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This Week in Games - Scramble Spirits

Well, it appears that, once again, Square-Enix is hinting at a thing. And it's very obvious what game this announcement is related to if you've played it. ― Hey hey! It's the middle of November, and that means… uh, nothing! It's not quite The Holidays yet, but also past the Spooky Season, leaving us sitting here in an odd state of limbo as the days get darker faster and temperatures get colder and co...
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This Week in Anime - Begonia, I Hardly Knew Ya

The 2016 film by the Legend of Korra's studio is now streaming for free on Tubi TV. Jean-Karlo and Nicky look at the emotional ode to Chinese mythology in This Week in Anime! ― South Korean studio Studio Mir is loved by fans for its work animated hits like The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks. The studio's labor of love, Big Fish and Begonia is now stre...
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This Week in Anime - Why Jujutsu Kaisen is Horror-Action Perfection

Sunghoo Park and studio MAPPA's Jujutsu Kaisen anime is a blend of horror, action, and comedy with a pitch-perfect cast of weirdos. ― Sunghoo Park and studio MAPPA's Jujutsu Kaisen anime is a blend of horror, action, and comedy with a pitch-perfect cast of weirdos.The series offers the philosophy of life and death, action spectacle, and a cursed finger for audiences to chew on. Steve and Nick lay ou...
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This Week in Anime - Why Sleepy Princess is the Queen of Our Hearts

So you're a princess captured by the generic RPG's Big Bad. Your cell is drafty, the stone floor is cold, and you're the type that could feel a pea beneath a mountain of mattresses. What's a princess to do? ― So you're a princess captured by the generic RPG's Big Bad. Your cell is drafty, the stone floor is cold, and you're the type that could feel a pea beneath a mountain of mattresses. What's a pr...
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This Week in Games - That New Console Smell

Obviously, the BIG thing this week is the launch of the Xbox Series consoles and the PlayStation 5! Also: SEGA says 'bye-bye' to arcades? Heidi has all the gaming news you need to know this week! ― Hey again, folks! You might have noticed I wasn't around for This Week in Games last week, but that's okay – everyone was too busy determining the fate of the free world. As far as gaming news goes, last w...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Shouldn't Sleep on Dragon Quest

The familiar can be comforting and in the case of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, it's a trip back to old school shonen. ― The familiar can be comforting and in the case of Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, it's a trip back to old school shonen, starring a plucky young boy and his mission to protect his monster friends. The series is lovingly animated with character designs influenced by Drago...
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This Week in Anime - What The Hell is Going On in Yamibou?

Long unavailable in English followed by years of waiting for the release to come out, Yamibō is now available in the anime streaming world. But what is this world-hopping story starring a lady with a floppy hat and a stoic school girl even about? ― Long unavailable in English followed by years of waiting for the release to come out, Yamibou is now available in the anime streaming world. But what is ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Moriarty the Hero We Deserve?

Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis gets an anime makeover, but Moriarty isn't just a pretty face. A criminal for the people, this supergenius is all about murdering the rich to give rights to the poor. ― Sherlock Holmes' arch nemesis gets an anime makeover, but Moriarty isn't just a pretty face. A criminal for the people, this supergenius is all about murdering the rich to give rights to the poor and he'...
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This Week in Games - New Retro Memories

New release announcements got our hearts rumbling for the past. OG Fire Emblem, new Science Adventure visual novels, and more! ― Heya folks! October is wrapping up, PlayStation 5s are making their ways into the hands of various media outlets… and Cyberpunk 2077 got delayed again in the worst way possible. I swear, CD Projekt Red is doing their damnedest to make me care less about a game I already was...
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This Week in Anime - My Poor Eiken Back

"I saw a lot of people trying to explain away Eiken as a 'parody.' Those people are cowards and fools. Eiken is exactly what it wants to be." ― Only spoken in hushed tones across the internet, Eiken may be one of the most cursed anime put to film. A veritable "Test of Courage," Steve and Nick try to survive Eiken's yogurt slide and many, many (literal) bananas. CONTENT WARNING: This OAV is full of a...
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This Week in Anime - Is Higurashi Gou as Terrifying as the Original?

Ryukishi07's horror sound novel lives AGAIN and Hinamizawa will never be the same. Nick and Nicky settle into the desolate countryside town to see what mysteries they can uncover and somehow develop a hankering for fried chicken. ― Ryukishi07's horror sound novel lives AGAIN and Hinamizawa will never be the same. Nick and Nicky settle into the desolate countryside town in Higurashi: When They Cry – ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dorohedoro's OVA make Hole's Dump into Dumplings?

