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This Week in Anime - Does Dragon Quest Your Story Live Up to Its Legacy?

"Turns out when you try to compress the story of a huge generation-spanning RPG into 90 minutes, a lot gets cut!" ― The stunning anime film adaptation of the beloved game franchise is out on Netflix, but does it live up to its legacy? Nick and Micchy try to make sense of the Slime-filled film and that out of left field plot twist. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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ANNCast - Let's Go Beyond Plus Ultra Chili Dog Farts

It's movie time! Zac makes Lynzee watch sneak previews of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Masaaki Yuasa's gorgeous Ride Your Wave, and, naturally, Sonic the Hedgehog. ― ANNCast 373 - Let's Go Beyond Plus Ultra Chili Dog Farts It's movie time! Zac makes Lynzee watch sneak previews of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, Masaaki Yuasa's gorgeous Ride Your Wave, and, naturally, Sonic the Hedgehog. Because...
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This Week in Anime - Why is Paranoia Agent Such a Big Deal?

"Kon's so good at manipulating tone, cutting between reality and illusion just often enough that we're disoriented and squirming in our seats a little." ― The late Satoshi Kon was a visionary filmmaker whose oeuvre includes the haunting Perfect Blue, the heartfelt Tokyo Godfathers, and the sci-fi brain-diving Paprika. Only once did Kon cross over from the silver screen to television. In 2004, Kon di...
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This Week in Games - Hard Reboot

Bioware hits the big red reset button on the disastrous Anthem - plus a bunch of fighting game news, and not all of it is quite so much fun. ― Heyas, TWIG pals! It's Thursday, it's a week, and there's games to talk about! Japan's big arcade show JAEPO was last weekend, and there was plenty of cool stuff on display… much of which you won't get to see unless you live in Japan, have a Round 1 near you, ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Jeweler Richard This Season's Hidden Gem?

A perfectly composed jeweler teams up with newbie Seigi to highlight the painful emotions and injustices tied to...a simple piece of jewelry. What sounds like a thin premise turned out to be a surprising diamond in the rough. ― A perfectly composed jeweler teams up with newbie Seigi to highlight the painful emotions and injustices tied to...a simple piece of jewelry. What sounds like a thin premise ...
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The List - 5 Best Monster Girl Anime

The world of monster girls is deep and diverse. Dive in with Jacki and meet anime's lamia, dullahans, and mermaids! ― As you probably heard, this season's Interspecies Reviewers proved to be too hot for TV. We'll keep our fingers crossed for a home video release but if you're still looking to get your monster girl fix, we've got five great alternatives full of comedy, romance, and just enough cheese...
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ANNCast - It's The Puppet Show

It's an All-Puppets episode of ANNCast! Zac and a very special guest dive into The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance before going on a journey with Gen Urobuchi's phenomenal Thunderbolt Fantasy! ― ANNCast 372 - It's The Puppet Show It's an All-Puppets episode of ANNCast! Zac and a very special guest dive into The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance before going on a journey with Gen Urobuchi's phenomenal ...
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This Week in Anime - Is It Just Me, Or is Tezuka's Phoenix a Jerk?

"One thing you can count on in every single story no matter the time period is this bird will be there to be a giant dick to whoever is unfortunate enough to find it." ― The TV adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's unfinished magnum opus is available on streaming once again. Nick and Steve try to figure out the larger themes at play from robot wives to wolf guys although the answer could be even simpler: The...
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This Week in Games - Optic Blast from the Past

Heidi's got the details on a new retro game collection, the return of the Wonderful 101, EVO's new lineup for 2020 and much more! ― Boy, am I ever glad that there's been big, interesting videogame news to distract from everything else that's been going on the world this week! Hey, did you see that a bunch of formerly unlocalized Famicom Kunio-kun games are going to be released in a big collection on ...
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This Week in Anime - Pet is Pizza, Pringles, and Psychopaths

The adaptation of this two-decade old manga shows that old dogs can learn new tricks--if those tricks are diving into the brains of the traumatized and building a playground. ― The adaptation of this two-decade old manga shows that old dogs can learn new tricks--if those tricks are diving into the brains of the traumatized and building a playground. Micchy and Nick leap into the world of conspiracie...
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The List - 5 Top Anime Opening Songs of Winter 2020

It's time to update your playlist! Jacki listens to all the opening songs from the winter 2020 anime season to find which ones truly rock! Wanna weigh in on which songs you think are the best? Be sure to vote in Anime News Network's poll ― There are tons of good opening songs coming out this season that it was really difficult to narrow it down. There's a handful of idol shows focused squarely on pr...
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ANNCast - Do You Mean "Anime" Anime or like, Actual Anime?

Zac, Lynzee and special guest Evan Minto drop themselves into the abyss in an in-depth discussion over what the term "anime" actually even means anymore in an era of aggressive rebranding. ― ANNCast 371 - Do You Mean "Anime" Anime or like, Actual Anime? Zac, Lynzee and special guest Evan Minto drop themselves into the abyss in an in-depth discussion over what the term "anime" actually even means any...
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This Week in Anime - Is Asteroid in Love Worth Watching?

