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This Week in Games - Trying to Look Ahead

Heidi updates us on the latest iteration of the Nintendo Switch - plus EVO news and more. ― I need to be real with you all for a sec. It's really, really hard to write a chipper, semi-snarky game news article considering what just went down at Kyoto Animation. I'm hearing that this could be considered the worst mass murder in postwar Japanese history. Most of us reading have watched and enjoyed at le...
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Answerman - How Have Anime Conventions Changed Over Time?

How do conventions of yesteryear compare to modern shows like Anime Expo or Otakon? Justin looks back on old video rooms and industry panels to find out. ― Fred asked: I've only been going to conventions for the past year or so, and I'm curious how they've evolved over time. You'd actually be surprised by how little has changed for anime conventions over the years. The crowds are bigger, the shows p...
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This Week in Anime - Astra Lost in Space is Off to a Stellar Start

The Astra rockets forth into drama and adventure with its intriguing new cast of spacefaring characters. Nick and Andy discuss their favorite moments and future predictions for this exciting sci fi series. ― Astra Lost in Space rockets forth into drama and adventure with its intriguing new cast of spacefaring characters. This week, Nick and Andy discuss their favorite moments and future predictions ...
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Shelf Life - July 15, 2019

There's a plethora of new hit manga out this week, from Goblin Slayer to BEASTARS to Skull-Face Bookseller Honda-san. Check out our full list of anime, manga, and game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! The latest part of Boruto looks like the headline act in this week's anime lineup, while it's a week of endings and beginnings ...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in 7SEEDS?

7SEEDS is based on an award-winning science fiction manga, but something went very wrong in the adaptation process. Nick and Steve navigate this unfortunate trainwreck on Netflix. ― 7SEEDS is based on an award-winning science fiction manga, but something went very wrong in the adaptation process. This week, Nick and Steve navigate this unfortunate trainwreck on Netflix. Disclaimer: The views and opi...
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The List - 7 More Deadly Games of Survival

There's no shortage of death game stories in anime, where a group of players, willing or unwilling, must outwit and outlast one another in a brutal game of survival. Here are 7 more of 'em! ― There are few quicker ways to ramp up tension between a group of strangers than throwing them headfirst into a battle of kill or be killed. There are tons of manga centered on the topic, for example Yen Press' ...
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ANNCast - The Soothing Sounds of Summertime

Zac and Lynzee briefly reconstitute themselves to wrap up the highs and lows of both Anime Expo 2019 AND the Summer 2019 anime season! ― ANNCast 352 - The Soothing Sounds of Summertime Zac and Lynzee briefly reconstitute themselves to wrap up the highs and lows of both Anime Expo 2019 AND the Summer 2019 anime season! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version her...
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Manga Answerman - Is the Word “Hentai” Misunderstood or Misused by Fans Outside of Japan?

When Western fans think "hentai" they think "lewd," but the word actually has origins beyond just cheesecake. ― Is the word “hentai” misunderstood and/or misused by fans outside of Japan? This isn't exactly an Answerman mailbag question, but one that came up thanks to anime producer and industry veteran Yoshihiro Watanabe. Watanabe happened upon an article from The Guardian, describing how a contest...
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Goes Out With a Bang

Part Five has reached its final climax! Micchy and Andy break down the highs and lows of this wildly ambitious arc in Hirohiko Araki's saga. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind has reached its final climax. This week, Micchy and Andy break down the highs and lows of this wildly ambitious arc in Hirohiko Araki's saga. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlo...
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This Week in Games - Honey, I Shrunk the Switch

Nintendo unveils a brand new Switch that doesn't really Switch anymore - plus new Pokemon, all the news from Anime Expo, One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 and a whole lot more! ― It's a brand-new Week in Games! And we've got news! Lots of news! AX gave us a lot of announcements, but the big, big thing everyone's a-Twitter about today comes to us from our friends at Nintendo. Let's just jump right into it! ...
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Answerman - What Is That Little Round Outdoor Grill In Anime?

These portable stoves haven't changed since the Edo period! Justin talks about how these tiny grills have remained so popular. ― Samuel asked: What is that little barbecue grill that looks like a flower pot? Are they even easy to make as a D.I.Y. project? There are a few different kinds of Japanese barbecue grills, but that one, which is common for home use, is called a shichirin (七輪). These simple ...
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Shelf Life - July 8, 2019

It's a great week for manga collector's editions, from Berserk to Knights of Sidonia and so much more! Check out our full list of anime releases this week. ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! I'm still working my through the Preview Guide, but there's plenty coming out for those of you who actually have some free time this week. Things are...
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This Week in Anime - Osamu Tezuka's Dororo Gets a New Ending