Dorohedoro is back with a selection of wild one-off stories. Find out how Nikaido got in the gyoza business and how one ephemeral creature makes sure all those fried dumplings taste terrific. ― Dorohedoro is back with a selection of wild one-off stories. Find out how Nikaido got in the gyoza business and how one ephemeral creature makes sure all those fried dumplings taste terrific. This OAV is stre...
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This Week in Games - Phantom Season

So, what the heck was Phantom Breaker? The game series is getting a revival in one of the most random game announcements this week! ― Hooray, it's the spooky season! Yes, that wonderful time of year when overindulging on candy, cosplaying in public, and obsessing over supernatural phenomena are all 100% socially acceptable! Though, ah, this Halloween season is looking significantly less social with t...
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This Week in Anime - Does Re:Zero's Subaru Stand a Chance?

Subaru's death count has continued growing but we're far from answering the mysteries of Re:Zero. Nick and Steve look back at the most recent season and see where Subaru currently stands in a world full of witches and intrigue. ― Subaru's death count has continued growing but we're far from answering the mysteries of Re:Zero. Nick and Steve look back at the most recent season and see where Subaru cu...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dear Brother Still Hold Up?

Lush still shots and shifting floods of emotion characterize this anime long unavailable in English until now. But what does a series like Dear Brother offer a modern audience? ― The Rose of Versailles manga creator Riyoko Ikeda and anime adaptation director Osamu Dezaki are together again in for the shojo soap opera classic Dear Brother. Lush still shots and shifting floods of emotion characterize ...
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This Week in Games - Big Dogs and Little Extras

Heidi looks into the Level-5 rumors and confirms that yes, you can pet the dog in Guilty Gear Strive. ― As I've mentioned many times before here on This Week in Games, I absolutely love it when old game-related prototypes and designs get dug up. Usually, we only see this stuff through means that are in a legal gray area (at best): somebody has an old ROM that they conveniently never returned to the o...
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This Week in Anime - Buggin' Out With Aragne: Sign of Vermilion

Steve and Nick come to wildly different conclusions about Saku Sakumoto's one-man bugathon! ― Saku Sakumoto's passion project Aragne: Sign of Vermilion is a 75-minute ride filled with horror trope under the sun. Serial killers, abandoned factories, psychotic breakdowns, and more bugs than Gnat Attack. If this insect cocktail sounds atrocious, well, Steve is going to do his best to sell you on it! Th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Gibiate a B-Movie-Style Masterpiece?

Sometimes an illustrious staff does not equal an impressive production. Enter Gibiate, a series with time travel, samurai, mutating monster people, and the silliest twist in years. ― Sometimes an illustrious staff does not equal an impressive production. Enter Gibiate, a series with time travel, samurai, mutating monster people, and the silliest twist in years. Join Nicky and Steve as they slide thr...
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This Week in Games - When Anime Mobile Games Die

Heidi checks out the upcoming Monster Hunter game, and reminiscences about the anime mobile game casualties of 2020. ― Hello again! Well, um… pretty slow week for gaming news, huh? Let's see… Cyberpunk 2077 went gold and kicked off a bunch of talk about industry crunch again, which is a conversation we're still afraid to have as an industry… Masahiro Sakurai showed off more Alex and Steve gameplay fo...
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This Week in Anime - Bleach the Witch

Tite Kubo is back in a big way with the anime adaptation of his newest manga, Burn The Witch. Dragons wreck havoc, burninating across the English countryside. Ninny and Noel are two witches who seek to manage dragons before they get out of control. ― Tite Kubo is back in a big way with the anime adaptation of his newest manga, Burn the Witch. Dragons wreck havoc, burninating across the English count...
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This Week in Games - A New (Old) Challenger Approaches!

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA--THERE'S A NEW VIRTUA FIGHTER HAPPENING ― ... I need to get all of this pent-up excitement out of me. *Deep breath* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA--- THERE'S A NEW VIRTUA FIGHTER HAPPENING AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA— AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!! Oh, this feels so good, y'all. Yes, as indica...
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This Week in Anime - Is Rent-a-Girlfriend's Kazuya Bad or The Absolute Worst?

Steve and Nick give this season's most insufferable bro the roasting he deserves. ― We've seen some pretty insufferable romance anime protagonists in our time. Sometimes they're offensively boring and sometimes they get their head lopped off by a spurned lover ala School Days. Then there's bumbling Kazuya of Rent-a-Girlfriend who treats every conflict like one he can lie his way out of instead of fa...
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This Week in Anime - The Made in Abyss Movie Will Crush Your Soul

The new film Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul is a whole new level of hell as our spritely spelunkers finally come face to face with Bondrewd and his sinister machinizations. ― The Made in Abyss anime series is hardly known for its sunshine and rainbows but the new film Made In Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul is a whole new level of hell as our spritely spelunkers finally come face to face with Bon...
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This Week in Anime - Does Dragon's Dogma Deliver the Goods?

