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Shelf Life - March Comes in Like a Lion Season 1 Part 1

March Comes In like a Lion and quickly melts Gabriella Ekens' resistance to the charms of this beloved series. PLUS: all of this week's new anime DVD and bluray releases! ― It looks like Hinamatsuri will be one of my streaming review shows this season, and if the first episode is any indication, I'm going to have plenty to write about. That series looks completely bonkers, but in a good way. Good cr...
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The Mike Toole Show - All Dogs of Flanders Go to Heaven

Mike takes a look back at one of the most influential and pervasive sad children's stories in anime history, from remakes to references to parodies, all about a Dog of Flanders. ― Isao Takahata passed away last week, which means that everywhere you look, there are tributes to and retrospectives of the great animator's work. This is wholly appropriate, and it gives me considerable pleasure in the sad ...
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The List - 7 Appetizing Anime Restaurants

From festival food stalls to floating franchise eateries, these are just seven scrumptious spots to visit in the world of mouth-watering anime food porn. ― Anime is full of tasty restaurants that have seemingly grown in popularity as more and more series centered around cooking make it to the airwaves. There are even eateries staffed almost entirely by fluffy animals or attractive bakers. Since I wr...
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ANNCast - Just A Little Bit of Spring

Jacob's out sick, so interest editor Lynzee Loveridge stops by the podcast to help Zac sort through the best and worst of Spring 2018 so far. ― ANNCast Episode 326 - Just A Little Bit of Spring 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 Play Music right here, or you can just use these handy links:...
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Answerman - What "Editing" Needs To Be Done To Anime For US Release?

Justin digs in to what "video post-production" means when it comes to anime - how we handle the masters Japan sends for home video production. ― Craig asked: Just finished watching the third Berserk film, The Advent and in the credits I saw your name for Video post production. What exactly do you do in terms of post production(clean up, video/audio compression, restoration?)? Do all companies who re...
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This Week in Anime - Giving ReLife a Second Chance

Almost two years after it first aired, Crunchyroll has released the final four episodes of the heartwarming high school drama, ReLife. This week, Nick and Jacob return to this underrated gem to share their thoughts on the full journey. ― Almost two years after it first aired, Crunchyroll has released the final four episodes of the heartwarming high school drama, ReLife. This week, Nick and Jacob retu...
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This Week in Games - VR Kanojo

Virtual reality girlfriends finally arrive on Steam thanks to Illusion - what does it mean for the industry? PLUS: Blazblue, Witcher Nendoroids, Yo-Kai Watch and so much more! ― Stop the presses, everyone – as I write this, the most important gaming-related announcement of this week has just been unveiled. I'm talking, of course, about the Geralt of Rivia Nendoroid. If there's any collectible company...
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Answerman - Why Are People More Upset By Nudity Than Violence?

One reader wants to know why western fans clutch their pearls over anime boobs but give blood and guts a free pass. Justin has a few ideas. ― Steven asked: What's up with the Double Standards in Anime? Something full of blood-n-gore murder-death-kill trends towards the most popular, well received and reviewed shows. Meanwhile, the fan service, T & A heavy shows get lambasted for their content? Is th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Violet Evergarden Worth Watching?

Netflix has finally released Kyoto Animation's visually ambitious new series to audiences around the world. This week, Nick and Steve discuss their feelings on this gorgeous yet divisive story. ― Netflix has finally released Kyoto Animation's visually ambitious Violet Evergarden to audiences around the world. This week, Nick and Steve discuss their feelings on this gorgeous yet divisive story. Discla...
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Vice & Luna - Creature Feature

Vice is pretty sure he knows what the next season of Free! is gonna be about, and it's a surefire prestige piece!
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Shelf Life - Akiba's Trip

James takes a look at Gonzo's cartoonish clothes-stripping comedy, while Paul runs down all this week's new releases, along with a new Shelf Obsessed collection! ― It's Preview Guide time once again, and I'm back in the lineup after taking a couple seasons off. This spring looks like it'll be packed full of big sequels, bigger remakes, and some cool original stuff for good measure. There's no time l...
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Answerman - Is It Really Illegal To Take Pictures Of People Without Permission?

