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ANNCast - Jaeger Meisters

Zac and returning guest Lynzee Loveridge suck all the life out of P.A. Works' original vampire anime Sirius the Jaeger, wade through the giant catalog of vampire anime and ponder the fleeting nature of Netflix anime. ― ANNCast 346 - Jaeger Meisters Zac and returning guest Lynzee Loveridge suck all the life out of PA Works' original vampire anime Sirius the Jaeger, wade through the giant catalog of v...
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Shelf Life - Concrete Revolutio

Paul plumbs the psychedelic depths of this alternate-history superhero thriller, along with a breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― There's apparently a new game in the Fate franchise coming out this week, and I hope it's good. Not because I don't already have a huge gaming backlog to deal with, but because I need an excuse to finally take a break from the Fate smartphone game. A pers...
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The List - Seven Orphans That Beat the Odds

Being a kid without a dedicated parent is a rough way to start life, but these seven anime heroes made the best of it! ― If you're watching at least one show this anime season, it's gotta be The Promised Neverland. Zac and I talked about it over on the podcast yesterday. I wanted to reiterate that Emma's resolve is what sells that show (and its manga) to me again and again. You just can't help but r...
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ANNCast - The Neverland Band

Zac and special guest Managing Editor Lynzee Loveridge get trapped inside The Promised Neverland and calculate how long it would take to watch all of One Piece. Plus: most anticipated Spring anime, Captain Marvel and much more! ― ANNCast 345 - The Neverland Band Zac and special guest Managing Editor Lynzee Loveridge get trapped inside The Promised Neverland and calculate how long it would take to wa...
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This Week in Anime - Kemurikusa is the True Successor to Kemono Friends

This 3DCG series is the newest post-apocalyptic fantasy from TATSUKI, the creator of Kemono Friends. Micchy and Steve explain why you should be watching "Smokeweed the Animation" instead of the in-name-only Kemono Friends 2. ― Kemurikusa is the newest post-apocalyptic fantasy from TATSUKI, the creator of Kemono Friends. This week, Micchy and Steve explain why you should be watching "Smokeweed the An...
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This Week in Games - Just Say No

A Japanese actor's drug arrest yanks a Yakuza spinoff off the market while NIS America announces a ton of new stuff, and hey, Vanillaware is back with more fantasy - plus much more! ― Life comes at you fast sometimes. You might be mentally preparing a fun featurette for your weekly column since it's looking like it'll be a slow news week, when suddenly, BAM! A celebrity involved with a highly anticip...
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Answerman - Why Would Crunchyroll Partner With Adult Swim?

Justin weighs the benefits of a partnership between anime streaming giant Crunchyroll and cable TV's venerable Adult Swim, which are now both owned by the same company. ― Jacob asked: It was recently announced that Crunchyroll and the Cartoon Network anime block Toonami were forming a partnership. For me I have a hard time understanding why they would do this. For years Crunchyroll has been one of t...
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This Week in Anime - The Promised Neverland is Only Getting More Intense

This shonen thriller piles on the twists as Grace Field House becomes less safe every day for its wily orphans. Nick and Andy discuss their favorite twists and some of the more questionable ones so far. ― The Promised Neverland piles on the twists as Grace Field House becomes less safe every day for its wily orphans. This week, Nick and Andy discuss their favorite twists and some of the more questio...
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The Mike Toole Show - VOTOMS Up

Mike dives in to Ryosuke Takahashi's influential and incredibly long-lived "real robot" mecha action drama Armored Trooper VOTOMS, which is out on bluray this week. ― Along with anime on video, I sometimes collect related ephemera like toys, cels, artbooks, and other zakka. (Translator's note: “zakka” is Japanese for “knick-knacks.”) I'm not big on some of the more contemporary goodies, like hug pill...
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Shelf Life - Garo: Vanishing Line

