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This Week in Anime - Is Fena More 'Princess' Than 'Pirate'?

Nick and Nicky catch up on the seafaring adventures of Fena: Pirate Princess but hit choppy waters when it turns out the story's titular character is given little agency in her own destiny. ― Nick and Nicky catch up on the seafaring adventures of Fena: Pirate Princess but hit choppy waters when it turns out the story's titular character is given little agency in her own destiny. This series is strea...
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The ANN Aftershow - Shigaraki Goes Super Saiyan

n the penultimate episode of My Hero Academia, Shigaraki has a breakthrough in the worst kind of way. Also: the latest news on game censorship coming out of China, and an interview with BEASTARS voice actress, Kayleigh McKee! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 112: Shigaraki Goes Super Saiyan In the penultimate episode of My Hero Academia, Shigaraki has a breakthrough in the worst kind of way...
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This Week in Anime - Can't Someone Cut Jahy a Break?

One tiny former lead demon does her best to survive in the modern world...and is barely making it. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to find the humor under the crushing weight of adult responsibilities. Someone get Jahy an ice cream or something. ― One tiny former lead demon does her best to survive in the modern world...and is barely making it. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to find the humor under the crushing ...
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This Week in Games - The Not Very Epic Conclusion

The gaming lawsuit that could determine the fate of gaming platforms is over. Kind of. So, who won? ― Hey folks! By the time you read this, the internet will be on the cusp of going completely bonkers over Deltarune Chapter 2. It was announced on creator Toby Fox's Undertale 6th anniversary stream that the game will be dropping at 8 PM EST today, so if you don't want spoilers, you should probably kno...
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This Week in Anime - Can the Villainess Find True Romance?

In its second season, everyone wants to be or do Catarina Claes, but can our heroine with macarons for brains find true love? ― In its second season, everyone wants to be or do Catarina Claes, but can our heroine with macarons for brains find true love? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug

Shigaraki awakens the latent memories of his past, including what happened to his parents, grandparents, and older sister, and its super dang sad, guys. Also: The Case Study of Vanitas and the PlayStation showcase! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 111: Why Shigaraki Needs a Hug The fight between Shigaraki and ReDestro heats up, causing the League of Villains leader's own power to increase. ...
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This Week in Anime - There's Gundam on the Wing!

There are plenty of ways to get your Gundam fix nowadays, but one generation's introduction was none other than Toonami. Gundam Wing brought to teen viewers a world of intrigue, high-intensity battles, and of course, an attractive cast. ― There are plenty of ways to get your Gundam fix nowadays, but one generation's introduction was none other than Toonami. Gundam Wing brought to teen viewers a worl...
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This Week in Games - Botched Launches and Many Marvels

Heidi walks us through everything new and notable from the PlayStation Showcase, and there's a lot of superheroes flying around. ― Heya folks! What have you been up to this week, gaming-wise? I've been playing the hell out of several things for various work assignments, but there's one game I wanted to make at least a little time for: World Flipper, a unique gacha-pinball hybrid mobile game packed wi...
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This Week in Anime - The Supersized Laughs of Love Live! Superstar!!

This season's Love Live! Superstar!! sees the idol series downsize the cast from nine to five members but that doesn't mean the series has scaled down its personality. Nick and Steve breakdown the charm points of the new idol-hopefuls. ― This season's Love Live! Superstar!! sees the idol series downsize the cast from nine to five members but that doesn't mean the series has scaled down its personali...
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The ANN Aftershow - My Villain Academia: Is This Twice's Big Moment?

Once he was seemingly little more than a Deadpool knockoff, but this week's episode shows that Twice is a villain full of heart that ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 110: Is This Twice's Big Moment? Once he was seemingly little more than a Deadpool knockoff, but this week's episode shows that Twice is a villain full of heart that ended up in th...
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This Week in Anime - What the Heck is Going On in Sonny Boy?

Director Shingo Natsume has sent 30-odd students adrift to worlds both familiar and strange in a supernatural mystery that often feels beyond description. Nicky and Jean-Karlo try to figure out what the bigger picture is, if there even is one at all. ― Director Shingo Natsume has sent 30-odd students adrift to worlds both familiar and strange in a supernatural mystery that often feels beyond descrip...
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This Week in Games - Jojo Posing? No, Jack-O Posing! (also Gamescom)

Hey kids! Have you heard of the hot new trend sweeping the nation the world the Twitterverse? Get on the ground and put your booty in the air like you just don't care, because we're talking about the Jack-O Challenge! ― Hey kids! Have you heard of the hot new trend sweeping the nation the world the Twitterverse? Get on the ground and put your booty in the air like you just don't care, because we're t...
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This Week in Anime - Is BEASTARS the Best Anime on Netflix?