You hear it often that taking photos of anyone in Japan without their permission is illegal - is that true, and how did those laws come about? Justin gets into it. ― Stefan asked: I've seen characters in Japanese anime say that filming somebody or taking their picture without their consent is illegal. Is there really a law in Japan like this or something similar? Here in the US and many other countr...
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The List - 7 More Weird Evangelion Products

From fishing gear to bullet trains, there really is nothing you can't buy with Shinji and his friends stamped on it. Here are seven more weird EVA collector's items from Japan. ― A few years ago, I wrote a column about some of the strangest Evangelion merchandise I've encountered while working for Anime News Network. Since that time, I've yet to find another series franchise that's been slapped on t...
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Answerman - Why Aren't More Original Anime Made?

There's an avalanche of anime these days, but a huge percentage of it is adapted from a manga, light novel or video game - why isn't there more original work? Justin considers the angles. ― rajkovic asked: Why do so many anime studios in Japan produce anime based on a light novel, game or manga series but rarely create an original anime? Is it simply less time-consuming and less expensive to make an...
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This Week in Games: April Foolishness

Heidi runs down the week in April Fools gags from the gaming industry, plus an obscure spooky visual novel arrives in English at long last, and next week's new releases! ― Hey again, folks! I'm back from SakuraCon, which was a fantastic time. It was a pretty packed weekend for cons and tournaments, with SakuraCon in the Pacific Northwest, Anime Boston in the Northeast, and both Anime Ascension and No...
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Answerman - Where Have All The Mechanical Designers Gone?

Traditionally animated cars, motorcycles, tanks and planes look awesome - have they all been completely replaced by CG? Justin considers the angles. ― Cameron asked: I've been watching older anime recently, and what stands out to me is the inspired and, frankly, super cool mechanical designs! I'm acutely aware that production of “mecha anime” has waned over the past couple of decades. Even anime tha...
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Vice & Luna - Franxx, But No Franxx

Those butt handles on the Franxx pilot suits have a lot more uses than just murdering klaxosaurs, you know.
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Answerman - What's A "Mainstream" Anime Fan?

Back in the day you'd say a "mainstream" anime fan just watched Toonami on TV and didn't buy DVDs or blurays. But what does a mainstream fan look like in the modern age? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asked: I have been wondering this for a while but what is now considered to be a “main stream” anime fan? I know up until the when the economy crashed in 2008 whatever played on TV was considered to be ma...
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Shelf Life - Scar-red Rider XechS

Paul dissects a disastrous sentai-themed otome game adaptation alongside his rundown of all this week's new anime releases. Plus, a new Shelf Obsessed with an impressive manga collection! ― Holy crap, have y'all seen the insane box set that's coming out for The Legend of the Galactic Heroes? I haven't seen the series and I'm not sure I'd ever pay that much for it even if I had, but that's a darn imp...
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The List - 6 Most Dangerous Military Institutions

One day they're swearing to protect your nation, the next day they're overthrowing your government. Anime frequently depicts dangerously powerful militaries, here are 6 of 'em! ― I'm wading through panels and cosplayers at Sakura-Con! Please enjoy this rerun until return! There are few tropes capable of mirroring real world fears like a world power gone corrupt and its military running rampant. The ...
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ANNCast - Remember Gundam?

Zac and Jacob get in a fight with Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One - PLUS: The end of Winter 2018 and your weekly allowance of FRANXX! ― ANNCast Episode 325 - Remember Gundam? Zac and Jacob get in a fight with Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs and Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One - PLUS: The end of Winter 2018 and your weekly allowance of FRANXX! You can listen to the...
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Answerman - What Software Is Used In Anime Production?

What software do they actually use to MAKE anime? Justin runs down the list. ― Isamu asked: What programs do anime studios use nowadays for animating anime? I know Photoshop and after effects have something to do with it, but are there others like ToonBoom or SAI involved? Anime like Fate/Zero and Kill la Kill are so wonderfully animated, I'm curious. Even Pokémon has improved in animation. Now, thi...
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This Week in Anime - A Place Further Than the Universe and Back Again

This season's hidden gem dramedy about four girls chasing a dream to travel to Antarctica has finally come to its bittersweet conclusion. We break out the tissues and talk about what this show meant to us. ― A Place Further Than the Universe, this season's hidden gem dramedy about four girls chasing a dream to travel to Antarctica, has finally come to its bittersweet conclusion. This week, Nick and M...
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This Week in Games - Dragon Quest XI

The latest expansive installment in the Dragon Quest series is finally getting an English release! Everything we know, plus Kirito and Asuna on your phone, next week's big releases and much more! ― Happy Easter weekend/spring break, everyone! After a deluge of news and work from GDC week, it's nice to enter a relatively calm period of releases and announcements. I'm keeping busy on my end, however: I...
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Answerman - Why Do Streaming Sites Block VPNs?

