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This Week in Anime - Is Suicide Squad ISEKAI DC's Best Anime Adaptation to Date?

Suicide Squad ISEKAI is DC Comic's latest journey into the world of anime and manga but it's far from the first. So how does it stack up to previous attempts? And what about the anime-inspired critical darling My Adventures with Superman? Suicide Squad ISEKAI is DC Comic's latest journey into the world of anime and manga but it's far from the first. So how does it stack up to previous attempts? An...
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This Week in Anime - Yatagarasu Is the Anime to Watch Right Now

Nick and Steve dive into the political intrigue of supernatural crow people and discover one of the best anime airing right now. ― Nick and Steve dive into the political intrigue of supernatural crow people and discover one of the best anime airing right now. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for d...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best Reveals from the Nintendo Direct

James and Lynzee go through the recent Nintendo Direct to discuss their most anticipated games coming out soon! ― Best Reveals from the Nintendo Direct James and Lynzee go through the recent Nintendo Direct to discuss their most anticipated games coming out soon! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can listen to the podcast versi...
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The ANN Aftershow - Kaiju No. 8's Biggest Monster Yet

We're catching up on a lot of news this week from Gainax to Tohru Furuya. Kaiju No. 8's Biggest Monster Yet The newest episode of Kaiju No 8 features the team's most formidable foe so far! Plus, a new villain was revealed in Yatagarasu. We've also got even bigger news: Gainax's bankruptcy, the latest details on the Lord of the Rings anime, you can finally watch Sailor Moon Cosmos this summer and a...
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This Week in Anime - How to Watch Anime on a Budget

Chris and Lucas find their pockets stretched by the multitude of anime streaming services; let's see how far we can get using legal, free streaming! ― Chris and Lucas find their pockets stretched by the multitude of anime streaming services; let's see how far we can get using legal, free streaming! Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of ...
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This Week in Anime - The House that Gainax Built

Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponsored by car brand Subaru. It wasn't all giant robots and rainbows. Steve and Nick look back on the animation studio in the wake of its bankruptcy. ― Once upon a time, Gainax was the infallible studio that birthed Evangelion, Gunbuster, FLCL...and that magical girl show sponso...
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This Week in Anime - Sex in Anime is Complicated

Nick and Lucas use last week's Chainsaw Man manga chapter as a springboard to discuss sex and sexuality in manga, from messy to raunchy to endearing depictions. ― Nick and Lucas use last week's Chainsaw Man manga chapter as a springboard to discuss sex and sexuality in manga, from messy to raunchy to endearing depictions. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatl...
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The Anime Backlog - Hellsing Ultimate

Lynzee slays the Nosferatu Arucard, but isn't sure if she enjoyed the experience. ― Welcome back to The Anime Backlog, the column where I chronicle my journey to overcome a backlog of 100+ anime titles. After slaying my behemoth of shame, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I decided to dive into the quintessential dark and edgy series of the aughts, Hellsing Ultimate. Hellsing Ultimate Why Is It Impo...
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This Week in Anime - Why Was Code Geass Such a Big Deal?

Chris and Steve make the highly questionable decision of watching all of Code Geass in 48 hours. Is the series just as good as it was nearly two decades ago? ― Chris and Steve make the highly questionable decision of watching all of Code Geass in 48 hours. Is the series just as good as it was nearly two decades ago? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why You Should Watch Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction

Lynzee and James welcome Richard Eisenbeis onto the podcast to discuss the first episode of the weird sci-fi series Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction! ― Why You Should Watch Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Lynzee and James welcome Richard Eisenbeis onto the podcast to discuss the first episode of the weird sci-fi series Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction, plus NEW revelations in Yata...
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This Week in Anime - A Tale As Old As Time: Subs or Dubs?

We're taking the age-old argument and updating it for the simulcast era! Is getting a dub now a mark of an anime's overall quality? Are sub-only fans gatekeeping? ― We're taking the age-old argument and updating it for the simulcast era! Is getting a dub now a mark of an anime's overall quality? Are sub-only fans gatekeeping? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this c...
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This Week in Anime - Toonami Kids Strike Back

Following the upcoming retro programming block Toonami Rewind, Chris and Lucas look back fondly on the afternoons spent watching Naruto and Sailor Moon. ― Following the upcoming retro programming block Toonami Rewind, Chris and Lucas look back fondly on the afternoons spent watching Naruto and Sailor Moon. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the v...
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The ANN Aftershow - Why Aren't You Watching This Anime Yet?

