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Shelf Life - Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

Paul discovers a hidden gem in a surprisingly lazy package with this lovely slice-of-life comedy. Plus, all this week's new anime releases and a brand-new Shelf Obsessed! ― I've been working on putting together a Star Wars model kit recently, and holy heck that process is easier if you have a decent set of the appropriate tools. It's almost a relaxing experience when you don't have to threaten each ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Rocket from the Script

Mike digs into the legendary and idiosyncratic career of Ryousuke Takahashi, from Cyborg 009 to Armored Trooper Votoms to Phoenix. ― A few weeks back, the Right Stuf folks were running some sort of cheap-o blowout sale, and one of the items for sale, along with a still-absurdly-large quantity of Geneon and ADV Films DVD backstock, was this hat. Yep, for just one dollar, you could be the proud owner o...
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The List - 6 Completely Dissimilar Twins

If it weren't for their physical resemblance, you'd never know these troublesome twins were related! This week's list is all about twins who are far more different than alike. ― This week's list is a rerun, but check back next week for a brand new list! Twins remain a topic that entertainment loves to revisit. Genetically identical people are used in horror to highlight fears of lack of individual i...
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ANNCast - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade

Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with DARLING in the FRANXX ! PLUS: catching up with The Ancient Magus' Bride and much more! ― ANNCast Episode 321 - Macy's Franxxgiving Day Parade Zac and Jacob strap on their butt handles for a fistfight with Darling in the Franxx! PLUS: casting spells of codependence with The Ancient Magus Bride and much more! You can listen to the show on ...
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Answerman - Is It Worth Collecting Anime On VHS?

There are some anime released in the US on VHS but never in any other format - are these (and others) worth tracking down? ― Robbie asked: I recently got into collecting records, and I feel like, although it's not as handy as digital music, there's small things about just the act of listening to them that I really enjoy. I wonder, if there's any feeling you get from watching anime the old fashioned ...
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This Week in Anime - Did Fate/Apocrypha's Great Holy Grail War End Well?

Fate/Apocrypha's second half has finally landed on Netflix to thrill fans with more twists, turns, and climactic battles. We discuss if this Great Holy Grail War wrapped up to their satisfaction. ― Fate/Apocrypha's second half has finally landed on Netflix to thrill fans with more twists, turns, and climactic battles. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss if this Great Holy Grail War wrapped up ...
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This Week in Games: Dynasty Warriors 9 Interview

The unkillable musou franchise is back once more! Producer Akihiro Suzuki goes in-depth on the series' legacy and how Dynasty Warriors 9 changes things - plus news and new releases! ― Good lord, it's like a never-ending deluge of news and releases this week! All kinds of big news and important happenings in the business have been dropping lately, to the point where I have to pick and choose carefully...
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Answerman - Are American Comics Popular In Japan?

There's no escaping Marvel Comics, not even in Japan - but how popular are Thor and Hulk in a place already teeming with beloved, locally-grown superheroes? Justin gets into it. ― Sarah asked: Are American comics/movies popular in Japan? I know there have been some recent American Comic Book franchise adaptations into Anime like X-Men and Blade so there must be some interest I imagine, but how popul...
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This Week in Anime - Is After the Rain's Forbidden Romance Worth Rooting For?

After the Rain has raised a few eyebrows with its taboo subject matter, but is its controversial story hiding beauty beyond its gorgeous production work? We explore the highs and lows of this romantic minefield. ― After the Rain has raised a few eyebrows with its taboo subject matter, but is its controversial story hiding beauty beyond its gorgeous production work? This week in anime, Nick and Jacob ...
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Vice & Luna - Invasion of the Old-Timers: Part III

The gang settles in for a little vintage anime appreciation, but Vice just can't keep his yap shut.
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Answerman - What If I No Longer Like My Old Favorite Shows?

Sometimes when you revisit anime from your childhood, they no longer hold the same magic anymore. Justin discusses this common anime fan experience. ― Brent asked: I have been considering going back and watching some of the first anime I ever watched. Here's the problem though....i'm afraid too. I have memories of those series being flat out amazing and they all hold a special place in my mind. I've...
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Shelf Life - Trickster Part One

James takes a look at the first half of a troubled, futuristic Ranpo Edogawa adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases and Shelf Obsessed returns with more of your own anime collections! ― Hey, Valentine's Day is this week! Go watch some mushy romance anime, or maybe take out your romantic frustrations with something from the horror genre. Or, you know, just catch up on a...
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The List - 7 Super Shinsengumi Teams