The second season of BEASTARS brings us back to Cherryton Academy and hormones are as high as ever. What started as a murder-mystery in a school of animals expands beyond its original scope into a sex-fueled ride of self-discovery with a side of psychedelics and the mafia. There's nothing else like it. ― The second season of BEASTARS brings us back to Cherryton Academy and hormones are as high as ev...
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The ANN Aftershow - My Villain Academia: Villains Aren't Born, They're Made

Jacki, AJ, and Lynzee discuss Toga's psychological state and how much of her fate is the unfortunate result of not conforming in a society that requires it. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 109: Villains Aren't Born, They're Made The second entry in the My Villain Academia arc shines light on Himiko Toga as she faces off against Meta-Liberation Army member Curious. Her back story reveals a ...
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This Week in Anime - Get G-Recked

Gundam Reconguista in G, or G-Reco, sees the mega-franchise's founder Yoshiyuki Tomino return to the director's seat and boy is that a loaded statement. Jean-Karlo and Nicholas attempt to figure out what the hell is going on in a show that features a religion centered around elevators. Gundam Reconguista in G, or G-Reco, sees the mega-franchise's founder Yoshiyuki Tomino return to the director's s...
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This Week in Anime - The Sparkling Stage of Kageki Shoujo!!

In Kageki Shoujo!!, the drama isn't just on the stage. Nick and Nicky look at the series' character arcs, how it handles its sensitive topics, and how it reflects on Takarazuka. ― In Kageki Shoujo!!, the drama isn't just on the stage. Nick and Nicky look at the series' character arcs, how it handles its sensitive topics, and how it reflects on Takarazuka. This series is streaming on FUNimation Discl...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is the League of Villains ACTUALLY Evil?

The series switches gears for My Villain Academia and we finally get the backstory on Shigaraki's frightening power. Multiple plot threads are introduced to show us just how the League of Villains crossed paths with the Meta-Liberation Army. It's a LOT, guys. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 108: Is the League of Villains ACTUALLY Evil? The series switches gears for My Villain Academia and ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Water Polo Anime RE-MAIN Worth Watching?

This MAPPA-animated series follows the typical sports series formula with an added mix of amnesia thrown in. Is there anything unique about its Speedo-wearing cast? ― This MAPPA-animated series follows the typical sports series formula with an added mix of amnesia thrown in. Is there anything unique about its Speedo-wearing cast? This series is streaming on FUNimation Disclaimer: The views and opini...
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This Week in Games - Pokemon Origins

This trailer for Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl hits every sweet spot for players with fond memories of Sinnoh, showcasing all the stuff that made that particular generation unique. Ball decorations! Union Rooms! Super Contests! ― Hey, did you all see that new Shining Force mobile game announcement? I'm not inherently anti-mobile, so I was curious to see what it would look like. And it actually ...
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This Week in Anime - The Once and Future Shaman King

When we say Shaman King pulls magic from all corners of the world, we aren't exaggerating. Jean-Karlo and Steve tap into the first season of the new remake and get something far wilder than they imagined. ― When we say Shaman King pulls magic from all corners of the world, we aren't exaggerating. Jean-Karlo and Steve tap into the first season of the new remake and get something far wilder than they ...
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The ANN Aftershow - What's the Secret Behind the Nomu?

Aizawa leaves his students for the day to visit an incarcerated Kurogiri. What they learn is that there's more to Kurogiri than what he appears to be and what we've we thought we knew about the Nomu is just the tip of the iceberg. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 107: What's the Secret Behind the Nomu? Aizawa leaves his students for the day to go with Present Mic to visit an incarcerated Ku...
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This Week in Anime - Saying 'Bye Bye' to All of Evangelion

Somehow, before we knew it, Evangelion was over. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time took nearly a decade to release but for fans of the series, it's almost unbelievable that it's here. Nick and Nicky try their best to decipher the grand finale. ― Somehow, before we knew it, Evangelion was over. Evangelion: 3.0+1.0: Thrice Upon A Time took nearly a decade to release but for fans of the series, i...
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This Week in Games - Hot Summer Rumors

Heidi checks in from sweltering PDX to give the lowdown on the next Musou game, the continued Blizzard-Activision fallout, and that indie game showcase! ― Heyas! We're having yet more unseasonably hot days here in Portland. This summer has been miserable, but hopefully this is the last of it, because as much as I enjoy having an excuse to go to Round 1 and sit in air conditioning for several hours, I...
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This Week in Anime - How Case Study of Vanitas is Bringing Sexy Vampires Back

Let's be fair, this show's horny is also directed at a different breed of pervert, particularly the kind who like to see handsome men in disheveled cummerbunds and ripped suit jackets. ― Jun Mochizuki's tale of vampire society is returning to the genre's roots with a heaping (heaving?) dose of sexual imagery. Stand back Lestat, horny vampires are back in a big way. This series is streaming on Funima...
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This Week in Anime - Naruto, Live on Stage? Believe It!

