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This Week in Anime - Is Spriggan Worth Watching?

Netflix revamps the classic action-adventure anime in a six-episode format. It's got a fresh coat of paint, but can Spriggan finally step out of Akira's shadow? ― Netflix revamps the classic action-adventure anime in a six-episode format. It's got a fresh coat of paint, but can Spriggan finally step out of Akira's shadow? This series is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions express...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy XVI's Goodest Boy

New Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy news dominate this week's column with a special shoutout to Torgal! ― Hey everybody! After last week's influx of big, BIG news, things are (thankfully) a bit quieter this week. I did a review of Sonic Origins over at GameSpot, where I was extremely nitpicky Nintendo launched a new Direct broadcast, but not the big, multi-game showcase we were all hoping for,...
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This Week in Anime - All According to Kaguya-sama

As we approach the hour-long finale of Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-, Nick and Steve look back on the wild ride that led us here. Who will confess first, or will their egos once again get in the way of romantic bliss? ― As we approach the hour-long finale of Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ultra Romantic-, Nick and Steve look back on the wild ride that led us here. Who will confess first, or w...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching?

It's been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let's check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver the drama? ― Is Fruits Basket -prelude- Worth Watching? It's been a dry shojo season for way too long, so let's check out the new movie from the fan-favorite series Fruits Basket! Does this Kyoko and Katsuya origin story deliver ...
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This Week in Anime - Totally Spy×Family

Easily one of the stand-out series of the season, Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out why this family of misfits is winning the hearts of everyone across the otaku-sphere. ― Easily one of the stand-out series of the season, Jean-Karlo and Nicky check out why this family of misfits is winning the hearts of everyone across the otaku-sphere. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and ...
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This Week in Games - Return of the Zack

Square-Enix reveals its continuing game plan for the FFVII franchise, and Zack is looking FINE. ― Welcome back to another news-tastic This Week in Games! If you're expecting to read anything here about recent Overwatch 2-related presentations, you are gravely mistaken, because after a year of having to constantly report on increasingly awful revelations about Activision-Blizzard's fetid corporate cul...
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This Week in Anime - Celebrate Pride with Kase-san

Nick and Nicky revisit one of their favorite OAVs just in time for June. If you've put off watching this one (or haven't heard of it) now's a great time to fall in love with Kase and Yamada! ― Nick and Nicky revisit one of their favorite OAVs just in time for June. If you've put off watching this one (or haven't heard of it) now's a great time to fall in love with Kase and Yamada! This series is str...
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The ANN Aftershow - Made in Abyss: Problematic Masterpiece?

Before the next season premieres in July, we're looking back on the previous season and sequel film for Made in Abyss. This anime is on Lynzee's "Masterpiece" list but it comes with a whole lot of caveats. ― Made in Abyss: Problematic Masterpiece? Before the next season premieres in July, we're looking back on the previous season and sequel film for Made in Abyss. This anime is on Lynzee's "Masterpi...
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This Week in Anime - Scratch Your Sci-Fi Itch with Irresponsible Captain Tylor

If you find yourself missing the sci-fi shenanigans of series like Nadesico and Vandread in the seasonal line-up, why not take to the skies with Captain Tylor? Sure, he looks like a deadbeat, but he's actually really competent. Maybe. Probably. ― It's time revisit a classic this week! If you find yourself missing the sci-fi shenanigans of series like Nadesico and Vandread in the seasonal line-up, wh...
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This Week in Games - Hot Wet Leaky Summer

Leaks and new trailers abound this summer. Heidi checks out the promising new look of Street Fighter 6 and salvages what she can from the underwhelming Summer Game Fest. ― So, not long after I submitted last week's column for editing, a huge leak of Street Fighter 6 information started making the rounds. Which, given the history of Capcom in general and Street Fighter in particular, isn't terribly su...
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This Week in Anime - Fanfare of Adolescence Trips at the Starting Line

For a show occupying a unique premise this season, Fanfare of Adolescence can't decide what it wants to focus on. One thing's for sure, it could certainly use more horses. ― For a show occupying a unique premise this season, Fanfare of Adolescence can't decide what it wants to focus on. One thing's for sure, it could certainly use more horses for a jockey anime. This series is streaming on Crunchyro...
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The ANN Aftershow - Who Will Confess First?

Kaguya-sama and SPY x FAMILY both ramp up the romantic developments. Is a confession on the horizon? ― Spy x Family & Kaguya-sama: Who Will Confess First? Kaguya-sama and Spy x Family both ramp up the romantic developments-- is a confession on the horizon? The ANN After Show streams live on Mondays at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. You can find us live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces or listen to the pod...
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This Week in Anime - Does Ikkitousen Still Got It?

