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The List - 10 Pokemon You Don't Want to Become Real

Pokemon Go showed us that the experience of catching monsters in the real world can be magical, but these ten terrors are a healthy reminder that some Pokemon dreams shouldn't come true. ― One week after the release of Pokemon Go, I think it's safe to say we're all living in a Pokemon world. Everyone's walking around town trying to complete their Pokedex now, from your littlest cousin to your great-...
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The List - Anime's 8 Deadliest Children

The kids are not alright in this Classic edition of The List. You definitely wouldn't want to get stuck babysitting this batch of anime's creepiest kiddos! ― Your list-maker extraordinaire is on maternity leave this week, so it's time for another Classic installment of The List! It seems only fitting that this throwback countdown be child-themed, and it also happens to be the first edition of The Li...
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The List - 7 Horrible Girlfriends

Run for your life from these wicked waifus! They may look cute and innocent on the outside, but these seven girls are definitely too deadly to date. ― The long-anticipated companion piece to 8 Horrible Boyfriends! Let's be fair, some of these women are downright nuts. The term yandere was coined for the sweet-on-the outside-but-possibly-murderous-on-the-inside girl. They'll love you forever, whether...
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The List - 6 Anime to Watch With Your Dad

Introducing anime to newbies can be a weird experience, especially if that newbie is your own dad! Here are some pops-friendly anime options just in time for Father's Day! ― Father's Day is this Sunday, and while we've previously looked at anime parents (albeit bad ones) and "gateway" series, this week we're taking a little from Column A and a little from Column B. Here are seven shows you could sit...
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The List - 8 Horrible Boyfriends

These 8 scrubs are definitely not long-term relationship material; plus: last week's poll results, including your favorite (and least favorite) anime trends of 2016! ― Hi guys, first I want to thank everyone who reads this column each week. I read your feedback in ANN's yearly reader survey last month and saw how many of you voted in The List as your favorite Anime News Network column. It totally ma...
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The List - 7 Genre Trends of 2016 So Far

We're about halfway through 2016, so here are seven noteworthy genre trends in anime - including all those reboots and male harems you've been seeing lately. ― Each season, viewers are treated to over 20 new shows ranging from the latest entry in a long-established mecha franchise, an adaptation for Shonen Jump's top-rated manga, or a vehicle in a multi-arm merchandise-selling machine. Certain stapl...
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The List - 7 Anime to Ring in the Summer

The summer is just about here and what better way to spend those long hot months than parked in front of your favorite anime? Here are seven perfect shows to get your summer going. ― Summer is quickly taking hold as temperatures climb and the school year winds to a close. Three months of freedom are knocking on your door. You can spend your time at cookouts, watching blockbusters in the oasis of you...
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The List - 7 Super Bizarre Dating Sims

Dating sim games have become increasingly awesome over the years, allowing you to date dinosaurs, bug men, alpacas, and all sorts of strange stuff. Here are seven of the weirdest! ― Romance simulators, and more recently romance training game hybrids, are always looking for a new way to spin the "one protagonist, many love interests" set-up. A company can only push so many run-of-the-mill high school...
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The List - 6 of Anime's Less-Than-Finest Officers

When you're in trouble, call the police - just hope you don't get any one of these particularly unqualified officers. ― Incompetent cops are a common foil in Western fiction, especially if the main character is a vigilante superhero or the victim of a crime that's gone unpunished. It isn't nearly as common in anime though, where blue bloods are filled with types like Akane Tsunemori, Natsumi Tsujimo...
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The List - 7 Twisted Wishes Gone Wrong

The monkey's paw rules are simple: you get one wish, anything your heart desires, but there will be horrible consequences as a result. It's happened at least seven times in anime! ― Last week's list was all about lovable monkeys, but this week I'm taking on a side of our furry relatives that's a whole lot more sinister: the Monkey's Paw. Thanks to a famous short story by William Wymark Jacobs, this ...
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The List - 12 Lovable Anime Monkeys

They said it couldn't be done, but when asked to compile a list of monkeys in anime, you simply can't have less than twelve, including Dragon Ball Z, Blood Blockade Battlefront and much more! ― Our regular list-maker extraordinaire, Lynzee Loveridge, is going on hiatus for a couple weeks, so I'll be filling in while she's away. My name's Jacob Chapman, and this week, I've got monkeys on my mind. Why...
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The List - 8 Dubious Anime Dub Opening Songs