Nick and Nicky find Netflix's latest foray into anime bogged down by its nihilistic worldview. ― In 2012, Capcom released the Dragon's Dogma hack-n-slash video game and it went on to sell over a million copies. This new Netflix anime series shares almost nothing in common with it except for the "Mature" content rating. Will our embittered protagonist Ethan manage to overcome the sinful monsters in f...
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This Week in Games - You Will Be Assimilated

RIP 3DS. The game-changing handheld is finally put out to pasture. Meanwhile, Microsoft scoops up fan-favorite game developing studios including Bethesda. It's all in here for This Week in Games! ― Hey all! Tokyo Game Show is starting up as I write this (Wednesday night), and announcements streams are scheduled to go on for a few days. Sometimes I delay the column a bit when I know some big announcem...
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This Week in Anime - Time to Get Decked

Deca-Dence is revving up for its big finale this week and the show has certainly gone some places. Human avatars, penal colonies that shovel literal shit, and hope that the system that grinds its people to dust can be overthrown. ― Deca-Dence is revving up for its big finale this week and the show has certainly gone some places. Human avatars, penal colonies that shovel literal shit, and hope that t...
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The List - 5 Anime That Made Us Go WTF!?

I'm sorry, WHAT just happened?! Jacki counts down five of anime's wildest, most unexpected moments on The List! ― Anime series can stir incredible emotional responses. In one episode, you can go from laughing to crying to being so frustrated you're not even sure you want to watch the next episode. And then there's those anime moments that completely shock you. The crazy plot twists, surprise endings...
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This Week in Games - M-M-M-MONSTER NEWSWEEK!!!!

Sony finally released the details on the upcoming PlayStation 5, leaving people scrambling for available pre-order slots. PLUS: New Final Fantasy, Disgaea, Rune Factory, and more! ― Hey, remember last week when there was a bunch of news? Pffft, that was nothing. This week we've got big ol capital-letters NEXT GEN CONSOLE NEWS. Which is why I'm using the opening paragraphs to highlight this week's coo...
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This Week in Anime - The World Sinks 2020

Japan Sinks 2020 floats between devastation and rap battles, shark attacks and weed cults. Japan Sinks 2020 definitely has a message, but is it an effective one? ― Science SARU's take on the sci-fi classic takes one Japanese family through hell and back as the islands of Japan sink into the sea. The series floats between devastation and rap battles, shark attacks and even weed cults. Japan Sinks 202...
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This Week in Anime - Just Who is Captain Harlock?

Has a manlier man every roamed the seven seas of space? Board the aptly named Arcadia of My Youth and embark on an adventure full of space witches, space chivalry, and a sword with lasers! ― Has a manlier man every roamed the seven seas of space? Board the aptly named Arcadia of My Youth and get ready to embark on an adventure full of space witches, space wars, space chivalry, and a sword with laser...
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This Week in Anime - Appare-Ranman Is Off to the Races!

If you've been sleeping on this series, you're missing out on one of the best ensemble comedies of the year. See why Nick and Nicky can't get enough of Appare and Kosame and their race across the wild, wild west! ― One of the many productions delayed due to COVID-19, P.A. Works' Appare-Ranman is back in full force. If you've been sleeping on this series, you're missing out on one of the best ensembl...
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This Week in Games - Poorly Kept Secrets

It's a big week in games as Heidi runs down the technical deets on the next-gen XBox console, all those Mario 35th anniversary announcements, and the head-scratching Shenmue anime! ― Well, I might be in the midst of the apocalypse right now, but before I try contracting any demons to serve me in the war for the new world, I should probably get at least one This Week in Games out! It's a crazy week fi...
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This Week in Anime - WTF is Going On in Children of the Sea?

Studio 4°C's Children of the Sea movie's ever-expanding lens begins on one fateful adolescent summer before zooming out to ruminate on life, death, and the meaning of everything. ― The studio behind Mind Game, Studio 4°C, takes on Daisuke Igarashi's manga Children of the Sea to create a sumptuous visual feast. The movie's ever-expanding lens begins on one fateful adolescent summer before zooming out...
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This Week in Anime - Pretty Pretty Precure

It happened. Hell froze over and Precure is legally streaming! ― It happened. Hell froze over and Precure is legally streaming! Crunchyroll has introduced the larger anime community to the magical girls that diehards already knew were special. What makes PreCure awesome? Nick and Micchy dive into the first six episodes of the most recent season to pick best girl and explain why Pegitan must be prote...
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This Week in Games - Do You Remember?

Sakura Wars gets a whole new iteration and Heidi breaks down the upcoming gaming announcements at TGS and where to watch! ― Hey everybody! It's September! And it's the best day in September, because it's my birthday! Well, it is when I'm writing this, anyway. When I think of September, I think of "September." The song. And then I think about Elite Beat Agents. Man, wasn't Elite Beat Agents great? I d...
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This Week in Anime - Aggretsuko's Heavy Metal World Gets Dark

Our favorite red panda is back with a brand new season packed to the brim with ennui, workplace burnout, and the idol world fraught with demanding fans and haters. How will Retsuko survive this time? ― Our favorite red panda is back with a brand new season packed to the brim with ennui, workplace burnout, and the idol world fraught with demanding fans and haters. How will Retsuko survive this time? ...
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This Week in Anime - Is SUPER HXEROES Sexiness a Bug or a Feature?