Ikkitousen, a 2000s-era series about reincarnated fighters from Romance of Three Kingdoms beating the crap out of each other with plenty of nudity is back. Prepare yourself for unabashed T&A in This Week in Anime! ― Back in the early 2000s, one series was driving the fanservice caravan. Ikkitousen, a series about reincarnated fighters from Romance of Three Kingdoms beating the crap out of each other...
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This Week in Games - Bring out the Big Guns

June has only just started, and we've already got major updates for Final Fantasy XVI, Street Fighter VI, Pokémon, Sonic Frontiers, and more! Heidi takes a closer look. ― Jeez, June has only started, and we've already got a veritable summer avalanche of news to tackle! So, let's cut to the chase and dive into all of the hot new trailers that have dropped over the past week! STATE OF PLAY: EVERYTHING ...
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This Week in Anime - Aharen-san is the Sleeper Comedy You Need to Watch

Two weirdos brought together by a fortuitous class seating chart. Raido and Aharen might share one braincell but lucky for you they're also hilarious. ― Two weirdos brought together by a fortuitous class seating chart. Raido and Aharen might share one braincell but lucky for you they're also hilarious. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the partic...
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This Week in Anime - Are Love After World Domination's Desumi and Fudo the Perfect Couple?

The key to a good romance of any kind is to make me want to see your couple together. For as silly as both Desumi and Fudo can be, they clear that bar with flying colors. ― The key to a good romance of any kind is to make me want to see your couple together. To watch them grow closer, fumble through feelings, and change as they learn more about each other and themselves. For as silly as both Desumi ...
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This Week in Games - Gee, it's Gundam

The world might not be in a good shape right now, but Gundam and Persona have some neat new announcements. Heidi dives in for a look. ― Ah yes, once again I am tasked with writing about videogames in the shadow of unimaginably awful bullshit happening in the world around us. It's pretty tough, not only because the shadow of terrible things is weighing heavily in your mind, but it also feels extremely...
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This Week in Anime - Is In the Heart of Kunoichi Tsubaki as Good as Takagi-san?

A female-only village of ninja may have met its match when its young kunoichi in training become aware of a terrifying yet titillating concept: men. ― A female-only village of ninja may have met its match when its young kunoichi in training become aware of a terrifying yet titillating concept: men. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participan...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good?

Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime masterpiece? ― Is Vampire in the Garden Anime Any Good? Jacki, James, and Lynzee check out Netflix's newest anime from fan-favorite studio WIT! Can the studio behind Attack on Titan and Ranking of Kings turn out another anime master...
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This Week in Anime - Is Vampire in the Garden Worth Watching?

Netflix's new five-episode anime series from Studio Wit takes the typical "vampire-human" war angle and crafts a love story. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a very, very good looking one. ― Netflix's new five-episode anime series from Studio Wit takes the typical "vampire-human" war angle and crafts a love story. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's a very, very good looking one. This s...
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This Week in Games - Starting Over from Zenless Zone Zero

Fresh off the success of Genshin Impact, miHoYo unveils the brand new Zenless Zone Zero. Plus, Heidi breaks down what's hilariously wrong with Activision Blizzard's Diversity Space Tool and the deal with PlayStation Plus. ― Hello again for another fine Week in Games! It's been a little while since I've done shameless self-promotion. So, before we begin, I'd like to point you over to my review of Eiyu...
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This Week in Anime - The Executioner and Her Way Hot Wife

Who knew that the answer to the isekai trend was bringing together a group of murder wives and letting them go hog-wild? ― Who knew that the answer to the isekai trend was bringing together a group of murder wives and letting them go hog-wild? This series is streaming on HIDIVE Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Sp...
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This Week in Anime - Dance Dance Danseur for Your Life

Jumpei is just a middle school kid who wants to be cool and manly. Yet, deep inside him is a growing need to dance and not just any dance, ballet. Dive in to anime about being true to yourself and letting your inner self sparkle! ― Jumpei is just a middle school kid who wants to be cool and manly. Yet, deep inside him is a growing need to dance and not just any dance, ballet. He lacks training and f...
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This Week in Games - The Tales Mobile Curse

While Duke Nukem drama is forever, the latest Tales mobile game certainly isn't. Heidi discusses the shuttered mobage game and a kerfuffle over Street Fighter in This Week in Games! ― I don't know what I was expecting in game news this week, but I can say that I certainly didn't expect the revival of decades-old gaming drama. But here it is. Someone managed to get ahold of an old build of Duke Nukem ...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Party With Ya Boy Kongming!