There once was a magical time in anime dub history where North American anime licensors dubbed over Japanese opening and ending songs. These eight songs represent the very worst the English anime song genre has to offer. ― Lynzee Loveridge is on a short hiatus, so this week we're reprinting a classic List. New columns will return next Saturday! There once was a magical time in anime dub history wher...
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The List - 7 Weirdest Short Programs

Short-form anime has exploded in number over the last few years, ranging from comedy to drama to the downright surreal. Here are seven of the strangest! ― Japan's offering of short anime programs, ranging from five minutes to 15 minutes, has gotten more diverse in recent years. The format was previously relegated to flash-animated comedy like FROGMAN'S long-running Eagle Talon series or shoddy attem...
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The List - 7 Anime from When Maids Ruled the Earth

Journey with us back to a land before time, an era when sea, sky and land were dominated by the majestic, the proud, the beloved and eternal Maido. ― Anime cycles through trends, like all fictional media. Twilight gave rise to plenty of supernatural teen lit romance series trying to mirror Meyer's success while other authors are turning to fairy tale reimaginings to cater to Once Upon a Time viewers...
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The List - 6 Steampunk Anime to Whet Your Whistle

If it looks Victorian and it has a bunch of gears and watch parts on it, then it's Steampunk! Anime has a rich tradition of embracing the steampunk aesthetic - here are six of the coolest! ― Steampunk is one facet of geek interests that even the uninitiated has probably seen at anime conventions thanks to cosplay. Steampunk versions of popular characters, be it Disney princesses or Ghostbusters, hav...
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7 Original Pokemon Rumors Unmasked

Back in 1998, the original Pokemon game spawned countless urban legends and rumors about hidden secrets in the game - here are seven of the most outlandish! ― The Pokemon game franchise's 20th anniversary is in full swing this year, with nostalgic revisits to Red, Blue and Green in the form of merchandise, game ports, and event tie-ins. When the games first debuted in the U.S. in 1998, few were expe...
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The List - 6 Most Dangerous Military Organizations in Anime

Sometimes our heroes aren't fighting against just one villain and a few henchmen - sometimes they're taking on an entire globe-conquering military force. ― There are few tropes capable of mirroring real world fears like a world power gone corrupt and its military running rampant. The backdrop is a common one, be it a dystopian future or a righteous war against a neighboring nation. Heroes have fough...
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The List - 7 Highly Questionable Videogame Adaptations

There are plenty of decent anime based on videogames, but the genre has kind of a crummy reputation for a reason: there are plenty of not-so-great game anime out there. Here are seven of 'em! ― Anime productions pull from a lot of places; in addition to manga and light novels, anime also routinely adapts storylines from popular videogames. While there are plenty of decent anime based on videogames, ...
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The List - Six Completely Dissimilar Twins

Everyone expects twins to be the mirror image of one another, but in these six cases, sibling rivalry takes on an entirely new meaning. ― Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual identity. Fiction looks at twins as having a mythical connection from the time spent in the womb ranging from psychic...
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The List - 6 Anime to Satisfy Your Need for Speed

Slam that NOS button and get ready for six high-speed racing anime that will take you on a breakneck trial through the Night of Fire. On your mark! ― Japan's obsession with racing hit an all-time high in the 90s with enthusiasts drifting around mountain bends or speeding down the Bayshore Route in Tokyo. This bled over into anime too, with series looking to capture the rush of hobbyists for the ente...
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The List - Six Manga & Anime About Raising Kids

Anime usually takes us on incredible flights of fancy, but when it gets down to earth, the results can be incredible. Here are six manga and anime about the trials and tribulations of parenting. ― Anime and manga target a wide array of age demographics. Sure, there might be more in the teenage bracket but whether you're an office lady or a second grader, there's a manga magazine for you. This includ...
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The List - Six Lost Mysteries of Anime

Mystery anime is back in vogue lately, but the genre is famously underrepresented in the US. Here are six mystery anime that still need an official US release! ― Recent anime seasons has shown a renewed interest in the mystery genre, from lighter fare like Haruchika to dark thrillers like this season's ERASED. This is boon for fans of an oft neglected genre, doubly so because its previous entries ra...
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The List - 7 Manliest Bromances

Everyone has found themselves inspired by a deeply-felt friendship between two big manly men; here are seven of them that will bro you away! ― Valentine's Day (also known as Singles Awareness Day) is sneaking up. If you're one of the many without a significant other on the sugar coma-inducing holiday, have no fear. Even if romance isn't on your to-do list for the 14th, there's plenty of room for bro...
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The List - 6 Villains That Saved the Day

