Feature
Archives

Filters
All Anime Manga Novels Games Music Merch Events Industry People Live-Action
Text-only Compact View
Text-only List View
Text-only Grid View
List View with Images
Grid View with Images
feature

The Origin of Gundam: The Origin

Gundam: The Origin has arrived in TV form, elaborating the backstory of one of the most iconic franchises in history - but what's the story behind the story? Lauren Orsini breaks it down. ― On April 29, 2019, Gundam: The Origin hit the small screen as a TV anime, but it didn't always take that form. This ambitious project to explore a “behind the scenes” look at one of the science fiction genre's mos...
interview

The Staff of The Rising of the Shield Hero

The staff behind the animated adaptation of Aneko Yusagi's popular isekai fantasy novel series discusses their work on the show. ― Aneko Yusagi's popular isekai fantasy novel series The Rising of the Shield Hero has been published in English since 2015, through which it has gained an ardent fanbase. Crunchyroll showcased the first episode of the new anime adaptation at Crunchyroll Expo last year, and...
interview

Interview: MIYAVI, The Responsible Rockstar

The guitarist and actor MIYAVI discusses his career, his newest album, and his upcoming role alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent 2. ― The artist presently known as MIYAVI just may be the most responsible rockstar of our age. He's been active on the international music scene since 1999 and solo since 2002, MIYAVI has catapulted to global success and notoriety pretty much on his own terms, always ev...
feature

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide returns with impressions of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: Fruits Basket - YU-NO - Isekai Quartet - The Wiseman's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly, to be posted here as they go along. Each critic will cover...
feature

Everything You Need To Know To Catch Up With Attack on Titan

Catch up with Eren, Levi, Mikasa and the rest of the Survey Corps just in time for the new season of one of the biggest anime ever. ― If there was an entry for “crossover hit” in the dictionary, it wouldn't be strange to see a big picture of Attack on Titan right next to the definition. It's easy to forget if you've been consuming anime for most of your life, but the medium still resides firmly in th...
feature

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide is here!

Available Now: Attack on Titan Season 3 - Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 - Sarazanmai - Wise Man's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san - Isekai Quartet - Strike Witches 501st - One Punch Man Season 2 - RobiHachi - Namuamidabutsu! - Midnight Occult Civil Service - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes...
feature

Interview: Devilman Crybaby Director Maasaki Yuasa

Acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa talks about his new film, the problem of overworking in the anime industry, and the possibility of a Devilman Crybaby sequel. ― Masaaki Yuasa is the director of numerous critically acclaimed anime series and films. From The Tatami Galaxy and Night is Short, Walk On Girl to Lu Over the Wall and Devilman Crybaby Yuasa's unique animation style and directorial vision make...
feature

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide: Simuldub Edition

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide returns with impressions of this season's new English dubs!
Available Now: Fruits Basket - YU-NO
― Welcome to Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Preview Guide! Here's how it goes: our team of critics write up their impressions instantly, to be posted here as they go along. Each critic will cover as many shows as they can handle, giving you alternate takes on most ev...
feature

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

Searching for the perfect new anime? The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide is here to help!

Available Now: Spring 2019 Shorts Roundup - Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 - Sarazanmai - Wise Man's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san - Isekai Quartet - Strike Witches 501st - One Punch Man Season 2 - RobiHachi - Namuamidabutsu! - Midnight Occult Civil Service - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime News Network'...
feature

Rolling The Dice: The Very Best RPG Anime

Diehard tabletop RPG veteran Theron Martin takes a journey through the anime that do the best job capturing what it feels like to roll for initiative. ― Although the foundation of computer and console-based fantasy RPGs has always lain in tabletop fantasy RPGs (hereafter abbreviated TTRPGs), even from their earliest years some of them markedly strayed from their origins in terms of mechanics; featur...
feature

30 Years Ago: The Best Anime of 1989

1989 was a massive year for anime, with enduring classics like Ranma 1/2 and Dragon Ball Z taking shape. Daryl Surat leads a tour through the classics! ― It keeps getting easier for audiences outside of Japan to see Japanese animation and read Japanese comics, with increasingly shortened delays. The largest entertainment companies in the world such as Sony and AT&T now have financial investments in a...
feature

The Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Spring 2019 anime season has begun! Check back every day for reviews of this season's premieres.
Available Now: Spring 2019 Shorts Roundup - Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 - Sarazanmai - Wise Man's Grandchild - The Helpful Fox Senko-san - Isekai Quartet - Strike Witches 501st - One Punch Man Season 2 - RobiHachi - Namuamidabutsu! - Midnight Occult Civil Service - and much more!
― Welcome to Anime New...
feature

Here's What We Know About SARAZANMAI

Kunihiko Ikuhara's newest surrealist fantasy about psychology, sexuality, and society is just around the corner! Lynzee Loveridge analyzes the show's tricky title and kappa imagery for just a hint of the insanity to come. ― "People can freely reproduce and reinvent folklore, transmitting it from person to person across time and space." — Michael Dylan Foster (The Book of Yōkai) The traditions and sto...
feature

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live Comes To America

Go backstage with some of the creative team behind the lavish, sparkling Sailor Moon stage musical, which recently premiered for the first time in America! ― For eager American otaku with a penchant for stage productions, anime and manga fans interested in experiencing more visceral, live adaptations of their favorite characters in person --- so close they could almost (and in some cases, can literal...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019

Right at the crowded finish line, Run with the Wind dashes past JoJo, and a whole slew of other upsets in the final episodes of the Winter 2019 season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 ra...
feature

Premiere Report - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba

The first five episodes of this Shonen Jump adaptation from studio Ufotable premiered in LA this weekend! Jacob Chapman has your spoiler-free breakdown on what to expect from this supernatural action extravaganza. ― A small crowd of otaku gathered at the Aratani Theater in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo district this past Sunday to enjoy a whopping five-episode premiere screening for ufotable's first Shon...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 19-25

With just one week left to go, The Promised Neverland is making a final push to dethrone Mob Psycho. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 ranking...
feature

Our Most Anticipated Anime of Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 anime season is upon us, so it's time to pick the upcoming new shows we're most excited about - and don't forget to share yours! ― Don't look now, but Spring has arrived and with it, a fresh crop of new anime! Anime News Network's Spring 2019 Anime Preview Guide begins on April 1st, so it's time to talk about the shows we're looking forward to the most. Once you've perused our staff p...
feature

Premiere Report - Fruits Basket 2019

The first two episodes of this classic shojo manga's new adaptation have been screened in both Japanese and English, and Jacob Chapman has the scoop on whether this remake can live up to fans' high expectations. ― After many long years of waiting (and many bushels of paper cranes from Funimation), Natsuki Takaya's beloved shojo manga Fruits Basket has received not just a second season, but a complete...
feature

The Best (and worst) Anime of Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 anime season is drawing to a close, which means it's time for our critics - and you! - to pick our favorite (and least favorite) anime of the season. ― The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming, and the Spring 2019 anime season is right around the corner - which means it's time to thaw out our picks for the best (and worst) anime of the Winter 2019 season just as it draws to a c...
feature

Fate/Grand Order THE STAGE Babylonia: The Absolute Frontline in the War Against the Demonic Beasts

Our inside look at this Gilgamesh-centered musical extravaganza gives you the best and worst of what this elaborate stage production has to offer for Fate/GO fans! ― In their ongoing time-traveling adventures to prevent the extinction of mankind, the shield-wielding Mash Kyrielight and her partner mage Ritsuka Fujimaru are transported to Mesopotamia at the dawn of human civilization. But this time, i...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 12-18

The top 5 runners are firmly entrenched as we enter the final weeks of the season, but Boogiepop and The Quintessential Quintuplets are not giving up the fight! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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...
feature

The History Behind Osamu Tezuka's Dororo

This year's reboot of the God of Manga's historical fantasy epic becomes much richer when you understand the real history underneath it. Marco Oliveros is your guide to the complex themes behind this classic story. ― The blood of a cleric coats a sanctum's interior like mud. The broken neck of an idol resembles a tree wrenched crudely from its stump. Dororo begins not with the adventures of its misch...
feature