One (1) guy and his entourage of lady friends use their sexual powers to fight humanoid bugs called Kiseishuu that threaten to sap all the sexy time energy out of the populous! ― It's finally time for the Battle of Nicks as Nicholas "Nick" Dupree and Monique "Nicky" Thomas discuss this season's other unabashed sex comedy SUPER HXEROES: "H"EROES SAVE THE WORLD (caps necessary). The show follows one (...
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This Week in Games - Hard Drop

Get the skinny on the latest Nintendo Direct announcements, a surprise revamp of the once forgotten Monster World IV, and the unfortunate implosion of Lab Zero Games. ― Before we dive into this week's news, let's look at a recent announcement that took me by surprise. That green-haired girl you see above is Asha, the heroine of Monster World IV, one of the later entries in the confusingly-named-and-n...
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This Week in Anime - Great Pretender is a Devious Joyride

Edamura, a small-time crook, quickly finds himself pulled into the high-stakes world of fleecing millionaires alongside the devious Laurent. Also, did we mention there are cats? ― Wit Studio's latest anime is a jet-setting affair starring con artists and the scummy jerks who had it coming. The original series stars Makoto "Edamame" Edamura, a small-time crook that quickly finds himself pulled into t...
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This Week in Anime - Peter Grill and the Spunky Bunch

In the running for the raunchiest show of the season is Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time. What's the latter half of the title mean? Who cares! ― In the running for the raunchiest show of the season is Peter Grill and the Philosopher's Time. What's the latter half of the title mean? Who cares! Peter's too busy staving off the salacious of affections of every Tina, Diana, and Harriet who want a ...
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This Week in Games - Top Epic App Store BETRAYALS!!!

Heidi breaks down the ongoing Fortnite slapfight between Epic and Apple PLUS an exclusive interview with Sakura Wars game director Tetsuya Ohtsubo! ― Hiya, friends of the column! It's been a bit of a slow news week, save for one really big story and a special interview. We'll get to those in a bit. As I write this, Sega is gearing up to announce more games that will be on the Astro City Mini micro-ar...
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This Week in Anime - Is the New My Hero Academia OVA Killer or Filler?

I know we all miss the comfort that a school schedule can bring. Oh, not that one. I'm talking about UA and the Quirk-y heroes in training of My Hero Academia! ― I know we all miss the comfort that a school schedule can bring. Oh, not that one. I'm talking about UA and the Quirk-y heroes in training of My Hero Academia! Season 5 is coming someday, but until then there's a new OVA out that takes us b...
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This Week in Games - Delays of our Lives

We heard you like Dante from the Devil May Cry series so we put him in Nocturne from the Shin Megami Tensei series, unless you prefer Kuzunoha Raidou from the Kuzunoha Raidou series. ― Hey all! How've you been holding up? Keeping entertained? It feels like everybody's going in hard on Fall Guys right now, thanks to it being free on PS Plus. It's nice to see a battle-royale game outside of the typical...
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This Week in Anime - Who Keeps Giving Yamakan Money?

Honestly, we'll all probably end up blocked on Twitter (if Yamakan isn't booted off the service again). ― Crunchyroll recently added director Yutaka "Yamakan" Yamamoto's latest film, Hakubo (Twilight). The 45-minute film carries a lot of baggage, thanks mostly to the long history of its director's mean-spirited commentary towards colleagues, otaku, and even assault victims. Nick and Steve try the im...
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This Week in Anime - The Strangely Dark World of Unico

Who's ready to see a pastel unicorn baby face off against the undying evil of aristocracy? ― The inimitable Osamu Tezuka teamed up with Sanrio to create a cute little unicorn to add to the company's mascot roster, but it wouldn't be a Tezuka joint without some questionably adult themes. Who's ready to see a pastel unicorn baby face off against the undying evil of aristocracy? Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Games - Back to Schools

It's fighting games and swimsuits as Street Fighter lays out its future plans. Also who asked for more Pikmin? ― Hey all! It's TWIG time again. Are you folks playing anything interesting? Right now, I've been sucked into gacha hell thanks to the Fate/Grand Order summer event. FGO always goes all-out with making its seasonal events exceptionally goofy, and this year's has been a lot of fun so far, wit...
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This Week in Anime - Siege on Cybertron

Your beloved alien 'bot vehicle boys are back but this time the war is at home. Is this grittier entry in the kids' toy franchise a masterpiece in disguise? ― Netflix dropped the six-episode Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy: Siege!, the first part in a planned animated trilogy by Polygon Pictures. Your beloved alien 'bot vehicle boys are back but this time the war is at home. Is this grittier...
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This Week in Anime - What Has Re:Zero's Subaru Learned?