"Look, these girls are dumb enough to live tweet their espionage missions, ya gotta cut them some slack." ― This season's cute girls in a club show is mixing it up with mistaken identity, possible yuri romance, and visiting a lot of genre staple hotspots (maid cafe anyone?) Is it just more of the same comfort food or does Asteriods in Love have something truly unique to offer? Micchy and Andy try to...
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This Week in Games - Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

Heidi gazes in bafflement at the recently-announced Atari Hotel and reviews the new Switch port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions! ― I get a lot of random games PR stuff in my email inbox. A decent chunk of it is welcome and relevant to what I write, but there are a fair few press releases and solicitations for… odd… products. By “odd,” I mean these things are downright shady at worst, but at best, they just ...
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This Week in Anime - Is ID: Invaded High Concept or Just High?

"Listen man, if you kept getting plugged into The Matrix For Assholes as your day job you wouldn't look too great either." ― Ei Aoki's original anime series throws a detective into the literal unconsciousness of serial killers in hopes of bringing them to justice...except our detective is a killer too? Steve and Nick breakdown why this sci-fi serial is just weird enough to work. Disclaimer: The view...
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The List - Our 5 Favorite Premieres of Winter 2020

Jacki Jing and Lynzee Loveridge watched all the anime so you wouldn't have to! Here are the top five best anime premieres of Winter 2020! ― You're bundled up with a hot cocoa while the snow piles up outside. Icicles hang perilously from your front door frame. It's way too cold out there, so let's get cozy with five of our favorite premieres from the Winter 2020 anime season! We've got mysteries, fan...
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The List - The Top 5 Makoto Shinkai Movies

In celebration of the release of Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Weathering With You, we're counting down our favorite works from him - and don't forget to vote in the poll! ― Over the last 20 years, if there's one anime director people have heard of (who isn't named Hayao Miyazaki – it's probably Makoto Shinkai, the director of what is still the highest grossing animated film of all time in Japan, br...
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This Week in Anime - What is Going on in OBSOLETE?

Steve and Micchy try to make sense of Gen Urobuchi's latest series about the commodification of war. ― The aliens might not be interested in politics but that won't stop Earthlings from finding new uses for their recently obtained technology. The first half of acclaimed writer Gen Urobuchi's 3DCG YouTube series is available on YouTube now and it wouldn't be a Booch affair without death and commisera...
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This Week in Games - The Dregs of Dragon Ball

Heidi plows through this week's Sonic news before delving in to the absolute worst Dragon Ball games of all time! ― Howdy! It's a new week, and we're gonna talk about games, dangit! Well, uh… honestly, there isn't too much news. I mean, yeah, there are a few noteworthy news bits, but I don't have much in the way of commentary to add to them. So, we're going to do a little something fun after the news...
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This Week in Anime - Is Ni no Kuni Worth Watching?

Nick and Andy check out the bizarro-Ghibli film spawned from a pair of video games and find that it'd be a whole lot better with more spiders and less...everything else. ― Nick and Andy check out the bizarro-Ghibli film spawned from a pair of video games and find that it'd be a whole lot better with more spiders and less...everything else. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the particip...
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ANNCast - Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Weathering Over Here

Zac and Lynzee tackle Makoto Shinkai's two biggest films - Your Name and Weathering With You, plus our favorite premieres of the Winter 2020 season and more! ― ANNCast 370 - Don't Mind Me, I'm Just Weathering Over Here Zac and Lynzee tackle Makoto Shinkai's two biggest films - Your Name and Weathering With You, plus our favorite premieres of the Winter 2020 season and more! You can listen to the sho...
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This Week in Games - Super Smash Salt

It's a big week for news - More Fire Emblem in Smash, Final Fantasy VII gets delayed, Sony's still out of E3 - and much more! ― We've got a pretty news-heavy Week in Games, but before we get started, I'll link you all to my preview/interview for Granblue Fantasy Versus! A big gallery of pictures from Granblue Fest are following soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Now, are you ready for some HARD...
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This Week in Anime - MHA's Heroes Put it All on the Line in Overhaul Arc

The explosive confrontation between Deku, Mirio, and Overhaul comes to a head in the finale of the latest My Hero Academia arc. ― The explosive confrontation between Deku, Mirio, and Overhaul comes to a head in the finale of the latest My Hero Academia arc. Nick and Steve discuss what made this arc such an enthralling ride. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this cha...
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This Week in Anime - Thunderbolt Fantasy Proves Gen Urobuchi is The Puppet Master

In 2016, acclaimed scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi moved on from the likes of Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass to the world of...puppetry. Thus, Thunderbolt Fantasy was born and it may be the most anime thing he's ever created to date. ― In 2016, acclaimed scriptwriter Gen Urobuchi moved on from the likes of Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass to the world of...puppetry. Thus, Thunderbolt Fantasy was born and it m...
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The List - The Top 5 Goth Anime