The Golden Armor returns once more for the wildly entertaining Garo: Vanishing Line part 1. Plus: all of this week's new anime DVD & Bluray releases! ― I lent my copy of the Tomorrow's Joe movie to a friend months ago, and he still hasn't watched it, let alone returned it. This is fine, however, because watching him confess his crushing guilt on a weekly basis is providing me with more entertainment...
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The List - Girls Gotta Go Fast

Ladies, start your engines! International Women's Day this week inspires Lynzee to list off nine anime featuring some of the speediest women in anime. ― Hey, everybody! It's a been a little while. Maybe you noticed (maybe you didn't) that The List has been a bit spotty lately, but it was all in service of a relaunch with a few tweaks. What does that mean? Don't get too twisted up, The List is still ...
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Manga Answerman - Why are there so many sound effects in manga?

The pages of your favorite manga are often overflowing with unique onomatopoeia - Deb gets into a discussion about this phenomenon. ― This might sound like a simple question, but I've always wondered: why are there so many sound effects in manga? Sound effects are a part of Western comics too (e.g. Ka-Pow! Whoosh!), but Japanese comics are unique in that besides onomatopoeia (words for sounds that m...
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This Week in Anime - Mysteria Friends is this Winter's Secret Steamy Yuri Romance

Cygames' beautiful slice-of-life anime languished in production hell for three years before finally airing under the radar this season. Micchy and Steve sing the praises of this adorable slice of cheesecake. ― Cygames' Mysteria Friends languished in production hell for three years before finally airing under the radar this season. This week, Micchy and Steve sing the praises of this adorable slice o...
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This Week in Games - Sega-palooza

The internet explodes once more over Sonic the Hedgehog, plus an interview all about the wild new mobile game from Jet Set Radio's Masayoshi Kikuchi and Castlevania's Koji Igarashi! ― Hey everyone! What have you all been playing recently? I'm going through Death End Re;Quest, but I'm finding myself distracted by… Final Fantasy VI. But not the Final Fantasy VI everyone knows and loves – this is Final ...
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Answerman - How Do Japanese Producers Factor Cultural Differences Into Their Sales Plans?

Some of Japan's biggest hits - like Doraemon and Detective Conan - have failed to find much of an audience in the west, despite their studios' best efforts. What gives? Justin gets into it. ― Matt asked: I've been curious about how certain shows Japanese licensors think will be massive hits in North America end up getting cult status at best due to those shows being so ingrained into their culture; ...
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is Next Level Insanity

Part 5 has ramped up JJBA's shocking violence and nonsensical superpowers to previously unforeseen levels. Nick and Andy weigh in on whether this runaway train of madness is an improvement or a derailment for such a beloved franchise. ― Part 5 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind has ramped up the shocking violence and nonsensical superpowers to previously unforeseen levels. This week, Nick and ...
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Shelf Life - Just Because!

James dives into the turbulent waters of mushy teen romance with this curiously named series, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― This season is shaping up to be a good one for comedies. The Quintessential Quintuplets is proving that an old-fashioned harem comedy can still be entertaining, Kaguya-sama: Love is War is excellent across the board, and I guess Domestic Girlfri...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Alita: Battle Angel Compare to its Source Material?

Battle Angel Alita was a classic '90s cyberpunk manga long before it became a big-budget Hollywood movie. Andy and Steve compare this blockbuster to its source material to discover how Cameron and Rodriguez created the most successful live-action anime adaptation yet! ― Battle Angel Alita was a classic '90s cyberpunk manga long before it became a big-budget Hollywood movie. This week, Andy and Steve...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Sword and Shield

Heidi explores Nintendo's avalanche of news items this week, from Reggie's departure to Detective Pikachu to a new generation of Pokemon! ― This has certainly been an interesting week! I feel like diving right into all of the big news that's landed, so let's go! SO LONG, REGGIE Nintendo has a habit of dropping big news almost immediately after this column gets set to publish. Just a few hours after l...
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Answerman - What Happens When A Japanese Licensor Goes Out Of Business?