Sometimes all it takes to save the day is a bad guy with a change of heart. Here are six anime where the villain became the hero! ― The heroes might be the stars of the show, but a work of fiction is really made by an awesome antagonist. Someone the audience loves to hate or finds catharsis through a villain's disregard for the rules in lieu of getting what they want. The audience grows attachment t...
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The List - 7 Manga for the Canine-Inclined

There's a ton of cat manga out there, but when do dog people get their due? Well, just wait until you get a load of these puppies. ― Cats are undeniably the darlings of the internet thanks to their antisocial, self-serving characteristics. They easily mirror the nerd stereotype and those of us who spend untold hours at our desks see them as fluffy kindred spirits. Dogs, on the other hand, are consid...
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The List - 7 Silly Pieces of Weaponry

Anime goes by the same code as everyone else: live by the wet towel, die by the wet towel. Here are seven of the most unusual weapons found in anime. ― Anime seasons get more crowded every year. Staff members still have to manage to somehow make their character designs distinctive. This has lead to curiouser and curiouser weaponry in an action genre already filled to the brim with katana, broadsword...
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The List - 7 Truly Gruesome Body Transformations

People sure do turn into disgusting things in anime alot. Why not take a little trip through some of the most stomach-turning? ― When you picked your New Year's Resolution this year, did you consider the possibility of turning into amorphous flesh monster? How about being possessed by an alien that restructures your cells so you can grow biological weapons at will? These are important scenarios to c...
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The List - The 7 Most In-Demand Japanese Voice Actors of 2015

We already counted down the most prolific Japanese voice actresses, so that means it's time to find out which male Japanese voice actors racked up the most voice roles in 2015! ― Last year we counted the most in demand English voice actors and actresses after Nikkei Entertainment published a similar list for the Japanese voice acting industry. We're keeping up the tradition by stepping into Nikkei E...
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The List - 6 Examples of Futuristic Space Travel

Common space travel isn't here yet, but anime has come up with a wildly creative bunch of ways to hop around the universe with ease. Here are six of 'em! ― Modern space travel is largely dictated by complicated math equations. Scientists have to carefully plot the trajectories of its satellite probes to utilize gravitational forces of other heavenly bodies. How else would we get the New Horizons to ...
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The List - The 6 Most In-Demand Japanese Voice Actresses of 2015

We tallied up the six busiest, most in-demand voice actresses working in Japan right now, the ladies you heard most often during the anime of 2015. The results may surprise you! ― Last year we counted the most in demand English voice actors and actresses after Nikkei Entertainment published a similar list for the Japanese voice acting industry. We're keeping up the tradition by stepping into Nikkei ...
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The List - 6 Idols that Fandom Forgot

Anime idols have sung and danced their way into the hearts of otaku everywhere for years now, but here are six examples where the phenomenon failed to ignite. ― The popularity and success of the idol genre is undeniable; Love Live continues its almost unbelievable hold on Japanese otaku, and shows like Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls burn up the bluray sales charts. Unfortunately, not every idol anime ...
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The List - 6 Times Evolution Went Horribly Wrong

Anime is overflowing with villains playing God, trying to determine the next stage of human evolution. Here are six times where mankind was the endangered species. ― They say people never change. Humanity, as a whole, seems to have reached its physical limit. We're taller and faster. We climb higher and jump further. In fact, much of the next stages seem tied to possible biotech and enhancing existi...
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The List - 6 Anime Based on Eastern Legends

We've been over anime based on fairytales, but what about all those anime based on Eastern myths and famous bedtime stories? Here are a bunch of 'em! ― In 2013, I wrote up a list focusing on reimagined fairy tales. A few focused on Eastern fairy tails (Fruits Basket, Saiyuki, Ceres, Celestial Legend) the other five pulled from Western staples like Cinderella, Snow White, and The Little Mermaid. Enou...
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The List - 6 Times It Was All Just A Dream

It's one of the most predictable and unpopular endings in storytelling history: the hero wakes up and everything you just saw was a dream. Here are six times anime went to that well! ― Considered one of the cheapest writing tactics in the book, "it was all dream" is so notoriously denounced that it occurs more often as a punchline nowadays than as an actual plot device. Classic examples include The ...
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The List - 6 Times Anime Went Full Halloween

Halloween episodes are commonplace in American television, but you don't see it quite as often in anime. Here are six spooktacular instances of anime getting into the spirit. ― Christmas and Halloween are easy themed go-tos for Western television programming. The former is also common in anime where Christmas is synonymous with "romantic date." Halloween, on the other hand, has only recently caught ...
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The List - 6 Ridiculous School Uniform Designs

