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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Last Hope?

Shoji Kawamori's latest fantasy mech adventure has finally come to an end on Netflix, leaving lots of crazy questions in its wake. Nick and Micchy share what they loved about the show and what left them scratching their heads. ― Shoji Kawamori's Last Hope has finally come to an end on Netflix, leaving lots of crazy questions in its wake. This week, Nick and Micchy share what they loved about the sho...
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This Week in Games - Unfinished Business

Heidi takes a slow week in stride with Star Wars, Destiny, a new Dragon Ball game, No More Heroes and much more! ― Well, howdy everyone! Hope you're having an okay week. I'm currently running on far less sleep than usual because I tend to work (read: game) pretty late into the night, and for the past three days, my apartment has been having new roofing installed. Always fun waking up at 9 A.M. to THU...
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This Week in Anime - Himote House is a Hidden Absurdist Comedy Gem

This short series didn't catch much attention when it first aired, with its janky animation and head-scratching premise. Andy and Steve reveal what's so special about the newest work of nonsense from the creator of gdgd Fairies. ― Himote House didn't catch much attention when it first aired, with its janky animation and head-scratching premise. This week, Andy and Steve reveal what's so special abou...
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Answerman - Why Were Anime Budgets So Big In The '80s?

The animation quality of '80s OVAs and movies can be absolutely jaw-dropping, so what changed to bring so many of these ambitious productions down to earth in the following decade? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Jacob asked: I was looking back at the anime that was made during the 1980's and have had something that has always had me curious. I have heard from several anime podcasts and as well as...
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Answerman - Is It Possible To Kickstart Your Own Anime Series?

With the success of so many kickstarted movies, games, and other pop culture ephemera, could the dream of "making your own anime" really be as close as a month or two of crowdsourcing? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― PAL asked: I know several web comic artists who have popular strips and are always asked by their fans “Any chance of an animated series?” To which they reply “No. Never. It's impossi...
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Shelf Life - Princess Tutu

Paul discovers whether this mid-2000s magical girl classic has aged gracefully on blu-ray, plus all this week's new anime releases and a new mecha-filled Shelf Obsessed! ― It's Preview Guide time again! Actually it might be streaming review announcement time on the day this column comes out. They've rolling the new shows out pretty darn fast this season. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's re...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do Publishers Sometimes Stop Publishing Manga Before They're Finished?

Every now and then a manga being published in English will suddenly get canceled - what goes into that sort of decision, and is it possible to bring them back from the dead? Deb gets into it. ― Why do publishers stop publishing some manga before the series is completed? There are many reasons why a publisher might opt to stop publishing new volumes of a manga series in English before the story is co...
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This Week in Games - Demo Mode

Heidi's back from MAGFest with a pile of news about Dead or Alive 6, Resident Evil 2, the latest from Vanillaware, Epic vs. Steam and much more! ― Hey everyone! I just flew back all the way from the East Coast from MAGfest, and boy, are my arms… legs…. back… uh, well, everything tired. I had a great time, though, and I wanted to thank everyone who came out to our panels or said hi. Meanwhile… how abo...
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This Week in Anime - You Have to Catch Up on Golden Kamuy

The manga has had a troubled anime adaptation, but its story shines through incredibly strong in this latest arc. Micchy and Steve marathon the season and share their favorite moments that make this series so rewarding to follow. ― Golden Kamuy is an outstanding manga with a troubled anime adaptation, but its story shines through incredibly strong in this latest arc. This week, Micchy and Steve mara...
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Answerman - Why Don't More Details About New Anime Leak To The Press?

When it comes to American films, pre-release details "leak" all the time to the movie press - why doesn't this seem to happen as often with anime? Justin considers the angles. ― Tim asked: I was thinking, if an anime movie takes around 1 year or so to make, how come there aren't much leaks about the contents of the film? In the case of the final naruto film, wouldn't leaks about its contents be rele...
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This Week in Anime - Hi Score Girl is a Heartfelt Nostalgia Trip for Arcade Lovers

This romcom brings the arcade boom of the 1990s to life on Netflix, with an adorably nerdy love triangle and tons of gaming deep cuts. Nick and Andy share what makes this humble series so special. ― Hi Score Girl brings the arcade boom of the 1990s to life on Netflix, with an adorably nerdy love triangle and tons of gaming deep cuts. This week, Nick and Andy share what makes this humble series so sp...
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The Mike Toole Show - Yamato's Orphans

After inhaling Yamato 2022, Mike takes a cosmic journey through a galaxy of Yamato spinoffs and sequels, and the strange production pathways many of them have taken over the years. ― A year and a half ago, I wrote about the curious absence of Star Blazers, especially its modern incarnation Star Blazers 2199, from most western media markets. I'd recently purchased the Italian blu-ray release of the fi...
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Answerman - What Is DNR/DVNR, And Why Do People Hate It?