These wild reimaginings of Japan's most unusual mid-1800s police force may not be historically accurate, but they are a ton of fun. ― Japan's Shinsengumi are synonymous with the eruption of political turmoil within the country in the 1860s, spearheaded by Matthew Perry's black ships and disagreements over isolationism and foreign trade. The group served the Tokugawa shogunate and despite only existi...
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ANNCast - Uncomfortably Real with Anime World Order

The Anime World Order crew drops by the ANNCast clubhouse once more to carpet bomb us with mindblowing truth about the best anime of 2017 and 2018 so far, plus games, movies, and a whole lot more. ― ANNCast Episode 320 - Uncomfortably Real with Anime World Order Three escaped fugitives, Daryl Surat, Gerald Rathkolb, and Clarissa Graffeo - an intergalactic gang of criminals otherwise known as the Ani...
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Answerman - Can Fans Ever License Obscure Shows Themselves?

All those anime lost to time that nobody seems to want—is it possible for fans with the right amount of cash to distribute these shows themselves? Justin Sevakis has the answers. ― Nessa asked: Say there's an anime with a dedicated Western fan following, but no interest from licensors and it went completely under the radar in Japan. There's no home media releases, it's nowhere to be found on streami...
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This Week in Anime - Why We're Going Crazy For Kakegurui

After six months of waiting, fans can finally watch super-rich teens stake their lives on games of chance in Kakegurui on Netflix. This week, we explore all the ways this incredibly strange show surprised us. ― After six months of waiting, fans can finally watch super-rich teens stake their lives on games of chance in Kakegurui on Netflix. This week in anime, Jacob and Steve explore all the ways this...
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This Week in Games - Marvel vs. Capcom's Infinite Problems

The fighting game community was shocked to learn this week that Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite was snubbed by EVO 2018. Heidi has a few ideas why. PLUS: Yakuza delays, Blazblue RWBY and much more! ― Well, I'm finally back from my EVO Japan trip, and jetlag's hitting me like a pound of bricks. Or maybe it's just residue from the nasty cold I got that knocked me out for a while. Much fun was had pre-, duri...
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Answerman - Why Do Discs Use Different Audio Formats?

Sentai Filmworks blurays mostly use DTS-HD Master Audio, while Funimation usually goes with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - but why isn't there a single audio standard across anime releases? Justin gets into it. ― Edward asked: I have recently started to care about the audio of the anime I buy, and wish to know why the English/Japanese audio differentiates from one another and why there is no consistency in anim...
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This Week in Anime - Is A Place Further Than the Universe Worth Exploring?

This series delivers an Antarctic twist on high school dramedy. Nick and Steve explain what makes this unexpected gem so endearing. ― A Place Further Than the Universe delivers an Antarctic twist on high school dramedy. This week in anime, Nick and Steve explain what makes this unexpected gem so endearing. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the vi...
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Answerman - Where Do Anime Sound Effects Come From?

You'll often hear familiar sound effects over and over again across many anime series, just like in Western films. Where do they pull those effects from? Justin gets into it. ― Joel asked: I assume you're familiar with the original Mobile Suit Gundam series? The sound effect used for the “new type flash” is very iconic, and it—and its accompanying visual “lightning” effect—has been reproduced (often...
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Shelf Life - Super Lovers

Gabriella's patience is tested with a wildly controversial boys-love series, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― Sometimes your day job requires you to work 8-hour shifts on Saturdays (at least mine does), but sometimes you come home from that shift to find the enormous box of manga you ordered has arrived a day early. Life has a way of balancing things out, and now I get to...
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The Mike Toole Show - Stuck Between Sequels

When there are decades in between sequels - like with Card Captor Sakura and Digimon - is it possible to recapture that old magic? Mike examines this fascinating phenomenon. ― Since it still hasn't quite left theatres yet, everyone's still talking about the latest Star Wars movie. I've been enjoying these newer films, because even with some messy storytelling, they're taking some risks with what are ...
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The List - 7 Deadly Anime Maids

These ladies will clean up a lot more than just your house. Make sure you don't find yourself in the crosshairs of these femme fatales. ― Maids have waxed and waned in popularity over the years but they've never completely disappeared. There was a time when maid anime ruled the roost and battle maids were just another type within the very popular character trope. When I first tackled the topic in 20...
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ANNCast - Surviving the Seven Seas

The scrappy, successful manga publisher behind Devilman and Made in Abyss stops by ANNCast to go in-depth on the manga market in 2018, plus light novels, classic manga and a new license announcement! ― ANNCast Episode 319 - Surviving the Seven Seas The scrappy, successful manga publisher behind Devilman and Made in Abyss stops by ANNCast to go in-depth on the manga market in 2018, plus light novels,...
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Answerman - Why Are So Many Live Action Anime Adaptations Terrible?