When you're trying to come up with ways to make your school uniforms pop in a medium with stiff competition, sometimes you come up with some... less than practical outfits. ― School uniforms are an anime staple. Plot settings regularly take place in middle school or high school and the sheer number of anime, manga, and light novel series released each year means character designers and artists have ...
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The List - 7 Vampires That Don't Suck

Okay, so, they do, technically - they ARE still blood-drinking children of the night - but we mean 'suck' in the pejorative sense. ― Bram Stoker's Dracula and F. W. Murnau's Nosferatu immortalized vampires in the public consciousness as dangerous, shape-shifting monsters living off the lifeblood of virginal humans. Sexually-charged metaphors aside, some theories have argued that the legends are mere...
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The List - 7 Beauty & The Beast Couples

If you don't read this list of mismatched couples before the last petal falls on your 21st birthday, you'll be cursed forever. On the plus side, maybe all your anime figures came to life. ― One character is capable of immense, sometimes even supernatural strength while their partner is an example of grace and elegance. The two work as a balancing act for one another, with the "beauty" often calming ...
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The List - 7 Adventures on the High Seas

If nautical nonsense is something you wish, these 7 anime feature deck-swabbin', treasure-hunting, ocean monster-fighting thrills on the open ocean. Just try not to get sea sick. ― Before man ventured into space, he wondered about what lay out beyond the horizon in the vast open sea. Maps were adorned with monsters; sea serpents and boat-wrecking squid. Mermaids (or were they manatees?) flicked thei...
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The List - 6 Smarties with Blue Hair

Anime characters with blue hair are often portrayed as smarter than the rest. Here are six of 'em, all up in your grill with their smarts and their blue hair. ― One of the first things new fans notice that sets anime apart visually from western animation is the non-standard hair colors. Western animation might dabble in this, especially if the character is supposed to be rebellious, but most charact...
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The List - 7 of Evangelion's Strangest Tie-In Goods

When it comes to merchandise exploitation, Evangelion is the Star Wars of Japan - and here are seven of the outright oddest knick-knacks the franchise has spawned. ― This year's the 20th anniversary of Hideaki Anno's genre-defining giant robot anime. The series has cultivated a large fan following dedicated to its immersive lore. Viewers still argue for Rei or Asuka and its iconic characters have, f...
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The List - 7 Dessert-Obsessed Manga

These seven dangerously sweet manga insist you eat dessert before your dinner. ― Elegant tea houses, delicately decorated cakes, and equally gorgeous chefs populate this week's sister list to "7 Manga To Improve Your Cooking." These manga focus on finding sweet love or using a little magic to become the next great patissier. Life is short, eat dessert first. 7. Yumeiro Pâtissière A children's manga,...
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The List - 7 Anime Beach Episodes Worth Watching

Beach episodes are a time-honored cliche, but most of the time, they're only fanservice-infused filler. Here are seven that manage to do a little more than that. ― Hi readers! I'm writing to you from the from the future for this Labor Day-inspired column this week. I've been writing this column for three years now, with a total of 142 installments. Also, by the time you're reading this, I'm getting ...
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The List - 7 Plucky Kid Detectives

These pint-sized sleuths will solve the murder, unravel the international conspiracy and catch the bad guys, all before it's time for Lunchables. ― Kid detectives are a staple of children's fiction. They're the Robin to Batman, the Scooby Doo gang unraveling the schemes of adults, or the hard-nosed Nancy Drew who can't get away from a good mystery plot. Sometimes they're pint-sized versions of adult...
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The List - 7 Anime for Grown-Up Romantics

The endless parade of anime about teenagers figuring out love for the first time is heartwarming but sometimes, if you're a little older, you want a show about adults who have been around the block a few times already. ― Romance anime, or the medium in general, is dominated by adolescent stories. Characters between the ages of 14-18 getting in trouble, saving the world, or enjoying club activities m...
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The List - 7 Righteously Confident Protagonists

A new breed of hypercompetent badasses who know full well they're awesome are the headline attraction in a lot of new anime series these days. Here are seven of 'em. Try not to fall in love. ― The milquetoast protagonist is a well-known one. He's the guy in an anime where every girl wants him, for no discernible reason. His primary goal is to be a self-insert but this usually means he's generic in e...
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The List - 6 Misplaced Ninja