It's time to party like it's 229! Ya Boy Kongming! is on the scene to inject some surefire strategies into one girl's aspiring EDM music career. See why everyone is talking about the comedy series (and its catchy OP)! ― It's time to party like it's 229! Ya Boy Kongming! is on the scene to inject some surefire strategies into one girl's aspiring EDM music career. See why everyone is talking about the...
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The ANN Aftershow - Ballet Anime? Why You Should Watch Dance Dance Danseur

James, Lynzee, and Jacki discuss the big reveals in Executioner's Way of Life, why you should watch Dance Dance Danseur, and some special art created for the SPY x FAMILY anime. ― Ballet Anime? Why You Should Watch Dance Dance Danseur James, Lynzee, and Jacki discuss the big reveals in Executioner's Way of Life, why you should watch Dance Dance Danseur, and some special art created for the Spy x Fam...
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This Week in Anime - Birdie Wing Has Big Camp Energy

From the crazed mind of Madlax and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid comes a women's sports story with mafiosos, snake women, high-energy trickshots, and oh yeah, golf! Just when you think you know where Birdie Wing is going, the course changes again. ― From the crazed mind of Madlax and Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid comes a women's sports story with mafiosos, snake women, high-energy trickshots, and oh yeah, golf!...
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This Week in Games - What in The Fresh Hell is Going On With Square-Enix?

With Square-Enix selling off its western studios and IPs, Heidi explores what that means for the game company and where it could be headed from here. ― Hello again! It's another week with… honestly not a lot of gaming news, but what we do have is very much worth digging into. This would normally be the time of year where E3 hype would start building… except that E3 got taken out back behind the barn ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Wait, This is a GOLF Anime?!

Jacki and James are back to discuss the spy shenanigans as Loid tries to get Anya into school. Also Birdie Wing is the sports anime you NEED to watch, as it injects crazy action into...golf?! ― Wait, This is a GOLF Anime?! Lynzee is taking some time off this week but Jacki and James are back to discuss the spy shenanigans as Loid tries to get Anya into school. Also Birdie Wing is the sports anime yo...
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This Week in Anime - The Worst Game to Play With Your Tomodachi

With friends like these, who needs enemies? Tomodachi Game is this season's edgy survival game, but does it have the chops to stand above a long line of mediocre copycats? ― With friends like these, who needs enemies? Tomodachi Game is this season's edgy survival game, but does it have the chops to stand above a long line of mediocre copycats? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The ...
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This Week in Anime - Is Bubble a Flop?

Bubble boasts big names like Tetsuro Araki, Gen Urobuchi, Takeshi Obata, and Hiroyuki Sawano, but does the appeal of this blockbuster sci-fi romance deflate upon further inspection? ― WIT Studio's new anime film Bubble boasts big names like Tetsuro Araki, Gen Urobuchi, Takeshi Obata, and Hiroyuki Sawano, but does the appeal of this blockbuster sci-fi romance deflate upon further inspection? This fil...
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This Week in Games - Burning Bridges

Game producer Yuji Naka just spilled all the tea on Balan Wonderland's poor reception and he's pointing the finger at Square Enix. ― Boy, it's a messy week for online services starting with the letters TWIT, huh? There's a lot of toxicity and anger online right now, and I don't blame anyone who wants to take a break from their online lives and play The Stanley Parable for a while. For me, though, the...
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This Week in Anime - Is Gundam 00's Craziness a Bug or a Feature?

Following the announcement of a new CG entry in the Gundam 00 universe, Jean-Karlo and Nick revisit the first arc of the anime series and all of its on-the-nose allegory to the real war in the Middle East. Plus, split personalities! ― Following the announcement of a new CG entry in the Gundam 00 universe, Jean-Karlo and Nick revisit the first arc of the anime series and all of its on-the-nose allego...
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This Week in Anime - Is Child of Kamiari Month Worth Watching?

It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother. ― It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother. This movie is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Spy x Family is the Best Anime of the Season?

James and Lynzee are back to discuss the spring anime season's biggest hits: SPY x FAMILY and The Executioner and Her Way of Life! What's your favorite Anya face? ― Spy x Family is the Best Anime of the Season? James and Lynzee are back to discuss the spring anime season's biggest hits: Spy x Family and The Executioner and Her Way of Life! What's your favorite Anya face? Chat with us live about the ...
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This Week in Games - Nintendo and Sega, How Could You?

Micro-transactions and union-busting top the news this week as we try to figure out which Sonic Origins version to buy to get the whole game. ― Y'know, I really feel for the people who have been working for four-odd years on Digimon Survive. This week, we finally got a release date for this constantly-delayed, incredibly cursed game. Digimon Survive will end its arduous journey to retail shelves worl...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Estab Life?

Estab Life: Great Escape defies explanation. A penguin Eastern bloc, a slime girl obsessed with underpants, and not an iota of sense in sight. Steve and Nick try to make sense of this entertainingly incoherent mess of a show. Estab Life: Great Escape defies explanation. A penguin Eastern bloc, a slime girl obsessed with underpants, and not an iota of sense in sight. Steve and Nick try to make sens...
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This Week in Anime - Does Kenichi Sonoda's Riding Bean Hold Up?