Yeah, yeah, Kaiju No. 8 has all the great action scenes, but Yatagarasu is chewing up the scenery as the royal ladies absolutely lose their minds!? ― Why Aren't You Watching This Anime Yet? Yeah, yeah, Kaiju No. 8 has all the great action scenes, but Yatagarasu is chewing up the scenery as the royal ladies absolutely lose their minds!? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitte...
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The ANN Aftershow - 100 Episodes of the ANN Aftershow!?

The ANN After Show is at episode 100! Let's reflect on some of our favorite moments, catch up on Kaiju No. 8, Yatagarasu, and more this week! ― 100 Episodes of the ANN Aftershow!? The ANN After Show is at episode 100! Let's catch up on Kaiju No. 8, Yatagarasu, and more this week! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can listen to ...
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This Week in Anime - Anime Director Tsutomu Mizushima's Wild Ride

Nick and Steve look back on director Tsutomu Mizushima's work so far, from his latest Train to the End of the World to Shirobako, Girls und Panzer, and more. ― Nick and Steve look back on director Tsutomu Mizushima's work so far, from his latest Train to the End of the World to Shirobako, Girls und Panzer, and more. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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This Week in Anime - Darkly Deconstructing Japanese Super Heroes for Fun and Profit

There's no question that Go! Go! Loser Ranger! is a dark deconstruction of Super Sentai/Power Rangers in anime form—but is that all it is? Chris and Lucas dive in to find out. ― There's no question that Go! Go! Loser Ranger! is a dark deconstruction of Super Sentai/Power Rangers in anime form—but is that all it is? Chris and Lucas dive in to find out. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by ...
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The Anime Backlog - Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

In our brand-new column, Lynzee Loveridge comes clean about her backlog, starting with one of the most popular anime ever. Use this space here for critical finger-wagging and exclamations of disbelief. ― I have a secret. A no-good, embarrassing, shame-inducing secret. I'm the executive editor at Anime News Network but there are, in fact, anime I have not watched. Not just forgettable mid-tier season...
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This Week in Anime - When A New Studio Takes Over Your Favorite Series

Steve and Chris compare some of the highs and lows of an anime studio change-up, from Attack on Titan and One-Punch Man to Spice and Wolf. ― Steve and Chris compare some of the highs and lows of an anime studio change-up, from Attack on Titan and One-Punch Man to Spice and Wolf. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.S...
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The ANN Aftershow - Could There Be More Evangelion on the Horizon?

James and Lynzee look into Hideaki Anno's latest hint that there might be more Evangelion after the last movie and news on the Lord of the Rings anime film! ― Could There Be More Evangelion on the Horizon? James and Lynzee look into Hideaki Anno's latest hint that there might be more Evangelion after the last movie and news on the Lord of the Rings anime film! Plus, we catch up with Kafka and the Ka...
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This Week in Anime - The Anatomy of an Anime Waifu

What's the perfect recipe for waifu supremacy? Lucas and Nick look at fan-favorites from Yu Yu Hakusho to Spice & Wolf. ― What's the perfect recipe for waifu supremacy? Lucas and Nick look at fan-favorites from Yu Yu Hakusho to Spice & Wolf. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for discussion of the s...
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The ANN Aftershow - Yatagarasu Gets Violent!

James and Lynzee discuss the latest episode of Yatagarsu. Plus, GoHands keeps making anime, and we don't know WHY. Yatagarasu Gets Violent! James and Lynzee discuss the latest episode of Yatagarsu, in which Wakamiya plays his hand to find out the truth behind his older brother's scheming to obtain the throne. Plus, GoHands keeps making anime, and we don't know WHY; Hunter x Hunter manga is on its ...
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This Week in Anime - Will We Ever Know Why Anime Get Cancelled?

Nick and Chris recount some of the most frustrating anime cancellations, from the Yuri on Ice movie to the second half of Stars Align. ― Nick and Chris recount some of the most frustrating anime cancellations from the second half of Stars Align to the 2007 JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood movie. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views...
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The ANN Aftershow - I Support Falin's Crimes

This week, it's hot monster mommies and less hot AI-generated light novels. I Support Falin's Crimes We've long joked on the podcast about the quality of light novel writing, but the news is out that the developers of the RyokoAI project have scraped Shosetsuka ni Narou...are fully machine-generated LNs in our future? Plus: Things get gorier in Kaiju No. 8, the world of yatagarasu politics unfolds...
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This Week in Anime - Is The Anime Girl Band Era Here?

Chris and Nick put on their headphones and dust off their vinyl records for a look at this season's guitar-strumming, mic-swinging girl groups. ― Chris and Nick put on their headphones and dust off their vinyl records for a look at this season's guitar-strumming, mic-swinging girl groups. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News...
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This Week in Anime - How The Many Sides of Voice Actor Radio Captures the Reality of Gig Work

The new anime series is far more forthright about the idol and seiyū industry, from maintaining relevance on social media to subsisting on substandard wages. ― The new anime series is far more forthright about the idol and seiyū industry, from maintaining relevance on social media to subsisting on substandard wages. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are...
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The ANN Aftershow - Will You Watch Solo Leveling Season 2?

