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Interview: Monogatari Illustrator VOFAN

The illustrator for Nisio Isin's smash Monogatari novel series talks in-depth about creating the spectacular images that bring the novel series to life. ― As the illustrator for Nisio Isin's smash Monogatari novel series, digital artist and photographer VOFAN has earned his reputation as a master at rendering light, creating spectacular images that bring the novel series to life, establishing a worl...
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Warner Brothers Japan at Anime Central

All the details from Warner Bros' panel at Anime Central, including a look at the first episode of the action fantasy anime Dragon Pilot, coming soon to Netflix! ― On Sunday May 20th at Anime Central, a representative of Warner Brothers Japan hosted a panel. During the presentation she provided previews of some upcoming projects and then showed the English subtitled version of the first episode of Dr...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, May 6-12

Hinamatsuri and MEGALOBOX duke it out for the top spot! Catch up with our weekly user rankings - and find out how your favorite shows performed! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings ...
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Interview: Becoming Byakuya with Miyavi

The world-famous guitarist discusses his transformation into Bleach's Byakuya Kuchiki ahead of his solo concert this Sunday in New York City. ― World-famous guitarist Miyavi scarcely needs an introduction – after lighting hearts on fire all over the world as the guitarist for visual kei smash Due le Quartz in the late 90s, Miyavi launched a spectacular solo career that took him to new heights of inte...
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How Keiichi Sigsawa Went From Writing Kino's Journey to Sword Art Online Alternative

How did Keiichi Sigsawa, who is best known for writing the classic road trip light novel Kino's Journey, end up writing a Sword Art Online spinoff? The answers lie within. ― When Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online was first announced, many Western anime fans responded with surprise and bemusement. How did Keiichi Sigsawa, who is best known for writing the classic road trip light novel Kino...
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The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide covers the entire spring season - and now we're covering all of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: My Hero Academia season 3 - Legend of the Galactic Heroes - HINAMATSURI - Tokyo Ghoul:re - High School DXD Hero - Steins;Gate 0 - Kakuriyo
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2018 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their ...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Apr 29-May 5

We're catching up with our user rankings this week - My Hero Academia drops a few spots while Lupin climbs the ladder! Find out how your favorite shows fared with our readers and their votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) o...
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Legend of the Galactic Differences

Legend of the Galactic Heroes spans a bunch of novels, a really long OVA series and a brand-new TV show. But what are the major substantive differences between these three versions of the same epic story? ― In adapting any work, changes and concessions must be made - it's the nature of different mediums to have different storytelling priorities. In the case of a massive work like Legend of the Galact...
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Anime Spotlight - To Be Heroine

High school girl Futaba is sucked into a world without light, where inhabitants are children wearing only under pants, and Futaba's clothes become her "weapons." ― To Be Heroine Official Website: http://tobe-hero.com/season2/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery On-air starts on May 19th, 2018 Key Staff Animation Production: Emon Animation Company ("The Silver Guardian (TV)" as Animati...
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A Few Questions for Detective Conan Producer Michihiko Suwa

Just a couple quick answers from legendary producer Michihiko Suwa on his incredible tenure producing the anime adaptation of City Hunter, plus a little bit about his process on Detective Conan! ― Michihiko Suwa has been a part of the anime industry for over thirty-five years. He's probably best known to western audiences for Inuyasha and Detective Conan, but has planned and produced an enormous and ...
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Interview: Gundam Wing Executive Producer Hideyuki Tomioka

The producer of every single iteration of the Gundam Wing series shares a few fascinating stories about his time on the show, plus his take on where the franchise has gone since the 90s. ― Hideyuki Tomioka has had a long and extremely impressive career - he was the Executive Producer for Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, a show that's still one of the most popular series in the Gundam franchise. He was the pr...
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Interview: Crayon Shin-chan Director Yuji Muto

The longest-running director of Japan's favorite wild child talks about his extraordinary run on the show - including the Shin-chan stories even he dreads to adapt! ― Yūji Mutō is most famous for becoming the third director for the longest-running television anime: Shin Chan, holding this position longer than any other previous director behind the series. Mutō-san began his professional career direct...
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Interview: One Piece Voice Actor Kazuki Yao