Ever try to visit Crunchyroll or another streaming service with your VPN on, only to be turned away by a message telling you to come back when you've got direct access? Why do they do that? Justin has a few answers. ― Jerry asked: Crunchyroll in late March, 2018 apparently decided to black-hole the entire network - that is, the entire ASN - of cloud service provider DigitalOcean, where I run a perso...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell Happened in Sword Gai: The Animation?

This hyperviolent action series is pretty much exactly what it says in the title, so why is it so hard to follow? This week, Nick and Steve do their best to make sense of this sword guy's adventures. ― Sword Gai the Animation is pretty much exactly what it says in the title, so why is it so hard to follow? This week, Nick and Steve do their best to make sense of this sword guy's adventures. Disclaime...
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Vice & Luna - Truly Heartless

Vice has some genuinely great ideas for the next Kingdom Hearts game.
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Answerman - Is It A Big Deal When A Voice Actor Changes Agencies?

You hear about voice actors changing agents every now and then in the news - but how big a deal is it really when an actor decides to change their representation? Justin gets into it. ― Rajkovic asked: Is it big deal when a famous voice actor/actress decides to change agencies when the contract for their current agency expires? Is it difficult for voice actors to work as freelance instead of being s...
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Shelf Life - Girlish Number

Paul takes a peek at the more cynical side of anime production with this sarcastic comedy about when things go wrong in the industry. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― Well, I've now watched all of Laid-Back Camp, I've enjoyed it, and I still have no interest whatsoever in sleeping in a tent in the middle of nowhere. After all these years, I've finally found something that even a happy cas...
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The List - 7 More Visually Striking Anime Productions

Beyond the mountain of generic paint-by-numbers pabulum in anime, there's a whole world of eye-popping one-of-a-kind creations to discover. These are just seven of the most memorably gorgeous experiences the medium has to offer. ― In 2012, I'd written only two (2!) weekly installments of this column before tackling this topic. I wasn't exactly prepared for the response it got, but looking back on it...
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This Week in Games GDC Edition: Spike Chunsoft Powers Up

It's a mountain of news and exciting new games from GDC, including the localization of Steins;Gate Elite, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Geralt in Soul Calibur VI and so much more! ― Oh jeez, this week has been exhausting. I've got a whole mess of news to report and and some interesting new releases to discuss, but I've actually spent most of this week running around Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. I ...
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Answerman - Do I Need To Check All My Anime Blu-Rays For Errors?

Is it necessary to individually inspect each anime bluray you purchase for errors that might be unique to that copy? Justin explains. ― Melissa asked: Every time I order a new anime series and it comes in the mail, I watch it asap, skip nothing the first time around, and force myself to watch the dvd discs that come in the combo pack. The reason behind it, to make sure all the discs are error free. ...
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This Week in Anime - Slogging Through Children of the Whales

After finally being released from Netflix jail, Children of the Whales turned out to be a much muddier viewing experience than anticipated. We discuss what went wrong for this ambitious fantasy series. ― After finally being released from Netflix jail, Children of the Whales turned out to be a much muddier viewing experience than anticipated. This week, Nick and Steve discuss what went wrong for this ...
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Answerman - What Does An ADR Engineer Do?

People know what a voice actor and a voice director do, but rarely do they know the role of the ADR engineer, the secret MVP of the world of anime dubs. Justin files an appreciation of their craft. ― Roman asked: I was watching some of my favorite anime and noticed a title of ADR engineer in the credits. I'm somewhat familiar with the role of ADR director, voice actor and script writer in anime dubs...
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This Week in Anime - Thrills and Horror in A.I.C.O. Incarnation

Last week, Netflix released Studio Bones' ambitious new original sci fi anime. We take a deep dive into this dizzying blend of action, mystery, and body horror. ― Last week, Netflix released Studio Bones' ambitious new original sci fi anime, A.I.C.O. -Incarnation-. This week, Nick and Jacob take a deep dive into this dizzying blend of action, mystery, and body horror. Disclaimer: The views and opinio...
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Vice & Luna - Prop Team Epic

Vice is pretty excited about his new cosplay. So are the local police.
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Answerman - Is Anime Fandom More Dysfunctional Than In The Past?