What could happen if a Japanese Licensor went out of business while their shows are still licensed? Justin gets into it. ― Tristan asked: What could happen if a Japanese Licensor went out of business while their shows are still licensed? Like, for example, back when Funimation had Fullmetal Alchemist, what would've happened if Aniplex went under? Would Funimation have kept the license or would it ha...
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This Week in Anime - The Quintessential Quintuplets: Nino is Best Girl

This comedy series delivers harem-flavored comfort food in a cold and barren season. Nick and Micchy share the parts of this trifle they've enjoyed and the parts that leave a bad taste in their mouth. ― The Quintessential Quintuplets delivers harem-flavored comfort food in a cold and barren season. This week, Nick and Micchy share the parts of this trifle they've enjoyed and the parts that leave a b...
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Shelf Life - Urahara

Gabriella takes a look at an underrated magical girl show that takes place in the streets of Harajuku, while Paul runs down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Ever wake up on a Saturday and realize the last seven days have all been a blur? That happened to me this week. I know I wrote some reviews, finished reading a couple books, and drove a 500-mile round trip to visit some relatives, but I c...
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Manga Answerman - How often do English manga publishers sell at a loss?

Not every manga series published in English will be a hit, but how often do the publishers themselves sell books at a loss? Deb digs in to it. ― How often do English publishers sell at a loss? Viz and Kodansha have so many different series and there has to be a good amount that they aren't making money on. Nearly a decade ago, Viz Media dropped Hitman Reborn, Gintama and a few others and I often sti...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Reboot of Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Worth Watching?

This classic supernatural samurai adventure manga hasn't been adapted into animation since the 1960s! Nick and Andy find out how this influential story has held up in Studio MAPPA's ambitious retelling. ― Dororo, Osamu Tezuka's classic supernatural samurai adventure manga, hasn't been adapted into animation since the 1960s! This week, Nick and Andy find out how this influential story has held up in ...
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This Week in Games - Reanimated

Nintendo might be resurrecting a long-dead game - plus some fighting game news straight out of EVO Japan, Steins;Gate and more! ― Why, hello again! I'm back from Europe, I'm still kinda tired, and I missed a lot of gaming news that happened last week when it happened. No, I'm not going back on Twitter to catch up on The Discourse, because that never ends well. ANYWAY. This week brings us no big bombs...
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Answerman - Why Is Alice In Wonderland So Popular In Japan?

Countless anime and manga are based on the classic story Alice in Wonderland - why is that? Justin gets in to it. ― James asked: I have noticed that there have been a significant number of Japanese adaptations (manga, anime, and video games) of Alice in Wonderland; why are the Japanese so fond of that story? If you ask an average Japanese person why the country loves Alice in Wonderland so much, the...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is VIRTUAL-SAN LOOKING?

This absurdist comedy is the first anime made by Virtual YouTubers like Kizuna Ai and Mirai Akari. Micchy and Steve will be your guide to this strange new world inhabited only by the Extremely Online. ― VIRTUAL-SAN LOOKING is the first anime made by Virtual YouTubers like Kizuna Ai and Mirai Akari. This week, Micchy and Steve will be your guide to this strange new world inhabited only by the Extreme...
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The Mike Toole Show - This Year's Model

The long and proud history of giant robot model building is forever connected to the anime industry. Mike's ready to build a robot - are you? ― I was surrounded. On all sides, people from a disconcertingly wide variety of age groups crouched in their chairs, as if ready to leap into action. They gripped a variety of sharp tools in their hands, and concentrated intensely, waiting for the right moment ...
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Answerman - What Do Actor's Unions Actually Do?

What's the difference between a "union dub" and a "non-union dub" and why does it matter? Justin digs in to the details. ― Anonymous asked: This might come across as a naive question but what does it mean when a role is 'non-union' and why are so many anime roles non-union? For clarity I am a trade union rep myself but for an office job in the UK and I have an idea of what SAG, Equity and the other ...
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Shelf Life - Space Runaway Ideon

James takes a look at an '80s mecha classic, while Paul breaks down this week's new blu-ray releases, along with a Yuri!!! on Ice-tastic Shelf Obsessed collection. ― I'm sure I'm just adding to an already loud chorus here, but y'all really should be watching Mob Psycho 100 (or catching up on the first season if you missed it). I can already tell I'm going to go back through this show a second or thi...
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Manga Answerman - Which forgotten or underappreciated manga do you think deserve a big splashy omnibus rerelease?