Anime features a lot of ninjas, even in shows with a premise where you really wouldn't expect a ninja to show up. Nobody expected THESE ninjas, though. ― At the top of the list of Japanese things people are familiar with, there are samurai and their shadowy ninja counterparts. Shrouded in mystery, the ninja's reputation as covert assassins that poisoned dignitaries while they slept, disappeared into...
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The List - 7 Eras of Japanese History via Anime

Travel back in time (and maybe have your gender swapped) to seven different periods of Japanese history, all from the comfort of your couch. ― The history of Japanese civilization is expansive, predating the Common Era by 10,000 years (the Jomon period). There's much more ground to cover compared to what kids get in U.S. history classes in high school, which rarely cover anything before the Boston T...
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The List - 6 Deadly Maids

These six maids will wait on you hand and foot, but are also quite capable of wasting some fools. PLUS: results from last week's Love Live poll and a new Pokemon poll! ― Maids, like catgirls, are an anime staple. Heck, some characters are even both. There's something alluring about the frilly dresses and sworn dedication to their "Master," even if that dedication involves killing a tavern full of gr...
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The List - 7 of Anime's Friendliest Ghosts

Not all of the wailing spirits of the dead are here to cause trouble - some of them just want to lend a spectral hand. PLUS: the user poll to end all user polls! ― They haunt our homes, slam our doors, and break our best china. Poltergeists, vengeful spirits, and the residual energy of the wrongfully killed wreck all kinds of havoc. But what if all ghosts aren't creeping out of abandoned wells or hi...
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The List - 7 1990s OVAs to Revive After Ushio & Tora

Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon - everything old is new again. Here are seven OVAs from the 90s that deserve another shot. ― The gritty aesthetic of late 80s and early 90s anime is experiencing a small renaissance right now. Companies are reaching back into the vault and dusting off the action and sci-fi series, dated character designs and all, and giving them the anime treatment they missed out on during ...
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The List - 7 of the Worst Sore Losers

Some people just don't take defeat very well. These seven folks could use a lesson in being a good sport. ― Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skill and some characters, especially villains, aren't particularly good at it. It's never the losers fault that they didn't succeed. Blame is either passed around to the nearest person, or worse, the loser seeks revenge against whomever bested them....
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The List - 7 Government Organizations That Would Make the CIA Blush

This rundown of shadowy cabals that perform their insidious machinations behind the scenes, secretly controlling everything, will get your SEELE of approval. ― America's Central Intelligence Agency has fueled numerous conspiracy theories and espionage plots in films, books, and real life. Anime is no exception, with many protagonists uncovering all the dirt their utopian governments swept under the ...
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The List - 7 of Hello Kitty's Most Expensive Accessories

Almost no other mascot in the world gets merchandise as expensive as Hello Kitty. Here's a collection of some of the most outrageously-priced luxury Kitty items. ― Hello Kitty is a cat, or a girl, or both that wants for nothing. She has her own pet cat and friends of all shapes and sizes. She's been to outer space and to countries all over the world. Collectors of Sanrio's popular mascot will quickl...
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The List - 7 Useless Magic Attacks

These seven magic users have decidedly un-phenomenal, less-than-cosmic supernatural abilities. ― In a creative medium where more shows than average are full of magic users, it's hard to come up with unique abilities that haven't been done before. The classic elements and standard psychic abilities like telekinesis are done to death. The alternatives become super-specialized magic that has little to ...
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The List - 7 Pieces of Anime Technology We Wish We Had Right Now

From persocoms to capsule corps, anime features a wealth of technological advances that would come in very handy in real life. ― Technology is constantly moving in directions only thought possible in the likes of our favorite sci-fi shows. The launch of Google Glass brought comparisons to Vegeta's power visor or the glasses used in Denno Coil. Sharon Apple now enthralls sold out shows in the form of...
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The List - 7 Characters That Can't Resist Cats

These seven folks just can't get enough feline companionship; meow might be the time for an intervention. ― Dogs may be man's best friend, but it's cats that rule the internet. Scientists have gone so far as trying to classifying the key qualities that make up "cat people" and "dog people." Male cat owners are perceived as "nicer" than those who don't own a cat, but also lean more "neurotic." Regard...
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The List - 7 Deadly Games of Survival

An evil organization, a crowd of unwilling contestants, a bloody battle to see who will survive; it's a familiar setup, but these stories find new ways to keep it fresh. ― When Resident Evil was released for PlayStation in 1996, many video game fans caught their first taste of survival horror. The game, and the many that would follow, places players in deadly situations where they have to be fast on...
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The List - 7 Mad Re-Imaginings of Alice in Wonderland