If you've got a penchant for eyeliner, fishnets, the color black and Siouxie and the Banshees, these 5 anime will capture your wounded heart. ― The hair was big, the color was black, and the eyeliner was thick. More than aesthetic, goth is a mood. It's a subversive fascination with the dark, the occult, and rejection of the mainstream. It's rocking out to The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nightwi...
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ANNCast - Ascending to the Stars

Zac and Lynzee catch up on the news, dive deep on Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! and Stars Align - and also suffer through Tom Hooper's CATS, because of course they did. ― ANNCast 369 - Ascending to the Stars Zac and Lynzee catch up on the news, dive deep on Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken and Stars Align - and also suffer through Tom Hooper's CATS, because of course they did. You can listen to the show...
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This Week in Games - Galarian Nights

It's an avalanche of Pokemon news from the latest Pokemon direct - plus the PS5 logo, Platinumgames and more! ― Hello, TWIG friends! I'm back from MAGfest, and jeez, going to the east coast and back really takes a lot out of me for some reason. The event was great, but I feel like I'm still sleeping it off. Maybe I'm getting too old for this…. Nahhhhhhh. Anyhow, it's my duty as a good games person to...
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This Week in Anime - Does Anybody Love ORESUKI?

Led by Jōro, a guy who has maintained a perfect facade in the hopes of landing a cute girlfriend, the series wants to have its satire cake and eat it too. Is there anything to love about a series starring a two-faced jerk? ― Last season's harem-with-a-twist was ORESUKI, a story happy to break the fourth wall and point out the expectations that comes with an anime rom-com. Led by Jōro, a guy who has ...
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This Week in Anime - Why Ascendance of a Bookworm Refreshes the Isekai Genre

Getting transported to another world has been the flavor-of-the-year for the last half-decade. It's easy to get burned out on the same old, same old. Nick and Steve look into why you shouldn't skip Ascendance of a Bookworm, the little isekai that could . ― Getting transported to another world has been the flavor-of-the-year for the last half-decade. It's easy to get burned out on the same old, same ...
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The List - The 5 Best Studio Ghibli Films

Jacki Jing looks over Hayao Miyazaki and company's giant work of impressive films and narrows it down to the top five. ― Everyone knows the legendary Studio Ghibli– built out of the blood, sweat and tears of such creative titans as Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Toshio Suzuki, and hundreds of other extremely talented animators, composers, production designers, colorists and so much more, Ghibli is w...
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This Week in Anime - Carole & Tuesday Fights the Power

Steve and Micchy sort out the remaining threads of Shinichiro Watanabe's musical sci-fi drama Carole & Tuesday as our folk-singing duo take on the music industry, political corruption, and a not-so-subtle condemnation of American immigration policies. ― Steve and Micchy sort out the remaining threads of Shinichiro Watanabe's musical sci-fi drama Carole & Tuesday as our folk-singing duo take on the m...
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This Week in Games - Mappy New Year!

In the grim, distant future of the year 2020, Heidi's still got some fun video game news: Dragon Quest, Xenosaga, Gunslinger Straos and A Brief History of Mappy! ― Holy crap, it's 2020! That's two twenties duct-taped together! I'm starting off my new year at MAGfest, where I'm helping host two panels: A discussion of Japanese music-based video games on Friday at 5:30 PM and a panel all about obscure ...
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ANNCast - Revenge Of The 2010s

Looking for a way to close out the decade? Don't miss Zac, Lynzee and special guests Mike Toole and Daryl Surat count down their top 5 anime of the last 10 years! ― ANNCast 367 - Revenge of the 2010s Zac, Lynzee and special guests Mike Toole and Daryl Surat go on an incredible and intense journey counting down their top 10 anime of the last 10 years - along with yours! It's a wild ride and the bigge...
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This Week in Anime - No Guns Life Takes Aim at Real-World Corruption

Nick and Steve revisit No Guns Life's dystopia of criminal bureaucracies, corrupt governments, and heartless capitalists running amok while citizens suffer in poverty. Wait, we're talking about an anime series, right? ― Nick and Steve revisit No Guns Life's dystopia of criminal bureaucracies, corrupt governments, and heartless capitalist running amok while citizens suffer in poverty. Wait, we're tal...
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The ANNCast Holiday Special

Zac and Lynzee dig deep on The Rise of Skywalker - and then dive in to our top 5 anime and movies of 2019! ― ANNCast 368 - The ANNCast Holiday Special Zac and Lynzee dig deep on The Rise of Skywalker - and then dive in to our top 5 anime and movies of 2019! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on Stitcher here, and we're also on Goog...
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This Week in Games - Holiday Makeover