20 Years of Boogiepop

Kim Morrissy explores the legacy of the massively influential cult hit Boogiepop and Others, a supernatural story about adolescent anxieties with an unprecedented impact on the light novel industry. ― In 1997, Kouhei Kadono's Boogiepop and Others won the 4th Dengeki Novel Prize (then the Dengeki Game Novel Prize). Despite the publisher's obvious faith in the novel's quality, when the manuscript was p...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Mar 5-11

A glitch in the matrix rankings caused FIVE stellar Boogiepop episodes to appear last week. The rankings have been adjusted accordingly, propelling Boogiepop and Others in the cumulative. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 th...
interview

Interview: Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Character Designer Shizue Kaneko

Get an in-depth education on the crucial art of character design from key animator and veteran designer Shizue Kaneko, the artist behind the designs of Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us! ― It'd be difficult to overstate the importance of a great character designer on any anime. Not only are they responsible for creating the aesthetic and style of the characters themselves, but it's also their job to...
interview

Interview: Creating Manga Art with Rena Saiya and Danica Davidson

The two women behind the twin volumes Manga Art for Beginners and Manga Art for Intermediates get in-depth on what makes their books so different from the rest. ― Creating manga requires more than just the ambition to do it – you also need a good grasp of storytelling and artwork to carry that ambition through. While there are many books on the subject, we readers don't always know which are going to...
feature

Diana Garnet: an American Performer in Japan

TV host, singer, and songwriter extraordinaire Diana Garnet shares her unique experience working as a foreigner in the Japanese entertainment industry. ― Much like the title of the song from YURI!!! On Ice that she performed at Ohayocon 2019, in a concert compilation of her original tunes plus popular anisong covers mashed up in a collaboration with Shin Kurokawa, Diana Garnet -- an American performe...
interview

Interview: The Directors of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Director Yasuhito Kikuchi and assistant director Atsushi Nakayama from Studio 8-Bit go in-depth on one of the most charming and popular isekai series in recent memory. ― Based on Taiki Kawakami's manga adaptation of Fuse's original novel of the same name, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime has been a pleasant surprise for many anime fans recently, thanks to its endearing characters and unique ta...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 26-Mar 4

Mob Psycho stumbles a little, allowing Run with the Wind to finally push its way to the top spot. See how your favorite shows stack up this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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...
feature

Character Spotlight: The Cast of Devil May Cry 5

Meet the main cast of Devil May Cry 5. They're all here, Nero, Dante, V, Lady, Trish and Nico. ― NERO The Young Devil Hunter The young Devil Hunter operating out of the mobile Devil May Cry. Having lost his demonic arm (the Devil Bringer) before the events of the game, he stands against the invading demonic forces with a new power provided by Nico. DANTE The Strongest Demon Slayer The proprietor of ...
feature

Character Spotlight: The Cast of Devil May Cry 5

Meet the main cast of Devil May Cry 5. They're all here, Nero, Dante, V, Lady, Trish and Nico. ― NERO The Young Devil Hunter The young Devil Hunter operating out of the mobile Devil May Cry. Having lost his demonic arm (the Devil Bringer) before the events of the game, he stands against the invading demonic forces with a new power provided by Nico. DANTE The Strongest Demon Slayer The proprietor of ...
feature

Interview: JAM Project's Hironobu Kageyama

The lead singer of this beloved powerhouse j-rock band shares his experience making anime theme songs, staying fit for high-energy concert performances, and what to expect from One-Punch Man season 2's opening! ― J-Pop and Anisong superstar Hironobu Kageyama has spent the majority of his life making music and has become a major force in the world of anime music. His anisong solo debut was the theme s...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 19-25

ENDRO comes back down down down to reality, and the lead group continues to duke it out unperturbed. Find out where your favorites rank this week! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 ranking...
feature

Ranking the Films of Satoshi Kon

This master of animation left behind a powerful filmography, but which films of Kon's will stand the test of time? Matthew Roe analyzes the oeuvre of this departed genius. ― Satoshi Kon is my favorite animation director. Throughout his tragically brief career, he managed to make a single-season series and a small collection of films that all rank as some of the greatest achievements in animation hist...
interview

