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"While the overall shape of this current incarnation of the Selector game is still a little muddy, things are coming into sharper focus."
"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a show that's mastered being both passive entertainment and the kind of show that glues your eyes to the screen."
"Jinko might not yet have scored their first victory, but they won their opponents and adviser's respect."
Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 277: KLECK KLECK BOOM Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner joins us to talk all things Right Stuf - from bestsellers to the best releases to all things Gundam, plus your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our player...
"Just when you think Keijo has maxed out on preposterousness, it comes up with something even more outlandish."
"After a month-long trip to the past, Naruto Shippūden returns to the current timeline in the first episode of Sasuke's Story: Sunrise."
"It's a very difficult balance to strike, but like a good surgeon, Yuri!!! on Ice's writing manages to be both cutting and gentle."
"This episode displays a rare and welcome serious side to the most laid-back of all of the Witches in the group."
"It does feel like the show is back on track after some messy table-setting episodes."
This harem comedy from the late 2000s was a late bloomer for Western release, but is it still worth a watch after years in limbo? Theron Martin investigates. ― Some series are innovators within their genre, while others are mere followers. This 2010 adaptation of a light novel series is decidedly the latter. Even though it came relatively early in the wave of super-heavy fanservice shows of the late ...
Asuka's true nature finally comes to light in this emotionally charged episode of Sound! Euphonium.
"Though there were some brief comic interludes courtesy of Kuzu-P, the almost total lack of Chitose made this a more contemplative and emotionally focused episode than ever."
"Episode 9 proves that Nanbaka knows how to crank out a strong episode from time to time."
"This episode takes place almost entirely in late afternoon and twilight settings, as it tells the story of Natori's origins."
Tohyo Game borrows a little too heavily from very recognizable sources for its horror plot, making this a weaker debut than it should have been. ― It isn't always easy to find the perfect metaphor for the kind of bullying that pervades the high school experience. Numerous manga authors have tried, with perhaps the most effective series being A Silent Voice due to its emotional honesty. We can't blame...
"Luffy's got a plan and that plan is to sneak into Big Mom's territory all on his own in an attempt to rescue Sanji."
Despite some organizational issues, interesting characters and premise carry the first volume of this story about individuals with unusual connections to yokai. ― According to the author's notes included at the end, this manga is actually the adaptation of a 2011 novel originally titled Invented Inference: Steel Idol Nanase, which has not, to my knowledge, even been licensed yet for an English releas...
The conversations are never dull and quite often raunchy in this non-cloying take on high school girl humor. ― There's a myth that has somehow endured about how girls are less "gross," less preoccupied with bodily functions than boys. Please Tell Me! Galko-chan is here to help deconstruct that misconception. Not that this is any sort of deliberately informative work; Kenya Suzuki's short-form manga, ...
"I was hoping that Occultic;Nine would be more like a rollercoaster, but it's still approaching its conclusions with fits and starts rather than charging ahead with force."
"Easily the most exciting thing about this episode is the preview for next week."
America has countless political dramas of every stripe - why is the genre so limited among anime and manga? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asks: One thing I was recently thinking about was why there are no anime about Japanese politics. Here in the US, it seems we can not get enough politically themed shows weather it be a comedy like VEEP or a serious drama like House of Cards. Even in manga one of th...
From Final Fantasy to Attack on Titan to Dragonball Xenoverse, it's a giant pile of 2016's biggest and coolest games for anime fans - that just might make the perfect gift! ―
Gabriella enters a world of bishounen and airsoft with Aoharu x Machinegun, but is this strange creation any good? Plus, all this week's new releases! ― It's that magical time of Black Friday/Cyber Monday/General Holiday Season sales, and I hope you've already found some good deals if bargain-hunting is your thing. Since I moved into a new apartment a few months ago, I've been buying boring things l...
"Nothing major happens in the plot this episode, but it still strengthens our cast and story through glimpses of what passes for mundanity in the worlds of Tekkadan and Gjallarhorn."
Jinsei is a bare-bones slice-of-life comedy and not much else. Nick Creamer breaks down whether this humble show is worth checking out. ― Some shows feel like they're just barely even there. You can watch them run for twelve or thirteen episodes, but by the time you come out the other end, you're not even really sure you've watched anything at all. They hew so closely to what is minimally expected of...
"Most of this episode was more frivolous and predictable than what I expect out of Flip Flappers, ultimately wasting too much time in a series approaching its final quarter."
"Souta goes into full-on “worried parent” mode in a powerful and funny Poco's Udon World."
"The spotlight is once again on Nanashima as things start to heat up on Kiss Him, Not Me."
Mike details the long, odd and twisty tale of Star Anime Enterprises, a little-known anime company that released a whopping two titles in America. ― There's a pretty simple, obvious Thanksgiving tradition in my household. We get up early, we go to our pals' place (they host), and as we start to prepare for the multi-hour eat attack later in the day, we put on the big parade in New York. You know, the...
Our holiday gift guide rolls on with a mountain of fun tech and cool gadgets to dig through - from Splatoon water guns to singing cats, if you haven't found the perfect gift, it might be here! ―
"The big plot twist that lands this episode – one that I didn't see coming – depends on some incredibly shaky logic."