It's no secret people aren't happy with the quality of live-action anime adaptations. But why do they usually turn out so crummy? Justin considers the angles. ― Mitchell asked: I've heard the Fullmetal Alchemist movie is bad, it has become clear to me that both America and Japan are having a tough time making a good live action film based off anime/manga. I know that superhero movies based on comics...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Happening in Pop Team Epic?

There's oddball anime comedies out there, and then there's Pop Team Epic. We respond to this irreverent anti-comedy in the only way we can—kicking and screaming. ― There's oddball anime comedies out there, and then there's Pop Team Epic. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve respond to this irreverent anti-comedy in the only way they can—kicking and screaming. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expr...
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This Week in Games: Mario on the Big and Small Screen

There's a bunch of piping hot news from Nintendo this week, plus EVO Japan, Monster Hunter's monster success, and Mario Kart on your phone, just like you always wanted. ― Since I'm overseas right now, my submission schedule for This Week in Games is a bit off. This week I'm coming in just under the wire, mainly because Nintendo decided to, well, pull a Nintendo and drop a whole mess of news in my lap...
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Answerman - Why Does Anime Rely So Much On Still Shots?

The camera doesn't move too much in anime, in contrast with live-action film or even big-budget Western animated films. Why is that? Justin considers the angles. ― Rafael asked: In film, the camera is one of the most basic yet powerful tools of expression in a filmmaker's arsenal. As you are a film scholar, I'm sure you already know the power of a well-composed shot. My question is this: Anime relie...
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This Week in Anime - DARLING in the FRANXX Has Only One Thing on its Mind

DARLING in the FRANXX is the newest post-Evangelion mecha anime about teenagers and their ugly sex drives. We take a look at how it's stacking up against similar horny yet introspective series so far. ― DARLING in the FRANXX is the newest post-Evangelion mecha anime about teenagers and their ugly sex drives. This week in anime, Nick and Micchy see how it's stacking up against similar horny yet intros...
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Answerman - Why Were TV Series Cut Into "Movies" For The US?

Back in the 80s, American networks would take 50+ episode anime series and cut two or three episodes into a TV movie. Justin digs into this long-gone practice. ― Beth asked: It used to be fairly common for a TV series to be released as a compilation movie of some sort when it was released in English. A series with 26 or 50 episodes might get released as a movie consisting of three or so TV episodes ...
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Shelf Life - Ninja Nonsense

Paul finds out how this zany comedy from the mid-2000s has aged on blu-ray and catches up with all the rest of this week's new anime releases. ― We have not one, but two new releases this week that feature main characters who take a lot of naps. That's a terrible thing to have to write about when you're running short on sleep, my friends. Good thing I reviewed a super high-energy comedy to balance i...
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The List - 7 of Anime's Worst Sore Losers

These heroes, rivals, and villains alike can't stand to admit defeat. Make sure you don't find yourself on the business end of their rage when things don't go their way. ― Note: I got a flu shot this week and and got sick? That's not how it's supposed to work, right? We're reprinting the column this week but check back next week for some deadly maids! Losing gracefully and admitting defeat is a skil...
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Answerman - Is Horror Anime Less Squeamish About Kids?

Western horror movies rarely feature child victims, but it isn't quite so uncommon in horror anime - is that real, or just a perception? Justin gets into it. ― Robin asked: So I've watch a lot of anime, and a lot of horror movies, and I noticed one annoying thing. Kids in live action horror are almost never murdered. (new “IT” for example) While in anime, it's not rare for kids to be brutally murder...
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ANNCast - Come Mail Away

Zac and Jacob take a load off and open up some submissions from the reader mailbag - winter 2018 anime, movies, Star Wars and a whole lot more! ― ANNCast Episode 318 - Come Mail Away Zac and Jacob take a load off and open up some submissions from the reader mailbag - winter 2018 anime, movies, Star Wars and a whole lot more! You can listen to the show on our player here, direct-download the MP3 vers...
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This Week in Anime - Can Junji Ito Collection Do its Spooky Source Material Justice?

This anime adaptation is the latest to try and capture its author's uniquely idiosyncratic style of horror manga. We find out if this anthology can escape that Junji Ito curse. ― Junji Ito Collection is the latest anime to try and capture the author's uniquely idiosyncratic style of horror manga. This week in anime, Nick and Steve find out if this anthology can escape that Junji Ito curse. Disclaimer...
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This Week in Games: Digimon Cybersleuth: Hacker's Memory

Jacob Chapman loses himself to the wildly addictive Digimon Cybersleuth sequel, plus this week's biggest news and next week's biggest releases! ― Hi again folks! I just landed in Japan to check out the first ever EVO tournament to be held within the country. Everything is pointing to a super-awesome event, and I'm eager to see how the EVO formula will be received within Japan. I've got a lot of news ...
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This Week in Anime - Does Netflix's New Godzilla Live Up to the Hype?