James and Lynzee reflect on the end of Solo Leveling and whether its worldbuilding is worth its edgy turn. PLUS: The big monsters of Kaiju No. 8, & court intrigue in Yatagarasu! Will You Watch Solo Leveling Season 2? James and Lynzee reflect on the end of Solo Leveling and whether its worldbuilding is worth its edgy turn. PLUS: The big monsters of Kaiju No 8, court intrigue in Yatagarasu, and a li...
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This Week in Anime - So, Is Sound Euphonium Queerbaiting or Not?

The third season of Sound Euphonium reignites the fandom controversy over Reina and Kumiko's relationship. Chris and Steve delve into it and why 'queerbaiting' is such a loaded term. ― The third season of Sound Euphonium reignites the fandom controversy over Reina and Kumiko's relationship. Chris and Steve delve into it and why 'queerbaiting' is such a loaded term. Disclaimer: The views and opinions...
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The ANN Aftershow - What Anime Should You Watch Part 2 (Spring 2024)

Jacki, Lynzee, and James are clearing out their new anime backlog to determine the must-watch shows of the season! What Anime Should You Watch Part 2 (Spring 2024) Jacki, Lynzee, and James are clearing out their new anime backlog to determine the must-watch shows of the season! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can listen to ...
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This Week in Anime - Are This Season's Isekai Anime Any Good?

Lucas gets his first taste of the TWIA's seasonal isekai sampler. Is there any spice this season, or is it all the same comfort food? ― Lucas gets his first taste of the TWIA's seasonal isekai sampler. Is there any spice this season, or is it all the same comfort food? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler War...
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This Week in Anime - What Do You Do When Your Fav Anime Isn't Simulcast?

In the modern streaming landscape, almost every anime series is simulcast for fans. Almost. Chris and Steve discuss what happens when a highly-anticipated series gets passed over. ― In the modern streaming landscape, almost every anime series is simulcast for fans. Almost. Chris and Steve discuss what happens when a highly-anticipated series gets passed over. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expre...
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The ANN Aftershow - What New Anime Should You Watch? (Spring 2024 Edition)

James and Lynzee are back after a hiatus to help YOU decide which of the best (and strangest) new anime premieres is worth watching. Also, James tries to explain how the omegaverse works in this one. What New Anime Should You Watch? (Spring 2024 Edition) James and Lynzee are back after a hiatus to help YOU decide which of the best (and strangest) new anime premieres is worth watching. Also, check ...
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This Week in Anime - Are We Experiencing a Retro Anime Gold Rush?

With shows like the original Urusei Yatsura and GTO coming to Netflix, Chris and Lucas take a deep dive into the retro anime world to answer the question: "Are we getting more releases and re-releases of older anime than ever before?" ― With shows like the original Urusei Yatsura and GTO coming to Netflix, Chris and Lucas take a deep dive into the retro anime world to answer the question: "Are we ge...
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This Week in Anime - Anime Adaptations That Aren't As Good As They Should Be

This week, Nick and Steve talk about sub-par anime adaptations of great books and manga—and end up dunking on The Witch and the Beast, Berserk, and Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (just to name a few). ― This week, Nick and Steve talk about sub-par anime adaptations of great books and manga—and end up dunking on The Witch and the Beast, Berserk, and Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer (just to name a few)...
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This Week in Anime - Did Birdie Wing Start a Golf Anime Renaissance?

With no less than three new golf anime coming this spring season, Chris and Steve as the big question: Is this Birdie Wing's fault? ― With no less than three new golf anime coming this spring season, Chris and Steve ask the big question: Is this Birdie Wing's fault? Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warnin...
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This Week in Anime - The Legacy of Akira Toriyama

This week, Nick and Lucas talk about the recent, ongoing, and not-yet-released works of the late, great Akira Toriyama—as well as the potential future of his most popular franchise. ― This week, Nick and Lucas talk about the recent, ongoing, and not-yet-released works of the late, great Akira Toriyama—as well as the potential future of his most popular franchise. Disclaimer: The views and opinions e...
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This Week in Anime - When Criticism Meets Anime Fandom

More often than not, critics take the hot seat when reviewing a work subject to the ire of its fandom when it does not align with their views. This week, our resident reviewers Chris and Lucas weigh in on what it means to approach anime works critically as reviewers. ― More often than not, critics take the hot seat when reviewing a work subject to the ire of its fandom when it does not align with th...
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This Week in Anime - What Manga Should Become Anime Next?