DNR is a filter that allows film restorers to remove grain and noise from the image, but plenty of people hate what it does and how it looks. Justin gets into the reasons why. ― James asked: I have recently been hearing about digital noise reduction (DNR) being applied to reissues and remasters of older media, and some fans complaining about it. However, noise is, by definition, something that is un...
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Shelf Life - Land of the Lustrous

Paul unearths this gem of a fantasy series on blu-ray and shares his thoughts on what makes it so special, along with a rundown of 2019's first anime releases! ― Hello, 2019! We're back to business as usual just in time for the first releases of the new year, so let's jump right into it. Welcome to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Land of the Lustrous On Shelves This Week Dragon Ball Super - ...
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The List - 6 Anime to Remake Like It's 1999

It's time for the year 2019, so what anime from 20 years ago deserve a triumphant resurrection? ― 2018 just kicked the bucket and clear a spot for the shiny new year of 2019. You know what means, right? It means 1999 is Twenty Years Ago and I am very, very old. I remember plenty of anime series fresh off the TV from 1999 like it was yesterday. Some of have stood the test of time while others look li...
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This Week in Games - The Return of Persona 5

The smash hit JRPG gets an upgrade with more news on the way in this bite-sized weekly update! ― Hey all! Gonna be a bit of a short one this week, as I'm in the midst of preparing for MAGfest, which starts… today! Eep! Well, fortunately, it's a week of newsbits and a few big stories. Right now, Japan is in the midst of a New Year's celebratory period, and while that means a lot of things are closed a...
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This Week in Anime - The New Baki Anime is Criminally Insane

Baki the Grappler has come to Netflix for his first new anime adventure in over 15 years! Micchy and Andy break down the first half of the Death Row Convicts arc to find out if this hyperviolent slugfest holds any appeal for newcomers. ― Baki the Grappler has come to Netflix for his first new anime adventure in over 15 years! This week, Micchy and Andy break down the first half of the Death Row Conv...
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The Mike Toole Show - The Anime Cult

Mike gets his Thetan levels checked while perusing the wierd, wild world of propaganda anime made by dangerous religious cults like Happy Science. ― There were some dark portents at the turn of the millennium, but I don't think any were darker than the widely-circulated announcement that the Church of Scientology had commissioned a Japanese partner to produce an anime TV series based on Battlefield E...
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This Week in Anime - What Makes Zombie Land Saga Special

Zombie Land Saga has wrapped up its undead production, leaving lots of big emotions in its wake. Nick and Steve share their favorite moments from this idiosyncratic idol anime. ― Zombie Land Saga has wrapped up its undead production, leaving lots of big emotions in its wake. This week, Nick and Steve share their favorite moments from this idiosyncratic idol anime. Disclaimer: The views and opinions ...
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Answerman - Is It Possible To Eat Gluten-Free In Japan?

For people with specific dietary restrictions, Japanese cuisine can be a bit of a minefield. Justin has some advice. ― Anonymous asked: I've celiac disease so I live on a gluten free diet and have for basically my entire life. I've always wondered how celiacs or other people who live on a gluten free diet are taken into account in Japan. There are a lot of food I see in anime that a celiac wouldn't ...
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Shelf Life - The 2018 Year In Review

As the year's disc releases fizzle out, Paul runs down some of 2018's most notable moments in Shelf Life, and some of the most interesting anime our team has reviewed! ― 'Tis the season for “year in review” articles, and you'd better believe we're getting in on that action in Shelf Life. Here, you'll find a list of some of the most interesting and noteworthy titles we've covered this year, with two ...
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This Week in Anime - The Best and Worst of 2018

Another year of anime has come and gone, leaving so many memories in its wake. Nick, Micchy, Andy, and Steve break down the highs and lows of their 2018 experience. ― Another year of anime has come and gone, leaving so many memories in its wake. This week, Nick, Micchy, Andy, and Steve break down the highs and lows of their 2018 experience. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the partici...
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This Week in Games - Onward to 2019

Heidi predicts a few things for the year in video games 2019 - plus this week's big news, fighting game updates and much more! ― What all did you guys do for Christmas? Me, I watched awful things with my significant other, including the MST3K riffing of Santa Claus, a bit of the old DiC early 80s Japan/America live-action coproduction Photon (with mechanical designs by Shinji Aramaki!), and – to top ...
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Answerman - Are Artists Apologizing and Self-Censoring More These Days?