A few fun acting questions for the unstoppable voice of Franky, shipwright for the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece! ― Kazuki Yao's has an impressive voice-acting career that spans more than three decades. Among his lengthy list of credits, he's best known for playing Franky in One Piece, but he's also portayed Judau Ashta in Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ and Koichiro Iketani in Initial D. His voice acting cre...
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Excerpt: Mari Okada's 'From Truant to Anime Screenwriter'

Curious what it's like to write anime for a living? Read a fascinating chapter from the biography of Mari Okada, the anime screenwriter behind Anohana and Anthem of the Heart. ― Earlier this week, we published our exclusive interview with anime screenwriter Mari Okada, the voice behind Anohana, Anthem of the Heart and a small mountain of instantly-recognizable works. 2018 is really shaping up to be O...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Apr 22-28

All Might and friends race to the top of the chart this week - and that's not the only big change! See how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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Interview: Legendary Anime Screenwriter Mari Okada

The voice behind Anohana and Anthem of the Heart is having a spectacular year, with both her autobiography and her directorial debut seeing international release this year. Kim Morrissy goes in-depth in our exclusive interview. ― If you're an anime fan, you've probably watched an anime Mari Okada has worked on at some point. Most famous for her anime-original works Anohana and The Anthem of the Heart...
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The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2018 Anime Season is in full swing - check out our guide to the entire season!
Available Now: Spring 2018 Shorts featuring Aggretsuko - Wotakoi - Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory - High School DxD Hero - Doreiku the Animation - Steins;Gate 0 - Butlers x Battlers - Last Period - Yotsuiro Biyori - Golden Kamuy - and much more
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2018 Preview Guide! H...
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The True History Behind Golden Kamuy

Beyond the bear attacks and treasure hunting, Golden Kamuy is a story rich with real-world historical relevance. Marco Oliveros offers context for the wars and treaties that led these lovable (and loathable) characters to seek riches in the frozen wilderness. ― Golden Kamuy is a story more heavily informed by its historical context than most. Sure, it has its gratuitous violence and gore, peculiarly ...
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The Best and Worst of Spring 2018, Apr 1-21

MEGALOBOX dominates the competition in the first best 'n worst of Spring 2018! Find out where your favorite shows placed in our weekly user ranking. ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Spring 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these ranki...
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The Best (and Worst) Magical Costumes in Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

With CCS Clear Card's first half behind us, now is the perfect time to celebrate all the adorable outfits Sakura has worn so far. Lynzee ranks each costume from tiara to toe-shoe and invites you to share your own thoughts on Tomoyo's fashion sense! ― In a genre full of magical girls, what makes Cardcaptor Sakura stand apart? She doesn't have a squad of color-coordinated friends like Sailor Moon or da...
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Anime Spotlight - Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 Zensei Chapter

Chou Soran is finally the winner of the Raten Tournament, with the right to be the next Tenshi (celestial priest), yet he becomes suspicious and refuses to accept the ceremonial Rules of the Tenshi. ― Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 Zensei Chapter Official Website: http://hitorinoshita2.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery On-air starts on May 1st, 2018 The new "Zensei Chapter" will...
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20 Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1998

With one enormous smash hit after another, it's hard to overstate just how big a year 1998 was for anime - thankfully, Daryl Surat is here to run down the biggest and brightest hits of that spectacular year. ― We've reached the point now where multiple generations of anime fans have relied on the Internet as their primary means of organization and interaction, to the point where they accept it as giv...
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Interview: One Piece Animation Director Shigefumi Shingaki

A few fun questions for Shigefumi Shingaki, long-tenured animation director for Luffy and the straw hats and the man behind that incredible Strong World OVA! ― Toei Animation director Shigefumi Shingaki's resume of animation work might appear a bit short at first glance. He cut his teeth on Doraemon and picked up key animation work on series ranging from Dragon Ball GT to Air Master. Don't let the sh...
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Interview: Polygon Pictures President Shuzo John Shiota

The president of Japan's most famous 3DCG animation house goes in-depth on the future of his art form, what Netflix means for the industry, and much much more. ― When it comes to 3D anime in Japan, there are few names more notable than Polygon Pictures. After producing award-winning action TV series for American TV, like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers Prime, they started producing anime f...
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Anime Spotlight - FULL METAL PANIC! Invisible Victory