Nick and Steve peruse the series competing in AnimeJapan's "Manga We Want to See Animated Ranking" poll to find the next possible anime hit. ― Nick and Steve peruse the series competing in AnimeJapan's "Manga We Want to See Animated Ranking" poll to find the next possible anime hit. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Netwo...
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The ANN Aftershow - And the Anime Oscar Goes To..

Lynzee and James discuss the Oscar results, the untimely passing of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, Solo Leveling, and more! And the Anime Oscar Goes To.. Lynzee and James discuss the Oscar results, the untimely passing of Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, Solo Leveling, and more! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You can l...
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This Week in Anime - How Would You Like Your Fantasy Anime Served?

Chris and Steve discuss all the ways a fantasy anime can get it right and the shoddy mimics that catch viewers in their traps. ― Chris and Steve discuss all the ways a fantasy anime can get it right and the shoddy mimics that catch viewers in their traps. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. Delicious in Dungeon and...
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This Week in Anime - The Rise and Fall of Rooster Teeth

Lucas and Nick reflect on Rooster Teeth's legacy, from RWBY to gen:LOCK to Red vs. Blue following Warner Bros. Discovery's decision to dissolve the production company. ― Lucas and Nick reflect on Rooster Teeth's legacy, from RWBY to gen:LOCK to Red vs. Blue following Warner Bros. Discovery's decision to dissolve the production company. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants...
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This Week in Anime - AI Is Here, But Who Is It Helping?

If this tech is making things worse for the people who work on this material and those who want to enjoy it, then who exactly is it for? ― Following Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini's confirmation that the company is already testing generative A.I. uses on subtitling and closed captioning, Chris and Lucas discuss where the technology could benefit more broadly and management's misjudgment on how t...
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The ANN Aftershow - Are the Anime Awards Broken? (Podcast Edition)

Lynzee and James discuss the Crunchyroll Anime Award winners and try to explain why a single show can sweep so many categories. Plus: Solo-Leveling and more Delicious in Dungeon food! Are the Anime Awards Broken? (Podcast Edition) Lynzee and James discuss the Crunchyroll Anime Award winners and try to explain why a single show can sweep so many categories. Plus: Solo-Leveling and more Delicious in...
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This Week in Anime - Are the Anime Awards Broken?

What were the biggest snubs of the Anime Awards, and did what earned their rightful place as one of the best? Or is the whole thing a cover for marketing and business relationships? ― Nick and Steve are here with your after-awards banter. What were the biggest snubs of the Anime Awards, and did they earn their rightful place as one of the best? Or is the whole thing a cover for marketing and busines...
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This Week in Anime - Previously On Final Fantasy VII

Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ― Before you boot up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, let's remember Squaresoft's foray into feature films, including Spirits Within and the divisive Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed...
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The ANN Aftershow - Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon

James, Jacki, and Lynzee pick their favorite Pokémon from every type to celebrate Pokémon Day 2024! Best, Worst, and Weirdest Pokémon Jacki, Lynzee, and James share their Pokémon memories for Pokémon Day 2024. What Pokémon gave them nightmares, what was their first starter, and what is their trainer persona? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6p...
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This Week in Anime - Off-Brands In My Anime

With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. ― With the new, official WcDonald's campaign, Nick and Nicky revisit some of the off-brand appearances of real products in anime and other official campaigns that seem too weird to be true. Disclaimer: The views an...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching?

Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Is Ninja Kamui Worth Watching? Lynzee and James check out the first two episodes of Sunghoo Park and Adult Swim's new anime series, NINJA KAMUI! Is the new blood-soaked action spectacle worth watching? Plus, Solo-Leveling and one...
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This Week in Anime - A New Age of Anime Delinquents

Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? ― Bucchigiri is reintroducing the anime world to delinquent culture, but is this homage to old-school bad boys refreshing or lost on modern audiences? Bucchigiri?!, Tokyo Revengers (first season), Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats Boys, Yu Yu Hakusho, Haji...
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The ANN Aftershow - WTF is Going On in this Mecha Anime?!

Jacki, James, and Lynzee try to figure out WHAT is happening in Brave Bang Bravern! WTF is Going On in this Mecha Anime?! Jacki, James, and Lynzee try to figure out WHAT is happening in Brave Bang Bravern! Plus, new Delicious in Dungeon food to eat, Tatsuki Fujimoto's new anime, and a dark turn for Solo Leveling. Join us and chat live! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twit...
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This Week in Anime - The Amazing Action Anime of Director Sunghoo Park

Director Sunghoo Park's latest anime is a blood-soaked action spectacle that builds off years of stellar choreography and gripping fight sequences. ― Director Sunghoo Park's latest anime is a blood-soaked action spectacle that builds off years of stellar choreography and gripping fight sequences. Find out more about his work below. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Solo Leveling Levels Up!