"Things just keep getting better and better for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, as Part Four barrels toward its conclusion."
"As odd as it sounds, Magical Girl Raising Project might have to sneak some happy moments into the mix if it wants to keep successfully breaking our hearts."
"Winter seems to be the prime season for getting sick, and that applies to anime characters just as much as us regular folks."
"Although many points are scored this week, the story still revolves around the players themselves, making this as much about wanting your favorite characters to win."
Dazai takes on Lovecraft this week, as an uneasy alliance begins to form between the Port Mafia and the Agency.
"The forecast is looking a bit better, but it will have to improve even more if WIXOSS is going to leave any lasting impressions by the time this season ends."
Browse through an avalanche of 2016's best and coolest DVDs and Blu-rays - From Haruhi Suzumiya to Summer Wars, there's something for everyone! ―
Gabriella Ekens steps into a world of both horror and comedy with the adventures of the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, now in special collectors' omnibus form. ― It takes something special for a procedural to stand out from the pack nowadays. When half of what comes out is some variation on “[blank] solves crimes,” you have to have something good to sell your variation on the formula. Published in...
"Things are moving at much more of an even keel now, and this episode ends with a clear direction in mind for the Drifters, and therefore much more clarity of purpose."
"All of a sudden, it's not about Sagami vs. Jinko anymore, but instead about Jinko's players against themselves."
"The respect for the spirit of competition and sense of camaraderie that the series has shown so far is unquestionably one of the keys to its success."
Children in anime are frequently shown carrying a handkerchief - why is that? Is it actually a common thing in Japan? Justin investigates. ― Darius asks: Why do school kids carry handkerchiefs with them? I see in a lot of anime, old and new, that kids have a handkerchief in their pocket to wipe their hands while in the bathroom and various other uses, and they seem at a lost of what to do with their...
It's a mountain of the coolest action figures, statues, nendoroids and a boatload of bonus cool stuff in our 2016 guide to the best anime collectibles for the otaku in your life! ―
Psycome loses its way a bit in a second volume that focuses too much on the "comedy" and not enough on the "psycho." ― Authors' afterwards in light novels can be anything from sneakily informative to long lists of rambling thanks, so you could be forgiven if you usually skip them. Mizuki Mizushiro's epilogue to the second volume of Psycome, however, is definitely in the former category; Mizushiro men...
"Brave Witches combines the practically obligatory holiday episode with the practically obligatory “protagonist gets sick” episode for efficiency's sake."
"It's hard not to feel like this is a rut the show is working through, and I hope it picks up speed soon."
"Dangling questions (and some lopsided pacing and structure) make this week's Nanbaka one of the weaker episodes."
From Pikachu pullovers to Dragon Ball socks to One-Punch Man shirts, here's our guide to the best otaku-friendly fashion for your gift-giving needs! ―
Dustin takes a deep dive into the new Sword Art Online game, for better and for worse. PLUS: Pokemon Sun & Moon, Final Fantasy XV and much more! ― We're closing in on the end of the holiday release season, though we've still got a couple of huge games to go—one of which is out this week! Yes, folks, the artist formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII is nearly among us, and while I think I will su...
Honey So Sweet continues to live up to its title in this fourth volume, even though a bit of angst is rearing its dangerous head. ― If Horimiya is the sweetest shounen romance currently being published in English, Honey So Sweet is its shoujo equivalent. Amu Meguro's story about an adorably awkward high school couple is much tamer than its shounen counterpart and at times sweet enough to rot your tee...
"Kumiko's relationship with her sister Mamiko finally blew up this week, in the aftermath of Mamiko declaring she wanted to quit college to be a beautician."
"By taking the focus off Chitose, Girlish Number has demonstrated its ultimately compassionate heart."
"This episode is as much Natsume's story as it is his friend Tanuma's."
Escaflowne, Bubblegum Crisis, Otaku no Video - classic anime kickstarters seem to do great, so why don't we see more of these? ― Reed asks: How come more anime companies don't run Kickstarters or other crowd-funding options to pay for recording English dubs or for funding Blu-ray releases? AnimEigo has done a few titles, some manga has been done this way, and Funimation did Escaflowne's redub throug...
The Girls und Panzer movie may not be Shakespeare, but it sure is fun! Nick Creamer discusses the dub premiere of this diamond in the rough. ― Tsutomu Mizushima is not an arthouse director. In contrast with those directors who generally leave a clear aesthetic signature on their productions, or who impart all their works with some socially relevant commentary, Mizushima's work is defined by polish, m...
In the first part of our 2016 gift guide, browse through piles of the year's best anime artifacts and books - from the art of Ghibli to an encyclopedia of Monster Girls, we've got you covered! ―
Gundam leaps to the front of the pack this week, while Izetta seeks redemption from its recent plummet. See where your own faves rank! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 2016 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on...
"Between the second half and the Cat Viper song, this is a very strong episode."
Hanasaki's somewhat poignant backstory frames yet another accidentally silly mystery plot in the present day, as Trickster continues to juggle its strengths and weaknesses.