Subaru was a divisive character but as we follow his journey through season two, Subaru continues to grow into, dare I say, a good person? ― Subaru was a divisive character in the original Re:Zero and understandably grated on some viewers' nerves. As we follow his journey through season two, Subaru continues to grow into, dare I say, a good person? Micchy and Nick look at the jam-packed first four e...
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The List - Our 5 Favorite OPs from Summer 2020

It's time to update your playlists because the summer season is dropping hottest beats yet. ― Anime opening songs can truly be an iconic part of each season. Think of songs like Dean Fujioka's "History Maker" or Linked Horizon's "Guren no Yamiya" - you only need to hear a few bars and you're transported to the ice skating rink of Yuri on Ice or an epic battle with titans. With the summer anime seaso...
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This Week in Anime - Is God of High School Living Up to the Hype?

It's the action-packed anime of the summer but is amazing battle choreography enough to carry an entire show? Micchy and Nick adjust their halos for God of High School! ― It's the action-packed anime of the summer but is amazing battle choreography enough to carry an entire show? Micchy and Nick adjust their halos for God of High School! Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participan...
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This Week in Games - The Gigaleak

Hackers have cracked open Nintendo's vault to discover a plethora of development materials...including carpet-bombing Yoshi? ― Well! I know that some fans of Nintendo have been disappointed lately, since the company has been holding their first-party game announcements close to their chest for most of the summer. How quickly things change! Over the weekend, a whole bunch of awesome Nintendo stuff got...
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This Week in Anime - Goddamn, It's Gundam Time!

The original 1979 anime series can be a bit cumbersome to new fans like Nicky, but fortunately Gundam.info's official YouTube channel is offering the condensed movie trilogy for free! ― Yoshiyuki Tomino changed anime as we know it with the debut of Mobile Suit Gundam, the genre-defining mecha show that birthed a franchise that continues to this day. The original 1979 anime series can be a bit cumber...
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The List - Our 5 Favorite Premieres of Summer 2020

Jacki counts down the most promising anime series this slimmer season. ― While we've all been looking forward to the summer anime season, there's also been an air of apprehension around it. Many highly anticipated shows have been delayed until later in the year due to the ongoing pandemic, leaving a rather sparse summer line up. But just because there's slim pickings, doesn't mean all is lost. What ...
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This Week in Games - ATTACK AND DESTROY GOD

Heidi has all the info on the most exciting reveals from Xbox Games Showcase 2020, from Shin Megami Tensei to Yakuza. ― News! We got it! No need for an intro, let's get right into things! XBOX GAMES SHOWCASE UNVEILS A TON OF NEW GAMES Once again, TWIG has been oh-so-slightly delayed to keep in step with the hottest, freshest gaming news. This time around, it's the Xbox Games Showcase 2020, the presen...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Deca-Dence?

Mob Psycho 100 director Yuzuru Tachikawa successfully pulled a fast one on even the most seasoned anime viewers with Deca-Dence's big reveal in episode two. Nick and Steve lay out what the heel-turn means for the show's themes and why it's the "must watch" of the season. ― Mob Psycho 100 director Yuzuru Tachikawa successfully pulled a fast one on even the most seasoned anime viewers with Deca-Dence'...
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This Week in Anime - Ladies Hentai Gets Short-Shafted

New TWIA initiate Nicky joins the crew but her first assignment is delving into the obscure reaches of Coolmic, a mobile manga service focusing on translating all that lady-targeted smut that's adapted into an anime each season. ― New TWIA initiate Nicky joins the crew but her first assignment is delving into the obscure reaches of Coolmic, a mobile manga service focusing on translating all that lad...
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The List - 5 'Must Watch' Anime by MAPPA

MAPPA's latest series The God of High School is full of high-flying action but the studio has been BRINGIN' IT for years. Check out the five series you gotta see! ― When MAPPA, also known as Maruyama Animation Produce Project Association (that's a mouthful!), first opened its doors in 2011, it's not a stretch to say the anime world had its eyes on it. The studio was founded by Masao Maruyama, who ha...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Pokémon Journeys Measure Up?

Ash's decades-long journey to be a Pokémon Master gets a little change-up with the addition of brand-new co-protagonist Goh. Is the new friend enough to refresh the franchise? ― Ash's decades-long journey to be a Pokemon Master gets a little change-up with the addition of brand-new co-protagonist Goh. After the non-stop hilarity of Sun & Moon, how does Pokémon Journeys: The Series measure up? Discl...
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This Week in Games - I am the DANGAN (goo goo g'joob)

Get ready to drop all your money on those new Mario Lego sets as we continue to pass time at home. Also, there's a Dragon's Dogma anime coming out? ― Hi folks! As I write this, Twitter appears to be having a meltdown, with the Checkmark Army having been banished to the Shadow Realm for who knows how long. So, uh, hopefully you get notified that this has gone live! You can always follow me @zerochan f...
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This Week in Anime - Black Jack and the Gang Punch the President