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters just hit Netflix as the first in a trilogy of CG films. We find out if Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi could give their new take on a classic kaiju any bite. ― Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters just hit Netflix as the first in a trilogy of CG films. This week in anime, Nick and Jacob find out if Polygon Pictures and Gen Urobuchi could give their new take on a classic...
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Vice & Luna - Invasion of the Old-Timers, Part II

An old-timer invades Vice's usual anime night and now he wants to watch what on a what?
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Answerman - Why Did Only Cartoon Network/Adult Swim Stick With Anime?

How come other cable networks never bet on anime programming the way Cartoon Network did? Justin digs in. ― Jake asked: One thing I always found strange looking back at the anime boom was the lack of anime on Nickelodeon. At the time Nickelodeon was the second largest children to young adult network after Cartoon Network, which was in full swing with Toonami and later Adult Swim programming block. A...
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Shelf Life - Clannad and Clannad After Story

James shotguns all 49 episodes of Kyoto Animation's beloved visual novel adaptation, while Paul breaks down all this week's new anime releases! ― My daily streaming review shows this season are A Place Further Than the Universe and Laid-Back Camp, which would normally give me a monopoly on all the comfy slice of life stuff. This ain't no ordinary season, though, and there are more shows in that genr...
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The Mike Toole Show - Farting Around

Mike goes on a treasure hunt for short-form anime and uncovers a show about a sentient fart, which means the hunt was an enormous success. ― It's January, which means that I just killed the mid-month holiday weekend off at Arisia, Boston's largest science fiction and fantasy convention. This year, not only did I sit on panels on the furious Evangelion debate, fanservice, and other anime-related topic...
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The List - 6 Anime About The Great Outdoors

Watching anime doesn't have to be purely a shut-in pursuit! Here are six titles that encourage you to explore the wonders of the natural world. ― One of my favorite anime airing this season is Laid-Back Camp, a story that looks like another "cute girls doing cute things" anime on the surface but ended up delivering more for me. That's not to say that it doesn't star cute girls who mostly hang out do...
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ANNCast - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup

Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters! ― ANNCast Episode 317 - Winter 2018 Anime Roundup Zac, Jacob and special guest Gabriella Ekens fiendishly devour as many of the 2018 winter premieres as they can, plus Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters! You can listen to the show on our player here, d...
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Answerman - Why Does Old TV Anime Have Jerky Splices?

Older anime like Evangelion frequently have strange "jumps" in between edits - why is that, and what can be done about it? Justin goes in deep! ― K.o.R asked: Why, on a lot of older anime series, does the picture appear to jerk sideways whenever there is a cut? It's noticeable on things like the original release of Evangelion, for example. In the years before anime went all-digital, TV shows were ed...
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This Week in Anime - GARO Vanishing Line Takes a Road Trip Across America!

Now that it's done setting up its story, GARO -Vanishing Line- has taken off on a wild road trip across the USA. We explore how this change has made the show stronger. ― Now that it's done setting up its story, GARO -Vanishing Line- has taken off on a wild road trip across the USA. This week in anime, Nick and Steve expound on how this change has made the show stronger. Disclaimer: The views and opin...
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This Week in Games: Nintendo Gone Wild

There's a mountain of brand-new Nintendo news, from Detective Pikachu to craft cardboard. PLUS: SNK Heroines, Final Fantasy XV returns and much more! ― THIS WEEK IN GAMES: NINTENDO GONE WILD! When I write this column, I usually begin by writing an outline on Tuesday morning, working on it Tuesday and Wednesday, and then submitting it Wednesday evening for publication early Thursday morning. This usua...
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Answerman - Why Isn't More Classic Anime Shown on TV?

One reader wonders why Adult Swim went with the 2011 Hunter x Hunter instead of the original 90s version - and why in general, not much classic anime is on US TV. Justin considers the angles. ― Joshua asked: Why does Toonami always go with the new versions of series over the old classic ones? For example Hunter x Hunter choose the 2011 version over the 1999 version. As much as you and I love the loo...
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This Week in Anime - The Fantastic Final Days of Girls' Last Tour

Now that it's no longer behind a double-paywall, there's no better time to catch up on this post-apocalyptic adventure while settling in for the winter. We share our favorite things about this surprisingly impactful series. ― Now that Girls' Last Tour is no longer behind a double-paywall, there's no better time to catch up on all the post-apocalyptic adventure while settling in for the winter. This w...
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Vice & Luna - Invasion of the Old-Timers, Part I

It's anime night, and Luna has a surprise guest and some classic anime to watch - but Vice gets stuck on that last point.
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Answerman - Why Did Anime Take So Long To Take Off In America?