Almost no other classic story has been twisted by manga and anime as much as Alice in Wonderland. We're through the looking glass, people. ― There might be no other example of Western literature whose themes, plot line, and characters appear in more anime than Lewis Carroll's The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Quin Rose's PC game is one example that has inspired an ever growing series of manga b...
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The List - 6 Real-Life Japanese Robots Moving into the Marketplace

Hold on to your job for dear life: these automatons are coming for you, and they're impossible to resist. ― Technology is a constant presence in modern lives. Most of us carry a "phone" that contains more capabilities than what we used to land man on the moon. What once was a technological dream is slowly becoming reality as developers introduce more intricate, accurate, and personable robots. Each ...
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The List - 7 Manga Banned Around the Globe

Seven manga that were just too hot or otherwise objectionable for a variety of countries all over the world. ― Censorship of anime and manga is often met with derision by fans for its alteration of the source material. Anime targeted towards children or racy manga series have gotten their share of script changes, painted on bathing suits, and Christian imagery cut. It takes another level of parental...
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The List - 7 Thief Characters That Could Steal the Shirt Off Your Back

These anime thieves steal whatever isn't nailed down: cash, artwork, priceless artifacts, and your heart. ― Fiction has always had a love affair for charming rogues. They steal from the rich and elude bumbling detectives who are always two steps behind. In many cases the story is written around their crime; the victims are corrupt or the items in question are fakes. This way the burglars are anti-he...
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The List - 7 Anime About the Performing Arts

Those who tread beneath the proscenium arch take the spotlight this week as The List highlights anime all about the performing arts. ― Last week's column was all about women flexing their athletic muscles, so this week we're looking at the other side the coin: performing arts. The traditional Western performing arts include music, theatre, dance, comedy, and opera. In the East, performing arts expan...
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The List - 7 Anime About Women in Sports

Anime about female athletes are a time-honored tradition. Here are seven examples of women who bring it hard on the court and also, you know, solve murders and stuff. ― Sports fans got exciting news this weekend with Yen Press picking up competitive biking manga Yowamushi Pedal. Sentai Filmworks also plans to bring the hit volleyball anime Haikyu!! our way. Both these announcements are important, be...
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The List - 7 Bits of Sailor Moon Merchandise No One Really Needs

In the name of the moon, she'll punish your wallet, your eyes, your tissue boxes and maybe your gastrointestinal system. ― Ever since the Sailor Moon remake was announced way back in 2012 (and subsequently delayed for a year), the series' license holders have dished out more merchandise than you can shake a wand at. Tie-ins like new figures, clothing lines, and even lingerie were brought out for nos...
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The List - 7 Manga for Monster Girl Lovers

First there were catgirls, then maids, then robot girls; presently, we live in the age of the monster girl. Here are seven shining examples of the genre. ― Supernatural romantic comedies have a strong, dedicated fanbase among both male and female readers. Commentary on its quality aside, Twilight was immensely popular and shone a light on a new sub-section of young adult novels. Vampire stories, inc...
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The List - 7 Things You Might Not Know About Hideaki Anno

A few things you might not have known about the man who told Shinji to get in the robot. ― There are few "household" anime names in the English speaking anime community: Hayao Miyazaki, Kunihiko Ikuhara, Osamu Tezuka, Shoji Kawamori, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Riyoko Ikeda, and Shotaro Ishinomori to name a few. Hideaki Anno is easily one of those names fans recognize as the creator of the Neon Genesis Evange...
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The List - 7 Tragically Unlicensed Shojo Anime

Everyone has a list of shows they'd love to see get licensed, and on most of those lists there are at least a few shojo series. Here are 7 of the most wanted. ― Next to sports anime, shojo are routinely left on the wayside during licensing pick ups. There are plenty of theories why. Older shojo series, including magical girl shows, have high episode numbers that cost more to produce. Things have got...
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The List - 6 Greatest School Teachers

Sometimes you need to learn a lesson, and there's no one better than these 6 teachers to dish one out to you. ― Teachers are asked to go above and beyond just feeding students information and handing out tests. They're counselors, trusted advisers, and can foster a safe place for troubled kids. These week's list looks at teachers who really care for their students despite being adult delinquents the...
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The List - 7 Reasons Gentlemen Prefer Elves

Every good fantasy series has a few incredible elf ladies on display. Today, Lynzee decides to finally share the elf. ― The term "bombshell" was coined, very appropriately, during World War II to refer to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, and other sex symbols of the era. There aren't any elves in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but there are plenty of wild, voluptuous fantasy women wielding swor...
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The List - 7 Trips to the Anime Underworld