Heidi checks in with the news, including Street Fighter V, Granblue Fantasy and much more! ― Hey folks. I want to talk about something that blew up over the past couple days. I think it's important. I've made no secret here that I'm a big fan of Gematsu. I use them a lot as a primary info source when writing this column, and have incredible respect for the fact that the whole site is basically a one-...
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This Week in Anime - Blade of the Immortal Gets Lost in the Ultraviolence

Micchy and Andy check back on Blade of the Immortal after its initially eye-popping opening episodes to find that it's spinning its wagon wheels in the muck. ― Micchy and Andy check back on Blade of the Immortal after its initially eye-popping opening episodes to find that it's spinning its wagon wheels in the muck. Is it still a grotesque visual feast or just plain grotesque? Disclaimer: The views ...
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This Week in Anime - Crying With Angel Beats 10 Years Later

Angel Beats is here to break hearts and chew bubblegum, and it's all out of bubblegum. The series is approaching its decade-a-versary and, as Steve and Nick quickly find out, time hasn't put a damper on all of its Big Feelings. ― Angel Beats is here to break hearts and chew bubblegum, and it's all out of bubblegum. The series is approaching its decade-a-versary and, as Steve and Nick quickly find ou...
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The List - 5 Best Pokémon Anime of All Time

Franchise mega-fan Callum May counts down the very best Pokémon anime series. ― Even after 22 years of airing, Pokemon is still evolving. Whilst it remains a kids series, it has so much heart and creativity that I believe anyone can appreciate it. The journeys of Ash, along with the three adjacent series Pokemon Origins, Chronicles, and Generations, have all worked to expand the Pokemon world even f...
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ANNCast - Revenge Of The 2010s

Zac, Lynzee and special guests Mike Toole and Daryl Surat go on an intense journey counting down their top 10 anime of the last 10 years - along with yours! It's the biggest show in ANNCast history! ― ANNCast 367 - Revenge of the 2010s Zac, Lynzee and special guests Mike Toole and Daryl Surat go on an incredible and intense journey counting down their top 10 anime of the last 10 years - along with y...
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This Week in Anime - Netflix's Levius Sends in the Clowns

Netflix dropped its final punch-fest for 2019, this time with bonus steampunk flavor. What separates Levius from Baki and Kengan Ashura? Steve and Nick dig into the show's unique brand of humor—and one villain that's all about clowning around. ― Netflix dropped its final punch-fest for 2019, this time with bonus steampunk flavor. What separates Levius from Baki and Kengan Ashura? Steve and Nick dig ...
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Astro Toy Special: S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball 2019 Event Exclusives

Returning champion Rob Bricken takes a close-up look at 4 of this year's Dragon Ball convention exclusives in a special edition of our classic Astro Toy column! ― S.H. Figuarts Dragon Ball 2019 Event Exclusives Maker: Bandai/Tamashii Nations Series: Various Price: $55-75 The convention season is long over, but it wasn't a bad year for Dragon Ball fans. Tamashii Nations' long-running S.H. Figuarts li...
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This Week in Anime - Babylon Has a Whore Complex

The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of reeking garbage. ― The Babylon anime is on short hiatus as it prepares for its big finale. Micchy and Andy dig in to the show's philosophical conundrums on suicide and gender relations and come up with a lot of...
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The List - 5 Best Ladies of My Hero Academia

Jacki looks over the roster of female heroes and villains to finally proclaim which is "Best Girl." ― My Hero Academia is full of characters with amazing abilities and powers. Some can alternate between blasts of ice and fire! Others can explode with a clap of their hands. Not all powers are focused on strength, either. Sometimes nullifying other characters' powers or being able to out maneuver a fo...
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ANNCast - Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

Zac, Lynzee and special guest Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast transform and power up for a rowdy conversation about the long-awaited official release of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars! ― ANNCast 366 - Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Zac, Lynzee and special guest Dawn from the Anime Nostalgia Podcast transform and power up for the long-awaited official release of the final season of the 90s Sailor Moon seri...
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This Week in Anime - Stars Align is Here and It's Hella Queer

The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. ― The little show about a boys' soft tennis club is well underway to being one of the most heartfelt and sincere representations of LGBTQ+ youth in a long time. Micchy and Andy break down everything the drama is doing right and how its charact...
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This Week in Games - Seeing S.T.A.R.S.

Heidi's back with a Mario Maker 2 update, plus news from Persona 5, Resident Evil 3 and, of course, the dreaded return of the Game Awards! ― Can you believe it's December already? Jeez, where did the year go? Hopefully you all successfully avoided brick and mortar retail hell last weekend. I stayed here at home over the Black Cyber weekend and finished painting a resin kit. (Though I may have splurge...
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This Week in Anime - Is F/GO: Babylonia Anime as Popular as its Mobile Game?