Anime took a long time to gain popularity and pop cultural awareness in America, much longer than it took in other countries - why is that? Justin considers the angles. ― Edgar asked: I grew up in South America back in the 80s. Back then kids' anime was nothing short of mainstream in our country. We had several hours of anime in TV each day (such as the World Masterpiece Theater franchise) and some ...
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Shelf Life - Haikyu!!

Gabriella takes to the court with this first season of the hit sports anime, and Paul breaks down all this week's new Blu-ray and DVD releases! ― I replaced my nine-year-old laptop recently, and I'm still in that magical honeymoon period with the new one. Everything about it is shiny and new, and I haven't yet felt the need to swear profusely at it or beg it to keep working for just one more day. I ...
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The List - 8 Works by Masaaki Yuasa & Where to Find Them

If you were hooked by Devilman Crybaby and find yourself wanting more, the show's director Masaaki Yuasa has a heap of fascinating work available to watch at your fingertips! Here's just a handful of his unique creations. ― Unless you've been living under a rock for the last week, you've probably seen something of Masaaki Yuasa's Devilman crybaby on Netflix, whether you marathoned it on day one or h...
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ANNCast - Devilman Crybaby's Day Out

Mike Toole stops by ANNCast to rip through all 10 stupefying episodes of Masaaki Yuasa's hyperviolent, hyperthematically complicated Netflix original DEVILMAN crybaby! WARNING: SPOILERS! ― ANNCast Episode 316 - Devilman Crybaby's Day Out Mike Toole stops by ANNCast to rip through all 10 stupefying episodes of Masaaki Yuasa's hyperviolent, hyperthematically complicated Netflix original Devilman Cryba...
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Answerman - Why Is Anime Still Region Locked?

Region locks feel like the most unnecessary thing in the world, from a consumer standpoint. So why do we still have them? Justin dives deep on this one. ― José asked: Regional lockout has always rustled my jimmies. Living in Western Europe, I am able to import Japanese DVDs (since oddly, our regions were the same) but ever since Blu-Ray came out, importing effectively became cordoned-off to me (Amer...
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This Week in Anime - Was Inuyashiki Worth Watching?

Inuyashiki Last Hero managed to adapt its entire source manga in just 11 episodes, but its twists and turns resulted in some divisive takes. We get into their own tumultuous feelings on the creator of Gantz's latest story. ― Inuyashiki Last Hero managed to adapt its entire source manga in just 11 episodes, but its twists and turns resulted in some divisive takes. This week in anime, Nick and Jake get...
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This Week in Games: The Sonic Adventure Music Experience

Celebrate a great week in gaming with record sales for the Nintendo Switch, the Awesome Games Done Quick marathon, and our coverage of composer Jun Senoue's Sonic music concert at MAGFest! ― Welp, we are officially a week and a half into 2018. Everyone been making progress on their backlogs? … yeah, that's what I thought. Anyway, did you all watch Pop Team Epic? I think that even fans of the manga ha...
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Answerman - Where Have All The Space Operas Gone?

Back in the 80s, you couldn't walk down the street without tripping over an anime space opera like Macross or Yamato. But now? Not so much. What happened? Justin dives in. ― Piotr asked: I am a big fan of space opera. And for years I've been wondering why this genre seems not to be animated much anymore? It seems it had its 'golden age' of popularity around the turn of the century. Last year saw a r...
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This Week in Anime - Just How Insane is Devilman Crybaby?

Masaaki Yuasa's remake of the Go Nagai classic has finally arrived on Netflix, and it's as NSFW as anyone could have dreamed. We try to discuss the show's wild and stunning vision without burying the world in censor bars. ― Devilman Crybaby has finally arrived on Netflix, and it's as NSFW as anyone could have dreamed. This week in anime, Nick and Steve try to discuss the show's wild and stunning visi...
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Vice & Luna - Zeitgeist Captor Sakura

They didn't quite know what to expect from the Card Captor Sakura sequel, but it sure wasn't this!
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Answerman - Did The Fans Kill Anime Strike?

