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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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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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