This modern reimagining of the classic supernatural samurai manga has finally come to a close. Nick and Andy break down their favorite moments from this enthralling and thought-provoking series. ― This modern reimagining of the classic supernatural samurai manga Dororo has finally come to a close. This week, Nick and Andy break down their favorite moments from this enthralling and thought-provoking ...
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This Week in Games - Mineral Megamix Girls

It's a big summer holiday weekend, but Heidi's still got time to round up this week's game news! The return of Harvest Moon, Langrisser, River City Girls, Hatsune Miku and much more! ― Happy 4th of July/start of Anime Expo, everyone! It's time for good ol’ American fun: barbecue, picnics, and fireworks! Unless you've outside of the USA, in which case, uh… Happy Thursday, woooo! So who here is playing...
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This Week in Anime - Forest of Piano Returns with More Music and Less Animation

This humble character drama's second season lands on Netflix with a tournament arc of classical music concerts. Micchy and Steve break down this series' highs and lows. ― Forest of Piano's second season lands on Netflix with a tournament arc of classical music concerts. This week, Micchy and Steve break down this series' highs and lows. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participant...
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Shelf Life - July 1, 2019

Cardcaptor Sakura, Steins;Gate 0, and Diamond is Unbreakable are just a few of this week's blu-ray debuts. Check out our full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! The list is full to bursting as usual, with the latest Blu-Ray sets for Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card, Dragon Ball Super, and Jojo's ...
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The List - Summer 2019's 6 Most Appealing Isekai Parties

Lynzee attempts to put together a solid adventuring party out of the summer anime season's fantasy isekai protagonists, of which there are many. Who makes your list? ― There are a lot of light novel anime adaptations heading to the airwaves this summer and (conveniently) six of them are built off the popular "alternate world" (isekai) premise. Either our characters are reborn in another world, trans...
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ANNCast - Relaxing in Terminal Dogma

Zac and Lynzee hang out with the enormous crucified torso of Lilith for a super chill discussion about Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion, which you may have heard is available on Netflix now. Join us, won't you? ― ANNCast 351 - Relaxing in Terminal Dogma Zac and Lynzee hang out with the enormous crucified torso of Lilith for a super chill discussion about Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion,...
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Manga Answerman - Why Aren't More Anime-Related Manga Published in English?

Each season we get tons of new anime to stream, but the original manga doesn't always make it to readers. Deb talks about the considerations publishers have to weigh before licensing a manga, even if it has an anime adaptation. ― A lot of anime series are based on manga, but why are so many manga that inspired anime series that have aired recently not published in English? It's certainly true that i...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Wacky TV Nanana?

This short series follows the absurd adventures of three hard-working banana-men trying to save their terrestrial TV channel in a world of VOD and instant streaming. Micchy and Andy unpeel their favorite gags from this mind-boggling comedy on Crunchyroll. ― Wacky TV Nanana follows the absurd adventures of three hard-working banana-men trying to save their terrestrial TV channel in a world of VOD and...
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This Week in Games - Too Much to Play

It's a sleepy week for game news, but Heidi's still got the goods on One Punch Man's arrival on consoles, Tifa Lockheart in Final Fantasy Dissidia, Sakura Wars news and much much more! ― Hey all, it's another TWIG kinda day. I'm not gonna lie: it's been another pretty damn slow news week, so I'm not exactly swimming in material to talk about. There are plenty of noteworthy new releases, however! Judg...
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Answerman - How Much Control Do Japanese Producers Have Over Dubs and Subtitles?

The subtitle changes in Netflix's version of Neon Genesis Evangelion have fans searching for answers. Could Khara have made the call? ― Bill asked: There have been a lot of people talking about translation differences in the Netflix version of Evangelion, with both the dub and the subtitles. How much control does Japan have when American companies make the translations and the dubs? As much as they ...
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This Week in Anime - Wise Man's Grandchild Goes Off the Rails

The upcoming summer season promises to deliver a plethora of new isekai series, but what about this season's underdog in the genre? Nick and Steve explain why this other-world story didn't need to be told. ― The upcoming summer season promises to deliver a plethora of new isekai series, but what about this season's Wise Man's Grandchild? This week, Nick and Steve explain why this other-world story d...
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Shelf Life - June 24, 2019

MEGALOBOX, the throwback saga celebrating the legacy of Ashita no Joe, finally comes to blu-ray along with a plethora of other anime, manga, and video games in this week's full release rundown! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, covering every week's new releases in anime, manga, and Japanese games! We've got some big-name anime titles coming out on disc this week, including the third season of Overlord and t...
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The List - 7 Strange Anime & Manga Spin-Offs

When an anime or manga gets popular enough, often they'll spin side characters off into some pretty wild situations - here are seven of the strangest, from Evangelion to Attack on Titan to School Days! ― Modern-day anime series usually come from three major categories: a light novel or manga adaptation, a mobile game or idol group promotion, or a completely original project. However, there's a growi...
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ANNCast - Otter Pops