Interview: Boruto Manga Artist Mikio Ikemoto

The hard-working illustrator behind the adventures of Naruto's son Boruto answers a few questions about their incredible career. ― Mikio Ikemoto has been involved with the Naruto almost from the very beginning; he was an assistant on the manga for fifteen years. In 2016, he began drawing the artwork for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations manga, which is written by Ukyō Kodachi and supervised by Naru...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 12-18

ENDRO strikes upward while One Piece strikes out. See how all you favorites fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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...
feature

Character Spotlight: The Cast of Devil May Cry 5

Meet the main cast of Devil May Cry 5. They're all here, Nero, Dante, V, Lady, Trish and Nico. ― NERO The Young Devil Hunter The young Devil Hunter operating out of the mobile Devil May Cry. Having lost his demonic arm (the Devil Bringer) before the events of the game, he stands against the invading demonic forces with a new power provided by Nico. DANTE The Strongest Demon Slayer The proprietor of ...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Feb 5-11

Mob Psycho 100 barely dips, yet leaves the way open for a strong contender! Did your favorites sink or soar? Find out in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 ranking...
feature

Revisiting The Big O - 20 Years Later

Sunrise's mecha-stuffed take on Batman: The Animated Series is 20 years old this year. Does it still hold up? Matthew Roe takes a deeper look. ― Studio Sunrise is a name that even the most casual anime fans should be able to easily recognize. Founded by former members of Osamu Tezuka's Mushi Production in 1972, they took the medium in a different direction - stories by committee. With productions fir...
interview

Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Hiroyuki Nakano

Get the inside scoop on exactly what it's like to be the editor of the most powerful manga magazine in the world - Weekly Shonen Jump, home of One Piece, Dragon Ball Super and more. ― Have you ever wondered what it's like to be an editor for Weekly Shonen Jump? Like a lot of manga fans, I've read Bakuman and was touched at how the editor Hattori was like a mentor to Ashirogi Muto from the time they w...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 29-Feb 4

One Piece seeks to reclaim its glory as it competes for the top spot this week again! Find out how your favorites show fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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 ...
feature

Interview: Cosplay Drag Diva Oriana Perón

From Sailor Moon cosplayer to one of the most in-demand convention guests in the midwest, Oriana Perón has come a long way from early fandom years to hosting Drag Race competitions at cons. Perón breaks down her journey so far and what she's looking forward to in the years to come. ― Hailing from Bloomington IN, Christopher Simanton — whose larger-than-life drag persona, Oriana Perón, has quickly sol...
feature

Interview: nano

Passionate rocker Nano, the voice behind the anisong openings for Arpeggio of Blue Steel and Kakuriyo, talks about their career, New York City, and when Detective Conan might finally end. ― If there is one phrase artist, singer, and songwriter nano says the most, it is “Rock on!” Regardless of saying it to pump up the crowd or used as a casual sendoff, nano carries the spirit of a high energy, rock a...
feature

Passport to Iron City with Battle Angel Alita Mangaka Yukito Kishiro

Prepare yourself for Alita: Battle Angel by stepping inside iam8bit's elaborate Iron City experience, with commentary from none other than Battle Angel mangaka Yukito Kishiro! ― First announced all the way back in 2003, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez' Alita: Battle Angel finally – finally – hits theaters the evening of February 14th after spending most of the 21st century as vaporware. While it s...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 22-28

One Piece makes a shocking climb - 22 places up the list, challenging Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Mob Psycho 100 II for the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 season and readers are rating each episode as the reviews go up. So let's have a look at what ANN readers consider the bes...
feature

Why A Certain Magical Index Fans Love Touma

The unconventional male lead of the Index/Railgun series can be divisive with fans, but he's one of the most enduring protagonists in light novel history. Kim Morrissy explains this idiosyncratic character's appeal. ― It took me about 14 volumes of the A Certain Magical Index light novels before I finally "got" the appeal of Touma Kamijou, protagonist of the series. It wasn't that I particularly disl...
feature

Everything You Need to Know about MANGA Plus by Shueisha

Shueisha is launching a new global manga service - with nearly the entire Shonen Jump lineup available! Get the inside story straight from the editor of Shonen Jump+, plus commentary from Dragon Ball Super's Toyotaro and Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto! ― If you're an anime or manga fan, you've probably heard of Weekly Shonen Jump, published by Shueisha. The story behind the very first anime you ever watc...
feature