"Anime fandom is so much worse now than it was when I was just getting started!" is a common sentiment, but is there really any truth to it? Justin considers the angles. ― Marshmallow Cello asked: With how everything being divisive and politicized nowadays, how badly has the anime fandom been affected by this? I notice that certain groups among the fandom often clash with others over such hot topics...
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Shelf Life - The Life of Budori Gusuko

Gabriella delves into this dark fantasy film from the creators of the classic Night on the Galactic Railroad, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases. ― I've been watching Dagashi Kashi 2 this season, and it's been an interesting experience. I don't think I've ever seen such a character-focused comedy sideline its most recognizable protagonist for so many episodes in a row before. ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Poster Children

Theatrical anime poster art isn't just unbelievably cool, it's also a part of history. Mike takes us on a tour of his personal collection that doubles as a fascinating exploration of the form. ― Think of that moment when you realized that you weren't some dumb kid anymore; that revelation that you could no longer be truly carefree, but instead had to at least pretend to be a grown-up. I don't think i...
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The List - 7 Memorable Marriage Proposals

Many anime couples don't get even get the chance to confess their feelings, much less tie the knot, but at least these lovebirds managed to take the first step together. These are just seven of the best popped questions. ― Hey guys! I missed you over the last two weeks. I was laid up recovering from a minor medical procedure, but it let me both catch up on this season, last season, and marathon 50-s...
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ANNCast - Scotland Loves Anime

Andrew Partridge , founder of Europe's Anime Limited and the Scotland Loves Anime film festival drops by to share his history and insight into the world of European anime distribution. ― ANNCast Episode 324 - Scotland Loves Anime Andrew Partridge, founder of Europe's Anime Limited and the Scotland Loves Anime film festival drops by to share his history and insight into the world of European anime di...
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Answerman - How Long Does An Anime Episode Take To Make?

How long does it actually take for a production team to create a single episode of anime, end-to-end? ― Mark asked: I have a pretty simple question. About how long prior to a show airing does animation production start? So not pre-production meetings or voice acting or anything like that, but the artists sitting down and drawing the whole dang thing. How much of a lead time do these artists need to ...
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This Week in Anime - The Ancient Magus' Bride Soars to New Heights

After months of buildup, this fantastical drama has finally delivered a breathtaking climax to Chise's long and difficult journey. We discuss our reactions to this game-changing turn of events. ― After building us up for this moment over twenty-one emotional episodes, The Ancient Magus' Bride has finally delivered a breathtaking climax to Chise's long and difficult journey. This week in anime, Nick a...
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This Week in Games: Apply Nintendo Directly to the Forehead

It's a bursting pipe of Nintendo news, plus Dark Souls Amiibo, Broly arrives in Dragon Ball Fighterz, plus an interview with Viz Media's Eric Eberhardt on their indie games publishing initiative! ― Sorry folks, no time for a witty intro sequence, we got a whole bucketful of news to get to from Nintendo Direct! Oh BABY. Let's start with the big stuff first: SMASH BROS IS HEADED TO SWITCH Well, what do...
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Answerman - There's Bara Manga... Why Isn't There Bara Anime?

Bara manga is pretty common in Japan, even if it might not be as widespread as yaoi - so why isn't there any bara anime? Justin has a few angles. ― Harris asked: I confess that I really like bara manga because of its incredible art style, sexy situations (depending on the subject), and most certainly its appeal to gay male readers such as myself. Given the fact that hentai and yaoi titles are often ...
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Vice & Luna - Eyelita: Battle Angel

They delayed the live-action Battle Angel movie 6 months! What could possibly trigger that kind of a delay??
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Answerman - What Makes A Manga Shonen Or Shoujo?