Kenichi Sonoda's musclehead getaway driver Bean Bandit is the subject of a recent crowdfunding campaign for a new anime short, 30 years after he appeared in Riding Bean. Jean-Karlo and Nicky evaluate how both anime hold up, warts and all. ― Kenichi Sonoda's iconic characters make up some of the biggest hits of the 80s and 90s, from Bubblegum Crisis to Gunsmith Cats. One character is the musclehead g...
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This Week in Games - Let's Talk About Kingdom Hearts

Heidi speculates on wtf is going on in the new Kingdom Hearts game and holy crap Witch on the Holy Night is getting a Western release?! ― Hi folks. Boy, uh… pretty big announcement this weekend, huh? But before we get into that, I want to touch on something very briefly: there's some controversy going down among fans of the Touhou Project about recent requests to remove downloads of the original game...
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This Week in Anime - Is Strong World Peak One Piece?

Suffering from One Piece withdrawal while the anime series is on hiatus? Netflix added One Piece Film Strong World to its line-up last month and it works as spectacular side story as we wait for the Wano arc to return. ― Suffering from One Piece withdrawal while the anime series is on hiatus? Netflix added One Piece Film Strong World to its line-up last month and it works as spectacular side story a...
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The ANN Aftershow - The Best Spring 2022 Anime Premieres!

Lynzee and James break down the most promising anime premieres this season from rom-coms to action-packed executioners! Also get the latest updates about the anime dubbing industry and why you need to put Sonic 2 and Everything, Everywhere all at once on your must-watch list. ― The Best Spring 2022 Anime Premieres! Lynzee and James break down the most promising anime premieres this season from rom-c...
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This Week in Anime - Your Tiger & Bunny Primer

Want to know what all the hubbub is about the superhero series Tiger & Bunny but haven't seen the original season? Fear not, citizens! Jean-Karlo and Nicky are ready to give you the official This Week in Anime™ experience. ― Want to know what all the hubbub is about the superhero series Tiger & Bunny but haven't seen the original season? Fear not, citizens! The recap movie and sequel are on Netflix ...
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This Week in Games - Secret Gaming Shame

In today's retro and remake-focused column, Heidi reveals her secret gaming shame: she's never played The Secret of Monkey Island. Which older games have you never found the time to experience? ― It's another one of those slow news weeks, where there's no one story or stories that stand out as particularly huge that I'd need to opine over. Well, okay, there's one announcement that made my social medi...
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This Week in Anime - Where Did Platinum End Go Wrong?

Platinum End plummeted to the bottom of the series ranking episode after episode. How did a show with a pedigree like "from the creators of Death Note" crash and burn so hard? ― Platinum End plummeted to the bottom of the series ranking episode after episode. How did a show with a pedigree like "from the creators of Death Note" crash and burn so hard? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaim...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan the Final Season: The Big Finale!

We've reached the end of the road (almost, again)! Mikasa and Eren reflect back on the path of destruction. Was there ever a point when Eren could have been saved? ― Attack on Titan the Final Season: The Big Finale! We've reached the end of the road (almost, again)! Mikasa and Eren reflect back on the path of destruction. Was there ever a point when Eren could have been saved? Can the world still be...
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This Week in Anime - When in Rome, Bathe as the Romans Do

Thermae Romae Novae looks to reinvigorate Mari Yamazaki's historical comedy manga about bath culture with a brand new series on Netflix. Does this version manage to bring the silly charm or is its topic too niche? ― Thermae Romae Novae looks to reinvigorate Mari Yamazaki's historical comedy manga about bath culture with a brand new series on Netflix. Does this version manage to bring the silly charm...
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This Week in Games - RIP E3

I don't think shitcanning the 2022 show is going to raise any confidence among potential exhibitors or attendees of a theoretical 2023 event, guys. ― Hey everyone, it's April Fools’ Day! Unfortunately, I have to submit this the day before April 1st, which means that by the time you read this, every company out there is going to be yukkin’ it up with their pranks, and I won't be able to cover any of t...
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This Week in Anime - Does Ranking of Kings Nail the Landing?

Wit Studio's sweeping fantasy series wrapped up this season. Did it live up to its expectations to be one of the best series of the year? ― Wit Studio's sweeping fantasy series wrapped up this season. Did it live up to its expectations to be one of the best series of the year? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in t...
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This Week in Anime - Is Salaryman's Club Worth Watching

This sports series starring male office workers got off to a late start, but is it a hidden gem of the Winter 2022 season? ― This sports series starring male office workers got off to a late start, but is it a hidden gem of the Winter 2022 season? This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News N...
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This Week in Games -The New Testament

Here's the Good News from Daisuke Ishiwatari: Testament has made a glorious return to Guilty Gear. ― Heyo! We're finally exiting the doldrums of winter to enjoy the abundant foliage of spring. Even so, many of us don't feel compelled to go outside after two months’ worth of massive game releases, capped off by Kirby and the Forgotten Land dropping today. This weekend, I'll be balancing playing that a...
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This Week in Anime - Is Shenmue the Animation the Perfect Video Game Adaptation?