Take a tour through the wildly imaginative ways anime has depicted the dark side of the afterlife. ― Cultures have pondered about life after death about as long as humanity has been capable of doing so. This includes differentiating between "good" humans and "bad" ones and sometimes further into "good," "mediocre," "bad," and "really, really bad." Some souls are denied reincarnation, others tasked w...
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The List - 7 Anime Kisses Heard 'Round the World

It's Valentine's Day, so the List is hard at work counting down seven of the best kisses in anime. ― February 14 is a lot of different things to people, whether it's a celebration of romance or day to spend Netflix-binging while eating fistfuls of chocolate. Let's live vicariously through our anime counterparts who eventually managed to plant a kiss on their beloved. The kisses are passionate, or cu...
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The List - 7 Manliest Bromances

Get bro-dy for the bro-st bro-tastic bro-lationships in the bro-niverse. They'll bro you away! ― Valentine's Day (also known as Singles Awareness Day) is sneaking up. If you're one of the many without a significant other on the sugar coma-inducing holiday, have no fear. Even if romance isn't on your to-do list for the 14th, there's plenty of room for bromance instead. These friendships remind us tha...
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The List - 7 Frightening Student Councils

Only the best, brightest, most glamorous, potentially lethal and unbelievably intimidating can get elected to these student councils. ― Student councils are a subject of fascination in Japanese drama. The members are regarded as the best, brightest, most popular, or all of the above. They're idealized as student role models while their U.S. equivalents hold nowhere near the prestige and glamour of t...
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The List - Long Lost Anime Twins

Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. ― Were these anime characters separated at birth? Not quite. We're used to seeing certain style characteristics to easily signify which character is the tsundere, the quiet bookworm, the gung-ho fighter, or the sneaky villain. With the huge number of anime, light novels, and manga produced each year, there are bound to be some design overlap...
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The List - 7 Strange Alien Species

Anime is chock-a-block with aliens of all shapes, sizes, colors, personalities and sex appeal. Here are seven of the weirdest ones out there. ― Ever since Georges Méliès put extra-terrestrials on the silver screen with his 1902 silent film A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune) protagonists have battled, been abducted, and questioned if something else was out there on television and in film. Th...
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The List - 7 Battling Brothers

It's throws before bros with these sibling pairs who can't set their differences aside and wind up locked in familial combat. ― This week's List focuses on a theme that's downright Biblical; the classic story of two brothers raised together but find themselves on opposite ends of an issue. Cain and Abel was the result of jealousy of one brother towards the other; the siblings in this list have griev...
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The List - 7 Anime Cameos

Directors, personalities, voice actors and even characters from the world of anime often make cheeky appearances in other series. Here are a few of 'em! ― Cameos by well-known celebrities or creators are common across all visual mediums, whether it's Stan Lee appearing in most every Marvel film, or Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock in many of their works. In anime, characters from other series ...
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The List - 7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sailor Moon

Although fans have picked the Sailor Moon franchise apart bit by bit to feast on the meaty fun facts inside, there may still be a few less widely-known morsels left. ― Naoko Takeuchi's magical girl series had a profound effect on anime fandom, whether you caught its first run in North America, or later on Cartoon Network's Toonami. The online fandom was undeniably huge when I was a kid. So much so t...
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The List - 7 Times Anime Danced Its Butt Off

There are dozens of times in anime where our heroes break out into a dance number; here are seven of the booty-shaking best. ― There is an undeniable crossover between voice actors, J-Pop, and otaku culture. If a voice actress can be marketed as an anisong singer, she can supplement her income outside of the sound booth with concerts, CD sales, and more merchandise. Sometimes all of this gets mashed...
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The List - 7 Manga To Improve Your Cooking

Food manga isn't all just mouth-watering illustrations of food and heroic journeys through the world of chefdom - turns out you can actually learn to cook from some of them! ― If I'm being honest, cooking wasn't a major part of my upbringing, and now I'm an adult with zero experience outside of boiling pasta and putting Prego on it. If you've already got some cooking chops, or have zero experience w...
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The List - 7 Most In Demand English Voice Actors of 2014

The men get their turn as we count down the male voice actors you heard most in 2014. ― This week we're counting down the most in demand voice actors in English dubs for the year. I sat down with ANN's Encyclopedia, went through every new North American release that included English dubs, and tallied the roles to get a comprehensive list of who starred in what, and overall which actors got the most ...
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The List - 8 Most In Demand English Voice Actresses of 2014