Zac and Lynzee chime in on an entire ocean of pop cultural artifacts, including Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Sailor Moon, and the ending of Sarazanmai! ― ANNCast 350 - Otter Pops Zac and Lynzee chime in on an entire ocean of pop cultural artifacts, including Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan, Demon Slayer, Sailor Moon, and the ending of Sarazanmai. You can listen to the show on our pla...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko's Second Season is Less Fiery than the First

Aggretsuko returns to Netflix with more workplace madness, misbegotten romance, and millennial ennui, but this second season takes on a more gloomy tone than the first. Micchy and Andy discuss the parts of Retsuko's journey they liked and the moments that rubbed them the wrong way. ― Aggretsuko returns to Netflix with more workplace madness, misbegotten romance, and millennial ennui, but this second...
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This Week in Games - Collection of Mana

Heidi picks up the pieces after E3 week with more Disaster Report, Puzzle & Dragons on the Switch, and an in-depth look at Collection of Mana, featuring the long-awaited Seiken Densetsu 3! ― It's the week after E3! You know what that means… it means there's like, no news! At all! Because everyone announced everything the week before! That's a problem, because I've got a column to write… and I haven't...
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This Week in Anime - Kakegurui's Second Season *Intensifies*

Kakegurui returned to Netflix this week with even more high-stakes gambling, political commentary, and lesbian thirst. Nick and Steve discuss the best and worst arcs of this engrossing and surreal thriller. ― Kakegurui returned to Netflix this week with even more high-stakes gambling, political commentary, and lesbian thirst. This week, Nick and Steve discuss the best and worst arcs of this engrossi...
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Answerman - Do Arranged Marriages Still Happen In Japan?

Birthrates on the decline! Marriages getting rarer by the minute! Are parents still formally arranging their kids' future spouses? Justin has the answer. ― Jacob asked: I was recently watching the second season of Aggretsuko, which dives into the world of marriage and the different viewpoints on the subject. I was surprised to see such a diverse views from the young, middle-aged, and older generatio...
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Shelf Life - June 17, 2019

Sailor Moon: Sailor StarS arrives on Blu-ray for the first time! Check out this week's full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! We've got a couple of big-name franchises headlining the anime release list, including a One Piece special and the latest Sailor Moon collection. On the manga side of things, Attack on Titan is getting a new "season 3" box set, and the bl...
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The List - Get to Know Seven of Evangelion's Angels

Get up close and personal with seven of Evangelion's famous Angels and the fascinating ancient mythos that helped inspire them. ― Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most influential anime series of all time and after spending far too long out of print, is finally available again in the U.S. courtesy of Netflix as of Friday, June 21st. What makes the series so evocative all these years later is th...
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This Week in Games - E3 Extravaganza: The Wrap-Up!

E3 2019 is officially over, but that doesn't stop Heidi from rounding up the most fascinating bits of news to come out of the show this year! Shenmue III, a mini Turbografx and much more! ― E3 2019 is now officially over, and the overwhelming consensus seems to be… meh? We all know the next gen of consoles is hitting in 2020, so it doesn't make sense for developers and console makers to tip their han...
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This Week in Anime - Is We Never Learn: BOKUBEN Worth Watching?

We Never Learn isn't the first harem romcom to revolve around tutoring, and it won't be the last. Nick and Steve find out if this slice of fanservice fluff can set itself apart from the rest of the class. ― We Never Learn isn't the first harem romcom to revolve around tutoring, and it won't be the last. This week, Nick and Steve find out if this slice of fanservice fluff can set itself apart from th...
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Answerman - Do Movies Experience "Production Crunch" Like TV Series Do?

A few missteps and a television anime production can implode under pressure, but does the same apply to films? Justin discusses when disasters make it to the big screen. ― Matt asked: We've all heard about the hellish work schedules, impossible deadlines, and cornucopia of problems that the TV anime industry is swamped in (thanks, Shirobako!), but I was wondering: is the anime movie landscape any di...
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This Week in Games - E3 Extravanganza: Press Conference Panic!

It's time once again for E3, so Heidi runs down all the major news from this year's massive press conferences, stretching from Microsoft to Nintendo! If you missed it, it's in here! ― Hey folks! It's E3 time again, and that means bigger, badder, better This Week in Games columns! In this column, I'll be taking a look at the major console manufacturer and publisher press conferences, and the announcem...
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This Week in Anime - What is Sarazanmai All About?