Now, for the first time, fans can get a glimpse of the singing, dancing, and air-flipping versions of their favorite characters. Jean-Karlo and Monique check out the first offering of three such shows available for streaming this month: Naruto! ― The world of anime stage plays have often been inaccessible to a wider international audience. Now, for the first time, fans can get a glimpse of the singi...
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This Week in Games - Fighter's Finale

Sup, y'all? My editor is currently at Otakon, the first major in-person anime convention to take place in what feels like an eternity. Hey, if they're all too busy to check this, does that mean I can post anything I feel like in this column? ― ‘Sup, y'all? My editor is currently at Otakon, the first major in-person anime convention to take place in what feels like an eternity, but I'm still here at h...
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This Week in Anime - A Study in Scarlet Nexus

"It's about the closest I've ever seen an anime come to just feeling like a YouTube compilation of all the cutscenes in Bloodborne, but with none of the cool worldbuilding or interesting aesthetic." ― The video game tie-in follows the Other Suppression Force, an elite team set out to defeat human-eating Others. Psychokinetic Yuito and prodigy Kasane look to enlist but things might be worse than they...
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The ANN Aftershow - Do You Feel Bad For Endeavor?

Things get heavy this week as Endeavor reveals his plans to make amends for his past abusive behavior. Jacki, AJ, and Lynzee discuss the different views from the Todoroki siblings' perspectives, while revealing a bit about themselves. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 106: Do You Feel Bad for Endeavor? The Todoroki family drama comes to a close after a villain with a grudge against Endeavor ...
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This Week in Anime - Getter in that Robo!

Old school mecha fan Jean-Karlo introduces Steve to the world of Getter Robo Arc, subterrainian dinos, insect troops, and how it's all one big metaphor for nuclear power. ― Old school mecha fan Jean-Karlo introduces Steve to the world of Getter Robo Arc, subterrainian dinos, insect troops, and how it's all one big metaphor for nuclear power. This series is streaming on HIDIVE Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Games - Cotton Candy

Heidi tries out the classic 90s arcade series Cotton, a witch-led game where fairies' lives (and exotic candy) are on the line! ― Howdy again, folks. Kind of a slow news week… kind of. It's more a case of “everything else in gaming news seems rather insignificant compared to the ongoing shitshow that is the Activision/Blizzard lawsuit and its fallout. When mainstream press outlets like The New York T...
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This Week in Anime - The Isekai Saturation Heightens

Nick and Nicky wade through this season's otherworldly offerings to search for at least one gem in a trove of trash. ― Nick and Nicky wade through this season's otherworldly offerings to search for at least one gem in a trove of trash. These series are streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime N...
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This Week in Anime - The Sugar-Sweet World of Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop

There's still room in the anime scene for poignant teen romances and Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop has that in spades. ― There's still room in the anime scene for poignant teen romances and Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop has that in spades. This movie is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoile...
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The ANN Aftershow - The Todoroki Family Tragedy Hits Home

In possibly the most awkward family dinner ever, Deku and Bakugo head home with Todoroki for a family dinner. Emotions run high as Shoto's brother lays it all out on dear ol' dad and his paternal failures. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 105: The Todoroki Family Tragedy Hits Home In possibly the most awkward family dinner ever, Deku and Bakugo head home with Todoroki for a family dinner. E...
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This Week in Games - Burn It All Down

The State of California has filed a lawsuit against the company for what is being called “frat boy culture,” but that phrase, to me, minimizes the abuse far too much. ― Man, this sucks. I was all ready to write a really fun column this week about all of the new fighting game character reveals alongside an interview for a game I'm really looking forward to, and maybe talk a little bit about how great ...
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This Week in Anime - Is the Alice in Borderland Death Game Anime Any Good?

After a boost in relevancy from Netflix, the three-episode Alice in Borderland anime is now available for streaming! It's an isekai but not that kind. How do the murder shenanigans pan out? ― After a boost in relevancy from Netflix, the three-episode Alice in Borderland anime is now available for streaming! It's an isekai but not that kind. How do the murder shenanigans pan out and is it any good? T...
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This Week in Anime - Resident Evil Goes to War

With thinly veiled commentary on the U.S.'s involvement in the Middle East, the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror franchise brings Claire, Leon, and the zombies to the White House. ― With thinly veiled commentary on the U.S.'s involvement in the Middle East, the latest entry in Capcom's survival horror franchise brings Claire, Leon, and the zombies to the White House. This series is streaming...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission Just a Rehash?

