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Anime NYC 2021 - Love of Kill Premiere

Love of Kill is an interesting show that seemingly tries to blend a variety of different genres together within its first episode. ― Of all the premieres that I had the pleasure of attending this weekend at Anime NYC, Love of Kill seemed to be one of the more unique, comparatively speaking. Before the episode even aired, Crunchyroll showed a quick pre-recorded video of voice actors Saori Ōnishi and H...
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Anime NYC 2021 - Orient Premiere

Compared to its predecessor, Magi, Orient feels a lot more basic from its storytelling, to its overall design sense, to even the animation quality. While that certainly makes it easy to understand, there also wasn't any strong definitive wow factor. ― Fresh off the heels of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic comes the latest anime adaptation of Shinobu Ohtaka's most recent manga serialization. There seemed...
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Anime NYC 2021 - The Land of Leadale Premiere

Crunchyroll's new isekai series keeps its cards close to its chest, but that only makes the mystery more enticing. ― Crunchyroll's premiere of In The Land of Leadale was pretty straightforward. Not a lot of talk about the show in question either before or after the screening of the first episode. Despite the premiere taking place relatively late in the evening of a very frantic first day for the conv...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021: Shikizakura TV Anime World Premiere

The tokusatsu-flavored series will premiere on HIDIVE in October. Kalai Chik checks out the first episode that includes impressive CG work by Sublimination. ― Over the weekend, Anime Expo Lite 2021 premiered the first episode of Shikizakura along with a Q&A with the series' director Go Kurosaki and lead voice actors Miho Mashiro and Yudai Noda. Opening the panel was a quick roundtable welcome from al...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021 - Sonny Boy Premiere with Director Shingo Natsume

Natsume's most important takeaway to the viewers is to not think too hard about scientific logic. “It is sci-fi, but it would be great if you didn't concentrate on the fine details, but just take a step back and enjoy the flow.” ― Originally released on Funimation's YouTube channel, the first episode of Sonny Boy premiered within a limited 24-hour window on June 18. The initial episode left viewers w...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021: Child of Kamiari Month Film First Look

Mercedez Clewis introduces the upcoming supernatural coming-of-age story that she fondly compares to Kamichu. ― Child of Kamiari Month follows 12-year-old Kanna, a descendant of the Gods, and a member of a family tasked with delivering offerings from all across Japan to the Gods' gathering in Izumo. And although Kanna's mother was charged with completing the mission, her passing makes that impossible...
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Aniplex Online Fest 2021: Making of The Case Study of Vanitas

This panel about the making of the hit anime The Case Study of Vanitas took the form of a documentary, taking viewers on a brief tour through the anime production process, from script-writing to animation to compositing. ― This panel about the making of the hit anime The Case Study of Vanitas took the form of a documentary: the pre-recorded video takes viewers on a brief tour through the anime produc...
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Aniplex Online Fest 2021: Tracing the 10-Year History of Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Madoka shocked the world all over again when Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion hit theaters and the staff are now preparing the next installment. ― When Puella Magi Madoka Magica first debuted in January 2011, it caused shock waves around the world. The anime was initially promoted with cute visuals, until the turning point (or "Mami-ing Point," as it's colloquially referred to in...
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Anime Expo Lite 2021: Sneak Preview of Star Wars: Visions

One of the main emphases of the project was on how the creators involved were given a wide berth in terms of applying their style – their 'visions' if you will – to the shorts they produced. ― Star Wars: The ever-present pop-culture juggernaut has found itself before branching out to mediums like manga and other projects from Japanese creators. But modern franchise-owner Disney is now making an earne...
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Crunchyroll Expo 2020: The Rising of the Shield Hero Panel

Auditions are underway for the planned 2021 anime series. ― The anime adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's The Rising of the Shield Hero turned heads with its 25-episode debut season. Last year's Crunchyroll Expo revealed the series was green-lit for second and third season, and after today the wait is over. Season two will premiere sometime in 2021, and the third season won't be as long of a wait. This year...
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Getting Magical with Madoka at Aniplex Online Fest

Can Small Kyubey be trusted? How has Iroha changed from the mobile game to the anime? Momo Asakura and Emiri Katō discuss all things sparkly at the Madoka panel! ― It's no exaggeration that Madoka Magica changed the anime landscape. The series quickly redefined how audiences thought about magical girl stories and went on to inspire multitudes of manga and anime in the same vein. The characters were i...
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Sword Art Online at Aniplex Online Fest