Finally out of the hospital, Jinwoo encounters his first boss battle one-on-one, and the animation team at A-1 Pictures didn't hold back! Plus, we rate the newest dish for this week's Delicious in Dungeon anime. Solo Leveling Levels Up! Finally out of the hospital, Jinwoo encounters his first boss battle one-on-one, and the animation team at A-1 Pictures didn't hold back! Plus, we rate the newest ...
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This Week in Anime - When Your Fav Anime Couple is Problematic

Chris and Nicky take on fandom shipping discourse and coming to grips with your problematic favorite couple. ― Chris and Nicky take on fandom shipping discourse and coming to grips with your problematic favorite couple. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Stardust Crusaders, BanG Dream! It'...
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This Week in Anime - Metallic Rouge and 25 Years of BONES

Nicky and Steve renumerate on the history of BONES' various original anime and take a look at its 25th year anniversary project Metallic Rouge. (There may also be an excessive amount of bone-related puns.) ― Nicky and Steve renumerate on the history of BONES' various original anime and take a look at its 25th-year anniversary project Metallic Rouge. (There may also be an excessive amount of bone-rel...
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This Week in Anime - Getting into Gundam (and Other Long-Running Anime)

Nick and Chris tackle the issue of getting into long-running anime series—and why it's not really the intimidating prospect it might appear to be at first glance. ― Nick and Chris tackle the issue of getting into long-running anime series—and why it's not really the intimidating prospect it might appear to be at first glance. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this c...
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This Week in Anime - Do Game Mechanics Make or Break Anime?

Chris and Nicky discuss the gamification of anime narratives from Solo Leveling to BOFURI. What's the best way to integrate familiar game elements into a story (hint: it's not stat screens). ― Chris and Nicky discuss the gamification of anime narratives (and life in general) from Solo Leveling to BOFURI. What's the best way to integrate familiar game elements into a story (hint: it's not stat screen...
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This Week in Anime - Is Cygames a Mark of Anime Quality?

Known primarily for their involvement in mobile games, Cygames has quietly been producing some of the best, most farcical anime of the last decade. ― Known primarily for their involvement in mobile games, Cygames has quietly been producing some of the best, most farcical anime of the last decade. Steve and Chris look back on Zombie Land Saga, Uma Musume, and this season's Brave Bang Bravern! Brave B...
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The ANN Aftershow - And the Winner for Best Anime of the Year is....

Jacki, James, and Lynzee talk about the nominees for the Oscars and Crunchyroll's Anime Awards. What was snubbed? What anime is over-represented? Who do you think will win? And the Winner for Best Anime of the Year is.... Jacki, James, and Lynzee talk about the nominees for the Oscars (The Boy and the Heron! Godzilla Minus One!) and Crunchyroll's Anime Awards. What was snubbed? What anime is over-...
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This Week in Anime - Mari Okada's Rise: From Anohana to Maboroshi

Nick and Nicky look back on how Mari Okada's voice as a writer and director lead up to her strangest anime entry yet, maboroshi. ― Nick and Nicky look back on how Mari Okada's voice as a writer and director lead up to her strangest anime entry yet, maboroshi. Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms, anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, Kiznaiver, and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine are avai...
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The ANN Aftershow - What New Anime Should You Watch?

The Winter 2024 anime season is well underway, so it's time to find out which shows pass muster to join our watchlist! What New Anime Should You Watch? The Winter 2024 anime season is well underway, so it's time to find out which shows pass muster to join our watchlist! Also, some amazing news this week: Discotek has picked up the Berserk anime (the good one) and we're finally getting more Dorohed...
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This Week in Games - A Return With Arms, And Cats

Jean-Karlo returns from medical leave to get everyone up-to-date on the latest news out of Final Fantasy Fan Fest! ― Before We Begin... I do need to apologize. I didn't quite keep to my word when I last said my usual "see you in seven" sign-off. On November 4 (the very next day after my last column went live), I went out to do some chores. I was going to get a haircut in preparation for Kumoricon, an...
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This Week in Anime - What is the Anime Localization Controversy?

Nick and Chris weigh in on the vitriol and misinformation swirling around AI usage and localization in anime and manga translation. ― Nick and Chris weigh in on the vitriol and misinformation swirling around AI usage and localization in anime and manga translation. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning...
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The ANN Aftershow - So, About That Jujutsu Kaisen Ending

James, Jacki, and Lynzee give their final thoughts on Jujutsu Kaisen: Shibuya Incident Arc, social media, and gear up for Solo Leveling! ― Is So, About That Jujutsu Kaisen Ending James, Jacki, and Lynzee give their final thoughts on Jujutsu Kaisen: Shibuya Incident Arc, social media, and gear up for Solo Leveling! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays a...
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This Week in Anime - What's the Recipe for a Good Isekai?