Which manga do you think deserve a lavish rerelease? Deb weighs in. ― Which forgotten or underappreciated manga do you think deserve a big splashy omnibus rerelease? Hm. This is a tough one, since a lot of terrific manga that would have otherwise not have had a chance to get an official release five or ten years ago are now getting picked up for publication. As a result, my “impossible dream” or “re...
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This Week in Anime - Love is a Garbage Fire in Kaguya-sama

Kaguya-sama: Love is War takes a blowtorch to the bittersweetness of adolescent romance, with two paramours who're determined to defeat the objects of their affection in a battle of banter. Nick and Micchy engage in their own war of words about the highs and lows of this quirky comedy. ― Kaguya-sama: Love is War takes a blowtorch to the bittersweetness of adolescent romance, with two paramours who'r...
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This Week in Games - Direct Impact

Heidi breaks down the latest from Nintendo, including Super Mario Maker 2, Bloodstained, the return of Link's Awakening and much more! ― ME: Phew, I have to travel to Europe this week to give a presentation at the 1UP Conference in Belgium! That's going to keep me busy. Good thing it seems like a fairly slow news week – ACTIVISION: *taps shoulder* Sorry to interrupt, but did you hear that we're terri...
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Answerman - Will There Ever Be A "Next Cowboy Bebop"?

It's a pretty common question among anime fans - will there ever be another series quite like 1998's Cowboy Bebop? Justin gets into it. ― Jake asked: Every now and then I will here somebody talk about “the next Cowboy Bebop” is coming down the pipe and how it's going to completely ripple through the anime community now and for years to come. In the last few I have heard this when Space Dandy, Devilm...
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This Week in Anime - Domestic Girlfriend is a Surprisingly Thoughtful Sleazefest

This anime takes a practically pornographic premise and turns it into high-stakes melodrama with some surprisingly meditative moments. Andy and Steve separate the trash from the treasure within this controversial series. ― Domestic Girlfriend takes a practically pornographic premise and turns it into high-stakes melodrama with some surprisingly meditative moments. This week, Andy and Steve separate ...
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Shelf Life - King's Game

Paul subjects himself to one of the most hilariously bad entries in survival game horror, along with all this week's new blu-ray releases. ― I've had all kinds of problems getting my anime streaming apps to work lately, but at least this has given me an excuse to binge some nature documentaries. And yes, I absolutely make up obnoxious dialogue for the animals on screen, because that's the only corre...
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The List - 6 Times Evolution Went Horribly Wrong

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

Zac and Jacob have a full report from James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez' ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, and it's time once again for videogame chat with Dave and Graziella! ― ANNCast 344 - Brains in a Jar Zac and Jacob have a full report from James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez' ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, and it's time once again for videogame chat with Dave and Graziella! You can listen to the show on our player h...
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This Week in Anime - Mob Psycho 100 is a Tour de Force of Animation

Mob Psycho 100 has blown the doors down with its incredible visuals in its second season, but how do they complement the story's growing stakes? Nick and Steve share about a hundred reasons why you should be watching this impressive anime. ― Mob Psycho 100 II has blown the doors down with its incredible visuals this season, but how do they complement the story's growing stakes? This week, Nick and S...
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This Week in Games - Parting Ways

It's a slow week for game news, but that can't stop Heidi from giving us the full update on PlatinumGames, Final Fantasy XIV, Etrian Odyssey, Senran Kagura and much more! ― Huh, I wonder what's going on in the great kingdom of nerdery toda- *opens twitter, sees unending trashfire* Yeah, this is gonna be one of those weeks. WHAT IN THE FRESH HELL IS UP WITH PLATINUMGAMES AND CYGAMES? It feels like few...
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Answerman - Why Do New Episodes Sometimes Get Delayed?