The unstoppable visual novel Fate/stay night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations but is mobage anime adaptation Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia worth watching? ― The unstoppable visual novel Fate/Stay Night has spawned multitudes of media adaptations, including the highly successful Fate/Grand Order mobile game. In an interesting move, the staff decided to adapt one of the...
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The Mike Toole Show - The One Truth, And Nothing But the One Truth: An Oral History of Case Closed

Mike solves the fascinating mystery behind Detective Conan's journey to America, with in-depth behind-the-scenes interviews! ― In the far future year of 2000, the Fox Broadcasting Company had some interesting designs on Japanese animation. Several shows, including Escaflowne, Dinozaurs, and my beloved Moncolle Knights, aired regularly on their mainline TV network's Fox Kids weekend programming block....
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This Week in Games - THANK

Take a break from the stress of holiday relatives with Heidi's news roundup - plus a list of the things she's most thankful for in the modern age of video games! ― Hey all! It's been a slow-ish news week in the wild and wacky world of videogames, but that's okay! We can enjoy a day full of food, family and/or friends, and MST3K marathons free of major controversies or big-announcement distractions. T...
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ANNCast - Zac & Shawne's Excellent Adventure

Our special guest and returning champion, CEO of Right Stuf Shawne Kleckner comes back to the show to talk bestsellers, give us his insider take on the anime industry and much more! ― ANNCast 365 - Zac & Shawne's Excellent Adventure Our special guest and returning champion Shawne Kleckner comes back to the show to talk bestsellers, give us his insider take on the anime industry and much more! You ca...
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This Week in Anime - Has My Hero Academia Taken Its Darkest Turn?

My Hero Academia's characters are known for their relentless optimism in the face of danger, but can Deku and the crew stand-up against the likes of Overhaul—the series' most twisted villain yet? ― My Hero Academia's characters are known for their relentless optimism in the face of danger, but can Deku and the crew stand-up against the likes of Overhaul—the series' most twisted villain yet? Disclaim...
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The List - 5 Best Opening Songs of Fall 2019

Jacki Jing counts down the best new openers of the season. See if your favs made The List! ― It's that time again folks! We're smack dab in the middle of the season and what better time to start a YouTube debate about our completely subjective music preferences!? ::powerful face/fist look:: Okay, to be fair, we listened to every single new OP and it was really hard to choose! Here's our top 5! 5. “R...
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This Week in Games - Strive for Greatness

Heidi picks up some unusual Sonic the Hedgehog news - plus Street Fighter V and more! ― It's a good week to be a Sega fan. For decades, we have been eagerly waiting, wondering if this would ever happen. But just days ago, it became a reality. Finally, we have a release of a much beloved game that fans never dreamed would exist, a surprise-filled journey that resolves mysteries left lingering for year...
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This Week in Anime - Kengan Ashura is Netflix's Weirdest Punch Fest

The second half of Netflix's beefy punch-fest is out and Micchy and Andy are here to figure out whether it lands the hit or is just a sprawling mass of confusion. With special appearances by not-Mickey Mouse! ― The second half of Netflix's beefy punch-fest is out and Micchy and Andy are here to figure out whether it lands the hit or is just a sprawling mass of confusion. With special appearances by ...
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ANNCast - Revolutionary Girl Erica

Two queers - Zac Bertschy and the legendary yuri anime and manga expert Erica Friedman - together celebrate 100 years of yuri! ― ANNCast 364 - Revolutionary Girl Erica Two queers - Zac Bertschy and the legendary yuri anime and manga expert Erica Friedman - together celebrate 100 years of yuri! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 version here, check out the show on ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Case File nº221: Kabukicho Worth Watching?

Micchy and Nick try to solve the mystery behind this weird twist on the Sherlock formula. ― Case File nº221: Kabukicho takes a modern spin on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective, but does this murder mystery live up to its inspiration? This week, Nick and Micchy take a look at a bizarre reimagining of Sherlock Holmes. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlo...
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The List - The Top 5 One Piece Battles

Join us for a journey through the 5 most memorable battles in the legendary Shonen Jump masterpiece - One Piece! ― The One Piece anime just celebrated its 20th anniversary—that's more than 900 episodes retelling Eiichiro Oda's best-selling manga, which chronicles the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of pirates. Like any good shonen series, these adventures often involve beating up a lot of...
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The Mike Toole Show - O Big O, Where Art Thou?

Mike returns with an in-depth look at the history and legacy of one of the biggest mecha action shows to hit the early 21st century - The Big O! ― Twenty years ago, something remarkable happened: One Piece started airing on TV in Japan. Wait a minute, that's not what I was gonna talk about. I'm here to talk about what happened twenty years ago the week before One Piece started! On October 13th, 1999,...
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This Week in Anime - The Gremlins and Beasties of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun

This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. ― Halloween may be technically behind us, but the holiday spirit lives on throughout the fall anime season. This week, Nick and Andy pay a friendly visit to the monsters of Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the...
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This Week in Games - Fairy Tail Hands-On