Nicky and Nick return to this season's isekai mines and manage to excavate one (1) actually good anime. ― Nicky and Nick return to this season's isekai mines and manage to excavate one (1) actually good anime. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for discussion of the series ahead. @Lossthief @BeeDubs...
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This Week in Anime - When Does an Anime Need a Reboot?

Steve and Chris consider the necessity of rebooting popular anime like One Piece and Hunter x Hunter in the larger anime media landscape. Strap in, they talk about Fullmetal Alchemist in this one. ― Steve and Chris consider the necessity of rebooting popular anime like One Piece and Hunter x Hunter in the larger anime media landscape. Strap in, they talk about Fullmetal Alchemist in this one. Discla...
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This Week in Anime - What Happens When Magical Girls Grow Up?

Nicky and Chris, inspired by the recent raunchy Gushing Over Magical Girls, look at other more mature iterations of the magical girl genre. ― Nicky and Chris, inspired by the recent raunchy Gushing Over Magical Girls, look at other more mature iterations of the magical girl genre. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network...
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This Week in Anime - On the Last Day of Anime Christmas...

Discover the stranger side of anime with Tatami Time Machine Blues, Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo, and whatever the heck Flying Phantom Ship is. ― For the second half of TWIA's Secret Santa, Nicky and Chris get retro with their anime surprises. Discover the stranger side of anime with Tatami Time Machine Blues, Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo, and whatever the heck Flying Phantom Ship is. Ma...
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This Week in Anime - On The First Day of Anime Christmas...

Nick and Steve secretly decide what anime the other will watch from their backlogs. These stocking stuffers include classic (and infamous) anime series like BECK, Guilty Crown, Key the Metal Idol, and more. ― Nick and Steve secretly decide what anime the other will watch from their backlogs. These stocking stuffers include classic (and infamous) anime series like BECK, Guilty Crown, Key the Metal Id...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is The Boy and The Heron Miyazaki's Worst Film?

The possible last film from the acclaimed director has the ANN After Show hosts divided! James and Lynzee go head-to-head over Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Boy and the Heron. ― Is The Boy and The Heron Miyazaki's Worst Film? James and Lynzee go head-to-head on their reviews of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Boy and The Heron (How Do You Live?). The possible last film from the accla...
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This Week in Anime - Fast Cars, Anime, and Eurobeat

Steve and Nicky put on their helmets for a high-octane discussion of Initial D, its successor MF Ghost, and the dark horse of the season, Ei Aoki's Overtake! ― Steve and Nicky put on their helmets for a high-octane discussion of Initial D, its successor MF Ghost, and the dark horse of the season, Ei Aoki's Overtake! The anime discussed in this column are streaming via Crunchyroll and HIDIVE. Disclai...
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This Week in Anime - An Anime Night at the Movies

Chris and Nick head to the cinema to see Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron and discuss why seeing an anime film in theaters is the preferred viewing experience. ― Chris and Nick head to the cinema to see Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and The Heron and discuss why seeing an anime film in theaters is the preferred viewing experience (if you can find a showing, that is). The films discussed in this col...
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This Week in Anime - How Do You Manage Your Anime Backlog?

Nicky and Chris wax about the anime they keep meaning to get to and what methods help them just sit down and watch. ― Nicky and Chris wax about the anime they keep meaning to get to and what methods help them just sit down and watch. This series is streaming on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and HIDIVE Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime...
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This Week in Anime - Frieren's Demon Problem

Steve and Nick tune back in to Frieren: Beyond Journey's End to discuss the series' primary antagonists: demons and how fantasy often handles "evil races." ― Steve and Nick tune back in to Frieren: Beyond Journey's End to discuss the series' primary antagonists: demons and how fantasy often handles "evil races." Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Falling Apart?

The ANN After Show crew catch up on Jujutsu Kaisen's latest episodes, although the production has raised alarm bells after multiple staff members shared concern, disappointment, and more on social media. ― Is Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Falling Apart? The ANN After Show crew catch up on Jujutsu Kaisen's latest episodes, although the production has raised alarm bells after multiple staff members shared c...
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This Week in Anime - Made in Abyss Ignites Firestorm in K-Pop Fandom

Chris and Steve revisit the dark fantasy series' controversy after several K-Pop idols come under criticism for watching or reading the series. ― Chris and Steve revisit the dark fantasy series' controversy after several K-Pop idols come under criticism for watching or reading the series. Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is the PLUTO Anime a Masterpiece?