New episodes of TV anime are sometimes delayed for broadcast due to a variety of factors - what causes that to happen? Justin gets into it. ― Ashley asked: This might be too broad of a question to ask, but what's up with production delays in anime? You usually hear about studios working on an anime at least a few months prior to release, but if that's the case, why do you hear about production delay...
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This Week in Anime - Run With the Wind Reaches Cathartic New Heights

This inspirational track and field story goes to some deeply emotional places in its most recent arc. Micchy and Andy discuss what these twists mean for their lovable team of running boys. ― Run With the Wind takes its inspirational track and field story to some deeply emotional places in its most recent arc. This week, Micchy and Andy discuss what these twists mean for their lovable team of running...
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Shelf Life - My Girlfriend is Shobitch

Gabriella takes on a particularly stiff and seemingly already forgotten comedy about sexually clueless teens - plus all of this week's new anime DVD & Bluray releases! ― Collecting things can be a strange process, especially when you look at it from an outsider's perspective. I recently tried to explain to someone why, when faced with a choice between two video games, I bought the one that cost more...
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Answerman - How Important Are Dub Voice Actors To American Anime Publishers?

Just how much power, influence and control do English dub voice actors have at the companies they do contract work for? Justin gets into the details. ― Anonymous asked: There's been a lot of controversy about a handful of voice actors behaving badly at conventions lately. But one argument that I see coming up a lot is that it might be a coordinated attempt by other anime companies to smear their com...
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The Mike Toole Show - Anime in the End Zone

The Super Bowl may be over, but Mike's ready to strap on his novelty oversize shoulder pads and tackle the long, strange and fascinating history of gridiron football anime. ― By the time you read this column, the Super Bowl, the grand clash between the top two teams of the National Football League, will have ended. While I live in Boston, I'm not really a gridiron football man, so I still treat the a...
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The List - 7 Anime for Grown-Up Romantics

Romance stories in anime usually follow high school students, chronicling the thrill of first love - but what if you've graduated? Here are 7 shows that aim for the hearts of a slightly older, more experienced crowd. ― Romance anime, or the medium in general, is dominated by adolescent stories. Characters between the ages of 14-18 getting in trouble, saving the world, or enjoying club activities mak...
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ANNCast Returns

Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to talk Winter 2019 anime, from Dororo to The Promised Neverland to Hand Shakers 2. PLUS: just a little Alita: Battle Angel and Kingdom Hearts III! ― ANNCast 343 - ANNCast Returns Zac and Jacob return from beyond the grave to talk Winter 2019 anime, from Dororo to The Promised Neverland to Hand Shakers 2. PLUS: just a little Alita: Battle Angel and Kingdom ...
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Manga Answerman - What Makes A Great English Translation?

Do you prefer an extremely literal translation to a more "lyrical" one? What really goes in to a truly great Japanese-to-English manga translation? Deb's got a few ideas. ― This is more of a personal question, but what do you prefer: a “lyrical”, adaptive translation, or a no-frills one that goes for the very direct approach? Hm. That's an interesting question. Let me preface my response with a few ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell Happened in Godzilla: The Planet Eater?

This film brings Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi's lizard king trilogy to a somewhat baffling end. Nick and Andy find out if this convoluted journey was worth the payoff. ― Godzilla: The Planet Eater brings Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi's lizard king trilogy to a somewhat baffling end. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this convoluted journey was worth the payoff. Disclaimer: The views and ...
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This Week in Games - Kingdom Hearts III

Metroid Prime 4 is starting over from scratch and there are more Dragon Ball games coming, but most importantly, Callum May has been reunited with his pals Sora, Donald and Goofy and he's here to tell you all about it. ― Whoa nelly, is it ever a monumental week! Yes, I know that a huge chunk of North America is currently experiencing weather where you turn into a popsicle the moment you step outdoors...
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Answerman - How Are Old Releases of Anime Preserved, And Why Aren't Manga Preserved Too?