Nick and Steve turned to famed director Osamu Dezaki's version of the story which pits Black Jack against horrific foes...including the (not) United States. ― Manga creator Osamu Tezuka has many iconic characters to his credit: Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Princess Sapphire, Hyakkimaru, the Phoenix, and Unico, to name a few. Of his many recurring characters, none are perhaps as dark as Black Jac...
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The List - Summer 2020 Manga Announcements We're Excited For

The online conventions brought a boatload of new manga announcements we can't wait to get our hands on! ― The last fortnight has been a very exciting time in the otaku community, with game, manga, light novel and anime announcements coming left, right and center. It's clear there's a whole heap of otaku goodness to look forward to in 2021 and beyond. But let's take a moment to sift through the candy...
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This Week in Anime - The Castle of Ghibliostro

Micchy and Steve look back on Hayao Miyazaki's feature film debut, starring a reimagined Lupin. How did the Ghibli master interpret Monkey Punch's famous thief? ― In the lull of summer season premieres, Micchy and Steve look back on Hayao Miyazaki's feature film debut Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro. The classic 70s film features a different Lupin and an interesting connection to Disney's The Gr...
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This Week in Games - Look, We NEED to Talk

EVO's cancelled this year and it's not the pandemic's fault. It's time to talk about the gaming community's systemic failings. ― Hey. So… things got very serious over the past week across several gaming communities. A lot of really ugly stuff came out, and the effects have been very far-reaching. So, we really, really need to address this, because I'm pissed. Be warned: we're going to talk about some...
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This Week in Anime - BNA Pulls the Trigger

Underneath the furry folks that inhabit Anima City is the all too familiar darkness of discrimination, social disparity, and a character Nick calls "the most despicable villain Trigger's ever delivered." ― Hot off their hit film Promare, studio Trigger is back with BNA: Brand New Animal, now streaming on Netflix. The anime is easily one of the studio's most thematically ambitious. Underneath the fur...
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The List - 5 Anime That Need a Reboot, Now!

Those pesky anime-original endings, lackluster animation, or straight-up cliffhangers can leave fans asking for a do-over. Here's our 5 picks for anime reboots! ― With each anime season, we're introduced to new stories, worlds and characters. But it can be just as exciting to jump into an old story with new tricks. Rebooted anime have become center stage over the last few anime seasons, from this ye...
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This Week in Anime - The Messy Drama of Fruits Basket

Shigure shows another side, Akito's terror continues, and more of Kyo's back story is revealed. Micchy and Steve look at how the fluffy romp turned into an emotional rollercoaster. ― The new anime adaptation of the landmark shojo manga Fruits Basket broke new ground this season, moving into plot threads that weren't previously animated. Shigure shows another side, Akito's terror continues to haunt t...
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This Week in Games - Takin' a Break

The gaming world seems to be on vacation right now, even with two next-gen consoles still somehow slated for this year. ― It's July! Boy those first six months of the year sure, uh… went… um… were… something. Yeah! It's a holiday weekend here in the USA, so maybe everyone just collectively decided to try and chillax a little. That's certainly not a bad thing! It's a little hard to go to neighborhood ...
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This Week in Anime - What is Going On in One Piece Stampede?

Nick attempts to guide the uninitiated Steve through the barrage of One Piece references, let's see how it turns out. ― Funimation blessed us with 60 days of One Piece Stampede, the 2019 anime film that brings Luffy and the Straw Hat crew to a festival by and for pirates. What they find is every one-off character the pirate world has to offer. Nick attempts to guide the uninitiated Steve through the...
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This Week in Anime - The Incomparable Otaku no Video

Long before Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! introduced the world to the creative forces of Mizusaki, Kawamori, and Asakusa, Gainax produced the one-of-a-kind mockumentary, Otaku no Video. ― Long before Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! introduced the world to the creative forces of Mizusaki, Kawamori, and Asakusa, Gainax produced the one-of-a-kind mockumentary, Otaku no Video. One part animated story abou...
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This Week in Games - Summer Crush

Good news, Re:Zero fans: You're getting an official anime game, and it doesn't look half bad, either. ― Hi again! There's a lot of interesting announcements this week, so let's not beat around the bush – we've got games to discuss! STUFF THAT GOT ANNOUNCED VIA SUMMER GAMES FEST AND AFFILIATED EVENTS Crash Bandicoot 4 is happening! Yeah, I was like, “wasn't there already a Crash 4?” but it turns out I...
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This Week in Anime - Cat Got Your Tongue?

Studio Colorido brought powerhouse scriptwriter Mari Okada to pen the new coming-of-age cat story A Whisker Away, now streaming on Netflix. How does it all shake out? ― Studio Colorido caught fan's attention with its impressive Puzzle & Dragons mobile game ads and continued to impress with full-length animated features like Penguin Highway. Now the studio has switched out adorable birds for the inte...
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The List - 5 Awful Horror Anime

Horror anime is supposed to make you scream...wait, no, not like that! ― We're changing tone and having a look at the spine tingling and spooky. Horror anime can be some of the most intense, confronting shows you can watch. Series such as Monster and Higurashi When They Cry question what it means to be human and push the boundaries of the surreal and the grotesque. On the other hand, there are horro...
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This Week in Anime - Is Tower of God Living Up to Expectations?