The ANN Aftershow Crew dive into the long-awaited anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's PLUTO, and it might be one of the best series we've ever watched! ― Is the PLUTO Anime a Masterpiece? The ANN Aftershow Crew dive into the long-awaited anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa's PLUTO, and it might be one of the best series we've ever watched! The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twit...
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This Week in Anime - What the Hell is Going on at MAPPA?

Nicky and Nick look at the production issues at Jujutsu Kaisen studio MAPPA following several social media posts from animators working there. ― Nicky and Nick look at the production issues at Jujutsu Kaisen studio MAPPA following several social media posts from animators working there. 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 Anime - Scott Pilgrim Takes Off in a New Direction

Nick and Chris dive into the brand-new adaptation of the fan-favorite comic, although something is missing...where's Scott? ― Nick and Chris dive into the brand-new adaptation of the fan-favorite comic, although something is missing...where's Scott? Scott Pilgrim Takes Off is streaming on Netflix Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of An...
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This Week in Anime - 100 Girlfriends Is The Endgame Of Harem Anime

Chris and Nick find the true meaning of a harem anime: choosing all the girls instead of one. ― Chris and Nick find the true meaning of a harem anime: choosing all the girls instead of one. All the series mentioned in this column are streaming on Crunchyroll Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the participants in this chatlog are not the views of Anime News Network.Spoiler Warning for di...
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This Week in Anime - Key, The Landmark Visual Novel Studio

The visual novel studio Key created some of the most heartwrenching stories adapted to anime. Christopher and Steve look back on CLANNAD, Kanon, Planetarian, and more to see if the emotional beats are still devastating. ― The visual novel studio Key created some of the most heartwrenching stories adapted to anime. Christopher and Steve look back on CLANNAD, Kanon, Planetarian, and more to see if the...
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The ANN Aftershow - The Attack on Titan Ending Explained

What made this ending so divisive, and what does it mean for all the characters? A decade later, we say goodbye to Attack on Titan. ― The Attack on Titan Ending Explained The monumental anime series finally comes to an end, and Eren's fate is sealed. What made this ending so divisive, and what does it mean for all the characters? A decade later, we say goodbye to Attack on Titan. The ANN After Show ...
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This Week in Anime - It's the Anime Rap Battle of the Century!!

Do rap sequences in anime hold a sincere appreciation for the art form? Nick and Nicky look at two rap-focused anime and the musical genre in series over the years. ― Do rap sequences in anime hold a sincere appreciation for the art form? Nick and Nicky look at two rap-focused anime and the musical genre in series over the years. HYPNOSIS MIC, Paradox Live The Animation, Kaguya-sama: Love is War -Ul...
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This Week in Anime - PLUTO is a Masterclass in Anime Reimaginings

Chris and Steve dive into Naoki Urasawa and Studio M2's Pluto anime and discuss why "aging up" a property intended for children can be a perfect sandbox for broader commentary. ― Chris and Steve dive into Naoki Urasawa and Studio M2's Pluto anime and discuss why "aging up" a property intended for children can be a perfect sandbox for broader commentary. The anime discussed in this column are streami...
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This Week in Anime - Halloween Anime Spooktacular

Happy Halloween, anime fans! We have a special TWIA on this extra spooky Tuesday. Nick and Nicky discuss their favorite horror series and compare notes on which anime monsters are perfect for the season. ― Happy Halloween, anime fans! We have a special TWIA on this extra spooky Tuesday. Nick and Nicky discuss their favorite horror series and compare notes on which anime monsters are perfect for the ...
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This Week in Games - Special Feature: First Look At One Punch Man World Closed Beta

Jean-Karlo explores the super-powered world of the newest One Punch Man mobile game and it's surprisingly good! Plus, hints about .hack, a Muv-Luv port, revamped Metal Gear and more! ― Welcome back, folks! It seems like last week's dual releases for Sonic Superstars and Super Mario Wonder really brought up the old Sonic/Mario rivalry... but as a Sega fan, it seems like Mario won this one? Not that So...
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This Week in Anime - Director Masaomi Andō, from School-Live! to SHY

Director Masaomi Andō (SHY) has quietly created some of the best series in the last decade. Steve and Nicky look back at his past work to see how he utilizes different tricks to create engaging entertainment. ― Director Masaomi Andō has quietly created some of the best series in the last decade. His latest outing is SHY, a superhero action series starring a hero with overwhelming anxiety. Steve and ...
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The ANN Aftershow - Is the Jujutsu Kaisen Shibuya Incident Arc...Good?