As Kunihiko Ikuhara's new series reaches its endgame, the shock and strangeness of its imagery has slowly given way to themes of connection and sacrifice. Micchy and Andy look past all this anime's butt humor to unravel its deeper symbolism. ― As Kunihiko Ikuhara's Sarazanmai reaches its endgame, the shock and strangeness of its imagery has slowly given way to themes of connection and sacrifice. Thi...
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Shelf Life - June 10, 2019

It's the end of an era for Naruto collectors, as the final DVD set of Shippūden hits retailer shelves. Check out this week's full list of anime, manga, and video game releases! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! This week's list of new anime releases includes a pretty big milestone with the final DVD volume of Naruto Shippuden, and major completionist points go to anyone who's collected all 38 sets. On the ma...
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The List - 8 Boneable Skeletons

The most serious and sincere column in the history of The List counts down anime's hottest skeletons and their individual pros and cons. You've been warned. ― Today's column is inspired by Kunihiko Ikuhara who, when conceptualizing and creating Sarazanmai, no one told him 'no, you can't do that.' In that same vein, I bring you skeleton characters rated by sexual appeal. I pitched this idea fully exp...
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Manga Answerman - Can Non-Japanese Comic Creators Call Themselves 'Mangaka'?

Deb weighs in on what it really means to be a "mangaka" and if referring to yourself as one is such a good idea. ― This week's Manga Answerman is slightly different this week – I saw an interesting conversationon Twitter from manga scholar and translator Rachel Thorn. Rachel is a professional translator (her latest translated work is The Poe Clan by Moto Hagio, which is due out in late August 2019 f...
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This Week in Games - A Wooloo for You

The Pokepocalypse has begun and the Internet melts down over dogs and sheep. PLUS: Shenmue III delayed again, Grandia on Switch and much more in this pre-E3 TWIG! ― Oh god, E3 is next week, isn't it? The show hasn't even begun, but things are already happening: we've got the yearly Ubisoft leak (Watch Dogs Legions), teaser trailers announcing announcements (Square-Enix's Outriders), and alleged upcom...
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This Week in Anime - It's The End of Attack on Titan (As We Know It)

Before the anime finally reaches that infamous Basement of Secrets after six long years of waiting, Nick and Micchy break down the drama and sacrifices that laid the foundation for a reveal that will change the world of AoT forever. ― Before the anime finally reaches that infamous Basement of Secrets after six long years of waiting, Nick and Micchy break down the drama and sacrifices that laid the f...
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Answerman - How Much Control Do Manga Artists Have Over Hollywood Adaptations?

The former Dragonball manga editor revealed how much it costs to be a Hollywood heavyweight, but what about the comic's creator? Justin revisits Dragonball: Evolution to find the answer. ― Skerlly asked: With Kazuhiko Torishima stating how much money he'd have to pay to supervise the movie Dragonball: Evolution, and the infamy that's attributed to how Hollywood film adaptations of anime/manga fail t...
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This Week in Anime - Demon Slayer Delivers Shonen Action with Seinen Gore

Fans of guts and heart alike will find something to love in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, as it continues its wild ride of spectacle and intrigue. Andy and Steve geek out over their favorite moments in ufotable's blockbuster adaptation so far. ― Fans of guts and heart alike will find something to love in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, as it continues its wild ride of spectacle and intrigue. This ...
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Shelf Life - June 3, 2019

Get pumped for the super-deluxe box sets of Akira Toriyama's Dragon Ball and DBZ manga, plus so many more anime, manga, and video games in this week's full release list! ― Welcome to Shelf Life! It's a long list as usual for new releases, with a pair of massive Dragon Ball box sets stealing the show as far as manga goes. The anime list is looking pretty action-heavy with rereleases of Black Lagoon a...
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The List - 6 Strange Anime Cuisines: The 2nd Dish

Food Wars is wrapping up soon, so it's time to revisit some of the strangest cuisines in anime history! ― The word on the street is that the Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma manga is wrapping up soon and with it Soma's gastro-experiments. The series introduced a world of mouth-watering animated food for my eyes as well as some stomach-churning options that I'd never eat if given the opportunity. The man...
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This Week in Games - Death by Sleep

It's time for more Pokemon, Hideo Kojima art and Resident Evil, and Heidi's got the goods! ― Heyyyyyyy! It's another week! In games! Hot damn! So what did you all do over Memorial Day weekend? I know a bunch of folks went to cons like Fanime and Anime North. I opted to stay in town and spend quality time with my significant other. And by “quality time,” I mean “we watched people play games at Combo B...
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This Week in Anime - Break Out the Big Box of Tissues for Fruits Basket

The Furuba remake continues its nostalgic trip down memory lane on a river of tears. Micchy and Andy discuss the themes explored in this bittersweet character drama so far. ― The Fruits Basket remake continues its nostalgic trip down memory lane on a river of tears. This week, Micchy and Andy discuss the themes explored in this bittersweet character drama so far. Disclaimer: The views and opinions e...
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Answerman - How Popular Are Anime Songs In Japan?