Rimuru Tempest and Robinson Crusoe: How to Build a Civilization

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime joins a rich history of Robinsonade adventures, but what does it really mean to build a society from the ground up? Marco Oliveros explores the themes underlying this hit isekai story. ― I remember reading The Swiss Family Robinson over and over when I was little. Washed ashore in a strange land, marooned away from everything comfortable and familiar, a family ...
feature

The Best and Worst of Winter 2019, Jan 1-21

Mob Psycho 100 II takes an astonishing early lead in the very first user rankings of the Winter 2019 season! Find out how your favorite shows stacked up according to reader votes. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Winter 2019 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...
feature

Everything You Need to Know about MANGA Plus by Shueisha

Shueisha is launching a new global manga service that provides nearly the entire Jump lineup for free all over the world, the same day as Japan! Get the inside story straight from the editor of Shonen Jump+, plus commentary from Dragon Ball Super's Toyotaro and Naruto's Masashi Kishimoto! ― If you're an anime or manga fan, you've probably heard of Weekly Shonen Jump, published by Shueisha. The story ...
feature

Interview: The Staff of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Director Yasuhito Kikuchi and character designer Ryouma Ebata discuss their history creating this hit isekai series at Anime NYC. How do you animate a slime's walk cycle anyway? ― In a landscape filled with isekai shows, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime offers a different approach. What if you were brought into a new world not as a wise wizard, powerful swordsman, or with your smartphone, but ...
feature

How Square Enix Convinced Disney to Make Kingdom Hearts

Given the iron-fisted control Disney wields over their intellectual property, how did Tetsuya Nomura get away with something so crazy? Callum May runs down the history of this franchise's creative development from the earliest days to this year's greatly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3! ― In the early days at Disney, the idea for Kingdom Hearts was regarded by some as an “abomination”. Instead of the ty...
feature

TOY REVIEW: Gundam Astray Red Frame (HIRM)

Lauren Orsini takes an in-depth look at this Perfect Grade model kit to determine if this beloved release is a good choice for newcoming or veteran Gundam builders. ― Gundam Astray Red Frame has its origins in the manga Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Astray. Published by Tokyopop, this manga has been out of print in the US since 2004. Nevertheless, its lead mobile suit's samurai-inspired design has captiva...
feature

Anime Spotlight - Mysteria Friends

When Anne and Grea cross paths, their life at the Mysteria Academy of Magic will never be the same. ― Mysteria Friends Official Website: https://manaria.jp/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres at 0:30 of January 21, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Hideki Okamoto ("Nagasarete Airantou (TV)", "D.C. II: Da Capo II (TV)") Series Composition: Satoko Sekine ("Is This a Zombie? of t...
feature

The Winter 2019 Anime Preview Guide

The Winter 2019 Anime Season has begun! Check back every day for new reviews of this winter's new anime:
Now Available: Kemono Friends 2 - Winter 2019 Shorts - VIRTUALSAN: LOOKING - The Magnificent Kotobuki - Kaguya-sama: Love is War - ENDRO! - Date A Live III - Magical Girl Spec Ops Asuka - Domestic Girlfriend - The Quintessential Quintuplets - Girly Air Force - The Promised Neverland - Kemurikusa - My Roommate is a Cat - Meiji Tokyo Renka - Dororo - Mob Psycho 100 II - The Rising of the Shield Hero - Boogiepop and Others - W'z - and MORE!
feature

Anime Spotlight - Date A Live III

High-schooler Shido Itsuka has the power to seal away a Spirit's power by making them blush and planting a kiss on them. Up until now, the spirits that have opened their hearts to him are Tohka, Yoshino, Kotori, Kaguya, Yuzuru, and Miku. ― Date A Live III Official Website: http://date-a-live-anime.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 11, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Directo...
feature

Anime Spotlight - Pastel Memories

Once known for its otaku culture, nerdy shops of Akihabara have been closing one by one. Twelve girls are trying their best to bring Akihabara back to its former fun glory. ― Pastel Memories Official Website: https://pasumemotv.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres at 12:30 AM of January 8, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Yasuyuki Shinozaki ("Aishiteruze Baby (TV)" as episode di...
feature