The anime original, girl-focused episode is all set-up for next month's new movie which has a lot of similarities to the Meta Liberation Army plot. Most importantly, is the new villain hot? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 104: Is My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission Just a Rehash? Jacki, Lynzee, and AJ give the lowdown on the anime original, girl-focused episode where Uraraka and Co try...
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This Week in Games - Mech-a-Wish

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl takes the internet by storm, and Super Robot Wars makes a surprising debut in the west via Steam. What other surprises are in store for the gaming world this week? Heidi breaks it down. ― Every once in a while, I expand the scope of this column beyond anime- and Japanese-inspired games, usually in the context of covering broader industry-wide happenings. But sometimes an an...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Stranger by the Shore the Perfect BL Movie?

Shun and Mio meet one fateful day, but just as soon as they enter one another's lives, they separate. Jean-Karlo and Nick find an emotionally honest narrative about two young men trying to find happiness. ― Shun and Mio meet one fateful day, but just as soon as they enter one another's lives, they separate. Jean-Karlo and Nick check out the second of Blue Lynx's BL films and find an emotionally hone...
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The ANN Aftershow - Endeavor: Bad Father. Good Teacher?

Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo get straight to hero business during their work study with Endeavor. Japan's #1 Hero does his best to teach the up-and-comers what they need to get to the next level, and he might even be half-decent at it? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 103: Endeavor: Bad Father. Good Teacher? Deku, Todoroki, and Bakugo get straight to hero business during their work study with...
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This Week in Anime - Cramer vs Soccer

The prequel film raises the production a bit for Farewell, My Dear Cramer while expanding Nozomi's backstory. Come for the training montage, stay for the pre-game kidnapping. ― The prequel film raises the production a bit for Farewell, My Dear Cramer while expanding Nozomi's backstory. Come for the training montage, stay for the pre-game kidnapping. This movie is streaming on Crunchyroll. Disclaimer...
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This Week in Games - OLED Astray

Sony's State of Play shows a lot of Death Loop and a few hotly anticipated trailers for ANN readers. ALSO the deets on thatt new Switch model! ― What's up, y'all? I heard Apex Legends got taken down for a day by angry Titanfall fans. Being mad about your game's support being de-prioritized in favor of something more popular is one thing, but throwing a big temper-tantrum and ruining the holiday weeke...
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This Week in Anime - Where There's a Will, There's Hathaway

The newest Gundam spectacle is now streaming on Netflix and with pure Tomino flare, it includes back-biting, politics, a love triangle, and of course mechas. ― The newest Gundam spectacle is now streaming on Netflix and with pure Tomino flare, it includes back-biting, politics, a love triangle, and of course mechas. This movie is streaming on Netflix. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by ...
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This Week in Anime - I'm Sorry, Twittering Birds Never WHAT Now?

Easily the steamiest TWIA ever, Jean-Karlo and Nick enter the world of hypersexual yakuza in Twittering Birds Never Fly. ― Yashiro might be a masochistic, hypersexual yakuza boss but it's his impotent subordinate Doumeki that might just awaken something within him. CONTENT WARNING: This movie is full of sex. As far as the eye can see. Many of the screencaps included depict sexual situations. Please ...
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This Week in Games - PlayStation Assimilation

PlayStation announces a series of developer acquisitions, the Final Fantasy franchise gets pixeled, plus major announcements from the Mana franchise! ― Welcome to This Week in Games. I LIVED, BITCHES I MAY HAVE SURVIVED AN ABSURD HEATWAVE, BUT NOW MY EYES HURT. THANKS, SQUEENIX! Living on the West Coast along with a freelancer's schedule (go to bed at 2, wake up around 10) means that sometimes I wak...
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This Week in Anime - Is Godzilla Singular Point TOO Smart?

The fantastically animated spectacle looks promising, but is it bogged down by its sci-fi jargon script? ― Director Atsushi Takahashi, sci-fi writer and ex-physicist Toh Enjoe, and Studio BONES and Studio Orange introduce their entry in TOHO's Kaijuniverse with Godzilla Singular Point. The fantastically animated spectacle looks promising, but is it bogged down by its sci-fi jargon script? ALSO: Back...
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The ANN Aftershow - Hawks: Hero or Villain?