Everyone loves anisongs, but just how popular are they really in Japan? Justin digs in. ― Fredrik asked: I've been to Japan twice, and one thing I noticed (and was disappointed about) is the relative lack of prominence of anison in Japan. I didn't get to hear radio much but in the few times I did most of the time they were playing non-anison J-Pop or even Western music. The same went for store ambia...
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This Week in Anime - One Punch Man Ain't What He Used to Be

This second season hasn't exactly come out of the gate swinging. Nick and Steve weigh the few strengths of this filler arc's story against the disappointment of its production values. ― One-Punch Man's second season hasn't exactly come out of the gate swinging. This week, Nick and Steve weigh the few strengths of this filler arc's story against the disappointment of its production values. Disclaimer...
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Shelf Life - May 27, 2019

Paul runs down all this week's new blu-ray, manga, and video game releases, from Maquia to Darling in the FRANXX! ― Welcome to Shelf Life, and to the second week of the new format! In case you missed the news last week, we've expanded our new release coverage to include printed volumes of manga and major game releases from Japanese developers. Since that can all add up to a stunningly long list, I'l...
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The List - 6 Pieces of Attack on Titan Merchandise That No One Asked For

Attack on Titan is a global phenomenon, but as with any giant media franchise that generates a ton of merchandise, there's bound to be some duds. Here are some fun ones! ― When any piece of media hits its popularity zenith, you can expect all kinds of merchandise to come out of the woodwork to capitalize on its fanbase. If you watch the Star Wars episode of Netflix's The Toys That Made Us you can se...
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This Week in Games - Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle

Heidi takes a deeper look at the latest Attack on Titan game - plus George RR Martin's Dark Souls, shooter news, and much more! ― Sometimes you have a week that's just bursting with big news about big games, and other weeks you have a lot of news that, while interesting, doesn't particularly lend itself well to extended discussion. This week, we've got a lot of the latter: there's cool news and rumor...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Revisions Worth Watching?

Netflix delivers another CG mecha action series this season with Revisions. Nick and Andy find out if this time-warping sci fi adventure is worth checking out. ― Netflix delivers another CG mecha action series this season with Revisions. This week, Nick and Andy find out if this time-warping sci fi adventure is worth checking out. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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Answerman - Is Hunting Allowed In Japan?

In a country with famously strict gun laws, how exactly does hunting for sport work? Justin digs in. ― Sarah asked: A few months ago I was watching Flying Witch and it had a gag where the uncle sees a pheasant and tries to catch it with his bare hands. Originally I thought getting a gun would be a lot quicker, but then I remembered Japanese gun laws are much stricter. I was wondering if there is a d...
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This Week in Anime - Amazing Stranger is the Guilty Pleasure of the Season

Be careful what you wish for, because this short series proves that having all your favorite waifu figurines come to life might not be a dream come true. Micchy and Steve dive headfirst into some truly amazing trash. ― Be careful what you wish for, because Amazing Stranger proves that having all your favorite waifu figurines come to life might not be a dream come true. This week, Micchy and Steve di...
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Shelf Life - May 20th, 2019

Our column covering all the newest anime releases of the week has expanded to include manga and video games. Check out the new and improved Shelf Life! ― Welcome to a slightly different version of Shelf Life! Running a review every week has become less feasible from a cost and organizational standpoint in recent months, so we're trying a new format for the column. In place of those weekly anime revi...
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The List - Put These 8 Moments in the FFVII Remake, You Cowards

Cloud and his pals are coming back for another round - but will Final Fantasy VII ever be the same if they don't include these scenes? ― Let me revel in my age here for a minute and bestow you all with a bit of context re: Final Fantasy VII. This PlayStation classic and myself go way back. I specifically recall wanting to rent from Hollywood Video and my dad telling me "no" because it was three disc...
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This Week in Anime - Baki the Grappler Gets Distressingly Sexy

This new anime adaptation of the classic fighting manga has returned to Netflix after a few months of hiatus, but this time our hero is more of a lover than a fighter. Micchy and Andy gawk at Baki's truly bizarre experiments in lovemaking. ― This new anime adaptation of classic fighting manga Baki has returned to Netflix after a few months of hiatus, but this time our hero is more of a lover than a ...
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This Week in Games - (Re)Make it So

Cloud and Sephiroth are back - and so is Omega Labyrinth, and Super Mario Maker! Catch up on this week's news and next week's big releases. ― Usually I expect Nintendo to be the ones who immediately outdate my news column, as they're prone to dropping Directs at the worst possible times. But last week, it was actually Sony who made internet nerddom erupt in a flurry of excited squealing and hot takes...
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This Week in Anime - Is Wise Man's Grandchild Worth Watching?