Heidi's got a sneak preview of the upcoming Fairy Tail game - plus the new Sonic the Hedgehog, absolutely no Pokemon discussion and more! ― Hello, gaming friends! It's a big release week, with Pokemon Sword and Shield on the horizon! Let's check Twitter and see what everyone's getting hyped about the most in the games-- Yeah, uh, I think I'm going to stay the hell away from that. We're at the point w...
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The List - 5 Unrealized Western Anime Movies

There have been a ton of floundering Hollywood adaptations of anime over the years - here are our five most wanted, from Tiger & Bunny to Taika Waititi's Akira! ― The live-action Cowboy Bebop series is really, truly happening after being floated for years around Hollywood. The series is coming to Netflix in the near future, even if it has hit a setback (get well soon John Cho!) The idea for Hollywoo...
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This Week in Games - Games for Good Boys and Girls

Death Stranding finally arrives - plus, Pokemon news, Guilty Gear and more! ― Hey all! I just got back from a trip to Koei-Tecmo America's HQ to get some hands-on time with the upcoming Fairy Tail RPG for PS4 and Switch. My impressions will be up very soon, so I hope you'll give that a read if you're interested in the game! The general public will begin to get their hands on Death Stranding later tod...
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This Week in Anime - Kandagawa Jet Girls is Full-Frontal Jet Ski Nonsense

The creators of "sexy ninja girls" and "sexy medieval girls" join forces for the surprisingly hilarious Kandagawa Jet Girls fanservice sports show. ― Buxom bouncing girls suit up for jet-ski based laser tag and no, this is not the premise of a lost Girls Gone Wild video. The creators of "sexy ninja girls" and "sexy medieval girls" join forces for the surprisingly hilarious Kandagawa Jet Girls fanser...
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This Week in Anime - Is Kemono Michi All Bark and No Bite?

This isekai anime series features a hot-blooded wrestler who wants nothing more than to be friends with all the animals. How could such a wholesome premise turn sour? Turns out a whole lot. ― This isekai anime series features a hot-blooded wrestler who wants nothing more than to be friends with all the animals. How could such a wholesome premise turn sour? Turns out a whole lot. Disclaimer: The view...
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ANNCast - Fond Of Me Lobster

Zac and Lynzee strap in for a double feature of The Lighthouse and The VVitch, plus Tomino vs. Shinkai, Taika Waititi's Akira, Blackfox and No Guns Life! ― ANNCast 363 - Fond Of Me Lobster Zac and Lynzee strap in for a double feature of The Lighthouse and The VVitch, plus Tomino vs. Shinkai, Taika Waititi's Akira, Blackfox and No Guns Life! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-downl...
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This Week in Games - Wrestling with Problems

Halloween might be over, but Heidi's got the scoop on Blizzcon announcements, Death Stranding, hilarious glitches in wrestling games and much much more! ― Hello again, Boo-ys, Ghouls, and other spoopy folks! Wait, it's not Halloween anymore? Awww, poo. Well, uh... happy discount candy day! Head on over to Safeway and get yourself enough Tootsie Pops to last for the next twelve months! The last week i...
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This Week in Anime - Why Saint Seiya is the OG Psychedelic Shonen Action Show

We've stepped into a time machine and gone way back to 1987 where male action heroes were pink, flashy, and kicked ass. ― We've stepped into a time machine and gone way back to 1987 where male action heroes were pink, flashy, and kicked ass. The original Saint Seiya is now legally streaming on Netflix and Micchy and Steve are ready to go on a psychadelic shonen trip back to 1987. Disclaimer: The vie...
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This Week in Anime - Is No Guns Life a Sure-Fire Hit?

Nick and Andy are locked and stocked for the only series starring a guy with an actual gun for a head. ― Juzo is a detective about town, and that town just so happens to be a dystopian, cybernetic hellscape. Nick and Andy are locked and stocked for the only series starring a guy with an actual gun for a head. The premise sounds ridiculous but this is a wild ride you'll want to see the whole way thro...
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The List - The Top Five Rumiko Takahashi Anime

We count down the five best anime adaptations of world-famous legendary mangaka Rumiko Takhashi's work, from Inuyasha to Maison Ikkoku! ― Rumiko Takahashi is a living legend. One of the most popular and successful mangaka of all time, she's created characters and stories – from fantasy to romance to adventure, sometimes combining all three - that have influenced and inspired millions of people. Ther...
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This Week in Anime - Is Ultramarine Magmell a Monstrous Mess?

Nick and Steve explore the unknown island of Magmell and discover its full of monsters...physically and plot wise. ― 35 years ago a continent full of monsters appeared in the Pacific Ocean. Now, in the year 2019, Netflix has released the series on the rest of us. Nick and Steve explore the unknown island of Magmell and discover its full of monsters...physically and plot wise. Disclaimer: The views a...
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This Week in Games - Temper Your Expectations

Persona 5 is back, Broly joins Dragon Ball FighterZ, No More Heroes and the rest of this week's news! Heidi's got the scoop. ― I was doing my Twitter rounds today when I came across a very concerning tweet. This individual, who apparently worked on some of the Rance series translations, posted about why they are no longer working with publisher MangaGamer. Basically: they claim their contracted emplo...
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This Week in Anime - Could Stars Align Be This Season's Ace Anime Series?