The most in-demand English voice actresses in anime get their own countdown! ― This week we're counting down the most in demand voice actresses in English dubs for the year. I sat down with ANN's Encyclopedia, went through every new North American release that included English dubs, and tallied the roles to get a comprehensive list of who starred in what, and overall which actresses got the most maj...
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The List - 6 Awesome People of Color in Anime

Anime doesn't always get diversity right, but when it does, the results can be pretty awesome. ― It took three waves of live-action films, but Marvel finally announced its much anticipated Black Panther film adaptation starring Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be the live-action film franchise's first proper super hero of color, after secondary characters Lt. Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes/War Machine and...
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The List - 7 Couples Who Make Love and War

Duos who start out as simply war buddies sometimes grow into inseparable fighting pairs. Hurt one and you're sure to feel the wrath of the other! ― Relying on one another in life or death situations can bring a whole new element of closeness. Duos who start out as simply war buddies grow into inseparable fighting pairs. Hurt one and you're sure to feel the wrath of the other. Lovers who fight togeth...
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The List - 7 Slasher Characters Perfect for Halloween

From the supernaturally powered to perfectly engineered killers, anime has featured some scary villains over the years that would put Jason Voorhees' body count to shame. ― Just in time for your post-candy Halloween hangover, today's list takes a look at some of anime's most gruesome villains. From the supernaturally powered to perfectly engineered killers, anime has featured some scary villains ove...
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The List - 6 Times Mother Nature Unleashed Her Fury

Where do you run to when your very environment is trying to kill you? ― Nature has an unlimited arsenal of weapons at its disposal. There are the Biblical classics like swarms of insects and disease, followed by tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, snow storms, the list goes on. Mother Nature can wipe you out with extreme heat or cold, invasions that are microscopic and storms that ...
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The List - 7 Anime Characters With Killer Hair

Terrifying tresses! Maniacal manes! Fiendish follicles! Rampaging ringlets! Just try not to wig out. ― Hair has a long (pun intended) history in cultures around the world, and Japan is no exception. Only women in the upper echelons for society were allowed to wear their hair long while poor classes were required to tie up their hair. Boys were given a specific hairstyle to acknowledge their entry in...
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The List - 7 Times Hatsune Miku Jumped the Shark

Miku straps in to a pair of waterskis and heads for the ramp. ― The sensational freeware popstar Hatsune Miku is enjoying a stellar career. She's got fashion make overs from big name fashion designers, she sells out convention concerts in front of huge audiences not to mention opening for flesh-and-blood popstar Lady Gaga. She has her own racing team and a bevy of fellow idols to pal around with in ...
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The List - 6 Inseparable Sisters

Neither crowbar nor blowtorch nor misbegotten romantic feelings for the same guy can sap these siblings of their steadfast solidarity. ― Sisters are best friends that never leave. You either have a little sister that wears your clothes without permission and follows you around everywhere, or an older one who can do no wrong (or both, if there's three of you). Childhood with a sister can be rough in ...
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The List - 6 Relaxing Anime About Life on the Farm

Whether your chickens are coming home to roost or you didn't buy the cow because the milk was free, these 6 farm anime will have you more relaxed than a conbine during an unseasonable drought. ― There was a short string of shows focusing on rural farm life and agriculture recently. The shows worked as a natural step from "healing" anime, where the primary function is to provide a tranquil environmen...
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The List - 7 Powered-Up Forms That Are More Weird Than Awesome

Sometimes maybe it's better to stay in your second-to-last form. ― It's right about when all hope is lost that a character finally powers up just in time, usually with some blinding magical lights, gasps from bystanders, and plenty of fanfare. On the other side of the coin, a villain might let out a mighty roar, grow 10 times in height, and release that ultimate, last-ditch attack. One invokes cheer...
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The List - 6 Directors' Humble Beginnings

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

Every once and awhile, an anime series will set its focus on the manga industry and offer a few hints of what it's really like. ― The dream of being a manga artist is a common one in the anime fandom. Semi-active publisher Tokyopop once launched its "Rising Star of Manga" program purely to entice that set of fans wanting to make that dream become a reality. Results varied, with the extra lucky, like...
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The List - 7 "Gateway" Anime Sure to Get Newbies Hooked

Seven series to get your friends watching anime, no matter what their tastes! ― There are several hurdles when you want to introduce the average American viewer, be they a family member or friend, to the world of anime. Like jumping into any foreign art medium, there's a learning curve. Assuming your cousin Ted has had zero exposure to Japanese culture or animated films outside of dubbed Ghibli film...
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The List - 7 TV Anime Affected by Japanese Censorship

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

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