This anime combines the Isekai and Magic High School genres for a twist on both premises, but is that enough to make its milquetoast protagonist stand out? Nick and Steve weigh the pros and cons of this unassuming light novel adaptation. ― Wise Man's Grandchild combines the Isekai and Magic High School genres for a twist on both premises, but is that enough to make its milquetoast protagonist stand ...
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Answerman - Are There More Anime Remakes And Sequels These Days?

Sometimes it feels like everything these days is a sequel or a remake - but is that really even a new phenomenon? Justin digs in. ― Jitendar asked: Today, I take a look at the anime industry, and it feels as if half of the output is either a remake or a continuation, as it's the established franchises that companies seem to turn to again and again. Right now one of the biggest shows streaming is a F...
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Shelf Life - Adieu Galaxy Express 999

Paul takes a closer look at the concluding film to Leiji Matsumoto's space-faring epic, along with all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to spend this latest anime season catching up on shows I'd missed out on over the last couple years, and so far I've marathoned my way through two. If you skipped over Revue Starlight or Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san whe...
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The List - 8 Sonic The Hedgehog Cartoons That Are Probably Better Than The Movie

The new movie isn't out yet, but here are 8 Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons that will satisfy your need to... well, you know. ― So your CG Sonic film design went "boom" and now you're this week's internet laughingstock? I don't have any advice for the crew on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and its soon to be overworked staff. We'll all have to wait to see what kind of design overhaul the titular blue hedg...
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Manga Answerman - What's With All The Omnibus Releases?

American manga publishers seem to be leaning more and more toward collected releases - why is that? Deb digs in, with some commentary from industry pros. ― Why does omnibus volumes seem to be increasingly common for US manga publishers nowadays? Not that they don't ever release the individual volumes, but it seems like whenever there's a modern re-release, or a never-before-released English edition ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Ingress the Animation Worth Watching?

This 3DCG sci fi action adventure has just landed on Netflix with a customized international soundtrack. Nick and Steve find out if this mobile game adaptation lives up to its hype. ― Ingress the Animation is a 3DCG sci fi action adventure that's just landed on Netflix with a customized international soundtrack. This week, Nick and Steve find out if this mobile game adaptation lives up to its hype. ...
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This Week in Games - Pure Platinum

Detective Pikachu is nigh, but before Heidi gets to that, we've got the return of Platinum Games, Tekken news and much more! ― Man, so much of this week's gaming news is a downer. There's the Riot Games walkout to protest the company's awful policies on reporting harassment in the workplace, there's the allegations of human refuse pile Randy Pitchford stiffing money and getting physically abusive wit...
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Answerman - Why Do Opening and Ending Song Lyrics Sometimes Get Subtitled In Japanese?

Anime openings and endings sometimes have Japanese sing-along lyrics included - why is that? Justin explains. ― Todd asked: I've noticed that some, but not all openings seem to have hiragana/english subtitles (like in my hero academia). I had long been told that this was common in anime for kids, but i've also seen it in shows squarely aimed at adult otaku (the wisemans grandchild) do this as well. ...
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This Week in Anime - The Helpful Fox Senko-san is both Comforting and Uncomfortable

This healing show about foxgirls and self-care may have a few too many distracting fetishes on the side. Micchy and Andy weigh the pros and cons of this relaxing anime series. ― The Helpful Fox Senko-san is a healing show about foxgirls and self-care, with a few too many distracting fetishes on the side. This week, Micchy and Andy weigh the pros and cons of this relaxing anime series. Disclaimer: Th...
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Shelf Life - Kokkoku

Paul reviews this time-stopping supernatural thriller and breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― We're coming up on the season for final exams, and for those of us who work in college libraries, that means interacting with a lot of panicked undergrads who haven't set foot in a library since their first tour of the campus. Luckily for me, I'm well practiced in the art of not making snark...
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This Week in Anime - Is Fairy Gone Worth Watching?

This new story from the author of Grimgar blends steampunk and fantasy together to deliver a political thriller with sharp nu-metal edges. Nick and Andy discuss whether Fairy Gone is more than the sum of its many disjointed parts. ― Fairy gone blends steampunk and fantasy together to deliver a political thriller with sharp nu-metal edges. This week, Nick and Andy discuss whether this new story from ...
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This Week in Games - Gotta Nope Fast

The internet loses its mind over the Sonic the Hedgehog movie again, plus all of this week's big news! ― Welcome back to This Week in Games, and – let's be real here, you're all reading this because you know we're going to talk a lot about that. Yes, it was looking like an unfathomably slow news week, and then Paramount decided to drop a huge steaming turd upon the internet for everyone to gape in ho...
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Answerman - Why Did Anime Companies Start Including "Clean" Openings And Endings?