The original anime series Stars Align has all the makings of a season highlight, thanks to stellar character writing and intense family drama. Micchy and Andy take the series to the court to find out what makes this series a grand slam! ― The original anime series Stars Align has all the makings of a season highlight, thanks to stellar character writing and intense family drama. Micchy and Andy take...
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The List - 5 Best New Anime From Fall 2019 Season

If you're looking for the skinny on which anime you should devote your time to, Jacki Jing has our top five picks. We narrowed it down by sticking strictly to the new stuff; no sequels! ― Fall brings with it my favorite things: cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice coffee, jack o lanterns, GHOSTS...and about 35 new anime series! If you're looking for the skinny on which anime you should devote your time to, ...
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ANNCast - Our Top 5 Anime Of All Time

It's another Halloween Movie Swap, followed by the big Ghibli news this week and then Zac and Lynzee count down their top five favorite anime of all time! ― ANNCast 362 - Our Top 5 Anime of All Time It's another Halloween Movie Swap, followed by the big news this week and then Zac and Lynzee count down their top five favorite anime of all time! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-d...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Seis Manos Worth Watching?

Netflix's new animated series blends retro grindhouse with Mexican supernatural elements for an ass-kicking good time. Micchy and Nick have all the details. ― Netflix's new animated series blends retro grindhouse with Mexican supernatural elements for an ass-kicking good time. Micchy and Nick have all the details. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are n...
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This Week in Games - The End of the World As We Know It

Heidi chronicles this week's Fortnite saga - along with fighting game news and the return of Fat Pikachu! ― As mainstream as games are nowadays, I'm still weirded out when a game manages to make national headlines. But when you're as big a force in popular culture as Fortnite is right now, almost any degree of shakeup is going to make some big waves. Epic had dubbed what was going to happen in Fortni...
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This Week in Anime - Blade of the Immortal is Blood-Soaked Beauty

LIDEN FILMS takes on the gory manga classic Blade of the Immortal, delivering more slicing and flying limbs than ever before. What is it about the classic tale that will keep Steve and Andy tuning in every week? Besides the rolling heads, anyway. ― LIDEN FILMS takes on the gory manga classic Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura, delivering more slicing, dicing, and flying limbs than ever before. ...
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The List - 5 Best Boys-Love Anime

Yuri on Ice premiered three years ago and absolutely took the anime world by storm. Jacki Jing takes a look back at this amazing anime and more heart-warming BL series. Also: The reader poll returns! ― Who doesn't enjoy a good love story? Their eyes meet, sparks fly, their hands graze one another and...! Ah, but it's just an anime series! I've rewatched Yuri and Victor's partner-skate routine so man...
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ANNCast - The Spooky Season

Zac and Lynzee swap some horror movies for the official start of the Halloween season - plus this week's Masaaki Yuasa news, and a bunch of Fall 2019 anime premiere chat! ― ANNCast 361 - The Spooky Season Zac and Lynzee swap some horror movies for the official start of the Halloween season - plus this week's Masaaki Yuasa news, and a bunch of Fall 2019 anime premiere chat! You can listen to the show...
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This Week in Anime - Why Dr. Stone's Village Arc is The Best Yet

The series' Village Arc introduces an array of outlandish allies and villains and Nick and Steve are here to break down why we can't help but love this edutainment anime. ― Dr. Stone has taken his science up a notch as our boy Senku continues his quest to build a kingdom Albert Einstein would be proud of. The series' Village Arc introduces an array of outlandish allies and villains and Nick and Stev...
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This Week in Games - Under the Gun

Blizzard's controversial and oppressive stance on the Chinese government overwhelms the news - plus One Punch Man, the Playstation 5 and much more! ― Hey all! Let's check the gaming news and… oh. It seems that Blizzard really stepped in it this time. And it's not pretty. [BREAKING] Hong Kong Hearthstone player @blitzchungHS calls for liberation of his country in post-game interview:https://t.co/3AgQA...
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This Week in Anime - Is Netflix's Action-Packed Sound & Fury Musical Art?