Jindai High School gained back its peace after the defeat of the powerful Amalgam enemies, Gauron and Gates. However, this peace didn't last for long... ― FULL METAL PANIC! Invisible Victory Official Website: http://fullmeta-iv.com/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on April 13th, 2018 Key Staff Director: Katsuichi Nakayama (The Good Witch of the West (TV)) Series Composition: Shoji Ga...
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The Best and Worst of the Winter 2018 Season

It's the final ranking of the Winter 2018 season - find out how your favorite shows fared before we launch our Spring reviews! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how p...
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The Best (and worst) Isekai Light Novels

"Isekai" light novels are adapted en masse into anime every year - so which ones are actually worth reading? Kim Morrissy provides your guide to the genre - and which books will really transport you! ― An average person wakes up to find themself in a world unlike their own… and yet one that is also strangely familiar. Their new world is one of monsters and magic, usually inspired by Medieval England,...
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Untangling Steins;Gate Before Steins;Gate 0

The brain-twisting, time-traveling sci-fi smash is back this spring season, but it's been quite a while since we caught up with mad scientist Okabe and friends. Here's a quick refresher course! ― Note: This article contains spoilers for the original Steins;Gate visual novel and anime. Before we get started in earnest, let me just say this: yes, I recommend watching or playing the original Steins;Gat...
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Anime Spotlight - HINAMATSURI

A comedy taking place in an urban setting revolving around a yakuza and a psychic! ― HINAMATSURI Official Website: http://hina-matsuri.net/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts on April 6th, 2018 Key Staff Director: Kei Oikawa (Minami-ke: Okaeri (TV), Minami-ke: Betsubara (OAV), My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO! (TV), Uma Musume Pretty Derby (TV)) Series Composition: Keiichirō Ōch...
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Interview with Okamoto's at Sakura-Con 2018

The punk-rock band behind fan-favorite theme songs from Naruto Shippuden to Durarara!! sits down to discuss writing music for anime and touring in America. ― Okamoto's is the Japanese punk-rock band we've all been sleeping on. The quartet, made of New York-born lead singer Shō, guitarist Koki, the dapper-dressed bassist Hama, and drummer Reiji sat down at a scarcely-filled panel room at SakuraCon on ...
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Anime Spotlight - The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These

After more than 150 years of conflicts in space, histories of the Galactic Empire and the Free Galaxy Alliance are about to change because of two young geniuses. ― The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Official Website: http://gineiden-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts on April 3th, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shunsuke Tada (Kuroko's Basket...
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Anime Spotlight - Libra of Nil Admirari

Noblewoman Tsugumi Kuze has decided to marry in order to protect her family. Before she is able to do so, however, her younger brother Hitaki is caught up in an incident involving books called "Maremono" (Rare Objects) that affect the reader of the tome greatly. ― Libra of Nil Admirari Official Website: http://nilad-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts April...
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Interview: Big Fish & Begonia Directors Zhang Chun and Liang Xuan

The two directors of China's biggest animated film ever, the lush and vibrant fantasy Big Fish & Begonia, spill their secrets on the eve of the film's limited American theatrical release. ― Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun are the directors of the hit animated film Big Fish and Begonia, which arrives in U.S. theaters on April 6th, 2018 in limited release (with a wider release coming April 11). Both were stu...
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The Complete Guide to Tokyo Ghoul

Feeling a little rusty on this hit horror series since it aired over three years ago? Gabriella Ekens has everything you need to know about Ken Kaneki and friends before going into Tokyo Ghoul:re! ― It's been three years since Tokyo Ghoul's divisive second season aired, so it's understandable to need a refresher before diving into Tokyo Ghoul:re. Here's everything you need to know about the hit horro...
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Anime Spotlight - STEINS;GATE 0

What if Rintaro Okabe had given up on saving Kurisu Makise in the Beta World Line during Steins;Gate? ― STEINS;GATE 0 Official Website: http://steinsgate0-anime.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts April 11th, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kenichi Kawamura ("Qualidea Code" (TV), "SoniAni: Super Sonico the Animation" (TV)) Series Composition: Jukki Hanada ("Beyond...
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Ghibli Museum Report: Hayao Miyazaki's Latest Film