Anime DVDs and blurays often include creditless opening and closing animations - but how did that tradition begin? Justin's got the lowdown. ― Joseph asked: One of the most common special features found on DVD/Blu-ray releases of anime series in the west are opening and ending sequences with the opening and closing credits removed. I'm curious to find out when this trend began and what got it starte...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Sarazanmai?

Kappas and otters and butts, oh my! Kunihiko Ikuhara's latest surrealist dramedy has arrived. Micchy and Steve share their interpretations of this confoundingly queer urban fantasy so far. ― Kappas and otters and butts, oh my! Kunihiko Ikuhara's latest surrealist dramedy has arrived in a box marked "Sarazanmai". This week, Micchy and Steve share their interpretations of this confoundingly queer urba...
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Shelf Life - Garo: Vanishing Line part 2

Gabriella reviews the final chapter of this wild gothic horror road trip on blu-ray, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― I picked up the new Ace Combat game on sale last week, and despite not having played anything in that genre since the previous console generation, I'm actually still decent at flying an imaginary plane. It's nice to know that some skills can stick around i...
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The List - Five Anime That Relied On The Zodiac

Here are five anime brave enough to swagger on up to you and ask - what's your sign? ― Astrology might be the most mainstream form of fortune-telling. Most people know their Zodiac signs but probably haven't studied palmistry. Your weekly newspaper has the horoscopes in the back with the funnies and classifieds. I haven't checked my own horoscope in awhile but I got to thinking it again after a frie...
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This Week in Games - Revenge of the Phantom Thieves

Persona 5 comes back in a big way with a seriously improved rerelease AND a musou game for the Switch! PLUS: ― Hey there, game folks! I made it back safely from Sakura-con, and I had a lovely time! Thanks to everyone who came out to the panel, or just dropped by to say hi! As most folks who go to conventions know, there's an odd phenomena where you're so engaged with what's going on that weekend that...
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This Week in Anime - Is Rilakkuma and Kaoru Worth Watching?

This slice-of-life series uses its unique style of stop-motion animation to explore feelings of loneliness and ennui in warm and fuzzy ways. Andy and Steve break down what makes this Netflix short stand out from the crowd. ― Rilakkuma and Kaoru uses its unique style of stop-motion animation to explore feelings of loneliness and ennui in warm and fuzzy ways. This week, Andy and Steve break down what ...
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Answerman - Do Japanese School Kids Really Get To Go On Class Trips?

Pretty often in anime you see high school kids taking big, eventful class trips - does that really happen in Japan? Justin digs in. ― Jake asked: I have watched a lot of school anime over the years and I have always found school trips to be a bit peculiar. Most of the time they are beach trips, which is pretty normal fare. But more often than not it's to some exotic expensive local that is multiple ...
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This Week in Anime - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind Gets (Even More) Gruesome

JJBA Part 5 has started to shine in all its gory glory now that King Crimson is after Giorno and his friends. Nick and Micchy steel their stomachs for a deep dive into the show's escalating brutality. ― Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind has started to shine in all its gory glory now that King Crimson is after Giorno and his friends. This week, Nick and Micchy steel their stomachs for a deep dive...
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Shelf Life - Ace Attorney

Paul finds out if this disappointing anime adaptation of Capcom's exciting game series has anything to offer Phoenix Wright fans, plus our full breakdown of all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Since I'm taking a season off from our Daily Streaming Reviews, I'm starting to fill up my streaming queue with all the shows I've had to either skip or drop halfway through over the last few years. As it ...
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The Mike Toole Show - noitaminA ekiL I

Mike stays up past his bedtime to appreciate Fuji TV's legendary late-night animation block, home to an eclectic array of anime ranging from Psycho-Pass to The Promised Neverland! ― About a month ago, I got to do something I'd been wanting to do since 2006: I got to watch the TV series Hataraki Man nice and legally. Way back around the time of its premiere, I'd taken in a couple of fansubbed episodes...
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ANNCast - Bursting the Bubble with Lance Heiskell

Industry veteran and former Funimation Director of Marketing Lance Heiskell takes a magical and occasionally terrifying journey through his storied career during the American anime DVD bubble of the mid-2000s. Strap in! ― ANNCast 349 - Bursting the Bubble with Lance Heiskell Industry veteran and former Funimation Director of Marketing Lance Heiskell takes a magical and occasionally terrifying journe...
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Manga Answerman - Does Manga Need An Anime Adaptation To Hit In The West?

Is there any truth to the perception that a manga series "needs" an anime adaptation in order to seriously catch on in the west? Deb digs in deep. ― A friend of mine and I had an argument about this and I was hoping you had an opinion on it. Do you think it's true that outside of a few cases, most manga needs an anime adaptation in order to really catch on in the west? Hm. Let me preface my thoughts...
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This Week in Anime - What's So Great About Fruits Basket?