All eyes are on Hawks this week as the double (or triple?!) agent moves about city. Where's Best Jeanist? Who is the Meta-Liberation Army and what are their end goals? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 102: Hawks: Hero or Villain? All eyes are on Hawks this week as the double (or triple?!) agent moves about city. Where's Best Jeanist? Who is the Meta-Liberation Army and what are their end go...
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This Week in Anime - All Aboard the Mugen Train!

Demon Slayer: The Movie: Mugen Train was the biggest film of 2020 and it finally made its way from theaters into living rooms. Nick and Steve take on the monumental task of evaluating the blockbuster and whether its financial success reflects its narrative cohesion. ― Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - The Movie: Mugen Train was the biggest film of 2020 and it's finally made its way from theaters into...
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This Week in Games - Blazing Trails

Heidi's favorite Nintendo DS game is getting a remaster, the Demon Slayer fighter game is coming stateside, and Falcom announced a boatload of new Trails titles! Find out about here in This Week in Games! ― Hey friends! How are you all doing? I'm currently trying to not die from heat, but other than that, I'm pretty OK! If you missed it, check out my Tales of Arise preview here on ANN! Also, by the t...
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Intern Annika - Fin ?

Is this the end? ― We certainly hope you enjoyed Intern Annika! Unfortunately this will not be a weekly comic strip, but Annika will be making appearances around the site in the near future, and there will be more Annika comics from time to time. Please let us know in the forum what you though of the strip, and if there's anything you would like to see from Annika in the future.
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This Week in Anime - Why ODDTAXI is Must-Watch TV

ODDTAXI is the tightly-written noir we didn't know we needed. Nicky and Steve look into why this walrus-starring mystery cannot be missed. ― One of the most intriguing series from the last season is a slowburn mystery starring a walrus, an alpaca, and a mobster porcupine. ODDTAXI is the tightly-written noir we didn't know we needed. Nicky and Steve look into why ODDTAXI cannot be missed. This series...
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Intern Annika - A Magical Visit

Remember the love and passion you have for anime...
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The ANN Aftershow - Where the Hell are the Villains?!

After much anticipation for the next arc, My Hero Academia has...rearranged everything? Is the upcoming movie to blame? We were promised villains! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 101: Where the Hell are the Villains?! After much anticipation for the next arc, My Hero Academia has...rearranged everything? Is the upcoming movie to blame? We were promised villains! AJ, Lynzee, and Jacki debat...
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This Week in Anime - Tokyo Gear Rising: Revengereance

When former punk Takemichi gets a do-over, his friends and girlfriend's lives are on the line. It's time travel, now with more delinquents! ― Takemichi discovers his adolescent thug life isn't what it's cracked up to be--if the state of his constantly smashed skull is any indicator. When the former punk gets a do-over, his friends and girlfriend's lives are on the line. It's time travel, now with mo...
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Intern Annika - Meet Azure!

Magical Princess what now?
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Intern Annika - Is she dying?

Annika gets down to work, but something isn't quite right!
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This Week in Anime - Crying Your Eyes Out with Fruits Basket

The tearjerker draws to a close in the final season of this drama-filled classic. Nicky and Steve look back on the characters, warts and all, to reveal the deep bonds of family and how to overcome those bonds when they turn into chains. ― The tearjerker draws to a close in the final season of this drama-filled classic. Nicky and Steve look back on the characters, warts and all, to reveal the deep bo...
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This Week in Games - E3 Careens Off A Cliff

Whether it was big announcements failing to land, expected showcases not materializing, companies showing next to nothing new, or the seemingly endless stream of filler, E3 found new and exciting ways to disappoint almost everybody. ― Boy, E3 2021 sure was a hot mess! I'm not sure how much of it had to do with COVID destroying production schedules, the seeming disorganization of the event itself, or ...
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Intern Annika - Let's get started!

It's time to put Annika to work.
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The ANN Aftershow - The Calm Before the Storm

With the wrap up of the Class 1-A vs 1-B fight, the student heroes have some time for self-reflection and improvement. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 100: The Calm Before the Storm With the wrap up of the Class 1-A vs 1-B fight, the student heroes have some time for self-reflection and improvement. Deku tries to replicate Black Whip, Todoroki and Bakugo finally get their provisional hero ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Miss Nagatoro's Negging TOO Mean?

Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro is all about one girl's quest to tease the crap out of her nerdy senpai, often leaving him embarrassed, flustered, and on the verge of tears. I mean, some folks are into that, right? But is Nagatoro actually funny or just plain mean? ― Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is all about one girl's quest to tease the crap out of her nerdy senpai, often leaving him embarrass...
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Intern Annika - Meet Annika

Nina's been feeling a little burned out, so she gets a new intern! ― Intern Annika is a special 6-part spinoff of Anime News Nina, and will run Monday - Wednesday - Friday this week and next. Enjoy, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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This Week in Anime - Dynazenon is Tokusatsu Dynamite

Trigger's sequel to SSSS.Gridman started as a slow burn, but as Jean-Karlo and Nick find out the fuse is quickly burning up to set off a bombastic action spectacle. Come for the emotional stakes, stay for the kaiju battles in SSSS.Dynazenon! ― Trigger's sequel to SSSS.Gridman started as a slow burn, but as Jean-Karlo and Nick find out the fuse is quickly burning up to set off a bombastic action spec...
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The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Class 1-A vs 1-B Grand Finale!

Deku's new quirk is unleashed in the midst of the battle with Class 1-B. Will he be able to get it under control and cinch the win? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 99: Class 1-A vs 1-B Grand Finale! Deku's new quirk is unleashed in the midst of the battle with Class 1-B. Will he be able to get it under control and cinch the win? Meet the Hosts! As executive editor of Anime News Network, Ly...
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This Week in Anime - Moon Family Values

The two Sailor Moon Eternal films are now streaming on Netflix and promises a new, closer-to-the-manga story. Steve and Nicky check out the latest installment and mull over the love triangle of future daughter-future dad-and-his faithful steed. ― The two Sailor Moon Eternal films are now streaming on Netflix and promises a new, closer-to-the-manga story. Steve and Nicky check out the latest installm...
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This Week in Games - A Brief Respite

After some big anniversary livestreams last week, the game industry has collectively turned off the information pipeline and went into “get ready for BIG THINGS!” mode. Still, we have some info about a new, mysterious RPG, Taito's mini console, and more! ― All of a sudden, it's really quiet. After some big anniversary livestreams last week, the game industry has collectively turned off the informatio...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's EDEN Worth Watching?

Years in the making, Justin Leach's Eden is alive on Netflix as a four episode short series featuring a plucky heroine and her family of robots. Made with plenty of love and backed by an all-star cast, Nick and Jean-Karlo find out if Eden sticks its landing. ― Years in the making, Justin Leach's Eden is alive on Netflix as a four episode short series featuring a plucky heroine and her family of robo...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Deku Deserves a New Quirk!

We're in the final stretch of the Class 1-A versus Class 1-B arc and its time to see what Deku's learned. He squares off against Shinso and the trash-talking Neito Monoma but before the battle can get underway, Deku notices a strange sensation... ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 98: Why Deku Deserves a New Quirk! We're in the final stretch of the Class 1-A versus Class 1-B arc and its time ...
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This Week in Anime - What We Do in the Shadows House

What series has style, substance, monsters, and a gothic social hierarchy masking a multitude of mysteries? Might I welcome you to Shadows House, where nothing is at it seems. Come in for a spell, put up your feet, and do mind the soot marks on the glassware. ― What series has style, substance, monsters, and a gothic social hierarchy masking a multitude of mysteries? Might I welcome you to Shadows H...
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This Week in Games - The Floodgates

This week was full of big announcements for two major franchises: Dragon Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Heidi breaks down all the new installments in This Week in Games! Which are you most looking forward to playing? ― Hi again, folks! Apologies for my absence last week, but I think I have a pretty good excuse: between surgery and my second COVID shot, I was really not feeling it. (Waking up post-surg...
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This Week in Anime - The Rock and Roll Spirit of Those Snow White Notes

Nick and Jean-Karlo jump into the deep end of shamisen music in this stellar drama about a strumming prodigy and his search to find his own sound in the wake of his grandfather's death. ― Nick and Jean-Karlo jump into the deep end of shamisen music in this stellar drama about a strumming prodigy and his search to find his own sound in the wake of his grandfather's death. This series is streaming on ...
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This Week in Anime - Zombie Land Saga Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

Our favorite undead idol group is back and they're still kicking it with a pitch-perfect sequel. Steve and Nicky check in on Franchouchou to see how they're handling crippling debt, the trials of being a local idol group, and you know, undeath. ― Our favorite undead idol group is back and they're still kicking it with a pitch-perfect sequel. Steve and Nicky check in on Franchouchou to see how they'r...
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The ANN Aftershow - Has Bakugo REALLY changed??

Bakugo gets the short end of the stick with only ONE episode dedicated to MHA's most explosive boy. His classmates hail him as new and improved, but has Bakugo really earned the praise? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 97: Has Bakugo REALLY changed?? Bakugo gets the short end of the stick with only ONE episode dedicated to MHA's most explosive boy. His classmates hail him as new and improve...
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ANNCast - BERSERK vs. BERSERK vs. BERSERK

Following the unfortunate passing of Berserk creator Kentarou Miura, we'd like to share Zac Bertschy's ANNCast episode discussing the series and its many anime adaptations. ― ANNCast 377 - BERSERK vs. BERSERK vs. BERSERK Zac and Lynzee grab their oversized swords and make the terrible decision to put themselves through all three animated versions of Kentaro Miura's classic screaming bloody sexually ...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Backflip!!