The first fruit of Hayao Miyazaki's return from "retirement", an adorable little short called Boro the Caterpillar, is unspooling now at the Ghibli Museum in Japan. Here's a look at what to expect. ― These days, it feels that Hayao Miyazaki is almost as famous for constantly coming out of retirement as he is for the legion of classic films he's directed. On top of working on a new feature film schedu...
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Anime Spotlight - Lost Song

The song changes even the destiny of the stars. ― Lost Song Official Website: http://lost-song.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Online Streaming: March 31, 2018 on Netflix (Japan) Worldwide Online Streaming: Summer 2018 TV Broadcast: April 7, 2018 Key Staff Director and script: Junpei & Morita ("OCCULTIC;NINE" as series composition) Original Character Design: Tomonori Fukuda (...
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Special Report: FLCL Alternative episode 1

Cartoon Network surprised everyone with an April Fool's treat when the first episode of FLCL's sequel project aired on adult swim! Jacob Chapman has our first look at FLCL Alternative and how it compares to the original series. ― April Fool's! Last night, adult swim treated its viewers to an all Japanese-language night of Toonami that kicked off with the first episode of FLCL Alternative, aka FLCL 3,...
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Premiere Report: My Hero Academia Season 3

Our full report from the world premiere of My Hero Academia Season 3 at Anime Boston, with voice actor Q&A featuring J. Michael Tatum, Josh Grelle, Monica Rial and more! ― My Hero Academia is the anime of the moment. It's easy to see why – the show presents a versatile and intriguing take on superhero storytelling and aesthetics, and it's filled to the brim with action and good humor. The anime's sec...
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Our Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2018

The upcoming spring season is overflowing with promising new shows that our team of critics can't wait to sink their teeth into! Here are our most anticipated series picks. ― Are you ready for a spring slate packed with promising new shows? Our team of critics has picked out their most anticipated premieres of the new season, and you can share your own favorites with us in the forums! Theron Martin A...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Mar 19-25

Dragon Ball Super's explosive finale shoves After the Rain out of its top five spot as we settle into the final weeks of user rankings. Find out how your favorites stacked up this time! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the ...
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The Best and Worst Anime of Winter 2018

As the snow melts into spring, it's finally time for our critics to pick the best and worst shows of the past anime season! What were your favorites from this winter? ― Now that the snow is finally melting as the winter season winds down, it's time to decide which shows were the best—and the worst. We asked our critics to pick their favorite, their runner-up choice, and their least favorite anime of ...
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Live Photos from AnimeJapan 2018

We're live with photos from the AnimeJapan 2018 show floor at Big Sight in Tokyo!
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Mar 12-18

Kyoto Animation's Violet Evergarden jumps up to the top spot in the final weeks of our weekly user rankings for the winter anime season! The finish line is in sight! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind...
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The Beginner's Guide to Full Metal Panic!

After 12 years off the air, Full Metal Panic! returns this spring to deliver more of Kaname and Sousuke's adventures. Theron Martin has everything you need to know about this war dramedy from the 2000s that became a hit before light novel anime were cool. ― One of the most anticipated sequels of 2018 finally arrives this spring: Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory. As the fourth anime adaptation of t...
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Haoliners, Anime, and the Future of Chinese Animation

An in-depth behind-the-scenes look at Haoliners, the Chinese animation house that has aggressively entered the television anime market with some success, some failure, and a lot of ambition. ― It is often said that China has a huge impact on the Japanese anime industry. Although the Chinese government has had a habit of restricting access to anime titles even in recent years, the anime market in Chin...
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Everything You Need to Know Before Season 3 of My Hero Academia

The students of U.A. are finally coming back to team up against the growing League of Villains! Nicholas Dupree has your catch-up cram session for all things My Hero Academia as season three approaches. ― In just a couple weeks, My Hero Academia will be coming back for its third season, which promises to be even bigger and more explosive than its predecessors. There's a lot to anticipate for fans of ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Mar 5-11

Violet Evergarden and The Ancient Magus' Bride make their bids for the top of the heap as the race grows closer in the final weeks of the Winter season. Find out where your favorites rank! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of t...
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The Legends and Myths Behind The Ancient Magus' Bride