Almost 20 years after it was first adapted to anime, this shojo classic got a fresh start with a reboot that's set to recount the entire story. Nick and Micchy share their own perspectives as a newbie and a prior fan respectively. ― Almost 20 years after it was first adapted to anime, the shojo classic Fruits Basket gets a fresh start with a reboot that's set to recount the entire story. This week, ...
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This Week in Games - Home Arcade Hell

Persona 5's Joker gets Smashed, Capcom's alarming home arcade system, the future of home consoles and this week's big releases! ― Know what I love writing about? Bad ideas and trainwrecks! And boooooy howdy, do we have a spectacularly hot mess to talk about this week… along with other interesting news. But first, a few things! For starters, I'm going to be at Seattle's Sakura-Con this weekend helping...
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Answerman - Why Do Funimation's Dragon Ball Z Re-Releases Look Like That?

Funimation announced a new 30th anniversary bluray box for Dragon Ball Z and the internet exploded over the picture quality - Justin explains why it looks the way it does. ― Several people asked: I've seen promo material for Funimation's upcoming Dragon Ball Z 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray boxed set, and it looks terrible! All of the film grain (and some detail) has been smeared away,...
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This Week in Anime - Demon Slayer is the Breakout Spectacle of the Season

Kimetsu no Yaiba offers a gory take on the Shonen Jump formula with a gorgeous production effort from famed studio ufotable. Andy and Steve discuss their favorite parts of the premiere and their hopes for the story's future. ― Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba offers a gory take on the Shonen Jump formula with a gorgeous production effort from famed studio ufotable. This week, Andy and Steve discuss th...
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Shelf Life - Dagashi Kashi

James takes a bite out of this sugary slice-of-life comedy about junk food, while Paul breaks down all this week's new blu-ray releases! ― Thing I learned this week: if you're going to pick up a late-night shift at your job, you probably shouldn't also pick up the morning shift for the next day. There is not enough caffeine in the world to overcome the crushing realization of "I was just here a few ...
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The List - 6 Shojo Anime That Need a Remake ASAP

There's a big splashy remake of Fruits Basket out now - here are six other beloved shojo anime deserve another shot! ― It feels like shojo manga adaptations, things like Marmalade Boy and Fruits Basket, weren't as scarce as they are now. Every once and awhile we'll get something like Say, "I Love You." or Blue Spring Ride but they aren't a regular season occurrence anymore. Fruits Basket getting a s...
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ANNCast - Bringing Up The Rear

Zac and Jacob devour the Spring 2019 Season whole, from Fruits Basket to Isekai Quartet to the absolutely bugnuts Sarazanmai! Plus: movie chat, Penguin Highway and much more. ― ANNCast 348 - Bringing Up The Rear Zac and Jacob devour the Spring 2019 Season whole, from Fruits Basket to Isekai Quartet to the absolutely bugnuts Sarazanmai! Plus: movie chat, Penguin Highway and much more. You can listen ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Ultraman Worth Watching?

This new CG anime series isn't about your granddad's Ultraman! Nick and Micchy explore this dark n' gory take on the classic tokusatsu story. ― This new CG anime series isn't about your granddad's Ultraman! This week, Nick and Micchy explore this dark n' gory take on the classic tokusatsu story. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Ani...
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This Week in Games - Royale Rumbles

Sega's Judgement gets recast, a few familiar faces bail on Square-Enix, and in the wake of Tetris 99, Heidi imagines other classic franchises reborn as battle royales! ― Hey everyone. How's it going? Playing anything good? Me, I'm prepping for Sakura-Con next week while putting up with miserable Portland weather and the headaches (figurative and literal) that accompany it. It's a slow news week, so t...
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Answerman - Why Doesn't Viz Automatically Get Every Show From Their Japanese Parent Companies?

A handful of American anime and manga distributors are owned outright by enormous Japanese publishers - so why don't they automatically license everything those publishers release? Justin explains. ― Ryan asked: I learned recently that Viz Media is actually jointly owned by shueisha and shogakukan. The two biggest manga publishers in Japan. I wonder why viz media doesn't automatically get the licens...
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This Week in Anime - Mob Psycho 100's Greatest Hits

The second season of this supernatural action extravaganza powered through this past winter, leaving so many memorable moments in its wake. Andy and Steve recount their favorite parts of this excellent series. ― Mob Psycho 100 II powered through this past winter season, leaving so many memorable moments in its wake. This week, Andy and Steve recount their favorite parts of this excellent series. Dis...
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Shelf Life - Galaxy Express 999: The Movie

Paul reviews this Leiji Matsumoto classic on blu-ray and breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― Hey, it's Preview Guide time again! I'm taking a break this season, but the rest of the crew has all this season's new shows covered. I'm expecting the new Fruits Basket adaptation to be the big show this time around, but you never know when some obscure series is going to come out of nowhere a...

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