Amazon's Anime Strike is no more. What's the likely culprit behind its demise, and what does this mean for the industry? Justin has a few angles. ― Jimmy asked: I and pretty much every other anime fan out there am over the moon that everyone hated Anime Strike enough that Amazon finally gave up and all the stuff on there is now open to anyone with Amazon Prime. This is probably good for the industry...
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Shelf Life - Squid Girl

Paul dives into a squid-diddly-umptious comedy from the tentacle-end of the 2000s, plus all this week's new releases and a Sailor Scout-shaped Shelf Obsessed! ― I enjoyed the first episode of A Place Further Than the Universe, but I can't say I share the main characters' interest in traveling to Antarctica. After the stupidly low temperatures we've had in the northeast lately, my desire to go anywhe...
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The Mike Toole Show - The Resident Evil That Men Do

Now that 3DCG is the new hotness, Mike takes a look back at all the strange Resident Evil CG anime films that have been produced over the past few years. ― The year has turned over, the ‘best of 2017 anime’ lists are out, and a humble little series from Orange called Land of the Lustrous is on a great many of them. A lot of the commentary I've been reading about this genuinely excellent show is how f...
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The List - 10 Best Anime Villains of 2017

Not so fast, do-gooders! There's time for one more look back at this past year in diabolical deeds, as Jacob Chapman counts down his top ten most deliciously evil villains of 2017. ― Hey, folks. Jacob here. Last week, I saw that our regular columnist Lynzee made a list celebrating her favorite pairings of anime in 2017, which is sweet and all, but what would life be without some bitterness to keep t...
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Answerman - Even More Quick Answers

It's time for another lightning round: why Japan loves Alice in Wonderland, the original manga market collapse, the lack of Halloween anime and much more! ― Looks like some questions built up during the holidays, and nearly all of them are quick to answer. So let's plow through 'em, shall we? Hirudan asks: I've been noticing how frequently the name Alice appears in Japanese media -- from series like...
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This Week in Games: Persona gets Funky and Shots get Fired

Kenshiro gets delayed and the Persona gang are ready to once again take the dance floor - plus the rest of this week's major gaming news! ― Happy New Year, everyone! 2017 was a banner year for videogames, and 2018's already looking promising. Hell, January's already pretty stacked for fans of Japanese gaming – particularly competitive games, as we've got both Dragonball FighterZ and Dissidia Final Fa...
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Answerman - How Do Original Anime Productions Become Manga?

Manga gets adapted into anime all the time, but what about anime that get adapted into manga? Justin breaks it down. ― Nick asked: The process of securing the rights to and then adapting a manga, light novel, etc. into an anime has been described in much detail. That being said, there are certain cases where the opposite happens--an original anime is made that later gets adapted into one or more man...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell Happened to Anime-Gataris?

Anime-Gataris started out as a pleasant slice-of-life comedy about a high school anime club but soon leaped off the deep end into meta madness. We try to piece together this show's insane conclusion. ― Anime-Gataris started out as a pleasant slice-of-life comedy about a high school anime club but soon leaped off the deep end into layer after layer of meta madness. This week in anime, Micchy and Steve...
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Vice & Luna - The Wizard of Yelling

Vice's new Black Clover alarm clock works even better than advertised!
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Answerman - Do Anime Productions Have To Pay To Use Classical Music?

You hear classical music in anime constantly - do they have to pay to use those music rights? Justin dives in to it. ― Heike asked: Sometimes I hear Western music in anime. I assume that permission had to be acquired to use popular music songs, but what about classical music? Does Japan have public domain for things like Bach/Beethoven? Japan does have the concept of "public domain" in its copyright...
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Shelf Life - The 2017 Year In Review

Paul serves up the most discussion-worthy blu-ray and DVD releases of the past year, along with the last few new anime you can pick up before 2017 comes to a close. ― Welcome to 2018, and to the Year In Review edition of Shelf Life! We've got this week's new releases as usual, but in place of our regular review section I'll be taking a look at some of the more interesting titles that appeared in thi...
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The List - 7 Best Anime Duos of 2017

From adorable couples to ride-or-die BFFs, these pairs make quite a team. Do you ship any of these duos? ― You've got about 48 hours to cram in all the 2017 anime left in your queue before the new year's clock strikes to usher in a new wave of 30-odd shows. The winter season looks pretty promising with a bunch of popular sequels premiering and equally exciting original projects. I'm personally ready...
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Answerman - How Are Official Names For Anime And Manga Developed?

"Official" names for anime and manga in other languages can be confusing - how does "Delicious in Dungeon" in English become "Dungeon Food" in Italy? ― Morgan asked: Why is it that some manga series are sold under an English name in non-English speaking countries? My Hero Academia, for example, is called that in both the English and French releases. Other times, a manga gets an English title that is...
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Answerman - Does An Anime's Budget Affect Its Quality?