Grammy-award winning musical artist Sturgill Simpson teamed up with Batman Ninja director Junpei Mizusaki for his anthology animated Netflix Film, Sound & Fury. The musical action is both head-scratching and even beautiful, but is it capital-A art? ― Grammy-award winning musical artist Sturgill Simpson is known for his versatile sound, having found success as a country artist and opened for the like...
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The List - 5 Best Anime Opening Songs of Summer 2019

Summer season is drawing to a close but Jacki Jing will still be grooving to these anime opening themes. ― Summer season is drawing to a close but Jacki Jing will still be grooving to these anime opening themes. Which songs did you add to your playlist? Let us know in the comments! 5. Dr. Stone: "Good Morning World!" by BURNOUT SYNDROMES Burnout Syndromes are pack with a snappy opening after working...
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ANNCast - Let's Put A Smile On That Face

Zac and Lynzee tackle Todd Phillips' controversial new Joker movie, plus their favorite Batman movies, this week's hot news and the Fall 2019 Anime season so far! ― ANNCast 360 - Let's Put A Smile On That Face Zac and Lynzee tackle Todd Phillips' controversial new Joker movie, plus their favorite Batman movies, this week's hot news and the Fall 2019 Anime season so far! You can listen to the show on...
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This Week in Anime - Legend of the Galactic Heroes Gets a Shiny Makeover

Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second picks up where the first season left off but our space boys have a brand-new look. Micchy and Andy revisit the legendary space opera's roots to see if this new coat of paint is merely superficial. Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Second picks up where the first season left off but our space boys have a brand-new look. Micchy and And...
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This Week in Games - Requiem for Alphadream

The developer behind Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga shutters for good, and Heidi runs an In Memoriam reel for them - plus big Pokemon news and much more! ― Hey everyone! Did you know you can finally, finally play with friends in Super Mario Maker 2 now? No more struggling to achieve any sort of victory against obnoxious randos, hooray! There are some new features for local play, too, so if you were so...
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This Week in Anime - Did Masato Complete His Mother-Loving Quest or Is It a Bad-End?

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? was an MMORPG full of mamas, mothers, and mommies but did it manage to move mountains and win a place in Steve and Nick's mother-loving hearts? ― Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? mixed mammaries, magic, and monstrous encounters in an MMORPG full of mamas, mothers, and mommies but did it manage to move mountains and ...
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ANNCast - Are You Not Entertained?

Zac and Lynzee ready their broadswords and passionately scream at the heavens for a double feature of historical fiction - Ridley Scott's Gladiator and the brutal Viking epic Vinland Saga! ― ANNCast 359 - Are You Not Entertained? Zac and Lynzee ready their broadswords and passionately scream at the heavens for a double feature of historical fiction - Ridley Scott's Gladiator and the brutal Viking ep...
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The List - 5 Best My Hero Academia Battles

Jacki Jing puts on her brawlin' gloves to knock out the five most nail-biting fights from My Hero Academia! It's PLUS ULTRA! ― Jacki Jing kicks it into high gear before My Hero Academia Season 4 premieres in October. Get your blood-pumping with the shonen action show's five most spectacular brawls! 5. Stain vs Todoroki, Iida, Deku (Season 2) Stain's self-righteous sense of “justice” and “truth” led ...
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This Week in Games - Strange Romance

In the wake of the Kentucky Fried Chicken promotional visual novel, Heidi shakes it off and explores the wonderful world of VNs, along with the rest of this week's news! ― Hey folks! Well, TGS is over, and that means… we're into that slow news period where everyone's too busy getting all their hot holiday-season releases out to really make any big announcements. At least we've got a release date for ...
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This Week in Anime - Did Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Close Out Capitally?

This Sherlockian Fate spinoff has just wrapped the mystery that consumed its entire second half. Nick and Steve discuss whether or not Waver Velvet's crazy train managed to stay on the rails. ― Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files: Rail Zeppelin Grace note has just wrapped the mystery that consumed its entire second half. This week, Nick and Steve discuss whether or not Waver Velvet's crazy train managed ...
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This Week in Anime - Fruits Basket's First Season Was an Emotional Rollercoaster

The first season of Natsuki Takaya's legendary shojo fairytale has come to a close. Micchy and Steve break down their favorite moments in the series so far while they wait for season two. ― The first season of Natsuki Takaya's legendary shojo fairytale Fruits Basket has come to a close. This week, Micchy and Steve break down their favorite moments in the series so far while they wait for season two....
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The List - The Top 5 3DCG Anime

Special guest host The Canipa Effect runs down the top 5 3DCG anime of all time! ― It wouldn't be farfetched to say that the presence of 3D anime within the industry is growing. As the technologies become more accessible and fans become more accepting, we're seeing more producers open up to the possibility of creating 3D works for the anime market. Now even studios like Polygon Pictures, who had bec...
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ANNCast - Lost In Space

Zac and Lynzee burn up and confront the enormous Studio Trigger movie Promare, and then eject themselves into the galaxy for this summer's strongest show, Astra Lost in Space! ― ANNCast 358 - Lost In Space Zac and Lynzee burn up and confront the enormous Studio Trigger movie Promare, and then eject themselves into the galaxy for this summer's strongest show, Astra Lost In Space! You can listen to th...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Granbelm?

This hybrid magical-girl/battle-royale/mecha-war series has largely flown under the radar this season, but not for lack of twists, turns, and ambitious ideas. Nick and Andy break down everything you might have missed over the series' crazy trajectory so far. ― The hybrid magical-girl/battle-royale/mecha-war series Granbelm has largely flown under the radar this season, but not for lack of twists, tu...

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