Interview: Studio Ponoc Founder Yoshiaki Nishimura on Modest Heroes

The sparkling ex-Ghibli talents at Studio Ponoc have a new anthology showcase out in theaters this weekend - studio founder Yoshiaki Nishimura elaborates on the project. ― Anthology films – feature-length movies composed of individual segments and stories, usually with a different director for each segment - are typically a pretty big risk for any studio, whether it's live-action or animation. The f...
feature

Anime Spotlight - revisions

An isolated city. An unknown enemy. An uncertain past and a prophecy of the future. The children fight the "future" to bring back the "present". No matter what, they're going home... ― revisions Official Website: http://revisions.jp/ Introduction Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres in January 2019 Key Staff Director: Goro Taniguchi ("Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (TV)", "Planetes ...
interview

Interview: Sword Art Online: Alicization Director of Photography Kentaro Waki

Learn all about the profound art of "compositing" in anime from the Director of Photography behind the lush and gorgeous look of shows like Sword Art Online: Alicization! ― When discussing the visual appeal of an anime, it isn't often that we take a deep dive into the element of compositing and the effect that has over the final image. We might talk about how exciting the animation is or how detailed...
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018

As the new year ramps up, let's find out where your favorite shows placed in the final user rankings of last season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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 ...
feature

The Best (and Worst) Anime of Fall 2018

Before we can ring in the new year's fresh batch of anime premieres, our staff takes one last look back at a Fall season that was packed with great (and a couple not so great) shows! ― A brand-new year has arrived, but before we can start previewing all of 2019's newest anime, it's time to decide which shows were the best—and the worst—of an incredibly hype-packed Fall! We asked our critics to pick t...
feature

The Best Anime of 2018 Part V

We've got three more Best of 2018 lists ready for you - Rose Bridges, Jacob Chapman, Zac Bertschy, and the result of our 2018 MEGA POLL! ― This is it - the results of our 2018 Mega Poll! Look forward to the Winter 2019 Preview Guide, which begins Saturday, January 5th! Rose Bridges 5. Bloom Into You When I picked up the first manga volume of Bloom Into You, months before the anime's release, I thoug...
feature

The Best Anime of 2018 Part IV

Nick Creamer and Mike Toole file their best anime of 2018, and it's finally time to talk about the shows that hurt us the most. ― (click the images above)
feature

ANN's Most Read News Articles of 2018

The top 25 anime, manga, and video game headlines of 2018! ― The sheer output of anime each season in 2018 means more news articles for our team to tackle to keep our readers in the know. This year, Anime News Network's News team published 8,159 articles. This feature went dormant for a few years, but 2017 had a total of 7,711 news articles. Our output has continued to grow year after year thanks to ...
feature

ANN's Most Read Interest Articles of 2018

― 2018 brought a lot of change-ups to Interest as our small time spent more time creating in-depth articles from the industry, breaking news about controversy on social media, and still including all the fun "most anticipated" and strange developments you expect from us. I got to close out the year writing about how a bot seized control of Rokka: Brave of Six Flower's website and posted a bunch of g...
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 17-23

The puppet boys of Thunderbolt Fantasy reclaim the top spot as the fall season winds down - find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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...
feature

The Best Anime of 2018 Part III

Just in time for New Year's Eve, we've got more Top 5 Anime of 2018 lists and what are - clearly - the best anime theme songs of 2018! ― (click the images above)
feature

The Best Anime of 2018 Part II

Rebecca Silverman and Theron Martin file their top 5 anime for 2018, and we've got the Best Characters of 2018! ― (click the images above)
feature

Anime Spotlight - Boogiepop and Others

There is an urban legend that children tell one another about a shinigami that can release people from the pain they may be suffering. This "Angel of Death" has a name: Boogiepop. ― Boogiepop and Others Official Website: http://boogiepop-anime.com/movie/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 4, 2019 (JST) Key Staff Director: Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man (TV)) Series Comp...
feature

The Best Anime of 2018 Part I

It's time to celebrate the best anime of 2018, and we're kicking off with Top 5 lists from Paul Jensen, Amy McNulty and Lauren Orsini, plus our picks for the best plot twists of the year! ― (click the images above)
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 10-16