Director Manabu Ono and voice actress Ai Kayano take a deep dive into the world of Alicization before the arc's final season. ― Our VRMMO-tripping hero Kirito has been left in a lurch while invaders descend on the Ocean Turtle in the real world and forces move in to capture Alice in the virtual one. Fans too, have been waiting to find out the conclusion of Kirito's latest crisis as the Alicization ar...
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Aniplex Online Fest: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War? Special Panel

Kaguya and Chika's voice actresses Aoi Koga and Konomi Kohara countdown their favorite moments from the hit romantic comedy! ― The second season of Kaguya-sama: Love is War recently ended, so Aniplex Online Fest held a special panel to relive the best moments. Voice actors Aoi Koga (who plays Kaguya Shinomiya) and Konomi Kohara (who plays Chika Fujiwara) got together for this panel, not just to sprea...
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Anime Expo Lite: GIBIATE Special Preview

If you want to find some catharsis watching samurai take on a pandemic with their pointy swords, this show might be up your alley. ― The upcoming Gibiate anime is a celebration of Japan's history and traditional aesthetics. The keyword is the "wa" from the current Japanese era name "Reiwa," which signifies Japan. True to that mission statement, Anime Expo Lite's special preview show for Gibiate opene...
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FunimationCon2020: By the Grace of the Gods Premiere

The show could serve to be a really touching iyashikei if it plays its cards right. I'd certainly be down for some "isekai healing" right now. ― What do you need to know about By the Grace of the Gods, Funimation's upcoming anime co-production? Let's get the fact that it's an isekai series out of the way. The word has started to carry some baggage along with it, so where has our hapless hero ended up...
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The World Ends with You -The Animation- at Anime Expo Lite

Anime director and game staff discuss the game's creation and what changes to expect in anime series. ― Square Enix's The World Ends With You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai) action role-playing game first hit store shelves for the Nintendo DS in 2007-2008, so color me surprised when an anime announcement dropped last week. The original action RPG took place in Shibuya and quickly gained acclaim for its imp...
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Anime Limited's Cloud Matsuri Online Convention

Andrew Osmond has the lowdown on the virtual convention and brand-new insights into Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken and BEASTARS, including how the team pulled off that bedroom scene! NOW WITH EXTRA EVANGELION ― The virtual anime festival Cloud Matsuri was held online on the weekend of May 30 and 31, consisting of several hours of live-streamed material on each day. Much of that material consisted of in...
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Anime Expo 2019: My Hero Academia Season 4 Premiere

The fourth season of My Hero Academia doesn't launch until this fall, but Anime Expo attendees - and our correspondent - got an early look. Lynzee Loveridge has all the details from the premiere. ― The heroes of UA returned to Anime Expo this year, following up last year's My Hero Academia film premiere. This time the Main Events hall brimmed with fans ready to yell "Plus Ultra!" for the first episod...
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Anime Expo 2019: Dr. Stone Premiere Report

The first episode of this season's giant Shonen Jump adventure Dr. Stone premiered at Anime Expo with some creative staff in tow - Lynzee's got the details. Shonen Jump is known for its hot-blooded heroes, whether they're trying to pull off a spike at the volleyball net or become the village's greatest ninja. Readers know they can turn the pages of Shueisha's manga magazine to get their weekly dose...
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Premiere Report: Mob Psycho 100 Season 2

Fans who lined up early at Anime NYC got a sneak peek at the first two episodes of Mob Psycho 100 Season 2, with comments from the cast and director. Here's our full report! ― The full-capacity crowd of 1000 eager otaku was squirming with anticipation for the long-awaited second season of the Mob Psycho 100 anime. Hundreds were turned away due to space limitations. There was plenty of reason to be ex...
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Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018: My Hero Academia Panel Report

Check out all the heroic details from this weekend's big My Hero Academia panel - featuring commentary from English voice cast members Colleen Clinkenbeard and Luci Christian - at Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018. ― Over the last two years, My Hero Academia has become nothing less than a phenomenon. So naturally, a Hero Academia panel was held at Anime Fest @ NYCC. The panel was hosted by Funimaton, producers ...
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Convention Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018

The first-ever Anime Fest @ NYCC was held this weekend - our correspondent shares her thoughts on how the show went, along with plenty of photos from the floor. ― With everything from super heroes, movies, cult classics, and obviously comics, New York Comic Con has a reputation as the biggest show of the year for pop culture fans on the east coast. The convention itself has something of a rocky hist...
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DARLING in the FRANXX At Crunchyroll Expo 2018