Restoring and rereleasing old anime can be a whole lot of work, and shaky preservation practices by anime studios can make it a whole lot harder. Justin gets into the fun details. ― Melissa asked: It seems like when companies like Discotek license rescue older shows, they're usually able to get the old dub or subtitle scripts from whatever original company released it. I imagine this is because the ...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Be Watching The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland is the latest hit Shonen Jump manga to get the anime treatment. Micchy and Steve break down what makes this mystery-horror adventure so engrossing. ― The Promised Neverland is the latest hit Shonen Jump manga to get the anime treatment. This week, Micchy and Steve break down what makes this mystery-horror adventure so engrossing. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by...
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Shelf Life - Girls' Last Tour

Paul discovers the world's most heartwarming apocalypse anime and breaks down all this week's new anime Blu-ray releases! ― I can already sense my hopes of staying current with this season's simulcasts slipping away, but one series I've managed to keep up with is Run With the Wind. It's a nice little sports story with less of the typical teenage drama, and there's something wonderfully indulgent abo...
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Answerman - Why Is Crunchyroll On So Many Production Committees?

Crunchyroll sits on a number of production committees, the organizations that collectively produce an anime series - what advantages does this model have over simple licensing? Justin digs in. ― Alex asked: Recently, Crunchyroll has increased the number of anime titles in which they are a member of the production committee. What benefit does being part of the production committee have over just lice...
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Manga Answerman - Do Comic Book Stores Still Hesitate To Stock Manga?

Deb and two experts from the field weigh in on an old stereotype: are traditional comic book stores in North America still reluctant to stock manga? ― Do comic shops still hesitate to stock manga or is that just an old stereotype at this point? I'd find it hard to believe they would still resist it. For this particular question, I decided to ask some folks on the front lines of selling manga in comi...
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This Week in Anime - Is Sirius the Jaeger Worth Watching?

This series puts its own spin on vampire action by throwing its bloodsuckers back in time to the 1930s, but is this twist enough to make the show stand out in a crowded genre? Micchy and Steve check out this ambitious action-adventure romp on Netflix. ― Sirius the Jaeger puts its own spin on vampire action by throwing its bloodsuckers back in time to the 1930s, but is this twist enough to make the s...
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This Week in Games - Biohazard Battle

Heidi breaks down the week, from a Trails of Cold Steel III controversy to the Street Fighter League's bizarre decisions, plus the return of Leon Kennedy and pals in Resident Evil 2! ― Hi! It's another week… in games. I've been busy trying to impress visiting relatives, but when I'm not engaged in familial obligations, I've been poking away at Travis Strikes Again on Switch, which is… definitely inte...
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Answerman - Is Japan Or America More Prudish About Sexual Content?

With the phenomenon of fanservice being so common in anime, does this mean that Japan is more relaxed about sexual content than the USA, or is it actually the other way around? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― James asked: Many American fans of Japanese animation and manga believe that Japanese media and culture in general are more liberal-minded on the subject, and accepting, of nudity and sexuali...
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This Week in Anime - Boogiepop and Others is a Spooky Mind-Bending Thriller

Boogiepop was one of the first hit light novels on the market, but it's never been adapted to anime from the beginning before. Nick and Andy find out if this decades-old supernatural mystery series still pops in 2019. ― Boogiepop and Others was one of the first hit light novels on the market, but it's never been adapted to anime from the beginning before. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this de...
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Shelf Life - Hells

Paul takes a look at Madhouse's avant-garde movie about the underworld with a dub produced by Youtubers, plus a brand-new Shelf Obsessed submission and all this week's new anime releases! ― By the time you read this, I'll probably be digging out from a foot or more of snow. I was totally planning on going outside and being productive over the weekend and definitely wasn't looking for an excuse to st...
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The Mike Toole Show - Old School Isekai

As it turns out, "you've been transported to another world!" has been a storytelling device since the dawn of time. Mike takes a fascinating trip through the history of the genre. ― Just a couple of weeks ago, I saw a remarkable animated film about the chronicles of a troubled man with a life full of problems, who's whisked away from the world he knows to a new and different parallel universe—one whe...
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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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