Crunchyroll's action-packed original Tower of God is hitting the right spot with viewers, but the TWIA crew has a much different take on the show and Bam and Rachel's relationship. ― Crunchyroll's action-packed original Tower of God is hitting the right spot with viewers according to the streaming company, but Nick and Micchy have a much different take on the show and Bam and Rachel's "relationship....
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This Week in Games - Make it Snappy

Aspiring wildlife photogs, it's time to dust off your digital cameras because the Pokémon Snap sequel is FINALLY HAPPENING?! Plus: Kingdom Hearts and Lego Mario! ― What's it like not having E3? Well… it means getting interesting announcements spread across all of June rather than having them all dumped in front of you at once. It's refreshing, isn't it? You have a few days to analyze and appreciate w...
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This Week in Anime - Glip Glop Gleipnir

It's a sexy kigurumi death match when Shūichi Kagaya finds himself transformed into a giant mascot character and entangled with fellow student Clair Aoki. Oh, and sometimes Clair climbs inside Shūichi and gets all up in his sinewy muscles. It's Gleipnir, ladies and gentlemen! ― It's a sexy kigurumi death match when Shūichi Kagaya finds himself transformed into a giant mascot character and entangled ...
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The List - 5 Anime We're Excited for in 2020

If you thought 2020 was a bust, we've got news for you. There's still lots of great anime to look forward to this year! ― The Promised Neverland season two, Higurashi When They Cry, The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger's Judgment are just a few of the many anime series that have been postponed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With so many delay announcements, it's easy to think that there might...
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This Week in Games - Gimme (PlayStation) Five

Heidi has some BIG thoughts on the PlayStation 5 reveal plus more new game announcements than you shake a JoyCon at. ― Hello! Once again, TWIG has been oh-so-slightly delayed from its usual time so we can be up to date on the BIG FREAKIN’ NEWS that's happening – in this case, the first PS5 details, including a reveal of the system's casing. Enough talk – let's dig right in! SO HERE'S WHAT THE SONY PL...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Dorohedoro?

There's never been anything quite like Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro. Sorcerers, hell-adjacent mobsters, and... giant flesh-eating cockroach that plays baseball? ― There's never been anything quite like Q Hayashida's Dorohedoro. Sorcerers, hell-adjacent mobsters, a giant flesh-eating cockroach that plays baseball. MAPPA has brought the strange manga series to life at a rip-roaring pace but parsing out th...
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This Week in Anime - Is Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai Any Good?

Got baby sister blues? So does Kun, but he'll need to go on a big journey to learn just how important family really is. Can a 4-year-old carry a whole film? Well... ― Growing up is tough work for a kid but 4-year-old Kun is in for a doozy as he goes traveling through time and space to learn the important lessons of family...some more harrowing than others. Does Mamoru Hosoda capture the magic of chi...
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The List - 5 Korean Animation Companies Anime Fans Should Know

Callum May and Jacki Jing are leaving Japan this week to take an inside look at some of the most notable animation studios in Korea! ― When we think of the creators of anime, we often think of people all crowded together within a singular animation studio. But that's ignoring the work done by all of the other animation teams around the world who can get the show done. Most animation created in South...
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This Week in Anime - Kakushigoto is the Go-To Cushy Show of Spring

Steve and Nick strap-in for puns, parodies, and family drama as they examine Kōji Kumeta's Kakushigoto. ― Steve and Nick strap-in for puns, parodies, and family drama as they examine Koji Kumeta's Kakushigoto. The series' stunning visuals are the backdrop in a story about one father's quest to keep his daughter from finding out his line of work as an ecchi manga artist. The premise seems thin; can i...
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This Week in Games - Micro Machines

Sega announces its tiniest mobile platform yet. Meanwhile, other big gaming announcements are on hold as companies rightfully give the podium over to protestors. ― Hey. So, uh, this is one of those exceedingly rare times when I really don't want to talk about videogames, given, y'know, everything going on here on Planet Earth at the moment. And I'm definitely not alone here, because a whole mess of a...
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This Week in Anime - Is City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes Worth Watching?