It's the eternal question - is the manga I'm reading shojo, shonen, seinen, josei, or something else entirely? How am I supposed to know just WHO this thing I'm reading is for? Justin gets into it. ― Juno016 asked: How are manga (among other media) classified into their respective genres like "shoujo" and "josei" and so on? Obviously, there is some overlap, but are there official genre classificatio...
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Shelf Life - Occultic;Nine Part 2

James braces himself for the final episodes of this scrambled Science;Adventure series spinoff, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases. ― A day may come when Daylight Savings Time doesn't take me by surprise, but it is not this day. There's a unique displeasure in the realization that I'm about to lose an hour of sleep, as if I'm somehow being robbed by time itself. At least it on...
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ANNCast - Frnxx fr th Mmrs

Zac and Jacob once more give Franxx, plus The Ancient Magus Bride's codependency explosion, After the Rain, A Place Further than the Universe, the Oscars, the Crunchyroll Awards and SO MUCH MORE! ― ANNCast Episode 323 - Frnxx fr th Mmrs Zac and Jacob once more give Franxx, plus The Ancient Magus Bride's codependency explosion, After the Rain, A Place Further than the Universe, the Oscars, the Crunch...
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Answerman - Oops! All Quick Answers!

There's been an accident at the answer factory and all of this week's answers are short! Subtitled Pokemon, learning your Japanese from anime and manga, streaming anime music and much more! ― Samuel asked: What pros and cons are there from learning the Japanese language from Japanese entertainment (anime, manga, non-animated television as well as motion pictures, light novels, visual novels, etceter...
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This Week in Anime - The Bizarre and Beautiful Blunders of B: The Beginning

When this supernatural mystery thriller landed on Netflix, no one really knew what to expect from it. After taking the plunge, we got way more than we bargained for out of this over-the-top serial-killing adventure. ― When B: The Beginning landed on Netflix, no one really knew what to expect from the supernatural mystery thriller. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve get way more than they bargaine...
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This Week in Games: UFOs, Valkyries, and Dream Diaries

Creepy classic Yume Nikki makes a triumphant return to Steam, plus the resurrection of Valkyrie Profile, a new original game from HAL Labs and much more! ― Nintendo is doing it again. They've got a Nintendo Direct ready to go precisely the day after this column goes live, which means everything I write here is going to seem horribly outdated within mere hours as everyone goes wild for Mother 3 or Sup...
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Answerman - Is It Now "Cool" To Be An Anime Fan?

Kim Kardashian loves Darling in the Franxx. Does that mean mainstream American society thinks anime is cool now? Well, it's complicated, but Justin's ready to unpack it. ― Anonymous asked: Recently Kim Kardashian came clean about liking anime (even calling out DARLING in the FRANXX). Michael B. Jordan also confessed to being an anime fan. Does this mean that anime is now "cool" in the US? That's rea...
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This Week in Anime - What Went Wrong in Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody?

While this series debuted to intensely negative reviews, fans of isekai light novels have been trying to give it the benefit of the doubt. Nick and Micchy find out how much of this messy adaptation they can handle as they sleuth out where things turned sour. ― While Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody debuted to intensely negative reviews, fans of isekai light novels have been trying to give i...
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Vice & Luna - Grindhouse Prestige

Devilman Crybaby tore it up on Netflix, and the formula for success emerges: prestige director plus over-the-top vintage anime! So what's the next winning combination?
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Answerman - Is It Intimidating For Japanese Guests To Visit American Conventions?

Dozens of Japanese creatives visit American conventions every year - how much culture shock is really involved? Justin considers the angles. ― Frubam asked: When these Japanese anime voice actors[actresses] come to an US anime convention, do they take a translator with them? I'd imagine it'd be pretty scary coming to a country you've (probably) never been before, without even knowing how to speak th...
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Shelf Life - Typhoon Noruda

Paul takes a look at the gorgeously animated directorial debut of Yojiro Arai and breaks down all of this week's new anime releases! ― You know what's pretty? Snow. You know what sucks? Six inches of snow on my car, plus a full coating of ice for good measure. Seriously, why do I need to go outside again? Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Typhoon Noruda On Shelves This Week Bungo St...
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The Mike Toole Show - Z is for Zoids

With Toonami on his mind, Mike flies back in time to the early days of Beast Wars-alikes in anime with the cult favorite kids' anime Zoids! Is there anything worth remembering about this quaint little vehicle to sell plastic toys? ― I've been helping out a little over at Discotek's anime vats on the 2001 version of Cyborg 009. From afar, you might think that getting a show like this together is easy—...
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ANNCast - Gundam Wing

Zac, Jacob and special guest Lauren Orsini scream and fight their way through all 49 episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, the Gundam show that conquered America in the 90s. They'll need a real Heero to get through this! ― ANNCast Episode 322 - Gundam Wing Zac, Jacob and special guest from Otaku Journalist, Gunpla101 and right here on ANN Lauren Orsini scream and fight their way through all 49 episod...
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Answerman - Why Are Anime Age Ratings So Inconsistent?