The Fall season is winding down, and a surprise contender races to the top spot in these waning moments! Find out how your favorite Fall anime fared in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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. Ke...
feature

Anime Spotlight - The Magnificent KOTOBUKI

The mercenary bodyguard unit "Team KOTOBUKI" is made up of a variety of unique characters; together, they are ready to fight against sky pirates! ― The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Official Website: https://kotobuki-anime.com/ Story Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 13, 2019 Key Staff Director: Tsutomu Mizushima (Another (TV), Girls und Panzer(TV), xxxHOLiC (TV)) Series Composition: Michi...
feature

20 Years of KareKano: His and Her Circumstances

20 years ago, director Hideaki Anno followed up a little show called Neon Genesis Evangelion with a funny, relatable, challenging and famously unfinished adaptation of a shojo manga that's still beloved today, warts and all. ― His and Her Circumstances is the story of Yukino Miyazawa, a high school first year who defines herself entirely by other people's perception of her. Perceived as intelligent, ...
feature

Anime Spotlight - Domestic Girlfriend

A pure, yet extreme and forbidden love triangle begins between the three as they start their new lives under one roof. ― Domestic Girlfriend Official Website: http://domekano-anime.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres in January 11, 2019 Key Staff Director: Shōta Ibata (Girlish Number (TV)) Series Composition: Tatsuya Takahashi (Eromanga Sensei (TV), The [email protected] Cinderella ...
feature

Anime Spotlight - Mob Psycho 100 II

The mysterious group "Claw" stands before Shigeo "MOB" Kageyama once again; where will his roaring heart take him!? ― Mob Psycho 100 II Official Website: http://mobpsycho100.com/ Introduction Characters Cast & Staff Gallery Premieres on January 7, 2019 Key Staff Director: Yuzuru Tachikawa (Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (movie 22), Death Parade (TV)) Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko (Ajin (TV), ...
feature

Deciphering Nadesico: Prince of Darkness 20 Years Later

It's been 20 years since director Tatsuo Sato's gorgeous, ambitious, deeply confusing movie "killed" Martian Successor Nadesico - but is it worth a closer look today? ― More than once, Neon Genesis Evangelion has been cited as the game-changing series of late 1990s anime that made way for a veritable rush of exploratory properties expanding the medium to seemingly new horizons. This sentiment has ech...
interview

Interview: The English Cast of Fairy Tail

Veteran voice actors Cherami Leigh, Tia Ballard and Todd Haberkorn along with Fairy Tail dub director Tyler Walker reflect on being part of Hiro Mashima's longrunning fantasy smash - and whether or not they're ready for it all to end. ― As charming, fun and big-hearted as the Fairy Tail anime series and characters are, the cast -- Cherami Leigh (who voices Lucy Heartfilia), Todd Haberkorn (Natsu Drag...
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Dec 3-9

Our rankings are ready for the first full week of December, just as the Fall season winds down, and it's still a close race between the top shows of the season! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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...
feature

Looking Back on 20 Years of Studio Bones

Embark on a journey through 20 years of history with Studio Bones, the legendary animation house behind Fullmetal Alchemist, My Hero Academia and many many more! ― Hands up those of you who love Cowboy Bebop. That's a lot of you. Can you really believe that it's been 20 years since it first came out? It still looks impressive today, which serves as a potent reminder that although the landscape around...
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 26-Dec 2

Not even Zombie Land Saga can rattle Thunderbolt Fantasy 2's iron grip on the top spot! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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 th...
interview

Interview: Tuxedo Mask Voice Actor Toru Furuya

The legendary voice behind a cast of icons like Mobile Suit Gundam's Amuro Ray and Sailor Moon's Tuxedo Mask chats about his storied career and the popularity of Dragon Ball and Gundam! ― Voice actor Toru Furuya's career is not easy to summarize. For 52 years, Furuya has forged an extensive resume, donning some of the biggest roles in anime to his name. As Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Mamoru Chib...
feature