A protagonist that's thick as a brick, plenty of goons to bust, and all the forklift action a Shenmue fan could ask for. Is it possible that Shenmue the Animation is the perfect video game adaptation? ― A protagonist that's thick as a brick, plenty of goons to bust, and all the forklift action a Shenmue fan could ask for. Is it possible that Shenmue the Animation is the perfect video game adaptation...
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The ANN Aftershow - Mikasa and Annie Steal the Show

Join Jacki and Lynzee as we discuss the latest episode of Attack on Titan The Final Season, This episode is full of amazing animation as Mikasa and Annie let loose on the Jaegerists! ― The ANN Aftershow - Mikasa and Annie Steal the Show James is out for vacation so join Jacki and Lynzee as we discuss the latest episode of Attack on Titan the Final Season Part 2 Episode 86: “Retrospective.” This epis...
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This Week in Anime - Spotlighting Eve's Big Netlix Debut

Fan-favorite music artist Eve has his own extended music video narrative on Netflix. The 60-minute feature compiles many of Eve's best songs to create a loose, over-arching narrative featuring a one-eyed shadow man whose motives are a mystery. ― Fan-favorite music artist Eve has his own extended music video narrative on Netflix. The 60-minute feature compiles many of Eve's best songs with indie anim...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy and Cotton Fantasy

This week Heidi has all the latest gaming news, from the Sonic movie to Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin PLUS an interview with Cotton Fantasy's Shinya Nagatomo and Toshinobu Kondo! ― You know what rules? When you expect nothing out of a game – or even expect the worst – and it turns out to be great. We all have times when we anticipate a game, movie, album, or whatever and are thoroughly l...
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This Week in Anime - Kotaro Lives Alone Hides a Tragic Underbelly

Don't let the cute exterior fool you, this anime series hides tragedy behind its pint-sized protagonist. Nicky and Steve check out Kotaro Lives Alone, a series about a four-year-old with a dark past and the neighbors that try to watch out for him. ― Don't let the cute exterior fool you, this anime series hides tragedy behind its pint-sized protagonist. Nicky and Steve check out Kotaro Lives Alone, a...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Jujutsu Kaisen 0

The film has already done big numbers in Japan and now it's playing in theaters in the U.S. Join Lynzee, Jacki, and James as we discuss the prequel film, how it ties into the hit anime series, and our favorite moments! ― The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Jujutsu Kaisen 0 The film has already done big numbers in Japan and now it's playing in theaters in the U.S. Join Lynzee, Jacki, and James a...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going On in Freakangels?

The post-apocalyptic series stars a group of psychics who try to protect Whitechapel from a former ally, but its production struggles to deliver either humor or action. ― The latest Crunchyroll Original series attempts to adapt a decade-old webcomic by former Castlevania animated series writer Warren Ellis. The post-apocalyptic series stars a group of psychics who try to protect Whitechapel from a f...
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This Week in Games - Cloudy With a Chance of Dinosaurs

Check out all the announcements from Sony's State of Play, including Exoprimal, a game that promises a whole weather system of giant reptiles. ― Hey, remember that game bundle for Ukraine relief I mentioned last week? It's now up on itch.io! It's pay-what-you-want with proceeds going to charity, and it is jam-packed with some really great indie stuff: Celeste, Baba is You, ZeroRanger, SuperHot, and h...
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This Week in Anime - Does Requiem of the Rose King's Story Overcome Its Production Limitations?

The dramatic reimagining of Shakespeare's trio of historical plays has had to make some adjustments do its limited animation production. Despite these shortcomings, Steve and Nicky find a compelling narrative that audiences should still check out for themselves. ― The dramatic reimagining of Shakespeare's trio of historical plays has had to make some adjustments do its limited animation production. ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Just Ditch Yelena Already!

An unlikely group of allies form to stop Eren's plan of mass extinction. Do they have what it takes to defeat the Jaegerists? Can they overcome past betrayals to work together? ― The ANN Aftershow - Uniting to Take Down Eren An unlikely group of allies form to stop Eren's plan of mass extinction. Do they have what it takes to defeat the Jaegerists? Can they overcome past betrayals to work together? ...
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This Week in Anime - Miss Kuroitsu is Full of Tokusatsu Deep Cuts

This love letter to live-action superhero shows lacks flash, but makes it up with a deep appreciation for tokusatsu fandom both local and larger franchises. ― This love letter to live-action superhero shows lacks flash, but makes it up with a deep appreciation for tokusatsu fandom both local and larger franchises. Join the team at the Monster Development Department as they design monsters on a budge...
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This Week in Games - A Little Spanish Three