Over the years, age ratings on anime have been pretty wildly inconsistent, making it tough to judge what's appropriate for kids and what isn't - why is that? Justin digs in. ― Phineas asked: Is there a stricter bias towards anime age ratings in the United States simply because they're animated? I noticed that Monster was 18+ by Viz but was rated M (the equivalent of a PG-13) in Australia. This remin...
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This Week in Anime - Has Black Clover Gotten Better?

Black Clover debuted last fall to extremely mixed responses from shonen fans, but now that its first major arc has concluded, is Asta a little less annoying in the bigger picture? We churned through over a dozen episodes to find out. ― Black Clover debuted last fall to extremely mixed responses from shonen fans, but now that its first major arc has concluded, is Asta a little less annoying in the big...
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This Week in Games - Technical Failures

We've got some bad news for Yakuza 6 and Chrono Trigger, but the clouds part for an interview with the developers behind SNK Heroines! ― Another fairly low-key week here at TWIG, so I'm going to use this opportunity to talk about old games. And by old games, I mean really old games. Like, Donkey Kong 3 level old. Donkey Kong 3 is a pretty radical gameplay departure from the first two games: it has a ...
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Answerman - Why Don't Dubs Cast Real Kids?

In Japanese, shows like Barakamon typically cast an actual child actor as the child character in the show - but in the English dub, this is almost never the case. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― Marc asked: In anime, it doesn't seem to be at all unusual for small children's rolls to be voiced by actual small children (“Barakamon”, “Sweetness and Lightning” and the currently airing “School Babysi...
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This Week in Anime - Is Record of Grancrest War Worth Watching?

This series from the creator of Record of Lodoss War is the season's best option for fans of traditional RPG fantasy, but pickings in that genre can be slim. We explore what Grancrest War has going for it compared to its old-school peers. ― This series from the creator of Record of Lodoss War is the season's best option for fans of traditional RPG fantasy, but pickings in that genre can be slim. This...
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Vice & Luna - Your Pal, Hayao Miyazaki

Blume's got some fan-made Studio Ghibli merchandise that seems just a little off. Thankfully, Perry's got the right idea.
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Answerman - Why Are Fat People Ridiculed In Anime?

Overweight characters in anime are usually the target of nonstop fat jokes and taunting, something that's become less common in Western media over time - but why? Justin has a few angles. ― Skerlly asked: In the time I´ve been watching anime, I´ve noticed how fat characters, mostly male ones, are portrayed as characters that love to eat a lot and only have food in their mind. It happened with Chouji...
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Shelf Life - First Love Monster

Gabriella runs the gauntlet of yet another baffling manservice show with a monocle-popping premise, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― Is it possible to hug an entire anime series? I ask because that's exactly what I want to do with How To Keep A Mummy this season. That show is unreasonably, absurdly adorable and I love it. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review:...
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The List - 8 Defunct Game Systems

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo may rule the market now, but many other companies have tried their hand at breaking into the gaming console market. Here are just a few of the more notorious flops. ― Today's gaming scene is dominated by three major console manufacturers: Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. The landscape is a lot different than when I was a kid, plugging away at Super Mario World on the SNES...
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Answerman - How Do Blu-Ray Subtitles Work?

They seem a lot more complex than regular DVD subtitles - how exactly do they get subtitles on bluray discs? Justin has the shockingly complex answer. ― John asked: What are the technical differences between creating subtitles for DVDs and Blu-ry Discs? And were HD-DVDs any better or worse? Subtitles are a pain in the ass. No other part of making a DVD or Blu-ray is as complicated, error-prone, or a...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Any Good?

Warner Bros. live-action FMA movie has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. We discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attention of its peers. ― Warner Bros. live-action FMA film has finally arrived on Netflix to surprisingly little fanfare. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob discover why this particular project didn't get the U.S. theatrical attentio...
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This Week in Games: Secret of Mana

Heidi takes the Secret of Mana remake for a spin, plus Namco's Catalog IP project, Metal Gear Survive, Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC and a whole lot more! ― It's another one of those slow news weeks, which means I can take a bit of space in this column to babble about something I'm particularly interested in. This week, I've got the perfect excuse to talk about two things I really like: the mobile game Go...
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Answerman - Are Streaming Revenues Improving The Lives Of Animators?