It feels like every other week a manga artist or light novel writer is apologizing for a story element they didn't expect fans to hate - is this actually on the rise, or does it just feel like it? Justin considers the angles. ― Matthew asked: I've recently read several stories about anime creators who have either censored, apologized for, or otherwise regretted explicit content in their programs (Sw...
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Answerman - How Did Christmas in Japan Become A Thing?

Japan isn't a predominantly Christian country, so how did the Christmas holiday even become a thing there? Justin breaks it down. ― James asked: As Christmas approaches, I have noticed that that holiday seems to be popular in Japan, despite the fact that Christianity is not widespread in that nation. How did Christmas become popular in Japan, and why do the people there enjoy celebrating a foreign h...
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The Mike Toole Show - To Hell and Baki

In light of its newest adaptation premiering on Netflix, Mike gets down and dirty with the history of Keisuke Itagaki's legendary fighting manga: Baki the Grappler! ― Once upon a time, a new anime series would begin, and the reactions would slowly filter in. That experience has been sped up dramatically in the era of online streaming, and turbocharged even further with the effect that a Netflix launc...
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The List - 7 Christmas Anime To Ring In The Season

Looking for the perfect anime to spice up your yuletide? The List has seven jolly recommendations perfect for the season. ― Christmas is largely celebrated as a couples' holiday in Japan, with a focus on cake, with the usual decorated trees and Santa Claus cameos. Anime series will throw in a Christmas episode the same way there is a "beach" episode and cooking episode. Here are seven favorites to w...
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ANNCast - A Monster's Holiday featuring Shawne Kleckner

Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner drops by for a fun, in-depth holiday update from the trenches of the anime retail business and THEN Zac and Jacob break down the latest NHK Ghibli documentary, Dragon Ball Super: Broly and much more! ― ANNCast 342 - A Monster's Holiday featuring Shawne Kleckner Right Stuf CEO Shawne Kleckner drops by for a fun, in-depth holiday update from the trenches of the anime ret...
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Manga Answerman - Who Decides Which Ecchi Manga Get Shrinkwrapped?

Any trip down a bookstore manga aisle will reveal that some manga full of boobs are shrinkwrapped while other manga full of boobs aren't. Who makes these decisions, anyway? Deb gets into it. ― Some ecchi manga gets shrink-wrapped for retail but some doesn't – how does that get decided? Is it entirely on the publisher to shrink-wrap certain types of content? Does the store handle it themselves? Is th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Back Street Girls: Gokudols Worth Watching?

Netflix's newest anime acquisition is controversial to say the least. Andy and Steve find out (the hard way) if there's any decent comedy hiding under this show's initial shock factor. ― Netflix's newest acquisition, Back Street Girls: Gokudols, is controversial to say the least. This week, Andy and Steve find out if there's any decent comedy hiding under this show's initial shock factor. Disclaimer...
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This Week in Games - Granblue Goodness

Granblue Fantasy explores uncharted territory with some big new announcements, plus the EVO Japan 2019 roster and a new Jojo's Bizarre Adventure arcade battle royale! ― Hey everyone! I'm back from my surgery and I'm feeling… well, maybe not one hundred percent yet, but better. Thanks for all the well-wishes, and thanks to Todd for filling in for me last week. As we draw ever-closer to Christmas and N...
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Answerman - Do Companies Ever Go Back And Dub Shows They Released Subtitled?

Every now and then, an anime gets a subtitled-only physical release - how rare is it for that same show to get a dub down the road? Justin breaks it down. ― Matthew asked: If an anime company licenses an anime but chooses not to dub it, is there ever a chance that it might get dubbed in the distant future? When Fate/Zero first came out, I was certain that it wouldn't get dubbed after Aniplex started...
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Surprisingly Hardcore

This story about gang warfare where the good guys and the bad guys are just a whisker's width apart is definitely not for the squeamish. Nick and Micchy pick their favorite of these bad boys and discuss what makes Part 5 stand out so violently. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is not for the squeamish, as a story about gang warfare where the good guys and the bad guys are just a whisker's wid...
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Answerman - Is Netflix Good For Anime?

Funimation president Gen Fukunaga had some choice words for the way he thinks Netflix will handle Evangelion - does he have a point? Justin considers the possibilities. ― Kasra asked: Funimation's president Gen Fukunaga got very salty about Netflix getting Evangelion. It seems like to him and some of fans that Netflix will not do the series justice. But it should be celebrated since well eva is back...
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Shelf Life - Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon

Paul digs into a Lupin III movie with a truly fascinating production history, plus your weekly breakdown of all the newest anime releases! ― Before we jump into this week's new anime, I've got a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. I'll be taking next week off, so you won't see a new column on the 24th (don't worry, nothing's coming out that week anyway). We'll be back with a "year in review"...
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Manga Answerman - What exactly does a “manga editor” do?