A Brief History of One Piece Video Games, Part 2

Our second trip through the history of One Piece video games covers 2004-2018, featuring burning blood, pirate carnivals, and...dancing! ― The year was 2004, and One Piece was coming to North America. VIZ had begun releasing the manga the previous year, and 4kids premiered an edited version on Fox with an all-new opening theme that must be heard by everyone. Debate continues to this day as to whether...
interview

Interview: Kill la Kill the Game: IF Director Hideaki Mizota

Get the inside story and some fun details from the director of the upcoming collaboration between Aplus Games and TRIGGER, Kill la Kill the Game: IF. ― Kill la Kill the Game: IF has been picking up more steam lately, introducing more playable characters and features ahead of its 2019 release. The game is being published by Arc System Works, and although the developer is Aplus, who previously worked o...
feature

The Fall 2018 Manga Guide

We're reviewing an avalanche of Fall manga premieres! Check back every day this week for fresh reviews.
Available now: Arte - Kamakura Monogatari - Goblin Slayer: Year One - Tomo-chan Is A Girl - Abara - Creature! - BAKI - Ran and the Gray World - Wakako Zake - Interspecies Reviewers - Ne Ne Ne - Pop Team Epic - We Never Learn - That Time I Got Reincarnated As Yamcha - and much more!
― Welcome to A...
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 19-25

That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime oozes up 8 places on the chart to claim the #1 crown for this week! Find out how your favorite shows performed in our weekly user rankings. ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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. ...
feature

The Fall 2018 Light Novel Guide

Prepare yourself for the relentless onslaught of new light novels this fall with our guide to the best, the brightest, the strangest and the most satisfying new reads to get you through the end of 2018. ― October and November are relatively light months in terms of new series debuting, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't enough to keep our review team busy reading! The offerings this time do vary...
feature

Ranking the Films of Mamoru Hosoda

Summer Wars and Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda has had a meteoric career, captivating audiences with one gorgeous, touching fantasy after another - but how would you rank all the films in his catalog? ― What exactly makes a director “great”? We often talk about the tropes and techniques of the perceived masters of Japanese animation; from the wondrous splendor of Hayao Miyazaki, the stark sociological ...
feature

Blade Runner's Unbelievable Influence On Anime

With a new Blade Runner anime series recently announced, it's the perfect time to revisit Daryl Surat's exploration of the mindblowing amount of influence Ridley Scott's Blade Runner has had on the way a tremendous amount of anime looks, sounds, and feels. ― In 2017, it's very easy to forget that 1982's Blade Runner was neither a commercial success at the time of its release nor the mainstream critic...
interview

Interview: Mirai Director Mamoru Hosoda

The latest film from Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda hits theaters in the US this week, so it's the perfect time to ask the man himself a few questions about his legendary career, and his latest acclaimed film. ― Mamoru Hosoda has quickly become one of the best-known Japanese filmmakers in the world. He's best known for his original films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Chi...
feature

Studio Trigger Panel at Anime NYC

Some of Trigger's big personalities were at Anime NYC this year to talk about upcoming projects from the new Kill La Kill game to the theatrical feature, Promare! Here's our full report. ― At Studio Trigger's Anime NYC panel, the first question Tatsuru Tatemono (Tattun) asked was “who here has visited from the west coast?” For their first convention in New York, it was in many ways an update to their...
feature

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - Games

2018 saw a tidal wave of great games - so which ones make the perfect gifts? From Dragon Quest XI to Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu, here's a list of the best and brightest - that might just make the perfect present.
feature

Holiday Gift Guide 2018 - Books & Manga

It's a blizzard of the year's best artbooks, light novels and manga, just in time to help find the perfect gift for the bookworm in your life.
feature

The Best and Worst of Fall 2018, Nov 12-18

Golden Kamuy races up 8 places on our chart, just in time for Thanksgiving! Find out how your favorite fall anime performed according to readers' votes! ― Our team of reviewers are following 27 anime series of the Fall 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 ran...
feature

Interview: The Staff of Studio SHAFT's Fireworks

The director and producer behind this nostalgic summer romance movie reflect on their experience making the film. ― Studio SHAFT's Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? is a nostalgic film about teenage summer love, based on a classic TV drama. We sat down with director Nobuyuki Takeuchi and producer Genki Kawahara to discuss the film and its impact one year after its release. For ...

For all articles, see the archives