Ryo Saeba is back with guns blazing to introduce all the new kids to his City Hunter charms, but is the latest installment in the decades old franchise bringing anything new to table? Nick and Micchy discuss what works well and what should have stayed buried in the tech bubble. ― Ryo Saeba is back with guns blazing to introduce all the new kids to his City Hunter charms, but is the latest installmen...
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ANNCast (Final) - Zac Bertschy Memorial

Our friend and colleague Zac Bertschy, the host of ANNCast, passed away last week. Over 30 of Zac's friends and colleagues contributed their thoughts and memories for this special final episode. ― ANNCast Final - Zac Bertschy Memorial Our friend and colleague Zac Bertschy, the host of ANNCast, passed away the week of May 18, 2020. Over 30 of Zac's friends and colleagues contributed their thoughts, s...
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This Week in Anime - The Sweet Life of Villainess Catarina Claes

"You know how a lot of isekai is traditional masculine wish fulfillment wrapped up in fantasy dressings with at-best questionable politics sprinkled on top? Well, what if I told you it didn't have to be like that." ― Catarina Claes didn't realize she was dropped into the world of her favorite romance sim until a sudden bonk on the head causes her to recover all her past memories...including the secr...
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This Week in Games - Warmer Days Ahead

Heidi shares the latest game updates, including the long-awaited info on Samurai Shodown Neo Geo Collection, upcoming streaming events, and more ― I may be a writer by trade, but there are times when I just feel completely lost for words. Like most of us who write for ANN, the sudden passing of Zac Bertschy came as a complete surprise to me. I had a nagging feeling that day that something wasn't righ...
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This Week in Anime - Thanks for the Memories

Nick and Micchy plug in to RetroCrush to check out of the service's streaming gems: Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories, a trifecta of short films adapted from the Akira creator's story collection. Time to fly to the far reaches of space and back to cogs of the all-too-familiar warmachine. ― Nick and Micchy plug in to RetroCrush to check out of the service's streaming gems: Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories, a trif...
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The List - 5 Best Anime Opening Songs of Spring 2020

The List is back this week for a brand-new music edition. If you're looking for excellent tracks to add to your “OMG BEST SONGS EVAR” anime playlist, you've come to the right place. What, that's not the name of your highly-curated Spotify list? ― The List is back this week for a brand-new music edition. If you're looking for excellent tracks to add to your “OMG BEST SONGS EVAR” anime playlist, you'v...
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This Week in Games - Announcementception

Heidi jumps into the fray of the most controversial gaming topic yet: PAPER MARIO ― Hey, here's something cool for manga and gaming fans: There's going to be an official anthology of Mother/Earthbound related manga releasing soon in Japan titled Pollyanna! And by “official”, I mean “not only is it endorsed by Nintendo and series maestro Shigesato Itoi, but holy crap they got in some big-name talent t...
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This Week in Anime - Why Kaguya-sama is a Pitch-Perfect Romcom

In its sophomore season, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 proves that it is still one of the best anime comedies in recent years. What makes Miyuki and Kaguya's battle of hearts so enthralling? ― In its sophomore season, Kaguya-sama: Love is War Season 2 proves that it is still one of the best anime comedies in recent years. What makes Miyuki and Kaguya's battle of hearts so enthralling? Nick and S...
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The List - 5 Worst Anime Relationships

Get out your binoculars, it's time to rubberneck at some truly awful anime romance trainwrecks! ― Anime, and fiction in general, can be a lot different things. You can meet characters that inspire you to be a better person, go on a fantastic adventure with a group of friends, learn to appreciate a new skill or sport, and maybe even meet the hero that gives you butterflies. Then there's this week Lis...
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This Week in Anime - Is Drifting Dragons Worth Watching?

Drifting Dragons has it all: high-flying adventure, mouth-watering food, a likable cast, and very thinly veiled allusions to the highly controversial practice of commercial whaling. Steve and Micchy take a ride on the Quin Zaza to find out if Polygon Pictures managed to stick the landing. ― Drifting Dragons has it all: high-flying adventure, mouth-watering food, a likable cast, and very thinly veile...
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This Week in Games - Unreal Life

Summer Game Fest is just getting started and Epic is already wowing with the debut of the Unreal Engine 5. Also: Xbox Series X, Capcom and Nintendo's financials, and Tony Hawk! ― One thing I've learned from decades of writing in the anime and gaming space is that there is a significant fandom crossover between anime/gaming and professional wrestling. That's cool and all, and I can see the appeal even...
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This Week in Anime - Is Re:Zero Better Without Subaru?

The further adventures of our death-defying hero Subaru are delayed until July but Crunchyroll is currently streaming The Frozen Bond, the OAV that benches Subaru in favor of focusing on Emilia's murky past. ― The further adventures of our death-defying hero Subaru Natsuki are delayed until July but Crunchyroll is currently streaming Re:ZERO - Starting Life in Another World - The Frozen Bond, the OA...
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The List - Top 5 CLAMP Anime

Creator powerhouse CLAMP has a huge roster of anime adaptations under their belt and there's a little bit of something for everybody, whether you like your anime spooky, apocalyptic, full of giant robots, or magical girls. ― While maybe not as well known today, manga creator group CLAMP was a powerhouse, creating hit after hit series during the 90s and 00s. Before we dive into The List this week, le...
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This Week in Anime - Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 is Flipping Insane

The newest iteration is Netflix's Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 and, despite some highly questionable art direction, turns out to be more promising than it appears. It's also totally bonkers. ― Sci-fi anime owes a lot to Masahiro Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. Since the original anime film's premiere in 1995, writers have revisited Major Kusanagi's world with varying levels of success from the iconic G...

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