Industry legend and Dark Horse manga editor Carl Horn joins Deb this week for a little enlightenment on what exactly a "manga editor" does. ― What exactly does a “manga editor” do, on both the Japanese side and the English localization side? In my conversations with manga editors in Japan and manga editors in N. America, the basic difference is that the manga editors in Japan are more responsible fo...
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This Week in Anime - Akane is the Real Protagonist of SSSS.Gridman

This mecha series has changed a lot as the story has shifted to focus on its villains. Micchy and Andy discuss why Akane is the true heart of Gridman's story. ― SSSS.Gridman has changed a lot as the series has shifted to focus on its villains. This week, Micchy and Andy discuss why Akane is the real heart of Gridman's story. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this ch...
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This Week in Games - Retrogame Roundups Rated

Todd guest-hosts and roots through this year's retro-game compilations! Plus Panzer Dragoon, Doraemon, and Smash Bros. speculation! ― Well, here I am, guest-hosting again and just in time for the holidays. Winter and Christmas are upon us, and that's relevant because this the only season with which I associate certain games. I'll go through spring, summer, and fall without much thought, but when wint...
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Answerman - Do You Have To Be Outgoing To Work In The Industry?

Is being an extrovert a requirement for working in the anime industry? Do you have to be a social butterfly? Justin considers the angles. ― Tyler asked: One thing I've noticed with a lot of anime fans is they're either extremely extroverted or extremely introverted—there's very little middle ground. I know a good number of voice actors who claim to be introverted, yet they attend cons that would pou...
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This Week in Anime - Is Hero Mask Worth Watching?

It's the newest sci fi crime thriller anime on Netflix, but in an overcrowded genre, does this series bring anything special to the table? Nick and Steve find out the hard way. ― Hero Mask is the newest sci fi crime thriller anime on Netflix, but in an overcrowded genre, does it bring anything special to the table? This week, Nick and Steve find out the hard way. Disclaimer: The views and opinions e...
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Answerman - Why Do I Hear Echoes of Japanese Voices in Dubs of Old Anime?

Every now and then when you're watching an old dub, sometimes you'll hear faint echoes of the Japanese track behind it. What's responsible for this phenomenon? Justin digs in. ― Sami asked: Why does the Japanese dialogue track sometimes leak to music & SFX track used for dubs? I've noticed this issue in many dubs of older anime. Also many of the ME Tracks have this weird "ghosting effect" in which t...
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Shelf Life - UQ Holder!

Gabriella plunges deep into the lore of Ken Akamatsu for this Negima! spinoff action series, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I picked up the new Super Smash Bros. game this week, only to re-discover that I'm not very good at Smash games (and I never have been). Thankfully, the holidays should give me plenty of time to get better, or at least less comically awful. In the ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Jump-ing Ship

Big changes are coming to the way Shonen Jump gets distributed in the US - but this wouldn't be the first time! Join Mike on a journey through the history of Shonen Jump in America. ― The summer of 2002 was an inflection point for anime and manga in North America. Hamtaro debuted on Cartoon Network in June, positioned as a new kids' favorite, complete with toys at major department stores. Tokyopop we...
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The List - 7 Ho-Ho-Horrible Santas

Get ready for the holidays with seven of the strangest Santas from across anime history. ― The holiday season is upon us, although department stores started blaring Christmas music over the intercom well before Thanksgiving. Whether you're already over the festivities (STRESS! AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS!) or will be up on Christmas morning with bells on, the season is on its way. The holiday is a sha...
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ANNCast - Just Froobin' Over Here

Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to catch up on a big pile of Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action Cowboy Bebop! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to chat Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Zombie Land Saga and more Fall 2018 anime, plus Broly, new Fruits Basket, Evangelion on Netflix and live-action ...
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Manga Answerman - Why Do Some Shojo Publishers Use The Same Spine Design For Every Series?

Spine design can make browsing the shojo manga shelves in Japan a little tricky for non-native speakers - Deb calls in book designer extraordinaire Fawn Lau for expert commentary! ― When looking at manga in Japan, I've noticed how lots of shoujo tankobon manga have their titles and spines in the same font and format, making for a super uniform look where it's hard for anything to stand out, especial...
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This Week in Anime - Is That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Worth Watching?

This unusually titled series puts a gooey new spin on the world of isekai fantasy. Nick and Andy debate whether or not its unique quirks are enough to set it apart in a crowded genre. ― That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime puts a gooey new spin on isekai fantasy. This week, Nick and Andy debate whether or not its unique quirks are enough to set it apart in a crowded genre. Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Games - Winter Shooting Wonderland

The exciting future of SNK is revealed, Ancient unveils two new games, and Heidi straps in for a look at some of this winter's new arcade shooters, starting with M2 and Cave's Ketsui: Kizuna Jigokutachi ~Deathtiny~. ― Hey everyone! It's getting colder, the holidays are getting closer, and we're still enjoying an extremely fruitful time for games. Everything is just so good right now! Just as a heads-...
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Answerman - What's With The Multiple Versions of Kiki's Delivery Service?