Wow! Hundreds of millions of dollars are flowing into the anime industry thanks to streaming! Is any of that money going to the people who actually make anime? Justin gets into it. ― Custom Gundam asked: With ANN recently reporting that Crunchyroll royalties to the Japanese industry exceed US $100 million and also the huge amount recieved from global companies like Netflix and Amazon and also the va...
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This Week in Anime - Is Citrus' Forbidden Romance Trash or Treasure?

Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. We suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. ― Citrus has turned a few heads with its incestuous twist on lesbian romance. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve suss out whether this makes for a juicy love story or just sour pulp. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in...
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Vice & Luna - 5 MORE Anime Skeletons We'd Like To Smooch

Vice wants his next costume to reel in the ladies, but he's fresh out of sexy ideas. Thankfully, Perry has some great advice!
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Shelf Life - Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

Paul discovers a hidden gem in a surprisingly lazy package with this lovely slice-of-life comedy. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a brand-new Shelf Obsessed! ― I've been working on putting together a Star Wars model kit recently, and holy heck that process is easier if you have a decent set of the appropriate tools. It's almost a relaxing experience when you don't have to threaten each ...
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Answerman - What Is Gambling Like In Japan?

There sure are a lot of gambling anime, but what's it actually like to gamble in Japan? Does anime paint an accurate picture? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asked: I have recently been watching Kakegurui Compulsive Gambler on Netflix and it has me curious about gambling in Japan. Gambling is in a ton of anime from Samurai Champloo to Kaiji. Mostly I am familiar with the basic odd even dice game as well...
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The Mike Toole Show - Rocket from the Script

Mike digs into the legendary and idiosyncratic career of Ryousuke Takahashi, from Cyborg 009 to Armored Trooper Votoms to Phoenix. ― A few weeks back, the Right Stuf folks were running some sort of cheap-o blowout sale, and one of the items for sale, along with a still-absurdly-large quantity of Geneon and ADV Films DVD backstock, was this hat. Yep, for just one dollar, you could be the proud owner o...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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ANNCast - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade

Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with DARLING in the FRANXX ! PLUS: catching up with The Ancient Magus' Bride and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 321 - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with Darling in the Franxx! PLUS: casting spells of codependence with The Ancient Magus Bride and much more! You can listen to the show on ...
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Answerman - Is It Worth Collecting Anime On VHS?

There are some anime released in the US on VHS but never in any other format - are these (and others) worth tracking down? ― Robbie asked: I recently got into collecting records, and I feel like, although it's not as handy as digital music, there's small things about just the act of listening to them that I really enjoy. I wonder, if there's any feeling you get from watching anime the old fashioned ...
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This Week in Anime - Did Fate/Apocrypha's Great Holy Grail War End Well?

Fate/Apocrypha's second half has finally landed on Netflix to thrill fans with more twists, turns, and climactic battles. We discuss if this Great Holy Grail War wrapped up to their satisfaction. ― Fate/Apocrypha's second half has finally landed on Netflix to thrill fans with more twists, turns, and climactic battles. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss if this Great Holy Grail War wrapped up ...
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This Week in Games: Dynasty Warriors 9 Interview

The unkillable musou franchise is back once more! Producer Akihiro Suzuki goes in-depth on the series' legacy and how Dynasty Warriors 9 changes things - plus news and new releases! ― Good lord, it's like a never-ending deluge of news and releases this week! All kinds of big news and important happenings in the business have been dropping lately, to the point where I have to pick and choose carefully...
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Answerman - Are American Comics Popular In Japan?

There's no escaping Marvel Comics, not even in Japan - but how popular are Thor and Hulk in a place already teeming with beloved, locally-grown superheroes? Justin gets into it. ― Sarah asked: Are American comics/movies popular in Japan? I know there have been some recent American Comic Book franchise adaptations into Anime like X-Men and Blade so there must be some interest I imagine, but how popul...
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This Week in Anime - Is After the Rain's Forbidden Romance Worth Rooting For?

