) Key Staff Original Creator: Shouji Gatou (Full Metal Panic!) Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto (Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid (TV), Hyoka (TV), The Disappearance of Haruh...
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Anime Spotlight - In Search of the Lost Future

When strange occurences begin to happen at Uchihama Academy The Astronomy Club takes up the challenge of solving the mystery. ― In Search of the Lost Future Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014 (JST) Key Staff Director: Naoto Hosoda (The Devil is a Part-Timer! (TV), Shuffle (TV), The Future Diary (TV) ) Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama...
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Anime Spotlight - GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY

A new team has entered the tournament! Do they have what it takes to win it all?!?!? ― GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS TRY Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 8 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shinya Watada (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM AGE Memory of Eden) Series Composition: Yosuke Kuroda (MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 (TV),GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS (TV), INFINITE∞RYVIUS (TV)...
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GUNDAM Reconguista in G

Tomino Celebrates Gundam's 35th Anniversary with a new series! ― GUNDAM Reconguista in G Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014(JST) Key Staff Chief Director:Yoshiyuki Tomino (Mobile Suit Gundam (TV), Heavy Metal L- Gaim (TV), Overman King- Gainer (TV) ) Animation Production:SUNRISE (Cowboy Bebop (TV), Buddy Complex (TV), The Big 0 (TV),...
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CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon

When all is lost only determination and a will to fight gives Ange the strength to move forward. ― CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon Visit the Official Site › Story Characters Trailer Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast Begins October 2014(JST) Key Staff Director:Yoshiharu Ashino (First Squad- The Moment of Truth (OAV), Tweeny Witches (TV) ) Mecha Design:Junichi Akutsu (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebe...
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Interview: Choucho

A few moments with pop singer Choucho, who performed the theme songs for Heaven's Memo Pad and Glasslip. ― On the final day of the Lantis Festival event at Tokyo's Shiokaze Park, singer Choucho, known for her contributions to such anime as Heaven's Memo Pad and more recently Glasslip, performed onstage. Choucho took time late after the concert ended to talk with ANN about her experiences and aspirat...
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Interview: Gen Urobuchi

Presently the most well-known screenwriter working in anime, Gen Urobuchi sits down with us for a chat about the themes across his work and his career thus far. ― It's somewhat rare that Western anime fans recognize a writer with the same degree of enthusiasm as artists, voice actors, and directors. However, Gen Urobuchi is one of the handful to have made an indelible mark on the psyche of global fan...
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Interview: Akihiro Kanayama

Veteran animator and industry legend Akihiro Kanayama talks about his life and career working on shows like Ashita no Joe and tells some tales of working with Osamu Tezuka himself. ― Akihiro Kanayama is a true veteran of anime. In his seventy-five years of life, he's seen the manga and anime industries rise and transform into the cultural forces they are today. In fact, as an animator and designer at...
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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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