Gen 9 is coming, and you'll be on your next Pokemon journey later this year! ― Hey folks! How's Elden Ring going? Dying a lot in hilariously painful ways? Yeah, I figured. I'm sure you're aware by now, but there's some awful stuff going on in the world at the moment, and millions of civilians in Ukraine are struggling. To help out, my buddy Brandon Sheffield is organizing an indie game bundle over on...
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This Week in Anime - The Horrific Beauty of Case Study of Vanitas

In this second season, The Case Study of Vanitas confirms its the goth kid disaster anime you should be watching. Deep emotional backstories? Beautiful vampires? Fluffy Victorian outfits? Buckets of blood? It's all here. ― In this second season, The Case Study of Vanitas confirms its the goth kid disaster anime you should be watching. Deep emotional backstories? Beautiful vampires? Fluffy Victorian ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Uniting to Take Down Eren

How will Armin and Mikasa handle this latest betrayal? What's in store for Levi and Hange? Discuss all the latest developments of this week's Attack on Titan The Final Season with James, Jacki, and Lynzee right here! ― The ANN Aftershow - Uniting to Take Down Eren Conny is confronted after he attempts to feed Falco to his mom! How will Armin and Mikasa handle this latest betrayal? What's in store fo...
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This Week in Anime - Does the Harem End in a Moan, or a Whimper?

Pornography has been with us as long as we've had art, and it'll never go away. It's a storied and varied avenue of individual expression. WEH just plain sucks at it. ― This anime adaptation of the popular manga (which in turn spawned multiple spin-offs!) has just enough plot to back-up its sexy ambitions but all of that is stymied by garish censorship that leaves viewers limp. This series is stream...
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This Week in Games - Hack the Planet

The “mystery” countdown has ended, and unsurprisingly, it's a brand-new Soul Hackers game! Plus: Street Fighter news, Nintendo's industry acquisitions, and more in This Week in Games! ― Hi! Thanks for reading my column this week. I realize a lot is happening right now, but you taking the time to read a bunch of my silly ramblings about industry goings-on means a lot to me. Hopefully I can make your d...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Sabikui Bisco

This post-apocalyptic series mixes together so many disparate elements, yet somehow it comes together in an exciting a new way. Put on your giant mascot heads, avoid the mafioso govenor, and keep your eyes peeled for giant shrooms! ― This post-apocalyptic series mixes together so many disparate elements, yet somehow it comes together in an exciting a new way. Put on your giant mascot heads, avoid th...
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The ANN Aftershow - Annie Are You Ok?

Annie's awakened, the walls have crumbled, and two factions fight over Falco's life. Join James and Lynzee as they breakdown all the twists and turns of this week's Attack on Titan: The Final Season! ― The ANN Aftershow - Annie Are You Ok? Annie's awakened, the walls have crumbled, and two factions fight over Falco's life. Join James and Lynzee as they breakdown all the twists and turns of this week...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going on in F/GO Solomon?

Newly streaming on Crunchyroll, the uninitiated could find themselves struggling in the deep end with this movie. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to explain exactly what went down in Fate/Grand Order Grand Temple of Time: Solomon ― Newly streaming on Crunchyroll, the gacha game uninitiated could find themselves struggling in the deep end with this movie. Steve and Jean-Karlo try to iron out the wrinkles an...
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This Week in Games - The Final Countdown

Heidi gives the lowdown on Capcom and Atlus' latest teaser sites and discusses how small publishers are getting shafted in the name of 'content guidelines.' ― Hey folks! Lots of interesting news this week, but first, I'm going to go on a little editorial. A statement on Martha Is Dead pic.twitter.com/bXDZu2hRP9— Wired Productions (@WiredP) February 11, 2022 Earlier this week, the developers of multi-...
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This Week in Anime - The Modern Romance of Sasaki and Miyano

Nick and Nicky discuss the emotional ups and downs of potential couple Sasaki and Miyano and the latter's attempt to navigate his feelings and sexual identity. His Miyano just a BL fan or could he see himself falling for another boy? ― Nick and Nicky discuss the emotional ups and downs of potential couple Sasaki and Miyano and the latter's attempt to navigate his feelings and sexual identity. His Mi...
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The ANN Aftershow - Gabi's Big Redemption

Gabi's character arc comes full circle while the titans close in around her. James and Lynzee discuss Eren's trail of terror in the latest episode of Attack of Titan! ― The ANN Aftershow - Gabi's Big Redemption Eren has a terrifying new form, The Rumbling has torn down the walls and an army of Colossal Titans are on the move! James and Lynzee discuss Eren's trail of terror in the latest episode of A...
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This Week in Anime - Why Marin is Everyone's Dress-Up Darling