After the Rain has raised a few eyebrows with its taboo subject matter, but is its controversial story hiding beauty beyond its gorgeous production work? We explore the highs and lows of this romantic minefield. ― After the Rain has raised a few eyebrows with its taboo subject matter, but is its controversial story hiding beauty beyond its gorgeous production work? This week in anime, Nick and Jacob ...
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Vice & Luna - Invasion of the Old-Timers: Part III

The gang settles in for a little vintage anime appreciation, but Vice just can't keep his yap shut.
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Answerman - What If I No Longer Like My Old Favorite Shows?

Sometimes when you revisit anime from your childhood, they no longer hold the same magic anymore. Justin discusses this common anime fan experience. ― Brent asked: I have been considering going back and watching some of the first anime I ever watched. Here's the problem though....i'm afraid too. I have memories of those series being flat out amazing and they all hold a special place in my mind. I've...
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Shelf Life - Trickster Part One

James takes a look at the first half of a troubled, futuristic Ranpo Edogawa adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases and Shelf Obsessed returns with more of your own anime collections! ― Hey, Valentine's Day is this week! Go watch some mushy romance anime, or maybe take out your romantic frustrations with something from the horror genre. Or, you know, just catch up on a...
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The List - 7 Super Shinsengumi Teams

These wild reimaginings of Japan's most unusual mid-1800s police force may not be historically accurate, but they are a ton of fun. ― Japan's Shinsengumi are synonymous with the eruption of political turmoil within the country in the 1860s, spearheaded by Matthew Perry's black ships and disagreements over isolationism and foreign trade. The group served the Tokugawa shogunate and despite only existi...
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ANNCast - Uncomfortably Real with Anime World Order

The Anime World Order crew drops by the ANNCast clubhouse once more to carpet bomb us with mindblowing truth about the best anime of 2017 and 2018 so far, plus games, movies, and a whole lot more. ― ANNCast Episode 320 - Uncomfortably Real with Anime World Order Three escaped fugitives, Daryl Surat, Gerald Rathkolb, and Clarissa Graffeo - an intergalactic gang of criminals otherwise known as the Ani...
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Answerman - Can Fans Ever License Obscure Shows Themselves?

All those anime lost to time that nobody seems to want—is it possible for fans with the right amount of cash to distribute these shows themselves? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Nessa asked: Say there's an anime with a dedicated Western fan following, but no interest from licensors and it went completely under the radar in Japan. There's no home media releases, it's nowhere to be found on streami...
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This Week in Anime - Why We're Going Crazy For Kakegurui

After six months of waiting, fans can finally watch super-rich teens stake their lives on games of chance in Kakegurui on Netflix. This week, we explore all the ways this incredibly strange show surprised us. ― After six months of waiting, fans can finally watch super-rich teens stake their lives on games of chance in Kakegurui on Netflix. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve explore all the ways this...
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This Week in Games - Marvel vs. Capcom's Infinite Problems

The fighting game community was shocked to learn this week that Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was snubbed by EVO 2018. Heidi has a few ideas why. PLUS: Yakuza delays, Blazblue RWBY and much more! ― Well, I'm finally back from my EVO Japan trip, and jetlag's hitting me like a pound of bricks. Or maybe it's just residue from the nasty cold I got that knocked me out for a while. Much fun was had pre-, duri...
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Answerman - Why Do Discs Use Different Audio Formats?

Sentai Filmworks blurays mostly use DTS-HD Master Audio, while Funimation usually goes with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - but why isn't there a single audio standard across anime releases? Justin gets into it. ― Edward asked: I have recently started to care about the audio of the anime I buy, and wish to know why the English/Japanese audio differentiates from one another and why there is no consistency in anim...
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This Week in Anime - Is A Place Further Than the Universe Worth Exploring?

This series delivers an Antarctic twist on high school dramedy. Nick and Steve explain what makes this unexpected gem so endearing. ― A Place Further Than the Universe delivers an Antarctic twist on high school dramedy. This week in anime, Nick and Steve explain what makes this unexpected gem so endearing. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the vi...
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Answerman - Where Do Anime Sound Effects Come From?

You'll often hear familiar sound effects over and over again across many anime series, just like in Western films. Where do they pull those effects from? Justin gets into it. ― Joel asked: I assume you're familiar with the original Mobile Suit Gundam series? The sound effect used for the “new type flash” is very iconic, and it—and its accompanying visual “lightning” effect—has been reproduced (often...

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