Justin tells the story behind Disney's original VHS & Laserdisc dub of Kiki's Delivery Service, starring Kirsten Dunst and featuring two original songs! ― Fred asked: I recently was at a second hand shop, and came across an old VHS tape of Kiki's Delivery Service, I guess from when it was first released by Disney. I already had the movie on Blu-ray but it seemed like a collectable, and it was only 5...
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This Week in Anime - Is Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Worth Watching?

This romantic teen dramedy initially came across as a Bakemonogatari imitation, but has it grown into its own over the past few months? This week, Nick and Steve put this rascal on trial. ― Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai initially came across as a Bakemonogatari imitation, but has it grown into its own over the past few months? This week, Nick and Steve put this rascal on trial. Disclaim...
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Answerman - Is It Safe To Replace My Physical Media Collection With Streaming?

It feels like everything's available streaming now - all the anime you could ever want - so is it cool to jettison my physical media library? Not so fast, says Justin. ― Will asked: With most of the anime I want to watch being on Crunchyroll or another streaming service these days, it's harder and harder for me to get excited about buying Blu-rays or DVDs. Is it worth buying everything I like? Will ...
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Shelf Life - Scum's Wish

James checks out this sexually charged teen melodrama with a surprisingly heartfelt edge, while Paul runs down all this week's new anime releases! ― I saw Mirai last week, and it's an interesting film, particularly if you've seen any of Mamoru Hosoda's other movies. It's one of those stories that manages to be about children without being exclusively for children. If it's playing in your area, you m...
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The List - 7 Western Live-Action Anime Adaptations in Development Hell

A live-action Cowboy Bebop is right around the corner thanks to Netflix after being in development hell for years. Here are 7 other live-action anime projects that haven't been quite as lucky! ― The live-action Cowboy Bebop series is really truly happening after being floated for years around Hollywood. Originally optioned as a film with actor Keanu Reeves and writer Peter Craig (The Town, Hunger Ga...
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Manga Answerman - How Many Manga Magazines Are There In Japan?

You hear about the breadth and depth of manga available in Japan, but how many manga magazines actually publish there - and has digital overtaken print at this point? Deb considers the angles. ― So how many different manga magazines are there in Japan, anyway? Is there one aimed at pretty much every demographic? Which ones generally produce the most anime adaptations? Hoooh. This one is a tough one ...
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This Week in Anime - Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san is Too Relatable

This wacky series combines the madness of working in retail with an inside look at the Japanese publishing industry. Andy and Steve explain why this comedy is an underrated gem of the season. ― Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san combines the madness of working in retail with an inside look at the Japanese publishing industry. This week, Andy and Steve explain why this comedy is an underrated gem of the...
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This Week in Games - Sony's Not-So-Pleasant Surprises

It's a sizzling week for news as Sony bounces out of E3 and drops a hot steaming Playstation Classic on the world - plus Super Robot Wars, Smash Bros. leaks, fighting game news and a whole lot more! ― Hey all! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Last week, Zac basically came up to me, pat me on the shoulder, and said “You've been working hard, Heidi, take the week off and enjoy Thanksgiving!” Which I d...
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Answerman - Is There A Point In Suggesting Titles for Licensing to Publishers?

Whenever a licensor announces a new title, there's a herd of people who shout the names of shows they'd like to see licensed next. Does this have any impact? Justin explains. ― Jill asked: Whenever I see an anime or manga (but really mostly anime) publisher post something online, especially on Facebook, I see a small army of people just respond by posting an endless list of shows that they license n...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in My Sister, My Writer?

This misbegotten comedy is one of the biggest production disasters of the season, but does that make it more fun to watch or just depressing? Nick and Micchy fall down the long, deep rabbit hole of imouto anime. ― My Sister, My Writer is one of the biggest production disasters of the season, but does that make it more fun to watch or just depressing? This week, Nick and Micchy fall down the long, de...
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Answerman - What Are Japanese "Family Restaurants" Like?