This season has plenty to yell about, but if Backflip!! flew under your radar then now is the time to correct that immediately. Nick and Nicky look at its amazing choreography, and why it's more than just a routine sports series. ― This season has plenty to yell about, but if Backflip!! flew under your radar then now is the time to correct that immediately. Nick and Nicky look at the underdog series...
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This Week in Anime - To Your Eternity, And Beyond!

Yoshitoki Ōima continues to show his deep understanding for the emotions of his characters in To Your Eternity, a sprawling tale of suffering, growth, and what it means to be human. Read about the series that made 4/5 ANN reviewers ugly cry. ― Yoshitoki Ōima continues to show her deep understanding for the emotions of her characters in To Your Eternity, a sprawling tale of suffering, growth, and wha...
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The ANN Aftershow - Castlevania's Season 4 is THE Best Season

One of Netflix's most popular animated series comes to an end and despite the DRAMA, we're pretty sure it's the best season, hands down! ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 96: Castlevania's Season 4 is THE Best Season One of Netflix's most popular animated series comes to an end and despite the DRAMA, we're pretty sure it's the best season, hands down! Also, the latest episode of My Hero Acad...
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This Week in Games - Scalpers' Paradise

THE PLAYSTATION 5 SHORTAGE WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES! ― Hey hey! Welcome back to This Week in Games. It's a little bit of a light news week, which is probably for the best because, as you read this, I'll be in the hospital undergoing surgery. Nothing too major, and I should be back home for the weekend, but surgery is still not very fun in general! At least I have a bunch of Switch and PS4 ...
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This Week in Anime - What's the Big Deal With 86?

Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way, 86 has since broke away for something deeper and even more horrific. ― Everyone's talking about 86, a recent light novel anime that tackles racism head on. While initially it seemed to be handling its moral quandary in a very basic way,...
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This Week in Anime - Randy Randy Fairy Ranmaru

What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost defies classification but its outer silliness is hiding a much deeper, more thoughtful show. ― What happens when you take the magical girl formula, replace it with muscly fairy men and throw in some Buddhism for good measure? Fairy Ranmaru almost def...
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The ANN Aftershow - The Grossest Moment in My Hero Academia Yet

The next group of heroes square off in a battle of pure adrenaline. Class 1-B has another trick up its sleeve as Mudman proves to be the real brains behind the operation. But Iida has a new power up? How'd he increase his speed? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 95: Grossest Moment in My Hero Academia Yet The next group of heroes square off in a battle of pure adrenaline. Real Steel decides ...
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This Week in Games - The Abyss Beckons

Companies that have dealt with Apple and/or Epic – which is roughly 98% of the game industry – are scrambling to make sure these two firms don't accidentally leak stuff while they engage in their courtroom slapfight. Comedy all around! ― Hi again! It's another interesting week of gaming news… though, if I really wanted to, I could probably just write a whole column about the Epic vs. Apple court proc...
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This Week in Anime - The Tokyo Ghoul OAVs Are a Gory-Good Time

Bon appétit, Tokyo Ghoul fans! Funimation dropped the two side story OAVs on its service recently so we had Nicky and Steve dust off their best masks to revisit some our favorite flesh-eaters. ― Bon appétit, Tokyo Ghoul fans! Funimation dropped the two side story OAVs on its service recently so we had Nicky and Steve dust off their best masks to revisit some our favorite flesh-eaters. This series is...
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This Week in Anime - Is Mars Red Too High Brow?

Vampires are a dime a dozen, so what does it take to make a bloodsucker show stand out? MARS RED aptly blends a period piece, the anxiety of Westernization, and a growing military with all the showmanship of the theatrical stage. Is it too obtuse for genre enthusiasts or just what vamp fans need? ― Vampires are a dime a dozen, so what does it take to make a bloodsucker show stand out? MARS RED aptly...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Mushroom Girl Overpowered???