The director, character designer and producer of this year's smash collaboration between A-1 Pictures and TRIGGER shared a ton of cool behind-the-scenes stories at Crunchyroll Expo, and we were there to get the dirt. ― If you're a fan of Darling in the Franxx, this year's hit collaboration between A-1 Pictures and TRIGGER, Crunchyroll Expo 2018 was definitely the place to be. In attendance to spill s...
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Premiere Report: Hi Score Girl at Otakon 2018

This 3DCG anime comedy dripping with 90s arcade lore from classics like Final Fight and Street Fighter II doesn't hit Netflix until December, but we've got all the details from the premiere at Otakon - with comments from the show's producers! ― The Hi Score Girl anime had a long road to production. Originally announced in 2013, the project was sidelined after SNK Playmore filed a criminal complaint a...
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Anime Expo 2018: Attack on Titan Season 3 Premiere Report

The world premiere of Attack on Titan Season 3 was held at Anime Expo 2018, with Eren voice actors Yuki Kaji and Bryce Papenbrook in tow. Here are all the details - plus a review of the season premiere! ― It was standing room only in the Main Events hall at Anime Expo this year, as thousands of attendees had to get their tickets in advance for the world premiere of Attack on Titan's third season. It ...
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Anime Expo 2018: XOGenaSYS Pilot Premiere Report

At Anime Expo 2018, Johnny O'Bryant's Noir Caesar Entertainment debuted the pilot episode of XOGenaSYS, a hard-hitting superhero story based on the serialized manga; here's a full report from the premiere. ― As attendees entered quickly into the small theater at Anime Expo this weekend, the air was abuzz with anticipation. Many of those waiting in line were already avid fans of the company Johnny O'B...
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Anime Expo 2018: Laughing Under The Clouds Gaiden Premiere Report

An early look at the first Laughing Under The Clouds Gaiden film, which Eleven Arts Anime Studio premiered at Anime Expo 2018 ahead of its US theatrical run this August. ― Two-thirds of the Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden film trilogy will make their way to American audiences on August 24th for a limited screening in theaters, as Eleven Arts Anime Studio announced at their panel over the convention ...
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Anime Expo 2018: Sirius the Jaeger Premiere Report

Legendary action animator Masahiro Ando teams up with PA Works for this gorgeous and gory vampire hunting anime that premiered its first episode at Anime Expo 2018 - with PA Works CEO Kenji Horikawa on hand to answer some questions! ― It's 1930, Tokyo, and there's a war brewing between vampires, vampire hunters, and at least one werewolf, Yuliy. He belongs to an international team of vampire hunters ...
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Anime Expo 2018: Me!Me!Me! with Hibiki Yoshizaki

The NSFW cult hit music video Me!Me!Me! gets an art book celebrating the incredible visual design of Hibiki Yoshiaki, creator of Me!Me!Me! and designer for Evangelion 3.33. He was at AX 2018 with Teddyloid to chat about it. ― Hibiki Yoshizaki, creator of the cult hit "ME!ME!ME!" animated music video, celebrated the launch of Japan Anima(tor)'s Exhibition Visual Resource Collection Vol. 4: ME!ME!ME! B...
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Anime Expo 2018: SSSS.GRIDMAN Premiere Report

Studio TRIGGER enlists the help of Inferno Cop director Akira Amemiya to reboot tokusatsu series SSSS Gridman (known to the US as Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad!), and they showed the first episode at Anime Expo 2018. ― During Trigger's industry panel before the SSSS.GRIDMAN premiere at Anime Expo, Hiromi Wakabayashi emphasized the point of Trigger's younger staff heading the show. Akira Amemiya (dir...
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Anime Expo 2018: Dragon Pilot Premiere

It won't stream on Netflix until this fall, but Anime Expo 2018 provided an early look at Shinji Higuchi and Mari Okada's fascinating new show, with a twist on dragon riding you won't believe. Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan has a strong pedigree. The new series, streaming this fall on Netflix, was helmed by Shinji Higuchi and Hiroshi Kobayashi, produced by Masahiko Minami, and written by Mari Oka...
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Anime Expo 2018: TRIGGER Panel

All the details from this weekend's TRIGGER panel at Anime Expo 2018, including new details and a sneak peek at Hiroyuki Imaishi's explosive new action show, Promare. ― If there was any way to describe Trigger's Anime Expo 2018 panel, it would be “full of adrenaline.” This isn't too off the mark for the studio, but Trigger really played to their high-energy reputation to a totally packed house on Fri...
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Anime Expo 2018: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind U.S. Premiere