You see Denny's-style "family restaurants" in anime all the time - but how similar are they to what we have in America? Justin counts the ways. ― Gareth asked: I see a lot of restaurants in anime that basically look like American diners, but they seem like they're modeled after specific chains -- one of them clearly being Denny's. Is Denny's in Japan basically the same as in the US? What other resta...
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Shelf Life - Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Take on Me

Paul checks out this sequel film that sends the Chū-2 crew on a road trip across Japan, plus a breakdown of all this week's new anime releases! ― It's Cyber Monday, which should hopefully mean that those of you on the hunt for bargains are finding plenty of good ones. It also means that some of this week's price links might be out of date (since I usually put these columns together on Saturday), so ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Sanrio Grande

Mike charts the deep and fascinating anime industry history of Hello Kitty purveyors Sanrio, from their first lavish feature films in the late 70s through their most recent smash, Aggretsuko. ― This past week, after filling our faces with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pie, and the occasional scrap of actual nutritious green vegetable, my friends and I ventured forth to a sprawling, suburban arca...
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The List - 8 Strange Anime Cuisines

Exotic, unusual, and sometimes downright inedible food shows up all the time in anime - here are 8 examples that likely wouldn't show up on your Thanksgiving table. ― Winter is closing in and one of the scariest days in the United States is underway. The crazy 4 a.m. dash called "Black Friday" is here. For those of you who don't head to your major department stores in hopes of carrying out a 50" TV ...
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Manga Answerman - How Can I Preserve My Aging Manga Collection?

If you've got a big manga collection, preserving it can be a hassle - and staving off the yellowing of pages can be a little tricky. Deb has some tips for keeping your manga collection pristine. ― Hey Deb, I have a very expansive manga collection and lately when I browse through some of my older volumes, I've noticed the pages are starting to yellow - in many cases it's much worse than I thought. I'...
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This Week in Anime - Run With the Wind is a Breath of Fresh Air

Run With the Wind peels away from the pack of most other sports anime with its unique cast and storytelling style. Micchy and Andy explain why you should watch this thoughtful and idiosyncratic series. ― Run With the Wind peels away from the pack of most other sports anime with its unique cast and storytelling style. This week, Micchy and Andy explain why you should watch this thoughtful and idiosyn...
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Answerman - What Unique Sodas Are Sold in Japan?

It's almost a holiday weekend - so let's talk about the wide world of unique and flavorful Japanese sodas! ― Jerry asked: Every time I see one of the famous Japanese drink vending machines in photographs or in anime, I usually see CocaCola and/or Pepsi, and maybe something else familiar like Mountain Dew, but I recognize almost nothing else. What kinds of sodas are available in Japan that aren't ava...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Bloom Into You

Bloom Into You isn't your typical yuri romance. Nick and Steve explore what makes this unconventional love story so special. ― Bloom Into You isn't your typical yuri romance. This week, Nick and Steve explore what makes this unconventional love story so special. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. Spoiler Warning f...
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Shelf Life - Terraformars Revenge

Paul checks out the crude but effective sequel to a troubled anime series about fighting giant bugs on Mars, plus a breakdown of all this week's new anime releases! ― Something about living in the Northeastern US has a tendency to warp one's mind in very particular ways. As I was digging my car out of half a foot of snow last week, I caught myself thinking, "The weather's not too bad today." You kno...
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Answerman - Why Did Crunchyroll and Funimation Divorce?

Crunchyroll and Funimation's short-lived romance is over - but why? Justin has a few angles on what happened, and what might happen next. ― Jonathon asked: Funimation ended the partnership with Crunchyroll recently, and a bunch of their shows are getting pulled off of VRV, which sucks. Why did this happen? What will happen to the two companies? Should I be concerned that one of them is going to go a...
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Manga Answerman - Why Don't More Japanese Manga Artists Come to North American Conventions?

While voice actors and anime production staff are common guests for overseas conventions, why is it so much less common for manga artists to make the journey? Deb Aoki has the answers. ― Why don't more Japanese manga artists come to N. American comic / anime conventions? It's largely a matter of time, availability and money. Most manga artists, especially those who have series that are published on ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Too Much Fanservice Distract From SSSS.Gridman's Story?

This imaginative reboot has a strong story and a confident style, but do its safer and more marketable anime hallmarks dampen the show's potent edge? Micchy and Andy hash out the show's highs and lows. ― SSSS.Gridman has a strong story and a confident style, but do its safer and more marketable anime hallmarks dampen the show's potent edge? This week, Micchy and Andy hash out the show's highs and lo...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Fever!

It's a big week for everyone's favorite pocket monsters as both Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! hit shelves and the trailer for Detective Pikachu lit the internet aflame. PLUS: this week's new releases and more! ― Hi again, everyone! I'm back at home and comfortably setting back into my normal routine. I also played through Deltarune part 1 last night. That game was very, very fun an...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Conception?

This odd series combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? Nick and Steve find out the hard way. ― Conception combines isekai adventure with sex comedy hijinks in one of the most baffling ways possible, but is it a trainwreck worth watching? This week, Nick and Steve find out the hard way. Disclaimer: The views ...
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Answerman - When Is It OK To Adapt An Anime Dub Script?