Just as Class 1-A seems to have outwitted their opponents, Plan B kicks into high gear as Kinoko unleashes an unstoppable number of mushrooms to overwhelm Momo and Tokoyami. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 94: Is Mushroom Girl Oveprowered??? Just as Class 1-A seems to have outwitted their opponents, Plan B kicks into high gear as Kinoko unleashes an unstoppable number of mushrooms to overw...
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The List - Our Top 5 Anime Premieres For Spring 2021

The best shows as rated by ANN's critics in the Preview Guide. We watched everything available to stream and these are the series that rose to the top! ― After a winter season of titanic highs and disappointing lows (who can forget The Promised Neverland season 2?) we're ready to take a moment to smell the roses with the new Spring anime season. While My Hero Academia season 5 and the Fruits Basket ...
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This Week in Games - Judgment Looms

Yoshinori Ono leaves Capcom for the Fate/Grand Order giant Delightworks and the Yakuza series spinoff Judgment's latest update is teasing...SOMETHING! ― Heya folks! Well, it's the end of April, and so far, 2021's been a great year for gaming. The release schedule is calming down a bit in May, but I can understand why – most publishers really don't want to compete with Resident Evil Village. Lady Dimi...
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This Week in Anime - How Does Vivy Reinvigorate the AI vs Humanity Trope?

The future of virtual idols looks bleak in Wit Studio's new original series. Diva dreams to live up to her namesake but a weird time-traveling teddybear has other ideas for her. Like preventing an impending war between AI and humans. ― The future of virtual idols looks bleak in Wit Studio's new original series Vivy -Fluorite Eye's Song-. Diva dreams to live up to her namesake but a weird time-travel...
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The ANN Aftershow - Emo Battle! Tokoyami's Time to Shine

The second match kicks off and the spotlight is on Tokoyami this week as he faces off against his Class 1-B counterpart, Vantablack. The two shadowy boys will have to outwit one another and Tokoyami has an ace up his sleeve thanks to his recent tutelage under Hawks. ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 93: Emo Battle! Tokoyami's Time to Shine The second match kicks off and the spotlight is on T...
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This Week in Anime - Why the Hell are there Ninjas on the Moon?

After Funimation recently beefed up its catalog with five Naruto films, Nick and Nicky decided to travel both time and space to find the true origins of Boruto's existence and how close he was to being snuffed out by a weird moon ninja. ― After Funimation recently beefed up its catalog with five Naruto films, Nick and Nicky decided to travel both time and space to find the true origins of Boruto's e...
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The List - 10 Best Spring 2021 Anime Openings

Our top 10 picks are in for the best spring 2021 anime opening songs. Put up your dukes, 'cause there's gonna be a fight. ― 10. Tokyo Revengers “Cry baby” by Official HIGE DANdism Let's kick it off with something jazzy. This is a unique pick for a story about time-traveling delinquents but it's got the right level of emotional intensity for Takemichi's journey. If I'm honest, I liked the beginning a...
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This Week in Games - Ace Greatness

We're finally getting the The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles with not-Sherlock! Also: who pulled the plug on the Sakura Wars mobile game? Heidi talks all of this and more in This Week in Games! ― Heya folks! Hope you're all doing well. I'm finally scheduled to get my first vaccine next week, which means that hopefully I'll feel comfortable going out to gaming gatherings and arcades again soon! It feel...
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This Week in Anime - The Daily Lives of High School Boys is Comedy Perfection

What makes a comedy not only good, but timeless? The Daily Lives of High School Boys might have nailed down the formula by blending irreverence with characters too stupid to chew their own food. ― What makes a comedy not only good, but timeless? The Daily Lives of High School Boys might have nailed down the formula by blending irreverence with characters too stupid to chew their own food. Nick and J...
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The ANN Aftershow - Class 1-A Wins The First Match!

The real question is, was there finally enough action to satisfy Jacki? ― The ANN Aftershow - My Hero Academia Ep 92: Class 1-A Wins The First Match! The first match between Class 1-A and 1-B wraps up with a victory for Shinso, Froppy, Red Riot, Chargebolt, and Anima. While the previous episode was mostly set-up, episode 92 gives the heroes a chance to shine while also showing off Shinso's potential...
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This Week in Anime - Indie Visionaries and Alternative Animation

This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten path, be it stop-motion, sand art, and even puppetry. Here's to a celebration of anime in all of its forms. ― We all debate about what anime is, but regardless of where you fall in the argument it's undeniable that animation goes beyond traditional 2D artwork. This week the team is highlighting animation that goes off the beaten p...
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This Week in Games - Obey Your Thirst

The newest Resident Evil Showcase means Lady Dimitrescu's trending on Twitter again! Plus: E3 update and Nintendo's Indie Showcase! ― Hey folks! So, where did we leave off last week? Ah, right, NEO: The World Ends with You got a new trailer! Let's check that out again to refresh our memory. We've got a release date of July 27th, 2021. That's not too far off! The date has some significance, as July 27...

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