It's common to claim that a janky-looking TV anime is "cheap", but increasingly we hear that budget is not the most important factor when it comes to anime quality. Justin gets into it. ― "A loyal reader" asked: Do budgets influence anime quality? Do high budget anime look better than low budget ones? In the last few years, there seems to be a article of belief in some anime forums that budgets don'...
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Shelf Life - Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

James plunges into the absurdly cool adventures of Sakamoto, while Paul breaks down all this week's holiday releases! ― Here it is: the last Shelf Life of 2017. I'll be doing a proper "year in review" next week, so for now it's business as usual. Thank you all for sticking with us this year, and welcome once again to Shelf Life. Jump to this week's review: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto On Shelves ...
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A Vice & Luna Christmas

Maybell can't figure out what to get her nerdy girlfriend for Christmas, and the clock is ticking...
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The List - 9 Anime Holiday Songs to Set the Mood

Before you buckle in for a weekend with your loved ones drinking nog and opening gifts, you can enjoy these familiar yuletide tunes as covered by some of your favorite anime characters. ― Happy holidays everyone! Here's hoping you got all your Nendoroids and anime box sets from your Christmas lists. This week is a repeat with some anime tunes to play in the background while you tear open your gifts....
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ANNCast's Best Anime of 2017

Zac, Jacob and an all-star panel of very special guests gather for a marathon-length debate over the top five best anime of 2017! ― ANNCast Episode 315 - ANNCast's Best Anime of 2017 Anime was unstoppable in 2017! Join an all-star panel of guests, including The Canipa Effect's Callum May, Anime Nostalgia Podcast's Dawn and our own Gabriella Ekens along with Zac and Jacob as they count down their 5 b...
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Answerman - Are Old American TV Dubs Of Anime Lost Forever?

Will we ever get lovingly-preserved versions of old American TV dubs like Cardcaptors, or the original Sailor Moon dub? Justin considers the angles. ― John asked: A few years ago we got Blu-ray re-releases of Card Captor Sakura from NISA, and Sailor Moon from Viz... But neither company managed to get the old dubs that aired on American television, which a lot of people remember fondly. Will we ever ...
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This Week in Anime - Was the Zodiac War Worth Fighting For?

Juni Taisen was a fight to the finish between Chinese Zodiac-themed warriors, but its twists and turns left viewers equally divided. We duke it out over whether this battle royale was worth watching. ― We hope you've been enjoying our new This Week in Anime feature this year! We'll be back for more anime discussion on January 2nd, but we're off for the yuletide season! Happy Holidays and we'll see yo...
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This Week in Games: The First Final Fantasy Rides Again

The original FF adventure makes an unexpected return thanks to the efforts of the Final Fantasy Record Keeper team. Plus, big news for Catherine, Dragonball FighterZ, and more! ― THIS WEEK IN GAMES: The First Final Fantasy Rides Again December 25th is just around the corner, but Christmas has come early for fans of certain franchises, it seems! If last week was a smorgasbord of news relating to big, ...
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Answerman - Why Isn't Manga Made In Color Editions?

Pretty basic question: manga is typically produced and published in black & white. American comics are typically produced in color. What's up with that? Justin gets into it. ― José asked: I do realize manga is (was?) supposed to be a cheap production and that manga magazines are printed on extremely cheap paper, so there wouldn't be any real use printing in color there, but couldn't publishers put o...
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This Week in Anime - Who's the Best Boy in The Ancient Magus' Bride?

The Ancient Magus' Bride has introduced a new best friend or two to Chise's life. We discuss how her relationships with these magical boys (and girls) around her have developed. ― The Ancient Magus' Bride has introduced a new best friend or two to Chise's life. This week in anime, Nick and Steve discuss how her relationships with these magical boys (and girls) around her have developed. Disclaimer: T...
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Vice & Luna - 'Tis the Sleazeon

A little Christmas fanservice never hurt anyone, but Vice is here to test the boundaries.
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Answerman - Why Can't Western Publishers Make New HD Remasters of Anime?