Some English dub scripts are pretty extensively adapted, in some cases to the point where they've changed the story. When is it "okay" to adapt an English dub script this way? Justin gets into it. ― Brandon asked: When dubbing an anime, there is the matter of the script. There are some anime that are nearly identical to the original with some changes, like Attack on Titan; and there are some that sl...
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Answerman - Why Are DVDs and Blu-rays Sold As Combo Packs?

Anime DVDs and Blurays are often sold together in a combo pack that provides both formats - but what if you only wanted one or the other? Justin gets in to the reasons media is most commonly sold this way. ― Danette asked: Ever since Viz started started releasing the new Sailor Moon BD/DVD box sets I've stuck with the standard DVD editions over the BD/DVD editions because it doesn't make sense to me...
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Shelf Life - Area 88

This classic '80s OVA gets a new release, but does it still hold up over thirty years later? Paul Jensen finds out. Plus, all this week's new anime releases! ― A friend of mine is headed to Anime NYC next weekend. I'm not, which means I get the dubious pleasure of having a thoroughly normal weekend while getting bombarded with texts and pictures from the convention. If you're going, have fun! If not...
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The Mike Toole Show - Off the Grid, Man

Mike digs through Trigger's dusty reference bin to discover the influences that led to SSSS.Gridman, along with some of the studio's other most idiosyncratic works! ― A couple of years back, I was a guest at Anime Next, a fun, lively event that takes place in Atlantic City each June. Anime Next is part of a rare, kinda disappointingly small group of North American events that put the priority squarel...
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The List - 7 Fishy Tales of Merfolk in Anime

Most people might be familiar with the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but anime has riffed on merfolk legends countless times - here are 7 of 'em! ― Before The Little Mermaid recast seafolk as tragic romantic heroes, sirens were creatures you never wanted to encounter on the open ocean. Spotting one or more appropriately hearing one meant you and your fellow shipmates earned a one-way ticket ...
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ANNCast - The Thing About My Dokes

Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing evolution of Gen Urobuchi through Madoka, Psycho-Pass and Thunderbolt Fantasy! ― ANNCast 340 - The Thing About My Dokes Zac and Jacob dive back in to the controversial sequel Madoka Magica: Rebellion for its 5th anniversary and embark on a tour of the writing ev...
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This Week in Anime - Thunderbolt Fantasy is Still Amazing in Season 2

It may look like a puppet show, but it's one of the Most Anime things airing this season. Micchy and Steve dig into what they love about the new Thunderbolt season and why you should check this curiosity out. ― Thunderbolt Fantasy Sword Seekers 2 may look like a puppet show, but it's one of the Most Anime things airing this season. This week, Micchy and Steve dig into what they love about the new se...
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This Week in Games - The End of Final Fantasy XV

It's an unceremonious end for Noctis and the boys as Square-Enix uses the 2nd anniversary of Final Fantasy XV to basically put the whole thing to bed. PLUS: Dragon Ball Fighterz is out of Dreamhack, this week's new releases and more! ― Hey again all! I'm on my way back from Japan as I write this. The doujin event was great, and it was an amazing experience overall. I have a whole lot to write about i...
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Answerman - Who Was Cloverway, And What Were They Doing With Anime?

In the early '90s, Cloverway Inc. was a familiar credit on shows like Sailor Moon, but who was this company and what did they have to do with licensing anime? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Job asked: What was the purpose of Cloverway Inc, as a licensing entity in the Americas? Why didn't Cloverway got more involved in distributing anime in North America, like in Latin America? Why did Cloverway ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Karakuri Circus a Hidden Classic or Just Dated?

Karakuri Circus brings its unique '90s shonen energy and a whole carload of clowns and puppets to the fall season. Andy and Steve dig into this adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita's work after Ushio & Tora. ― Karakuri Circus brings its unique '90s shonen energy and a whole carload of clowns and puppets to the fall season, but is the experience nostalgic or just confounding? This week, Andy and Steve dig i...
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Answerman - Why Do Edited for TV Dubs Change An Anime's Music?