Seems like every new anime director with half a success gets called "the next Miyazaki". Kevin Cirugeda considers the most common "Next Miyazakis", and why that title is totally dubious. ― If every anime viewer were to write a shortlist of the most essential creators in the industry, I have no doubt that Hayao Miyazaki would receive the most mentions with a massive lead over everyone else. And that's...
The finale of the Battle Tendency arc is an amazing combination of insane fighting and Victorian melodrama as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure continues to impress. ― The world of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is a strange one, even by the standards of shounen or seinen battle manga. Part of this is the necessary supernatural element of the story – the hamon, the Pillar Men's powers and lifespans, and the amazing...
The Future Trunks arc wraps with mixed results, pushing Super into uncharted territory for the future.
Justin explains why some dub scripts are so heavily modified for an English-speaking audience and just how much the Japanese side knows about these changes. ― Victoria asks: I like watching Hetalia since the beginning because of the little references to world history. I tried watching the dubbed version, but all the dialogue changed to have a lot of cursing and pop culture jokes which I can't stand ...
"As usual, the characters shine brighter than any other aspect, but there's still too much complex politicking in this episode for my tastes."
James jumps back into the world of Gatchaman with its striking second season, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I can always tell if a video game has me hooked by how often I catch myself talking to the characters. I bought a car racing version of all those sports manager games recently, and I've already fallen into the habit of berating my imaginary drivers every time they ...
A long-overdue split between Kirito and Asuna's viewpoints results in the best and most complete novel of the series to date. Theron Martin dives in. ― Volumes 2 and 3 of the Progressive series were told entirely from Kirito's viewpoint, which I felt was a disservice to his co-star Asuna. That changes with this volume, making it the best and most complete story to date for this branch of the franchis...
"Occultic:Nine is running out of time, and it can't afford to keep spinning its wheels for much longer."
"There's a lot about this week's episode that should not have worked, starting with the whole premise, but ClassicaLoid is good at wringing maximum emotion out of minimum plot."
"Even in its most thematically straightforward episode, Flip Flappers offers viewers way more questions than answers."
As a parody of the swords-and-sorcery fantasy genre, Konosuba is worth checking out if you need a laugh. Rebecca Silverman dives in. ― They say that life doesn't always work out the way you planned. Sometimes that can be a good thing, but other times, not so much. Kazuma Sato falls into the latter category courtesy of a fate with a rotten sense of humor. Normally a teenage shut-in, Kazuma dared to ve...
"For my money, this was the outright funniest episode the show has given us."
"Every semblance of realism is thrown out the window in this week's supernatural-flavored episode."
"This episode exemplifies JoJo's Bizarre Adventure at its strongest, offering both the absurd humor and the ensuing horror."
"Magical Girl Raising Project comes across as more grim than clever this week, but it still has strong visuals and some intriguing plot threads working in its favor."
"Episode 8 had a lot of good story content, but it also left me with a lot of mixed feelings."
"After a full episode spent deep within Rei's depressed psyche, it was nice to get a breather this week."
"It's usually a big deal when two main characters start dating, but there's not much about the relationship between Higashida and Miyakoshi that you could call “usual.”"
"As Karasuno and Shiratorizawa go into the final set of their qualifying game, the stakes couldn't be higher."
"Things have well and truly been set into motion now, as this episode enters heavy thematic territory."
"We need some honest to goodness plot development soon, because “Chinatsu Being Creepy and Manipulative” has lost its shock value and its entertainment value."
There are a whole lot of incredible anime feature films that have never - or only rarely - seen the light of day. Here are seven anime films we'd love to see get an official US release! ― Access to the latest anime releases in Japan is at an all-time high. The convenience of streaming allows viewers access to a huge library of current and past shows with the click of a button. Whether someone wants ...
My Hero Academia’s sixth volume sees the manga returning to a stable rhythm in the wake of its first true peak. ― My Hero Academia's school tournament arc was a staggering high point for the series so far. Matching clever, fast-paced battles with poignant personal stories, it further humanized a solid subset of the manga's immense cast while never letting up as immediate entertainment. It was essenti...
"Pound for pound, this is the most action packed, visceral, and entertaining episode the show has given us since its premiere."
"It's heartening to see that the series isn't letting itself get bogged down by these training sequences."
Zac and Jacob catch up with Yuri on Ice, Girlish Number, All Out and much more, plus your Twitter questions! ― ANNCast Episode 276: Quite A Number Zac and Jacob catch up with Yuri on Ice, Girlish Number, All Out and much more, plus your Twitter questions! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitcher here, and we're also on Google...
"Training camp ends with Jinko more or less ready to face the future as a team."
Booby shows come and go, but Keijo!!!!!!!! is making major waves this season! Jacob Chapman explains what makes this anime about girls fighting with their butts such a hit. ― No ifs, ands, or butts about it, Keijo!!!!!!!! is one of the biggest hits of the Fall 2016 season. Fanservice-driven anime come and go with the mercurial whims of thirsty otaku, but it looks like Keijo(x8!) is really making wave...
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