The magical world of this hit fantasy anime takes inspiration from a rich history of fairytales and folklore. Rebecca Silverman explores the stories behind the many wonders of Elias and Chise's adventures. ― Kore Yamazaki is a dream of a mangaka. That's not just because she writes moving and fascinating stories that combine a slow, deliberate pace with likable and nuanced characters, but also because...
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Legends of VHS Fansubs: Tracking Down Miami Mike

"This fansub brought to you No Thanks to Miami Mike - I remember what you did to me at DragonCon." It was an ancient grudge that became a meme, but Dawn H. of the Anime Nostalgia Podcast finally discovered the truth. ― This article serves as crucial backstory for this week's episode of The Anime Nostalgia Podcast, which is linked at the end for the full story. Thanks for reading! It all started with ...
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The Indestructible Studio Gainax: Part IV

Our retrospective on one of the most influential studios in anime history concludes as we catch up to the present day with Studio Trigger, Studio Khara, and what remains of Gainax's legacy. ― Welcome to Part IV of our continuing history of Studio Gainax! If you missed the first three installments, you can find Part One here, Part Two here, and Part Three right here. GAINAX's former-president Takeshi ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 26-Mar 4

Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card jumps fifteen spots on the chart, and there's also a new #1! Find out how your favorite shows performed according to our weekly user votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in...
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Why Wasn't Space Dandy the Next Cowboy Bebop?

Shinichiro Watanabe and Studio Bones had high hopes for this artistically ambitious comedy, so why has Space Dandy been forgotten so quickly? Jacob Chapman discusses how this series tried (and failed) to start a phenomenon. ― August 9, 2013 It was the twentieth anniversary of Otakon, the biggest anime convention on the U.S.A's east coast. But this was not only my first time at Otakon, it was my firs...
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The Indestructible Studio Gainax: Part III

The single worst year in the studio's history is saved by a little show called Neon Genesis Evangelion in Part III of our in-depth history of Studio GAINAX! ― Welcome to Part III of our continuing history of Studio Gainax! If you missed the first two installments, you can find Part One here and Part Two right here. It would be a lie to say that the problems the GAINAX staff had with Toshio Okada were...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 19-25

It turns out Violet Evergarden was just holding out on us - the lavish drama rockets up 10 PLACES to dominate the chart this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on h...
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When Mechs Equals Sex

With this season's Darling in the FRANXX, horny teen mecha series have reached a new level of shameless subtext. Nicholas Dupree tracks this lineage of sexual mech series through a proud history of adolescent innuendo. ― This season, A-1 Pictures and Studio Trigger's DARLING in the FRANXX has made a big splash with audiences, and it's easy to see why. Not only is it one of the few non-franchise mecha...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 12-18

It's not so relaxed anymore - Laid-Back Camp leaps up 8 PLACES on the chart to dominate this week in user episode rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how peop...
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The Indestructible Studio Gainax: Part II

Part II of our GAINAX tour charts the studio's late-80s rollercoaster ride through incredible success and heartbreaking failure with Nadia, Gunbuster, and The Wings of Honneamise. ― Welcome to Part II of our 4-part history of Studio Gainax. If you missed part I, you can find it right here! Studio GAINAX was one of the first studios to bring together merchandising and anime production under one roof. ...
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Interview: Bryce Papenbrook, David Vincent Chat Unlocked

Attack on Titan's Bryce Papenbrook and Kill la Kill's David Vincent sit down for a chat about their new approach to connecting fans and voice actors. ― Fans may recognize veteran voice actors Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online) and David Vincent (Fate/Zero, Kill La Kill) from their work in a number of anime and video game series, but the two have a unique off-screen collaboration, as...
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Thirty Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1988

Take a journey back in time with Daryl Surat, when many people were introduced to anime through heartwarming films like My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies. But what forgotten gems lie sleeping in this long-ago year? ― Every so often, I get questions regarding what the value is in observing what works of popular culture remain worth watching, decades after their creation. But nearly three m...
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The Indestructible Studio Gainax: Part I