If you watch the original version of an anime that's been edited for American broadcast, you might notice some potent - and crucial - changes in the background music. Why is that? Justin gets into it. ― Denzel asked: I was wondering why some English dubs that are made to air on US TV get new music. I understand well enough they change music with Japanese vocals as to not alienate their audiences but...
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Shelf Life - Made in Abyss

Gabriella plumbs the depths of one of 2017's best anime, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― I already sang its praises in the Preview Guide, but go check out Zombie Land Saga if you haven't already. It's a delightfully twisted little comedy, a fun send-up of both zombie and idol shows. I know that sounds insane, but it works better than it sounds. Welcome to Shelf Life. J...
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The List - 6 Examples of Futuristic Space Travel

There are countless cool and creative examples of advanced space travel in anime - here are 6 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 Pluto in only nine years? Manned spacecraft accompli...
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ANNCast - My Glamorous Vampire Dad

Zac and Jacob frantically chew their way through Mamoru Hosoda's latest movie Mirai and the second season of Netflix's ambitious and unrelenting Castlevania! ― ANNCast 339 - My Glamorous Vampire Dad Jacob's back, and this week we're all about Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai, Sam Deats and Warren Ellis' Castlevania Season 2, and of course, Smash Mouth. You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-down...
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Manga Answerman - How Do Censorship Rules Work for Hentai?

When it comes to pornography in manga, who dictates what naughty stuff can be shown and when? Deb Aoki finds out with a little help from FAKKU's Jacob Grady. ― When reading hentai manga, I notice that the censoring in some of them is just black or white bars. Those bars are sometimes used intensely, and other times very mildly that they don't actually cover anything (mostly the old ones). Whereas so...
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This Week in Games - The Last Remaining Secrets of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Heidi's in Japan, but she still has all the details from the latest Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct - along with this week's news, including Nier Automata's 2B in Soul Calibur and much more! ― Hey again, folks! It's another This Week In Games, comin’ atcha straight from Japan! ...Wait, I'm in Japan again? Yes I am, though it's a rather short trip with only one major event for me. But it's still something...
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This Week in Anime - Does Castlevania Season 2 Deliver on its Early Potential?

After well over a year of waiting, Drac is back with Netflix's second season debut of Castlevania. Nick and Andy find out if this spooktacularly gory action series was worth all the dramatic buildup. ― After well over a year of waiting, Drac is back with Netflix's second season debut of Castlevania. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this spooktacularly gory action series was worth all the dramati...
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Answerman - Why Don't Publishers Announce License Renewals?

You often hear about it when a North American publisher loses the license to an anime, but rarely do you hear about it when they renew licenses - why is that? Justin gets into it. ― Taylor asked: I noticed a variety of Section23's (Sentai Filmworks, Maiden Japan and AEsir Holdings) licensed anime came from its predecessor, ADV Films, which is technically a renewal of a previous license. Believe me, ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Zombie Land Saga Worth Watching?

This unusual anime stitches the flesh-melting fear of the undead to the saccharine sweetness of pop idols, but did this Frankenstein's monster turn out heavenly or horrific? Micchy and Steve offer their takes. ― Zombie Land Saga stitches the flesh-melting fear of the undead to the saccharine sweetness of pop idols, but did this Frankenstein's monster turn out heavenly or horrific? This week, Micchy ...
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Shelf Life - 18if

James takes on one of the very strangest anime he's ever reviewed for Shelf Life, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Between writing the weekly streaming reviews, writing the simuldub preview, and reading the light novel for my own amusement, I'm currently at three different points in the story of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Needless to say, my mind is curren...
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Answerman - Why Do Guys In Anime Raise A Pinky Finger When Talking About Girls?

Happens all the time in anime: ask a guy if he's married, and his pinky finger goes up. What's behind it? Well, it's actually kinda sweet - as Justin explains. ― Terry asked: When asking a man whether he's in a relationship with a woman, male anime characters will make an odd finger-raised gesture, almost always accompanied by a chuckle and/or a leer. What's with that? And is it as rude a gesture as...
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The Mike Toole Show - Little Pitch Academia

A World Series-addled Mike leaves the usual spooky October stuff in the dugout - it's time to explore the rich and fascinating history of baseball anime! ― It's October, and you know what that means: time for a spooky, creepy discussion of the haunted world of… baseball, because I've spent the last two weeks staying up way too late to watch my beloved red sock-wearing Red Sox march towards a seemingl...
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This Week in Anime - Is Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Worth Watching?

This series combines the action of Tiger and Bunny with a flirtatious flavor of buddy cop comedy. Micchy and Andy find out if the end result is as entertaining as it sounds. ― Double Decker! Doug & Kirill combines the action of Tiger and Bunny with a flirtatious flavor of buddy cop comedy. This week, Micchy and Andy find out if the end result is as entertaining as it sounds. Disclaimer: The views an...
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The List - 8 Ghost Bustin' Anime to Keep Spirits Away

If there's something weird, and it don't look good, common wisdom suggests it's difficult to know who to call - unless you've seen one of these eight spirit-hunting anime! ― When there's something strange in your neighborhood and Dan Aykroyd is busy, there's plenty of competing ghost busters available to take on your ectoplasmic problems. Investigating the things that go bump in the night is a time-...

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