The sexy romcom focuses on the craftmanship behind cosplay and its Marin's infectious enthusiasm that has her winning otaku hearts around the globe. ― The sexy romcom focuses on the craftmanship behind cosplay and its Marin's infectious enthusiasm that has her winning otaku hearts around the globe. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll and Funimation Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by...
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This Week in Games - In Which We Discuss a Nintendo Direct

Not only is Forgotten Land looking cute and fun as heck, it's also got this adorable abomination that nobody knew they needed in their lives until right now: ― Okay, I know exactly what you all are here for this week, but indulge me for a brief moment. I want to discuss a multi-year gaming console trainwreck that's been impossible to turn away from. I haven't talked much here about the Intellivision ...
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This Week in Anime - Why You Should Watch Princess Connect! Re:Dive

The fantasy-comedy is full of stellar comedy and top-notch animation. Nick and Steve check out what makes it a rollicking good time. ― Cygames' Uma Musume has found a passionate audience, but did you know about the anime adaptation of another of its mobile games, Princess Connect! Re:Dive? The fantasy-comedy is full of stellar comedy and top-notch animation. Nick and Steve check out what makes it a ...
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The ANN Aftershow - The True History of the Eldians REVEALED!

Eren reveals his true plan and we learn the real, tragic history of the Ymir, the Founding Titan! Also, time to check in on Tanjiro and his pals as we head to the finale of Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Arc. ― The ANN Aftershow - The True History of the Eldians REVEALED! Eren reveals his true plan and we learn the real, tragic history of the Ymir, the Founding Titan! Also, time to check in on...
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This Week in Anime - How Total Fantasy Knockout Keeps Isekai Fresh

You know the drill. Two guys get reincarnated into fantasy world. What makes Total Fantasy Knockout different? Well, one of those guys is reincarnated as a girl and it might just awaken some latent feelings between them. ― You know the drill. Two guys get reincarnated into fantasy world, they have to defeat the Demon Lord, etc. etc.. What makes Total Fantasy Knockout different? Well, one of those gu...
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This Week in Games - Bungie Buyout

The consolidation of the gaming industry continues with Sony picking up Halow developer Bungie right on the heels of Microsoft's Blizzard acquisition. But is this trend healthy? ― Hello again! It's February, the month where you feel just a little bit angry knowing that you're still paying full price for all of your recurring monthly bills but getting at least 2 fewer days of value. There are a lot of...
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This Week in Anime - Did Den-noh Coil Predict the Future?

TWIA continues its week revisiting the works of Mitsuo Iso with a look at Den-noh Coil. Long regarded as underrated, the lauded sci-fi series is available again via streaming. ― TWIA continues its week revisiting the works of Mitsuo Iso with a look at Den-noh Coil. Long regarded as underrated, the lauded sci-fi series is available again via streaming. Steve and Jean-Karlo look at the first half of t...
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The ANN Aftershow - Eren Jaeger: Natural Born Killer?

Lynzee, Jacki, and James travel through time as Attack on Titan is set to reveal the true history of the Eren and Zeke's father, Grisha. ― The ANN Aftershow - Eren Jaeger: Natural Born Killer? Lynzee, Jacki, and James travel through time as Attack on Titan is set to reveal the true history of the Eren and Zeke's father, Grisha. Make sure to tune into the ANN Aftershow live on YouTube on Mondays at 6...
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This Week in Anime - The Deep Themes of Orbital Children

After more than a decade away, fan-favorite creator Mitsuo Ito is back! Behind its "kids in lost in space" surface is a much deeper treatise on humanity's relationship with tech, nihilism, and fighting your fate. ― After more than a decade away, fan-favorite creator Mitsuo Ito is back with more sci-fi shenanigans. However, behind its "kids in lost in space" surface is a much deeper treatise on human...
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This Week in Anime - When a Wife Guy Is Banished From the Hero's Party

Banished from the Hero's Party offers an appealing romance between a wife guy and a former adventurer princess... and then there's everything else. Banished from the Hero's Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside offers an appealing romance between a wife guy and a former adventurer princess... and then there's everything else. Nick and Steve break down this RPG-inspired fantasy t...
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This Week in Games - Nagoshi's New Crew

Toshihiro Nagoshi of Yakuza fame has revealed the staff of his new studio. Heidi breaks down what to expect. ― Greetings, everyone! I am quite relieved today, as it was very likely TWIG might not have happened this week. I got the letter in the mail that most every adult dreads: a jury duty summons, set for the exact day I write and submit TWIG. Thankfully, I wasn't needed, which frees me up to both ...
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This Week in Anime - Does The Ultraman Hold Up In Anime Form?

Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. With the 1979 The Ultraman anime installment finally streaming in the U.S., it's time to tackle the kaiju in the room. How well does this series hold up in anime form? Ultraman's legacy in Japanese popular culture runs deep and wide. Despite its enduring influence, however, the acclaimed tokusatsu series remains relatively obscure o...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan - Two Brothers

Lynzee is MIA, so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the rumbling? Will Falco make it out in one piece? ― The ANN Aftershow - Two Brothers Lynzee's out on vacation so Jacki and James are taking the reins on the newest episode of Attack on Titan. Eren is edging ever closer to Zeke...will they start the ru...
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This Week in Games - What A Twist

Good lord. What a week to be into games, am I right? I'm sure everybody has thoughts and hopes and fears about Microsoft's impending Activision-Blizzard assimilation… and I'd like to hear all of them! ― ~~ 𝒯𝓊𝑒𝓈𝒹𝒶𝓎, 𝒥𝒶𝓃 𝟣𝟪𝓉𝒽 ~~ -- 𝒜𝓅𝓅𝓇𝑜𝓍𝒾𝓂𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓁𝓎 𝟩:2𝟢 𝒜𝑀 𝒫𝒮𝒯 -- *may be slightly dramatized Ahh, crap. Why the hell did I wake up so early? I stayed up way too late last night tidying up my Windjammers 2 revi...
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This Week in Anime - Horse Girls Are Easy

If you wrote off Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2 based on its galaxy-brain premise, you may have missed out on one of the most emotionally compelling sports series in years. ― If you wrote off Uma Musume Pretty Derby Season 2 based on its galaxy-brain premise, you may have missed out on one of the most emotionally compelling sports series in years. This series is streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer...
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This Week in Anime - Gnarly Ninja Robots

Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save an alien princess, find all the ninja robots and restore peace to outer space? ― Discotek's long journey to restore this ridiculously entertaining dub is finally complete and is now available for streaming. Is Joe a slick enough dude to save...
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The ANN Aftershow - Return of the Titans

Lynzee, Jacki, and James dive into the newest season of Attack on Titan! What is Eren's end game? Is he lying to everyone about sterilizing the Eldians? Is Levi still alive? Also, the biological processes of Titans are confusing! ― The ANN Aftershow - Return of the Titans Lynzee, Jacki, and James dive into the newest season of Attack on Titan! What is Eren's end game? Is he lying to everyone about s...
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This Week in Games - We Never Asked for This

The reaction to Square-Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda's New Year's letter discussing NFTs in gaming was swift and profoundly negative – it felt like everyone was dunking on its content for three straight days. ― Happy new year, everyone! I apologize for my sudden week-off – I got my COVID booster shot the day I was due to turn the column in, and I was just not feeling up to it. So, this week, we'll be catch...
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This Week in Anime - Stand By Me Doraemon and 80 Years of Gadgets

Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming on Netflix. ― Somewhat obscure in the U.S., Doraemon is one of the most recognizable characters in Japan. After 80 years of high-tech shenanigans, the time-travelling cat's two latest films are now streaming ...
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This Week in Anime - Why Demon Slayer Needs More Nezuko

The latest arc of Demon Slayer has introduced some great new characters and villains, but the newest episodes proves that keeping Nezuko in the box is a missed opportunity. ― The latest arc of Demon Slayer has introduced some great new characters and villains, but the newest episodes proves that keeping Nezuko in the box is a missed opportunity. This series is streaming on Funimation and Crunchyroll...
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This Week in Anime - Tournament Fighting G-Gundam Style

G Gundam isn't part of the Universal Century timeline, in fact it's very different than previous entries in the franchise in both tone and content. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its own unique flavor to offer Gundam fans! ― G Gundam isn't part of the Universal Century timeline, in fact it's very different than previous entries in the franchise in both tone and content. However, that doe...
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This Week in Anime - Is Platinum End the Successor of Death Note?

Death Note captured anime and manga readers' attention with the exploits of Light Yagami. The creators' new series Platinum End introduces a different type of death game and protagonist, but is it a worthy follow-up to the ultra hit series? ― Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata captured anime and manga readers' attention with the exploits of Light Yagami in Death Note as he tried to outwit his pursuers w...
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This Week in Games - Final Fantasy Takes Another Hit

What's been going on with Final Fantasy XVI? It feels like forever since we first saw the game revealed. Surprise, surprise – it's suffering from COVID-related development setbacks. ― Here we are, on the final day of 2021. While it wasn't the dumpster fire that 2020 was, I don't think anyone would say it was a particularly amazing year. We did get some darn good games out of it, at least! My original...
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The ANN Aftershow - Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Dominates the Box Office

Lynzee and James return from holiday festivities to discuss JJK 0's explosive theatrical premiere, what Hayao Miyazaki looks like in 3D, ODDTAXI's latest development and the new episodes of Demon Slayer and Ranking of Kings! ― The ANN Aftershow - Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Dominates the Box Office Lynzee and James return from holiday festivities to discuss JJK 0's explosive theatrical premiere, what Hayao Miy...

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