There are few anime studios with history as gripping as Studio Gainax, the simultaneously exalted and notorious birthplace of Evangelion. Part I explores their humble roots, and their now-legendary debut! ― There are few stories within anime production that are as exciting as the story of Studio GAINAX. Instead of the typical story of “Mr. Producer used to work at Company X, but he wanted to produce ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Feb 5-11

Your favorite shows of the Winter 2018 season battle it out for supremacy on our list of weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how people rated indi...
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The Top 10 Otome Games Available in English

Visual novels where girls romance a harem of boys are rising in popularity with English-speaking gamers. This Valentine's Day, Anne Lee picks out the cream of the otome game crop. ― Otome games, or romance games aimed at a female audience, may have originated in Japan, but their appeal is finally reaching international audiences. In the past few years, more and more games have been released in Englis...
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When Gundam Came to Hollywood

The fascinating untold behind-the-scenes story of how close we all came to seeing a lavish live-action American-made Hollywood Gundam movie back in the early 1980s. ― Gundam is a franchise with few secrets. Decades of worldwide popularity and tenacious fans have left few stones unturned, but there's some mystery left: In 1983, Hollywood filmmakers were working on a live-action Gundam adaption. It wa...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Jan 29-Feb 4

Cute girls dominate the chart as both A Place Further than the Universe and YuruCamp race for the top! How did your favorites fare in our weekly user ranking? ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that t...
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Shirow Shiratori, Author of The Ryuo's Work is Never Done!

The author of the #1 ranked light novel in Japan discusses his incredible success, his own skill at shogi, the anime adaptation airing this season and much more! ― Shirow Shiratori isn't a new face in the world of light novels. His previous series No-Rin was adapted into a popular anime series in 2014. The Ryuo's Work is Never Done! is his latest work. Ranked #1 by Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! in both ...
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The Making of a SHAFT Heroine

Kim Morrissy explores the fascinating way Monogarari and Madoka Magica studio SHAFT's unique animation philosophy influences the characters they create - specifically, the women. ― More than any other Japanese anime studio, SHAFT's brand image revolves around the sheer abstractness of animation. To them, animation isn't meant to be a window into reality. In fact, the very goal of animation is to exci...
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The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide Simuldub Edition

The Preview Guide wraps with our reviews of every new SimulDub this season! Check back daily for new additions.
Available Now: DARLING in the FRANXX - Dagashi Kashi S2 - Overlord II - HAKYU HOSHIN ENGI - Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody - Takagi-san - Citrus - Basilisk - Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens - Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card - Junji Ito Collection - Toji no Miko ~ Katana Maidens
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Should You Dive In To Monster Hunter World?

Monster Hunter veteran Dave Riley spent 40 hours with Capcom's newest entry in the monster-slaying franchise and has 6 reasons the game is great for newcomers and experienced hunters alike. ― Every Monster Hunter fan yearns to convert their friends and loved ones into Monster Hunter fans. A series renowned for its depth, Monster Hunter's inaccessibility was legendary long before Dark Souls claimed th...
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Ranking the Best Anime from Studio Trigger

The studio behind Kill la Kill is partnering with A-1 pictures on Darling in the Franxx this season, so it's time to rank our favorite Studio Trigger anime! ― At Anime Expo 2017, I sat down in a panel room to wait for the Studio Trigger Industry Panel. All around me, fans were excitedly chattering about their favorite shows, shouting catchphrases every time an A/V tech so much as fiddled with a proje...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Jan 22-28

After the Rain soaks up all the attention as our weekly user rankings get shuffled around once more. Find out how your favorite Winter 2018 anime performed! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that the...
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YURI!!! On Ice, Nagoya, and the Winter Olympics

Has your love for Yuri!!! on ICE ignited a passion for real-life figure skating? You're not alone! Cosplay guru Yaya Han visits a competition in Nagoya before the Olympics, and finds lots of love for Viktor and Yuri. ― The austere exterior of the Nippon Gaishi Hall towered against a grey sky. At midday, the air was chilly enough for me to shiver, but that could have also been attributed to the ridicu...
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A Brief History of Dragon Ball Video Games, Part 2

Take a whirlwind tour of the recent history of Dragon Ball video games, from RPGs on the Game Boy Advance to the limitless spectacle of Dragon Ball Fighterz! ― The first half of our History of Dragon Ball Games took us from the initial titles spawned by the long-running manga and anime series up to the release of Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout in 1997. As we'll see, the decade to follow brought new thing...
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Anime Spotlight - Spiritpact -Bond of the Underworld-