Plenty of classic anime are in HD remaster limbo - what's stopping Western publishers from remastering these shows themselves? Justin gets into it. ― John asked: Several times you've mentioned studios relying on Digital Betacam ("Digibeta") or HDCam masters as sources for video releases of shows, but what about the film masters from which the Digibeta was made in the first place? What happens to tho...
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Shelf Life - Tsukiuta The Animation

Gabriella finds out if this idol series starring one guy for every month in the year is worth watching, while Paul breaks down this week's truckload of special edition boxsets, along with a brand-new Shelf Obsessed entry! ― If you like big box sets with absurdly long runtimes, then boy is this the week for you. We've got four releases that go beyond the 1000-minute mark, two of which also come with ...
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The List - 7 More Weird Anthro Projects

You've heard of ship girls (KanColle) and sword boys (Touken Ranbu), but these anthropomorphized anime characters are on another level of weirdness. ― When I first wrote about wacky dating sims, it seemed like the anthro-craze was just starting to get off the ground. Ship girls and sword boys weren't quite mainstream and the weirdest examples to come stateside involved pigeons and llamas. At the tim...
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ANNCast - The Games of The Year 2017

2017 was a HUGE year for video games, so we've got a HUGE podcast counting down our Top 5 Games of 2017, with an all-star panel! ― ANNCast Episode 314 - Games of the Year 2017 2017 was a HUGE year for video games, so we've got a HUGE podcast counting down our Top 5 Games of 2017, featuring Dave and Graziella from Friends from the Internet, Dustin Bailey, formerly of This Week in Games, and Heidi Kem...
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Answerman - How Does Merchandise For Live Action Anime Remakes Work?

Fox has the merchandise rights for Alita: Battle Angel, but James Cameron's company has the film rights. How does all of this work, anyway? Justin gets into it. ― Jason asked: Fox had Alita: Battle Angel available at Licensing Expo in Vegas. Which parts of James Cameron's agreement with manga artist Yukito Kishiro is between him & Kishiro, compared to james cameron's a:ba merch agreement with fox? D...
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This Week in Anime - Whatever Happened to Welcome to the Ballroom?

Welcome to the Ballroom began as one of the most anticipated shows of the summer, but enthusiasm has dropped off sharply since then. We look back on what went wrong as the series waltzes toward its conclusion. ― Welcome to the Ballroom began as one of the most anticipated shows of last summer season, but enthusiasm has dropped off sharply since then. This week in anime, Nick and Jake track the series...
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This Week in Games: Bayonetta 3, Death Stranding, and More!

Heidi breaks down this week's explosion of news following The Game Awards: Street Fighter EX, new Soul Calibur, and Norman Reedus's fantastic fetus! ― THIS WEEK IN GAMES: IT'S A NEWZAPALOOZA Jeez, I expected to have a whole ton of news to write about this week, but somehow news kept on flooding in even after the Game Awards and the PSX keynote! (Which, by the way, I was totally wrong about – the Game...
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Answerman - Is It Worth Seeing 35mm Prints of Ghibli Movies?

They're still showing 35mm prints of Ghibli classics like Princess Mononoke in some revival theaters - but what's so special about 35mm? Justin has some thoughts. ― David asked: Hi! I've noticed that several art house theaters in the NY metro area have started showing 35mm version of Ghibli classics like Mononoke and Nausicaa. is there any real benefit to seeing these over the "regular versions" mor...
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This Week in Anime - Will These MMO Junkies Live Happily Ever After?

Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. We speculate on the next horizon for this nerdy couple. ― Recovery of an MMO Junkie has been a wild ride, but it's finally time for Moriko and Sakurai to start a new chapter together. This week in anime, Michelle and Steve speculate what lies on the horizon for this nerdy coup...
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Vice & Luna - The Kill La Killing Joke

Vice is absolutely determined to get his money's worth out of his old Kill La Kill cosplay, no matter what the cops say.
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Answerman - Why Are Anime Voices Recorded After Animation Is Done?

We frequently hear about how in Western animation, performances are often taped before animation really starts - but the opposite is apparently true in Japan. Justin gets into it. ― James asked: Some time ago, you stated that one of the major differences between western animation and Japanese animation is that, in western animation, all dialogue is recorded first, and then the animation is done to m...
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Shelf Life - Initial D Legend 1: Awakening

Paul gets into the recent film remake of this gearhead classic, along with all this week's new anime releases! ― I really liked the ending of Recovery of an MMO Junkie this week, but now I'm starting to realize that the early finale means I'll have to get through the rest of the season without it. You know a series is good when the thought of not having new episodes to watch makes you feel a little ...
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The Mike Toole Show - Lastman, Standing

Mike devours a few episodes of the genre-smashing French action cartoon Lastman and wonders - is this anime? ― Earlier this year I was at the Crunchyroll Expo, where I hosted a bunch of discussion panels and presented a couple of my own. The homogenous look and omnipresent Crunchyroll branding took some getting used to, but it was ultimately an energetic and well-run show, a deft mix of the stuff I l...

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