Our full report from the premiere of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind is available now, complete with comments from director Naokatsu Tsuda! JoJo's fans got a very special treat at Anime Expo this year. Only weeks after the anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 5 was announced, Anime Expo announced it would host the U.S. premiere months before its planned television premiere in Oct...
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Anime Expo 2018: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film World Premiere

Our full report from the premiere of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes is here, with comments from the cast! WARNING: contains some spoilers! ― WARNING: This article contains some spoilers for recent episode of My Hero Academia Season 3. Startling changes transformed My Hero Academia's "Symbol of Peace" in the series' third season. All Might's stalwart role as a beloved hero for U.A.'s students, Deku in p...
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Sakura-Con & Anime Boston 2018 News Round-Up: Day One & Two

With not one but TWO big conventions this weekend, you might miss some news - good thing we've got all the headlines from Sakuracon and Anime Boston in one place! ― March 30 to April 1, 2018 Seattle, Washington Day One Headlines Aniplex USA Announces Katsugeki Touken Ranbu's Blu-Ray Set, English Dub Cast Aniplex of America Sets Irregular at magic high school Film's Blu-ray Release for July Aniplex U...
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New York Comic-Con 2017: First Look: Batman Ninja

A full report and a transcript of the Q&A from this weekend's Batman Ninja first look panel at New York Comic-Con - everything there is to know, it's in here! ― For generations, Batman has been enjoyed by fans of all ages. Although it originated in North America, the series has been popular all over the world, including Japan. At the same time, anime originated in Japan and has become a phenomenon g...
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Anime Expo 2017: World Premiere of The Ancient Magus' Bride TV

The first three episodes of this breathtaking fantasy, based on the smash manga, premiered at Anime Expo 2017 - we've got the full report, plus comments from legendary producer George Wada! ― Studio Wit brought out the red carpet for the three episode premiere of its enchanting adaptation of Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus Bride. It isn't the studio's first foray into the hidden corners of Pagan E...
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Anime Expo 2017 - Welcome to the Ballroom World Premiere Report

Amazon's Anime Strike premiered 2 episodes of one of this summer's most anticipated new anime, Welcome to the Ballroom - here's our full report and review. ― The main events hall at Anime Expo 2017 was packed to the rafters for the world premiere of Welcome to the Ballroom, the lavish new adaptation of Tomo Takeuchi's hit manga produced by Production I.G and Pony Canyon. The creative team adapting th...
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Anime Expo 2017: Infini-T Force World Premiere Report

Some of the most beloved anime superheroes of the 1970s team up Avengers-style in Tatsunoko Pro's very first 3DCG anime, which premiered this weekend at Anime Expo 2017. ― In the 1970s, three brothers founded an anime studio that would become synonymous with shōnen action heroes. Building off the success of the live-action special-effects hero Kamen Rider, Tatsunoko Pro would roll out Yatterman, Hur...
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Anime Expo 2017: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA World Premiere

Our full report (and review) from the world premiere of the return of Card Captor Sakura is live now. ― When Li Syaoran boarded his plane back to Hong Kong and left behind Sakura Kinomoto, the pair's budding romance was halted. Audiences weren't sure if the kids would ever reunite, whether it be for more magical adventures or to officially sort out their feelings. The series was soon followed up wit...
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Sakura-Con 2017 News Round-Up: Day One, Two

The Anime News Network crew are on site at the Pacific Northwest's largest convention as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. Keep checking back for news and cosplay photos! ― April 14-16 2017 Seattle, Washington Day One Headlines Funimation Licenses Hyouka Anime Aniplex USA Adds Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu TV Anime Series Sekai Project to Release CyberRebeat -The Fifth Domain of Warfare- Game This Year ...
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Photos from Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016

While it isn't quite the size of AnimeJapan, KyoMAF still has a buffet of cool stuff for anime fans! Here are a ton of photos from the booths on display at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair. ― While not as big as AnimeJapan in terms of attendees, event space, or number of exhibitors, Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KyoMAF) is still one of the biggest anime events in the Kansai area, and...
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Convention Report: Anime Festival Asia 2015

Ever curious about what the inside of one of the largest anime conventions in the world looks like? It isn't Anime Expo or Otakon - this is Anime Festival Asia, Singapore's biggest anime con. ― This year's main Anime Festival Asia convention took place from November 27-29 at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre in Singapore. The convention is known as one of the largest outside of Japan, and th...

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