In this new season, we will discover the back story of Tanmoki and who will learn through his memories who Shouken is. ― Spiritpact -Bond of the Underworld- Official Website: http://spiritpact2.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Broadcast starts February 24th, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Li Haolin ("Spiritpact") Animation Production: Emon Animation Company ("The Silver Guardi...
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Photo Tour: EVO Japan 2018

Soul Calibur VI, King of Fighters XIV and more were on display at the first-ever EVO Japan, where some of the world's best fighting game players came together in combat. ― This past weekend saw the first-ever EVO Japan. Based on the world-famous fighting game tournament that takes place in Las Vegas each year, expectations were high for this event, given that Japan is home to many legendary fighting ...
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A Brief History of Dragon Ball Video Games, Part 1

Dragon Ball FighterZ is only the latest in a long legacy of Dragon Ball video games - Part 1 of our retrospective covers the early years, '90s fads, and Goku's worst haircut ever. ― Akira Toriyama's original Dragon Ball manga ran for over 500 chapters, not including spin-offs. The various anime adaptations span over 600 episodes, not including movies and OVAs. With those numbers in mind, it may seem ...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Weeks of Jan 1-21

The winter anime season has barely begun, but your votes have been counted and our weekly user rankings are here - find out how your favorite shows did! ― Our team of reviewers are following 28 anime series of the Winter 2018 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these r...
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Inside The Manga Industry with Felipe Smith, American Mangaka: Part II

Peepo Choo creator Felipe Smith talks about culture shock, working with editors at Kodansha and offers some crucial tips for any aspiring mangaka. ― In the second part of our interview (find part one here), Smith explains how manga distorted his expectations of life in Tokyo a bit, how working with Kodansha got him to look harder at genres and audiences, and what four crucial tips must be followed by...
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Inside The Manga Industry with Felipe Smith, American Mangaka

One of the only American artists to ever serialize a manga in Japan, Part I of our interview with Peepo Choo mangaka Felipe Smith goes in-depth on the manga industry and his incredible career. ― “Unlike most manga-inspired artists I know, I wasn't so much wowed by the [style of] manga as I was by its incredible abundance of ordinary, lifelike, slice-of-life scenarios and characters.” Inspired by that...
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Anime Spotlight - Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 (Raten Taisho Chapter)

The Raten Taisho: a festival where people with abnormal powers gather. ― Hitori No Shita The Outcast 2 (Raten Taisho Chapter) Official Website: http://hitorinoshita2.com/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery An episode 0 (recap of the first season) will be broadcast on January 10, 2018 (JST). 1st episode of the season 2, will then start January 17, 2018 (JST). Key Staff Animation Produ...
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Interview: Johnny Yong Bosch on Digimon Adventure Tri

Beloved veteran voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch chats about his role in Digimon Adventure Tri, stepping into an established character, and who his ideal Digimon partner would be! ― In anticipation of the last three Digimon Adventure Tri. films being released with an English dub in theaters this year (kicking off with the premiere of Part 4: Loss on February 1st), we spoke to Johnny Yong Bosch about his...
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Interview: The Producer and Director of Mary and the Witch's Flower

Studio Ponoc's Yoshiaki Nishimura and Hiromasa Yonebayashi talk about escaping Ghibli and forging their own destinies with a lavish fantasy film. ― Mary and the Witch's Flower is the first theatrical feature from Studio Ponoc, a brand-new animation house brimming with former Studio Ghibli luminaries (and a whole lot of the artists responsible for making Ghibli films as beautiful as they are). Founded...
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Interview: Yuichi Terao, Chief of Ufotable's Digital Team

Learn how ufotable's stellar digital team blended 2D and 3D to create some of the most spectacular fights in anime history in Fate/Stay Night: Heaven's Feel! ― If you ask “What makes Ufotable anime so unique?”, any anime fan or creator will likely point towards their digital compositing. Ufotable productions blend 3D backgrounds, elaborate VFX and 2D animation to create exciting scenes that impress f...
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Anime Spotlight - Takunomi.