Lynzee and James catch back up on the subway battle for Gojo in Jujutsu Kaisen, but is it living up to the hype? ― Is the Jujutsu Kaisen Shibuya Incident Arc...Good? Lynzee and James catch back up on the subway battle for Gojo in Jujutsu Kaisen, but is it living up to the hype? Plus, our immortal elf continues on her quest to discover what it means to live in Frieren! The ANN After Show streams live...
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This Week in Anime - Mecha Anime You May Have Missed

It's always Gundam this and Macross that, but what about those ready to enter a new mecha-verse? There's more to giant robots than decades-spanning franchises. Nick and Chris uncover some mecha anime you may have missed. ― It's always Gundam this and Macross that, but what about those ready to enter a new mecha-verse? There's more to giant robots than decades-spanning franchises. Nick and Chris unco...
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This Week in Anime -Narou-ing Down Your Anime Watchlist

This season is bigger than ever, but surprisingly, there isn't much isekai to sift through. Instead, Nick and Steve look at web novel adaptations and which are worth your time. ― During the last few anime seasons, TWIA alums have taken up the mantle to wade through the seasonal isekai to find the cream of the crop. This season is bigger than ever, but surprisingly, there isn't much isekai to sift th...
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This Week in Anime - What's the Deal with Extra-Long Anime Premieres?

Chris and Nicky examine the recent spat of feature-length anime premieres, whether the story calls for it, or if it's all in pursuit of the elusive "prestige" designation. ― Chris and Nicky examine the recent spat of feature-length anime premieres, whether the story calls for it, or if it's all in pursuit of the elusive "prestige" designation. This series is streaming on Netflix, Crunchyroll, and ot...
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The ANN Aftershow - The Best Fall Anime Premieres So Far...

We're in the midst of one of the biggest anime seasons yet! What anime premieres are must-watch worthy and which are clunkers? ― The Best Fall Anime Premieres So Far... We're in the midst of one of the biggest anime seasons yet! What anime premieres are must-watch worthy and which are clunkers? The ANN After Show streams live on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter Spaces on Tuesdays at 6pm PT/9pm ET. You...
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This Week in Anime - We Love Boys' Love

In celebration of the Sasaki and Miyano film, Chris and Nicky share their favorite BL series and why the genre is for everyone. ― In celebration of the Sasaki and Miyano film, Chris and Nicky share their favorite BL series and why the genre is for everyone. You can watch the series and movies mentioned here on Crunchyroll (Sasaki and Miyano, Junjo Romantica, Classmates, The Stranger by the Shore, Gi...
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This Week in Games - VIDEO GAME DREAMS DO COME TRUE

It's an extra big TWIG this week as Jean-Karlo discusses exciting developments in the retro game scene: Wizardry, Cotton 2, and the unexpected return of his personal favorite ninja, Izuna! ― Welcome back, folks! I must say, Thousand-Year Door fans wasted no time sticking true to form in the week-and-change since Nintendo announced the remake. Between concerns over the 30fps framerate or bellyaching a...
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This Week in Anime - Osamu Tezuka Anime Through Time

Nick and Nicky check out the newest take on legendary manga creator Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix and take time to reflect the many iterations of his work through the years. ― Nick and Nicky check out the newest take on legendary manga creator Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix and take time to reflect the many iterations of his work through the years. You can watch the Tezuka series mentioned here on Hulu/Disney+ (Ph...
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The ANN Aftershow - Jujutsu Kaisen's Shibuya Throwdown!

The series' biggest battle is underway and Itadori is fighting...a bug? Zom 100 is back with a new episode, so let's check in on Akira and see if he's still human. ― Jujutsu Kaisen's Shibuya Throwdown! The series' biggest battle is underway and Itadori is fighting...a bug? Zom 100 is back with a new episode, so let's check in on Akira and see if he's still human. All this and more anime hot takes, s...
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This Week in Anime - The Legacy of Buichi Terasawa

Join Chris and Steve as they dive into Space Adventure Cobra, Goku Midnight Eye, and other Terasawa's works that made him one of the legends in the industry. ― The anime and manga world lost yet another legend with the recent passing of Buichi Terasawa, the author behind the iconic 1978 manga series Space Adventure Cobra. Join Chris and Steve this week as they dive into Terasawa's works that made hi...
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The ANN Aftershow - Attack on Titan the Final Season THE FINAL CHAPTERS Special 2 is a real anime

We've got a release date for the last installment of the Attack on Titan anime and it's only taken 10 years! Plus, Miyazaki might be 82 years old, but he's still not ready to hang up his director's hat. ― Attack on Titan the Final Season THE FINAL CHAPTERS Special 2 is a real anime We've got a release date for the last installment of the Attack on Titan anime and it's only taken 10 years! Plus, Miya...

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