Due to a change of career, 20-year-old Michiru Amatsuki moved to a women-only share house called "Stella House Haruno" in Tokyo, where people of different ages and occupations have fun with delicious alcohol and food around. ― Takunomi. Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/takunomi/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: January 11, 2018 (JST) Streaming available at: HIDIVE Key...
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Anime Spotlight - Dagashi Kashi 2

The second season of Dagashi Kashi -- with new characters, new challenges, and new snacks. ― Dagashi Kashi 2 Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/dagashi/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: January 11, 2018 (JST) Streaming available at: Crunchyroll Key Staff Director: Satoshi Kuwabara ("Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal) Series Composition: Mayumi Morita ("Black Jack: Capital Transfer To Hei...
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The Best Animated Films from Japan in 2017

Anime News Network's Tokyo correspondent spent the year at the movies in Japan, so we asked for a list of the five very best films they saw in theaters in Tokyo this year. Here are the results! ― Anime News Network's Tokyo correspondent spent the year at the movies in Japan, so we asked for a list of the five very best films they saw in theaters in Tokyo this year. Here are the results! 5. Night is S...
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Anime Spotlight - The Silver Guardian 2

Secretly in love with Riku Rei, the most popular girl of his school, Riku Suigin is forced to dive into "Grave Buster," the new virtual game in which Riku Rei has been kept captive. ― The Silver Guardian 2 Official Website: http://ginno-guardian.jp/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: January 13, 2018 (JST) Streaming available at: Crunchyroll Key Staff Director: Ken Ando ("Neon Gene...
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The Best and Worst of the Fall 2017 Season

A surprise #1 pick barrels in at the last second to take the top spot in the final user rankings of the Fall 2017 anime season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind that these rankings are based on how pe...
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A Journey Through Kyoto Animation

Nick Creamer takes a tour through the incredible work of Kyoto Animation, choosing his 10 favorite works from the blockbuster catalog along the way! ― I can still remember the excitement I felt when Beyond the Boundary was announced as an upcoming full-length anime. Having already seen the animated advertisement for the original light novel, this felt like the first moment when Kyoto Animation would ...
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The Best Anime of 2017 Part V

This is it - our final Top 5 Anime of 2017 lists from Paul Jensen and Chris Farris, plus the moment you've been waiting for: our enormous 2017 Mega Poll results!
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Best Manga and Light Novels of 2017

2017 was an enormous year for manga and light novels - here are our picks for the very best of the year, from Golden Kamuy to The Promised Neverland and much much more! ― 2017 has been a very interesting year for manga, with a greatly increased focus on digital-only releases and an influx of excellent LBGTQ+ literature. We've also seen the release of some anticipated titles in English, as well as an...
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The Best Anime of 2017 Part IV

We're down to the wire as Nick Creamer, Gabriella Ekens and Anne Lauenroth list off their Top 5 Anime of 2017! PLUS: our picks for the worst anime of the year!
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Anime Spotlight - How to Keep A Mummy

Ordinary high-schooler Sora Kashiwagi is suddenly entrusted with a mummy, sent straight from Egypt from his self-proclaimed "adventurer" father. ― How to Keep A Mummy Official Website: http://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/miira/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: January 11, 2018 (JST) Key Staff Director: Kaori (Yuyushiki) Series Composition: Deko Akao (Arakawa Under the Bridge) Character De...
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The Best and Worst of the Season So Far: Week of Dec 17-23

Konohana Kitan leaps EIGHT PLACES on the charts just before the climax of the fall 2017 season! Find out how your favorite shows fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 31 anime series of the Fall 2017 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the best (and worst) of the season. Keep in mind tha...
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The Best Anime of 2017 Part III

Today we've got top 5 lists from Mike Toole, Lynzee Loveridge and James Beckett, PLUS our picks for the best anime theme song of 2017!
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Anime Spotlight - IDOLiSH7

Gathered together by Takanashi Production, seven young men with completely different personalities and abilities take their first step as idols. ― IDOLiSH7 Official Website: http://idolish7.com/aninana/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premiere Date: January 1st, 2018 Key Staff Director: Makoto Bessho ("Star Blazers 2199 (TV)" as Episode Director (4 episodes), "Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Inves...

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